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Travel Guide: Yogyakarta

Posted on 26 April 2017

Our Marketing Manager, Camilla shares her guide to Yogyakarta.

When I said I was off to Yogyakarta, many looked at me with a puzzled face. Yogyakarta (pronounced Jogjakarta also known as Jogja) is a city in Indonesia known for its cultural heritage. With UNESCO World Heritage sites like Borobudur and Prambanan temple, natural wonders and local art traditions, this is a city you should definitely put on your bucket list.


Perched atop a hill inside the Sumberwatu Heritage Resort you get panoramic views of the city, serving Indonesian and International dishes. 

Live music, cocktails and an outdoor terrace makes this a good spot for dinner.

Great for a drink and nibble after dinner with a live band on certain nights.

Hayati Speciality Coffee
The first thing I noticed was the decor, hexagons everywhere! Perfect place for an afternoon pick-me-up.


Borobudur Temple at Sunrise 
The 4:30am start may put you off visiting so early but it's definitely worth watching the sunrise atop the world's largest Buddhist temple. Constructed in the 9th century, Borobudur temple is now protected by UNESCO. I'd recommend hiring a driver to take you to Borobudur, around 60-90 minute drive from the city centre. Entry costs  450,000 IDR (US$34) per person.


Goa Jomblang
One of the natural highlights of Yogyakarta, these caves are located 90-minutues drive from the city. You must descend 60 metres by rope into a sinkhole to reach the opening of the cave through a forest. Inside is a vertical cave with a hole where you  can see what people refer to as 'light from heaven'. 


Candi Prambanan 

Magnificent and mystical, the Hindu temples of Prambanan were built between the 8th and 10th centuries AD and are a must. The best time to visit is just before sunset then head to nearby Abhayagiri for dinner.

Taman Sari Water Castle

A former royal garden for the sultan and his entourage. Visit early then explore the villages little alleyways, mosque and underground tunnels.

Alun Alun Selaton 

If you are stuck for things to do in the evening, you can check out this square where locals and tourists like to hang out. Rent one of the VW style peddle cars that are pimped out with hundreds of lights and pumping music.


Hamzah Batik

This family-owned store sells everything from batik clothing, postcards, shoes, tea to kitchenware. A great place to stock up on gifts for family and friends. 

Malioboro Street

2km in length and home to hundreds of shops and street stalls offering various kind of handicrafts, t-shirts and batik clothing.

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