Top 5 things to do in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Experience the exotic culture of Yogyakarta, known as the centre of classical Javanese fine art and culture. Yogyakarta has an international airport giving you the option to fly directly from Singapore or Kuala Lumpur. Surrounded by dramatic scenery of towering volcanoes, rice fields and rich tropical landscapes, choose to combine cultural overland journeys with short pilgrimage hikes through ancient mythical temples and taste the exquisite Indonesian cuisine in some of the most mesmerizing locations that Java has to offer. Here are the top 5 things to do while travelling in Yogyakarta.

Lunch at Pecel Selo

An hour drive from the airport, make a stopover at a charming antique Joglo-architecture style teak house before continuing to the town of Yogyakarta. The display of a variety of dishes will give you an excellent introduction to Java’s exotic cuisine and local flavors.

Pecel Solo

Visit the UNESCO Heritage Borobudur Temple

Built in the 9th century, Borobudur is a three dimensional mandala that portrays the story of the Lord Buddha using intricate stone carvings. Best time to go is during sunrise or sunset.

Borobudur

Caving

Experience the back country roads on motorbike and stop at one of Java’s many caves for an adventurous experience. Make sure to bring a change of clothes since depending on season the water might come up to chest height.

Rijst-Tafel experience at D’omah

Experience an authentic ‘Rijst-Tafel’ dinner at the charming boutique hotel D’omah. An aesthetically rich tradition, you will be served by waiters who are dressed in regal looking traditional garments carrying an array of Indonesian dishes on flat woven baskets. Usually organised on Sunday. Reservation is advised.

Rijst Tafel

Hike to the Selogriyo Temple

Head out to explore the local village and embark on a two hour trek through rice terraces to the Selogriyo temple situated on the slope of Sumbing Volcano.

Cristy Elmendorp is Managing Director of Soma Journeys.

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  1. Jeff Toxey says:

    Go batik shopping on Malioborough road, visit Prambanan, drive up Merapi or better yet hike the summit for a sunrise. Stay at the Hotel Mercure and find a wayang kulit show.

  2. Brad Bernard says:

    I love Yogya. so much to do around there, I personally loved the bug market and the bird market. I think the secret is bound to get out eventually.

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