From jeep tours up Mount Merapi to cave tubing in Goa Pindul, here are some of the most exciting things to do in the city of Yogyakarta.
When one thinks of Yogyakarta (or ‘Jogja’, for short), the most recognisable monument is Borobudur. The breathtaking sunrises witnessed here are worth getting up in the middle of the night for, and you will undoubtedly be greeted by a sizeable flock of like-minded visitors upon arrival.
However, this city in Java isn’t only about its temples and history; there are also some amazing activities and experiences that’ll get your blood pumping. Here are some of them.
1. Hop on a bicycle and explore Borobudur
When in the cultural city of Jogja, Borobudur is a must-visit for any first-timer. If you’re able to muster the motivation to wake up at 3am or so for a hotel pick-up and endure a two-hour drive to the site to catch a magnificent sunrise, I would say do it. But don’t make the journey just to see the first rays of the day; hop on a bike and follow a guide as he takes you through the villages that surround the temple and give you an insight into how locals live their daily lives.
But don’t make the journey just to see the first rays of the day; hop on a bike and follow a guide as he takes you through the villages that surround the temple and give you an insight into how locals live their daily lives.
There are several package options available to visitors (which you may book independently), but a good estimate would be RP320,000 (about SGD32) for a six-hour tour. The tours would typically navigate you through rice fields, traditional homes, craft and agricultural pit stops, as well as offer opportunities to meet the locals and learn more about their daily grind with hands-on experience.
I recommend that you embark on this cycling tour right after you witness the sunrise from Borobudur as the weather will most likely be much cooler in the morning.