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Written by Nadia Crowe
Co-written by Matin Firas Harahap, Cisca Lim, Soma Dutta, Stephanie Peeters, Candice Neo, and Beverley Lennon
Edited by Beverley Lennon

You may not know this, but Jogja is more than just a place filled with rich history. Oh yes, it is way more than just Borobudur! It’s transformed as of late into a bustling city that is home to an array of unique things to do, places to stay, and most importantly, things to eat.

Food is the crowning glory of Jogja, local food reigns as King and fusion sits by its side as Queen, you definitely won’t go hungry while visiting this magnificent place.

Up next is the wonderful amount of learning you can do about its history and culture. Countless amounts of temples await your discovery, abandoned castles beg you to visit, and the people are more than willing to show you! We went on a roadtrip around Central Java and we’re never quite ready to forget about it.

Don’t forget about Jogja’s natural charisma, a stunning variety of waterfalls, hiking trails, and caves are just sitting there ready for you to explore! Jump on board and let us show you the best of the best with hidden gems and iconic attractions!

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Marvel at the rugged natural wonders!

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1. Chill in a lagoon by the sea: Wedi Ombo Beach

Always wanted to take a relaxing dip in the ocean but end up getting washed by the constant waves? At Wedi Ombo Beach in Gunungkidul, you can soak peacefully in the salt water as you watch the sun sink into the horizon.

Surrounded by neatly stacked coral rocks, you might even start to think that the lagoon at Wedi Ombo Beach is man-made. Be wary of the tide levels here though.

Photo Via Heri_tz, Anggagilangp_, Nyonyokecil, Nyonyokecil
Photo Via Soga Soegiarto

High tides have been seen to overflow into the lagoon, bringing its violent waves along. In a worst case scenario, the sudden gush of water creates a current strong enough to pull people towards the sea, possibly hitting coral rocks and causing injuries.

Wedi Ombo Beach

Parking fee: Rp. 10,000 (Approximately USD $0.75)
Address: Balong, Girisubo, Gunung Kidul, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Getting There: From Siung Beach, head towards the Tepus Junction and turn right, stay on the road and your destination will be on the right side of the road (Coordinates here)

2. Cross a suspension bridge over crashing waves: Sinden Beach & Kalong Island

Up for some adrenaline-inducing adventure? Sinden Beach is not your typical romantic white sand beach, but a rugged one flanked by a high cliff right next to the sea.

You can explore the adjacent Kalong Island – an untouched coral island overgrown with wild flora – by crossing a suspension bridge high up with the ferocious waves crashing beneath you. As the sea breeze shakes the bridge and the salty waves kiss your cheeks, take every step with caution – one misstep can be very costly!

Photo Via Georgetimothy, Rezha_patty, Ginanjarrisang

Sinden Beach & Kalong Island

Entrance fees: Beach – Rp.6,000 (Approximately USD$0.4); Suspension bridge – Rp.25,000 (Approximately USD $1.65)
Parking fees: Motor – Rp.3,000 (Approximately USD$0.2); Car – Rp.5,000 (Approximately USD $0.33)
Address: Jepitu Village, Girisubo Sub-district, Gunung Kidul District, Yogyakarta Special Region 55883
Getting There: From the city of Yogyakarta, Sinden Beach and Kalong Island are located approximately 80km (two hours’ drive) away. The location is before Wedi Ombo Beach, and not far from Jungwok Beach (Coordinates here)
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 6am – 5pm

3. Surround yourself with the raw nature of Java: Air Terjun Kedung Kandang

You’ll stop in your tracks when you set your eyes on this idyllic scenery, with rice paddies, gently cascading waterfalls and turquoise water.

The tranquil Air Terjun Kedung Kandang, located in the village of Mount Butak, cascades down 6 levels of the terraced rice fields. You’ll only get to see this wonder of nature during the rainy season.

Photo Via Totohandoko, Yvettheworld, Fajarnasution

To get there, a bit of trekking is required. But don’t worry, it is a scenic walk along a nature path where you will be treated to views of the mountains, hills, rivers and farmers in the rice paddies. Make sure you bring water and light snacks along with you.

Note: There is not much water during the dry season

Air Terjun Kedung Kandang

Entrance fee: Rp. 8,000 (Approximately USD $0.60)
Parking fee: Rp. 5,000 (Approximately USD $0.35) for cars; Rp. 2,000 (Approximately USD $0.15) for motorbikes
Address: Nglanggeran, Patuk, Gunung Kidul Regency, Special Region of Yogyakarta
Getting there: From Yogyakarta take the direction to Wonosari Road and head towards Putat. At some point on the way you will start seeing signs that lead you to Air Terjun Kedung Kendang. The ride is 26,9 kilometer, taking approximately 49 minutes to get there (Coordinates here)

4. Take a relaxing dip in a pure natural pool: Curug Pulosari

Hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Yogyakarta, Culog Pulosari is a well-concealed waterfall that offers raw aquatic charm.

As the waterfall is situated at the bottom of a cliff, those who wish to admire the sparkling blue water cascading down will need to do a bit of trekking, which includes hiking through a forest and crossing a small river.

Photo Via Mardheni

At Curug Pulosari, you’ll be amazed by the view of water tumbling down the hillside, forming a natural water curtain that’s complemented by the surrounding lush green vegetation. This definitely is a treat from nature that will perk your day up!

Indulge your senses by simply soaking your feet in the crystal clear water or dive into the natural pond.

Photo Via Ajisuryariyanto

Curug Pulosari

Entrance fee: Rp. 2,000 (Approximately USD $0.15)
Parking fee: Rp. 5,000 (Approximately USD $0.35) for cars; Rp. 2,000 (Approximately USD $0.15) for motorbikes
Address: Krebet, Sendangsari, Pajangan, Sendangsari, Bantul, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta (Coordinates here)
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 7am – 6pm
Best time to visit: Rainy season (January to May)

5. Head to colours that cheer up your day and your Instagram feed: Romantic Garden Bantul (Now closed)

Pamper your eyes with cheerful colours! There is yet another flower garden in Jogja that is worth visiting, it’s filled with rainbows, beautiful scents, and the most wonderful photo ops! What’s more, it’s super close to Resoinangun Garden, and Taman Bunga Asri, three in one!

Photo Via Mita_oci, Auliadiina, Sriwaahyunni, Hatmayanti_mahmudhamzah

At only Rp.8,000 to enter, you get access to a free hat (for rent) to block those nasty sun rays and give you that perfect OOTD, you also get free parking and toilet facilities!

Wander around the different flower species, from sunflowers to daisies, there’s so much to admire there! Have your camera constantly on standby for the array of gorgeous photo spots!

Photo Via Hatmayanti_mahmudhamzah, Nugranggita, Renyseptianii__

Bantul Romantic Garden

Entrance fee: Rp. 8,000 (Approximately USD $0.60) per person (including parking, restrooms, and hat rental)
Address: Jalan Lintas Selatan, Wonoroto, Gadingsari, Sanden, Bantul, Yogyakarta. Coordinates here.
Contact: +62 813 2765 3115
Operating hours: Mon – Sun, 6am – 6pm


6. Descend into Jurassic Park: Jomblang Cave

Jomblang Cave was formed thousands of years ago when a patch of land measuring 300 metres across dropped into a sinkhole. Till now, the vegetation in the cave consists of weeds, mushrooms, ferns and even large trees that remain untouched and preserved over hundreds of years.

Descending down to almost 80 metres from the mouth of the cave, you can start to smell the damp aging trees standing by layers of rocks built up over the centuries!

Photo Via Venusrins, Tun_tun_photo_diary

During the right time of the day (somewhere between 11.30am to 12.30pm), the sun’s rays shine through the opening, illuminating the forest below, creating a mesmerizing sight to feast your eyes on.

Photo Via Zexsen-Xie

Because of the remote location and limited daily visitors, make sure you make a reservation with the contact person for a tour package (including transportation) beforehand, since not many locals know about the place. Bring spare clothes to change into, including an extra pair of socks, unless you don’t mind lugging a smelly lump of dirt home.

Jomblang Cave

Entrance Fee: From Rp. 500,000 (Approximately USD $36.80)
Address: Jl. Ireda No.65/139, Keparakan, Kec. Mergangsan, Kota Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55152, Indonesia
Contact: +62 813 9217 1628 (organised tour)
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 8am – 2pm

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7. Challenge yourself and cross over the rough seas: Pantai Timang

Yes, this is the famous Timang Beach, where you can sit in a cable cart and be pulled across the sea, with the fierce crashing waves beneath you. Once a hidden spot, it’s now popularised after being featured on Korean variety show ‘Running Man’.

Photo Via TripCanvas

This cable cart was originally used as a means of transport to cross over to the neighbouring Pulau Timang, where fishermen caught fresh lobsters. Now, it’s been transformed into a tourist experience.

We crossed the suspension bridge too, and honestly, it felt scarier than the cable cart, as you have to keep your balance on the bridge. Definitely not for the faint-hearted!

Don’t miss out on the viewpoint platform with endless views of the ocean too!

Photo Via Wanderdove, Syfresha

Before you reach, you might come across several road signs pointing you to Timang Beach along the way, but do avoid following them as they lead you to scammers trying to convince you to take the jeep to the beach (they will tell you that the road conditions are too bad for cars), though it is physically possible for cars to drive in. Use this unmarked road entrance instead, and you will be able to drive down a proper road all the way to the beach. Following the road signs will lead you to a rocky road that your car would be unable to drive through.

We went via the wrong route and our car got stuck due to the terrible road condition of that road, so we walked down to the beach instead, and it took approximately 1 hour. So if you have tried driving down the better road that we have given above, please share with us your experience! We would really appreciate it 🙂

Pantai Timang

Entrance Fee: Rp 10,000
Parking fee: Rp 5,000 (approximately USD 0.33 for motorbikes) and Rp 10.000 (approximately USD 0.66 for cars)
Gondola Fee: Rp.200,000 (Approximately USD$14.30)
Suspension Bridge Fee: Rp.150,000 (Approximately USD$10.70)
Address: 55881 Jl. Pantai Sel. Jawa, Purwodadi, Tepus, Kabupaten Gunung Kidul, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55881 (Coordinates here)
Getting there: From Wonosari, head South on Jl. Baron – turn left onto Jl. Tepus – turn left onto Jl. Pantai Selatan Jawa. Timang Beach is a 3-hour drive from Yogyakarta city.
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 9am – 5pm (for activities)


8. Adventure on underground rivers: Kalisuci Cave Tubing

Here’s an underground river adventure that awaits you at Kalisuci Cave Tubing.

You will be going down the river, tubing and body rafting, passing caves and fast river currents while surrounded by raw nature. A true outdoor adventure indeed.

You’ll be equipped with a life jacket, headlamp, helmet, knee and foot protection and you will be accompanied by a guide.

Photo Via Aminrahmadi, Aminrahmadi, Fajri_harahap, Joeadimara_

This river adventure costs 70.000 (approximately USD 5.22) per person with a minimum of 5 people. Otherwise, the minimum price is Rp. 350.000 (approximately USD 26) for a private boat with a guide.

Complimentary noodles and hot tea are offered after finishing this river adventure.

Kalisuci Cave Tubing

Entrance Fee: Rp 70.000/person (approximately USD 5.22, minimum 5 persons)
Parking: Rp. 3.000 (Approximately USD 0.22), car Rp. 10.000 (Approximately USD 0.75)
Cave Tubing price: Rp. 200,000 (Approximately USD $14.70) for foreigners; Rp. 120,000 (Approximately USD $8.85)
Address: Jetisa Wetan, Pacarejo, Semanu, Pacarejo, Gunung Kidul, Kabupaten Gunung Kidul, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta. The ride is a 60-kilometer drive, which will take around 1.5 hours.
Contact: +62 817 412 2826 / +62 838 9424 7508 / +62 819 3179 7178
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 8am – 4pm


9. Uncover the mystery of the 7 families with an easy beginner hike: Gunung Api Purba Nglanggeran

Once an active volcano around 60 million years ago, the Gunung Api Purba Nglanggeran is one of the oldest volcanoes in the Central Java region. Its unusual shape may be due to the fact that it was once an undersea rock which emerged above the surface from a volcanic eruption.

Standing 700 metres above the Gunungkidul countryside, this two-peaked mountain surprisingly only requires about 60 to 90 minutes of trekking past exotic rock formations, native inhabitants and narrow stone walls.

Photo Via Folk.jogja, Alexyudha, Thomasdian

Upon reaching either the West or the East peaks, you may come across a few residents along the way. This is because according to local beliefs, there should be exactly seven families living on the mountain – if there’s any more or any less, a catastrophe is bound to happen.

As you stand on the summit, the phenomenal view of the karst mountain range and lush greenery can take you back to the Java that stood several hundred years ago, especially at sunrise! Don’t miss the Embug Ngalanggeran, a water reservoir that is both beautiful and functional, providing water to the surrounding villages and farms.

Gunung Api Purba Nglanggeran

Entrance fee: Rp. 30,000 (Approximately USD $2.20) for foreigners; Rp. 15,000 (Approximately USD $1.10) for locals
Parking fee: Rp. 2,000 (Approximately USD $0.15)
Address: Desa Ngalanggeran Kecamatan Patuk, Kabupaten Gunungkidul, Gunugkidul, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55862
Contact: +62 818 0260 6050


10. Get Intimate with the majestic Mount Merapi: Bukit Klangon, Merapi

We all know Mount Merapi, one of the most iconic volcanoes in the world that has become the source of both life and destruction in Yogyakarta. It’s hard not to respect and fall in love with such a majestic force of nature.

At Bukit Klangon, you can take your admiration for Mount Merapi into the next level, as this hill is situated at its foot. That’s right, you can get up close and personal with this fierce volcano.

Photo Via TripCanvas

In addition to its close location to Mount Merapi, Bukit Klangon is also known as a chilly hill that doesn’t only offer peace and quiet for fatigued souls, but also a scenic panorama of unspoilt nature.

Remember to visit early in the morning when the sky is clear, so no clouds will mar your little therapy session with beautiful Merapi.

Bukit Klangon

Entrance fee: Free
Parking fee: Rp.5,000 per car (Approximately USD$0.36)
Address: Kalitengah Lor, Glagaharjo, Cangkringan, Sleman Regency, Special Region of Yogyakarta 55583. Coordinates here.
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 5am – 6pm

Stay in a unique accommodation!

From adorable boutique hotels to regal historical ones, you’ll find everything!

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11. The queen of Java’s Southern coastline: Queen of the South Resort

Why bother travelling all the way to Bali when you can stay in a resort with the same tropical feels right here in Yogyakarta!

Queen of the South Resort is where you should go if a luxurious weekend getaway is what you need to refresh your worn-out mind!

Strategically situated on Jogja’s southern coastline, the resort displays a gorgeous view of the majestic Indian Ocean that stretches across the Parangtritis shore, which is only 2.5 kilometres away.

Photo Via Caionugroz, TripCanvas, Ayyukirana, Devi_naws
Photo Via TripCanvas

Queen of the South Resort

Rates: From USD $51 (Approximately Rp. 695,000)
Address: Desa Parangrejo, Kecamatan Purwosari, Kabupaten Gunung Kidul, Yogyakarta, 55872
Contact: +62 274 367 136

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12. Find refuge at a hipster bohemian paradise!: La Luna Resort Yogyakarta

If historical buildings and grand staircases aren’t quite your thing, you’re in luck! A little taste of Bali’s famous hipster style hotel has arrived in Jogja and you can bet it’s Insta-worthy from head to toe.

Faded orange walls, colourful patterned tiles and textiles, and floating breakfasts are what make La Luna Resort Yogyakarta a joy to stay in. You’ll feel like you’ve escaped to the Island of the Gods yet are still able to explore the magnificent heritage in Jogja! Comfy rooms with brightly coloured throws await your slumber, and beanbags are dotted all around for your ultimate pleasure!

Photo Via Henishenis, Avitanila, Dealisautomo, Laluna.resort

Following a rustic village style of architecture, there truly is no other hotel in Jogja like it, not only will you wow yourself upon arrival, you’ll wow all your friends on Instagram when they see that this place is actually in Jogja!

La Luna Resort Yogyakarta 

Rates: From USD $42 (Approximately Rp. 572,000)
Address: Jl. Palagan Tentara Pelajar No.Km, RW.8, Mudal, Sariharjo, Kec. Ngaglik, Kabupaten Sleman, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55581, Indonesia
Contact: +62 742 883 119 / +62 822 7908 0005 (WhatsApp)

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13. Become a King or Queen, surrounded by ultimate luxury: Sofia Boutique Residence

You’d be crazy to reject the opportunity to experience what it’s like to be royalty and wake up to a beautiful and luxurious room!

No need to pay for a royal-style five-star hotel, you can have an unforgettable experience while staying at Sofia Boutique Residence. This relatively new four-star hotel (as of late 2018) in Yogyakarta immediately grabs the attention of photography lovers as every corner is just so pretty!

Photo Via Sofiaboutiqueresidence, Tanayalyssia, Liaarie_gallery, Nyonyokecil
Photo Via Anjas_susanto,, Sofiaboutiqueresidence

Sofia Boutique Residence 

Rates: From USD $46 (Approximately Rp. 627,000)
Address: Jl. Karya Utama RT 7 RW 34 Sedan, Ngaglik Kab.Sleman Yogyakarta
Contact: +62 274 288 0099

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14. Luxury camping with magical Prambanan views: Glamping Indekostour

Camping is such a unique experience, sleeping in a tent with friends, waking up with the sun, and being able to see the stars before sleeping! There’s just one problem – the uncomfortable sleeping arrangements. Thankfully, Glamping (glamorous camping) has come to the party!

Even though you sleep in a tent, you can still enjoy a soft bed, air conditioning, and flat screen televisions. The sensation is not at all reduced, it might actually be the most memorable vacation!

At Glamping Indekostour, there are choices of camping with families, even VIP Glamping where you can get out of bed and soak in a view as special as Prambanan Temple. Too interesting to pass up, right?

Glamping Indekostour

Rates: From USD $218 (Approximately Rp. 2,970,000)
Address: PT Ilumina Trans Indonesia, Prudential Centre, Kota Kasablanka Kav 88, South Jakarta, Indonesia
Contact: +62 817 940 8899

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15. Holiday like a Royal: The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta – M Gallery by Sofitel

If there is one place you can choose with your eyes closed, prepare to be treated like royalty at the Phoenix Hotel – M Gallery by Sofitel. Both locals and travellers would recommend this, and for a very good reason.

A colonial landmark with stunning visuals, the hotel’s atmosphere alone would transport you to a princely European era where you can marvel at classic statues and take a stroll along the grand corridors. Classy interiors offer a swanky all-comforts-included stay with a touch of Indonesian royalty.

Get swept away by its majestic feel, take a dip in the gorgeous common swimming pool surrounded by the lofty building, and take perfectly sublime Instagram pictures under the fancy chandeliers.

Photo Via Nyonyokecil,, Phoen, Wimboprakoso

The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta – M Gallery by Sofitel

Rates: From USD $60 (Approximately Rp. 825,000)
Address: Jalan Jenderal Sudirman No. 9, Yogyakarta City Center, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 55233
Contact: +62 274 566 617

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16. Soft pastel and a calming vibe: The Chendela

Bright, airy soft pastels line the walls at The Chendela. From the soft green walls to the baby pink bed sheets, everything about this cute little boutique hotel calms you from the moment you enter.

The Chendela is designed to look like one of those old houses where the doors are wooden panels, and the windows have slats to peek through, it’s charming to say the least! The word ‘chendela’ itself is a Javanese one meaning window, and they aim to provide you with the ability to experience Yogyakarta in a glance!

Photo Via Kadekarini, Bagas.abisena, Jackmagnifico, _meidy

Centrally located, you’ll find yourself minutes away from Kraton, Malioboro city centre, and the wonderful Taman Sari Water Castle. You’ll just love the convenience of being in a wonderfully designed hotel and being so close to where all the action is!

The Chendela

Price: From USD $29 (Approximately Rp. 396,000)
Address: Jalan Panembahan Mangkurat No. 10, Panembahan, Kraton, Yogyakarta, Indonesia 55131
Contact: +62 822 2094 2865


17. Magelang’s very own oasis of natural beauty: The Oxalis Regency

Feast your eyes on the beautiful panoramic views of Magelang, the closest city to Borobudur Temple. Magelang is full of scenic views and right in the heart of it is the secluded Oxalis Regency resort of the dreams.

All rooms come with extraordinary views, but we recommend requesting one upstairs or overlooking the West side, which by far boasts of the best views the hotel has to offer.

Spend your afternoons watching the sunset over Mount Sumbing or take a dip in the pool while basking in the lovely view.

Photo Via Irnahra97, Bond_luna, Rini45fi, Nindibeauty

The Oxalis Regency

Rates: From USD $45 (Approximately Rp. 605,000)
Address:  Cempaka Street No.17, Magelang Selatan, Magelang, Indonesia, 56123
Contact: +62 293 314 8434


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18. Down by the enchanted river: Joglo Pari Sewu

Don’t be fooled by this restaurant’s dull and typical outer appearance, because once you step inside, you’ll be blown away with the endless tricks they have up their sleeves.

Joglo Pari Sewu is a themed cafe that has not one, not two, but multiple themes, keeping its customers spoilt for choice. How about dining right by the waterfall?

Here, your quality time with friends and family will never ever be boring. You can choose to hang out in the cute dollhouse with a lovely interior, have a taste of nostalgia in the traditional cottage setting or settle down in the tree house-like area for a date with nature.

Photo Via Chintya_choe, Jogjaeat, Melisaacaa, Indriy_puspita

That’s not all – the treats here are so delectable, you’ll be yearning to come back once you leave. Their signature ice-cream corn dog and Nasi Pecel are absolute must-tries!

Joglo Pari Sewu

Price: From Rp. 40,000 (Approximately USD $2.95)
Address: Bromonilan, RT. 008 / RW. 003, Purwomartani, Kalasan, Sleman, D.I. Yogyakarta
Contact: +62 815 4500 6500 / +62 822 55444194
Opening hours: Mon – Fri, 10am – 5pm; Sat – Sun, 9am – 8pm


19. Enjoy the beauty of Jogja from way up high: HeHa Sky View

Watch as afternoon rolls into evening from on top of the world. At HeHa Sky View you can witness magic happening at sunset, the beauty of the hills with the orange glow of the sun is absolutely breathtaking. It gets even better as the sun disappears, the city slowly starts to come alive, its twinkling lights turning on one by one until you see what appears to be stars across the city!

Opening with a bang in September 2019, this place has already garnered a lot of attention. Considering there are so many things to do there (selfie spots, parks, and restaurants) this should definitely be your next weekend destination!

Photo Via Dhian_hardjodisastro, Hehaskyview, Livemotionlife, Kichaann___

HeHa Sky View

Entrance fee:
Mon – Thu:
11am – 4pm, Rp. 10,000 (Approximately USD $0.75); 4pm – 11pm, Rp. 15,000 (Approximately USD $1.10)
Fri: 10am – 4pm Rp. 10,000 (Approximately USD $0.75); 4pm – 12am, Rp. 20,000 (Approximately USD $1.50)
Sat – Sun: 10am – 4pm, Rp. 15,000 (Approximately USD $1.10); 4pm – 12am, Rp. 20,000 (Approximately USD $1.50)
Address: Jl. Dlingo-Patuk No.02, RT.001/RW.001 Patuk, 55862 Patuk, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia
Contact: +62 274 435 7999 / +62 812 1700 4900
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu, 11am – 11pm; Fri – Sun, 10am – 12am


20. This cafe lets you dine in a swimming pool with paddy fields’ views!: Warung Layar Sentuh

Dining next to, in front of, or even in paddy fields is a quintessential Bali experience, did you know you can find this in Jogja now too? What’s even more special about this warung is that they actually have a little pool area, with tables and cushions so you can dine with your feet in the cooling water! How cool is that?

Photo Via Neamalia, Veeyaoktaviani, Aditaprianto

Serving up local Indonesian food (warung style), that’s both easy on the eyes and the tastebuds, you won’t go hungry in Jogja after discovering this place! For a sweet ending, it’s recommended that you try their ‘Milo Alpukat Keruk’ which is a delicious combination of coconut water, coconut flesh, avocados, and milo powder! Sounds sinful; I know right?!

If you’ve stumbled upon this place during tea time, you’re in luck, it doesn’t get any better than Indonesian style high-tea by the rice fields!

Photo Via Warunglayarsentuh, Warunglayarsentuh, Almiraagrippina

Warung Layar Sentuh

Price: From Rp. 12,000 (Approximately USD $0.90)
Address: Jl. Palem Raya, Tambakan, Sinduharjo, Kec. Ngaglik, Kabupaten Sleman, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55581, Indonesia
Contact: +62 895 3879 77500
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 7am – 11pm


21. A sight (or two) to behold!: Abhayagiri at Sumberwatu Heritage Resort

You get two for the price of one at Abhayagiri, two spectacular sights that is! The panoramic views from the restaurant include both the Prambanan Temple and the one and only Mount Merapi.

Perched up on the side of a hill, the restaurant offers breathtaking views across Prambanan Temple. Grab a table outside to watch the sunset and enjoy dinner as the rest of the city goes to sleep.

Photo Via Floristaedellweiss, Sigitlicious, Pangeran_kuliner

Everyone knows that food tastes better with a great view, trust us the food is already amazing. The banqueting experience means you can sample as many delicious dishes as you want. Inside, Abhayagiri is just as spectacular, with luxurious décor and an impressive sparkling chandelier!

Abhayagiri at Sumberwatu Heritage Resort

Price: From Rp. 70,000 (Approximately USD $5.15)
Address: Dusun Sumberwatu, Sambirejo, Prambanan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia 55572
Contact: +62 274 446 9277 / +62 274 446 9266 / +62 274 446 9255
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 11am – 9pm


22. Look out to the vast paddy fields as you sip!: Peacumber

A bright blue cafe cum coworking space is one of the stars of Jogja’s cafe scene. With areas for lounging on bean bags while procrastinating and also areas to sit and truly focus on your work, this is the perfect place to spend the day when you need to hit your deadlines or simply to chill and reunite with your besties!

Photo Via, Peacumber, Peacumber, Ngopidimana.yk_

Jogja is filled with restaurants with spectacular views, but Peacumber is extra special as it offers a panorama of lush paddy fields available through their big glass windows and to add, the natural lighting in this place sets the mood for true productivity and cheerful conversation.

Serving up both local and western food, you won’t even have to leave your workstation to find a good hearty meal! Pair it with their Pandan infused Coffee and you’ll be energised to finish your work in no time!

Photo Via Peacumber, Javafoodie


Price: From Rp. 40,000 (Approximately USD $2.95)
Address: Jl. Kedawung, Nologaten, Caturtunggal, Kec. Depok, Kabupaten Sleman, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55281, Indonesia
Contact: +62 813 41013001
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 10am – 2am (last order at 1am)


23. A cafe with Bali-style villa vibes: Kalluna

A minimalist concept with gorgeous wooden accents and macrame decor awaits you as you step into Kalluna! Thanks to its bright white interior, you’ll feel like you’ve been whirled to the white hills of Andalusia (Spain). Paired with delicious food, you could stay here all day!

Photo Via Kalluna_id, Kalluna_id, Kalluna_id, Menudiskonyogya

Fan favourites include their signature rosemary coffee – espresso infused with apple juice and rosemary – which really tantalises your tastebuds! As for food, definitely try their salmon teriyaki rice for a sweet and salty tang to fill you up before exploring.

Enjoy their cool selection of music while you eat and have quality conversations with your friends while feeling light and airy! You’ll love snapping away some OOTD photos here too!


Price: From Rp. 38,000 (Approximately USD $2.80)
Address: Jl. Sajiono No.13, Kotabaru, Kec. Gondokusuman, Kota Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55224, Indonesia
Contact: +62 821 3693 9530
Opening hours: Sun – Thu, 10am – 10pm; Fri – Sat, 10am – 11pm


Best places to indulge in food and views!

Eat like a local at legendary stalls!

Read More: 24 Authentic local food you need to try in Yogyakarta (Jogja)!

24. Addictive chicken noodles cooked in secret sauce!: Mie Ayam Bu Tumini

This chicken noodle stall has won the hearts of everyone since the early 90s, and there isn’t a day when it’s not packed to the brim. Choose between chicken feet or chicken pieces as topping, you can even opt for their extra chicken option, go for a jumbo bowl or simply half a portion!

Photo Via TripCanvas

The sauce is rich and thick, sweet and savoury with a peanut aftertaste! An intriguing yet amazing concoction of flavours, levelled up with some sambal and an iced tea to beat the heat (it’s super stuffy at the stall as it is always overcrowded, so come prepared – pack some patience and tie your hair up!).

Tip: Get an extra plate of Bok Choy on the side too! You will have to queue for a few minutes and fight for a seat but the wait is incredibly worth it!

Mie Ayam Bu Tumini

Price: From Rp. 8,000 (Approximately USD $0.60)
Address: Jl. Imogiri Timur No.187, Giwangan, Umbulharjo, Kota Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55163 (Coordinates here)
Contact: +62 274 410 334
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 10am – 5pm

25. Comfort home-cooked food: Bakmi Mbah Mo

« COMFORT FOOD!! » – this is what we screamed after taking in the first slurp of this heartwarming Bakmi.

They’ve got two versions (dry or soupy) and we tried them both. Egg is mixed to the broth and looks scrambled, your noodles are topped with perfectly shredded chicken and a sprinkle of spring onions for that savoury kick!

It’s a casual eatery, so don’t have high expectations on comfortable seating but you can enjoy a live cooking experience and see every bit of your Bakmi being made from scratch!

Photo Via Nyonyokecil, Tashikravitz ,TripCanvas

Gulp this down with a cup of their hot ginger tea (Teh Jahe), but request for less sugar – the Javanese have a sweet tooth!

Bakmi Mbah Mo

Price: Rp.15,000 – 20,000 (Approximately USD$1 – $1.42)
Address: Jalan Parangtritis KM. 11, Code, Trirenggo, Bantul, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta. Coordinates here.
Contact: +62 815 4855 7743
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 5pm-11pm

26. Indulge in the oldest Gudeg recipe: Gudeg Mbah Lindu Sosrowijayan

Imagine the century-old Mbah Lindu hunched over her boiling pots, cooking her legendary Gudeg over charcoal, every day for more than 80 years.

After which, she would walk for 4 kilometres every morning from her home to this same spot to sell to her local customers and even tourists all over the world who have heard of her. Now, you can spot her daughter taking over the reins at her stall, though it is said that Mbah Lindu still cooks the Gudeg herself!

Try their Gudeg for breakfast as it comes with a choice of rice or porridge! The sauce is creamy and spicy, the chicken is soft and falls apart easily as it soaks up the broth while the egg is boiled to perfection!

Photo Via Devianatenly, Peresthu, Ikhwanudin.rofii

Note: There are two Gudeg stalls on the road at Sosrowijayan – the other one is named Gudeg Mbak Lindu. But Gudeg Mbah Lindu is the legendary one that we recommend here!

Gudeg Mbah Lindu Sosrowijayan

Price: From Rp. 15,000 (Approximately USD $1.10)
Address: Jalan Sosrowijayan, Sosromenduran, Gedong Tengen, Kota Yogyakarta (Coordinates here)
Contact: +62 817 5422 990
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 5am – 11am

27. A very delicious buffet gone the local way: Waroeng Kopi Klotok

You must have heard all about the popular Indonesian buffet concept – all-you-can-eat, and just inform the cashier what you took to get the final price. And guess what, this must be one of the very best local buffets we had in Yogyakarta. This isn’t your fancy coffee shop – be prepared to eat at a Joglo, converted into a dining place. It’s packed full of locals and of course the best seats are right outside by the rice paddy fields.

Photo Via TripCanvas

It doesn’t make sense to talk about dessert first, but they have the best Pisang Goreng (Banana fritters) there. It’s served warm, with gooey, mashed banana inside and fried to perfection. For the main courses, the Nasi Megono is what attracts the crowd here – rice cooked in seasoned coconut milk, mixed with vegetables and salted fish.

And of course, this place is named after their famous Kopi Klotok, so don’t miss it!

P.S. We’ve heard that pregnant ladies are welcome to eat as much as they want, for free! And we recommend coming early in the morning to get the freshest food and best seats!

Kedai Kopi Klotok

Price: From Rp.15,000 (Approximately USD $1)
Address: Jalan Kaliurang KM.16, Pakembinangun, Pakem, Area Sawah, Pakembinangun, Pakem, Kabupaten Sleman, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55582 (Coordinates here)
Contact: +62 812 2221 1635 / +62 822 3131 2004
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 7am – 10pm

28. Fresh fruit (including avocado) with shaved ice!: Es Buah PK

We can’t thank the person enough behind this creative dessert – which dates back to the early 70s!

This roadside stall specialises in shaved ice dessert, but not the traditional kind, as they serve it with generous amounts of freshly sliced fruits like avocado, coconut and pineapple, along with secret syrup concoctions (apparently chocolate condensed milk) and grass jelly cubes. This is something for your sweet tooth.

Photo Via TripCanvas

The stall also sells noodles and meatballs (bakso); so if you’re here for lunch, you also got your dessert sorted!

Es Buak PK

Price: From Rp. 5,000 (Approximately USD $0.36)
Address: Jalan Pakuningratan Nomor 76 A, Cokrodiningratan, Jetis, Kota Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta (Coordinates here)
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 10am – 6pm

Jump right into local culture!

There’s a good reason why Jogja is “the city of arts and culture”…

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29. Visit the famous Prambanan Temple and catch a ballet! – Prambanan Temple, Ramayana Ballet

When in Paris, you visit the Eiffel Tower, and when in Jogja, you visit the Prambanan Temple – a UNESCO World Heritage Site consisting of 240 temples!

This 9th century Hindu temple was built and dedicated to 3 Hindu deities, Brahma (Creator), Vishnu (Preserver) and Shiva (Destroyer), and towers at 47 metres high!

Photo Via Capt_rekha, Monsurjaya

Combine your visit to Prambanan Temple with a must-watch performance in Jogja, the Ramayana Ballet. Catch the spectacular ballet in the evening where over 200 dancers and musicians perform on an open air stage – with the Prambanan Temples rising majestically in the background. The ballet itself is based on the story of King Rama. While it originated from India, the current story has since been adapted to the Javanese style, culture and music.

Photo Via Daraninggarla, Quicchote, Nadiapita_11

PS: It comes with a delicious dinner too!

Prambanan Temple

Entrance fee: Rp. 475,000 (Approximately USD $35) for foreigners; Rp. 68,000 (Approximately USD $5) for locals
Address: Prambanan, Special Region of Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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Ramayana Ballet

Price: From USD $40 (Approximately 544,000) for a Standard Package including Dinner, and Ramayana Ballet Performance
Address: Jl. Brigjen Katamso Keparakan, Mergangsan, Kota Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55152
Contact: +62 274 375 705
Show time: Mon – Sun, 7pm – 10pm (check website for more detailed hours as times may differ per show)


30. Learn all about this world-famous heritage temple at sunrise: Borobudur Temple

You must have heard that Borobudur Temple, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a must-see if you are in Yogyakarta. We second this, and don’t forget to choose the sunrise tour! As the sky starts to lighten, the stupas turn into different hues with the sun rays reflecting and piercing through.

Photo Via TripCanvas
Photo Via TripCanvas

From our past experience, we would highly recommend you to book a sunrise tour package from Klook, which includes pick-up from your hotel at 3.30am (to reach the top of the temple by 5am) and drop-off services. It’s completely worth it. You will also be given a torch to help you climb the stairs followed by snacks and souvenirs!

If you prefer skipping the crowd at sunrise, you can also opt for a day tour to Borobudur Temple!

We highly recommend you to opt for a guide so as to truly immerse in the cultural experience and learn about the history of Borobudur Temple – the largest Buddhist monument in the world. When we were there, our guide was very knowledgeable and provided us with a lot of historical context so we could better appreciate the culture! (Note: Local guides are available at the temple itself.)

Borobudur Temple

Entrance fee: Rp. 40,000 for Indonesians and Rp. 350,000 for foreigners (Approximately USD $24.55)
Address: Jl. Badrawati, Kw. Candi Borobudur, Borobudur, Magelang, Central Java
Contact: +62 293 7181194 / +62 811 2688000
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 6am – 5.15pm (general public)

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31. Delve into Secrets of the Ancient Past: Ullen Sentalu Museum

Even if museums aren’t really your thing, the Ullen Sentalu Museum, crowned as Indonesia’s best museum by National Geographic, is a must-visit.

The Ullen Sentalu museum exhibits a privately owned collection that illustrates history from the era of the Mataram Kingdom, one of Indonesia’s most powerful kingdoms from the 8th Century that built the Borobudur and most of the temples in Yogyakarta.

Photo Via Nuyulmwk, Siput_017, Billybeanthere, Ronnyang

Upon entering, you will be brought around by a complementary tour guide through a maze of narrow alleys connecting rooms displaying artefacts, such as furniture, pictures, artworks and a brief history of batik.

Photo Via Ullensentalu, Wistamuseumullen, Anzlata

Ullen Sentalu Museum

Entrance fee: Rp. 100,000 (Approximately USD $7.35) for foreigners; Rp. 40,000 (Approximately USD $2.95) for locals
Address: Jl. Boyong Km 25, Kaliurang Barat, Kec. Sleman, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta
Contact: +62 274 895 161
Opening hours: Tue– Fri, 8.30am – 4pm; Sat – Sun, 8.30am – 5pm (Mon closed)


32. Get to see ancient animals come back to life: History of Java Museum

If you like to learn about history then you have to visit the History of Java Museum. About 30 minutes from Parangtritis Beach, they have the most advanced technology!

Photo Via Immotrett, Rarasiraaa

This definitely isn’t one of those boring museums, using AR technology and video mapping, you’ll feel like objects come alive in front of you!

Photo Via Florentiayenny, Adelina1611_5, Lifnggun

All you have to do is download the museum app and it will take you through the place by moving things and making sounds to make everything much more exciting! If you’re lucky you’ll also be there during one of their special visits from international speakers!

Lets not forget that it’s super Instagrammable!

History of Java Museum

Entrance fee: Rp. 50,000 (Approximately USD $3.70) for foreigners; Rp. 30,000 (Approximately USD $2.20) for locals
Address: Jalan Parangtritis Km 5.5 (Pyramid Cafe) Tarudan Bangunharjo Sewon, Bantul Regency, Yogyakarta
Contact: +62 857 4822 8300
Operating hours: Mon – Sun, 9am – 6pm


33. Wander into the secrets of a water fortress: Taman Sari

Europe isn’t the only place to indulge in 18th Century architecture. This garden chateau (decorated with swimming pools in the middle of the courtyard), which was built by the Portuguese during their residence in Java as a gift for the wives of Sultan Hamengku Buwono I, is a perfect representation of Yogyakarta’s royalty a few hundred years ago.

After you have meandered along the corridors that lead to the castle tower (which boasts of a magnificent view), take a few steps down past the Gapura Agung (Grand Entrance), and descend into the Tajug, a system of mysterious underground catacombs that once served as bunkers during war, and a tunnel connecting the Taman Sari, the Keraton, and Pulo Kenongo.

Photo Via Fazrinarani, Tiby.biw, Dansu92

Taman Sari

Entrance Fee: Rp. 15,000 (Approximately USD $1.10) for foreigners; Rp. 5,000 (Approximately USD $0.35) for locals
Address: Wisata Taman Sari Jalan Tamanan, Patehan, Kecamatan Kraton, Kota Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55133, Indonesia
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 8am – 5pm

34. Experience the Life of Ancient Royalty: Ratu Boko Palace

Make your way up the pathway, past refreshing waterfalls and other stone carved ornaments that decorate King Boko’s Palace, and you will start to bask in the blue-blooded atmosphere where Javanese royalty once resided.

Admire the three temples located in the royal compound, including the caverns scattered at secluded areas where monks once meditated. Not to forget the many stone ponds where natural ground water runs, believed to possess healing and cleansing powers.

You’ll appreciate the majestic portals that stand at the end of each staircase, welcoming you to each level of the chateau, as you ascend to the very top where a balcony sits.

Photo Via Faniebalqis, Danu_darkangelz, Ris_ati

Located on a plateau right in the outskirts of the city, the balcony overlooks Yogyakarta’s skyline, including the nearby Prambanan temple – another marvellous site to watch the rising sun.

Ratu Boko Palace

Entrance Fee: Rp. 337,000 (Approximately USD $24.75) for foreigners; Rp. 40,000 (Approximately USD $2.95) for locals
Address: Jl. Raya Piyungan – Prambanan No.KM.2, Gatak, Bokoharjo, Kec. Prambanan, Kabupaten Sleman, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 6am – 5pm


Have family fun for all!

There’s nothing quite like quality time with the kiddos

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35. Family fun in a unique wonderland: The Lost World Castle

If you think a majestic castle can only be found in far away Europe, The Lost World Castle in Yogyakarta will prove you wrong.

Upon stepping inside the castle, you’ll be totally mesmerised by the endless eye-opening attractions, ranging from the magnificent European-themed castle (complete with medieval adornments), sakura trees, Indian huts, and Stonehenge replicas to a lifeless dinosaur figure lying on the dried river.

Photo Via Ivoaprtsr, Pristober

For those who love snapping Instagrammable photos, The Lost World Castle is the perfect place to do so. How about sitting on the Iron Throne and channeling your inner Queen Cersei or Daenerys?  Still not unique enough? Go explore the Hobbit house, Paradise Gate and 3D gallery. You’ll never run out of options.

Photo Via Elviaesta, Liexiande, Iyangmagenta

The Lost World Castle

Entrance fee: Rp 30,000 (Approximately USD $2.20)
Address: Petung, Kepuharjo, Cangkringan, Sleman Regency, Special Region of Yogyakarta 55583, Indonesia
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 7am – 6pm


36. Bring your little one closer to nature at the river’s edge: Desa Lemah Rubuh

Photo lovers rejoice, there’s a new IG worthy spot in Jogja! For those of you who like to take pictures for your ‘gram and also love nature, this would be the place to go.

Right on the river bank you’ll find several giant caged buildings lined up neatly complete with tables and chairs for you to lounge on!

You can stand in and around this cage and pose perfectly with the beautiful background of a long river and lush trees, all made complete with the bright blue sky!

Photo Via Aprili28_, Aprili28_

If you’re feeling a little adventurous, bring along some floaties and take a dip in the river!

Desa Lemah Rubuh

Entrance Fee: Free
Parking fee: Rp. 5,000 (Approximately USD $0.35) for cars; Rp. 2,000 (Approximately USD $0.15) for motorbikes
Address: Lemah Rubuh Hamlet, Selopamioro Village, Imogiri District, Bantul, Yogyakarta
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 10am – 6pm

38. Challenge yourself with Southeast Asia’s longest flying fox: Gedangsari Green Village

Yogyakarta is now the proud home to one of Southeast Asia’s longest flying foxes – which you can find in Gedangsari Green Village!

Here, you can feel the sensation of flying through a 625-metre-long zip-line with your adrenaline pumping like never before. Not only will you feel like you’re actually flying, the breathtaking scenery and chilly weather will make this experience even more exciting!

Photo Via Ruzitajamaludin, Wahyu610

After the crazy ride, you can relax by slowly exploring Gedangsari while gazing out at the peaceful landscape surrounding the village.

Green Village Gedangsari

Flying Fox: Rp. 250,000 (Approximately USD $18.40) for foreigners; Rp. 200,000 (Approximately USD $14.70) for locals (includes: insurance + transport  + snack + mineral water)
Parking fee: Rp. 5,000 (Approximately USD $0.40) for cars; Rp. 2,000 (Approximately USD $0.15) for motorbikes
Address: Mertelu, Gedang Sari, Kabupaten Gunung Kidul, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55863, Indonesia
Contact: +62 852 2886 8024
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 6am – 6pm


Shop for artsy and hipster products at markets!

Places to stock up on souvenirs from Jogja!

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39. The Chatuchak of Yogyakarta: Beringharjo market

You’ll go a little crazy at this market – although we dropped by with hopes of finding souvenirs for friends and relatives, we ended up buying more bags for ourselves than to gift to others – no shame, they were amazingly cheap, Rp.80,000 (Approximately USD$5) for a handmade bag; where else can you find that!?

Besides our purchases, the market is packed full of other shops featuring batik products as well as affordable shoes and even artisanal perfumes (they have the craziest scents, from chocolate to kiwi!)

Rest assured, men are not left behind- you’ll surely find gifts for the men of your life there – shirts and trendy T-shirts make better souvenirs than cliché keychains and fridge magnets (just saying!).

Photo Via TripCanvas

Beringharjo Market

Price Range: Rp. 50,000 – Rp. 100,000 (Approximately USD $3 – $7)
Address: Pasar Beringharjo, Jl. Margo Mulyo No.16, Ngupasan, Gondomanan, Kota Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55122 (Coordinates here)
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 8.30am – 9pm
*Note: The souvenir market is on the left of the wet market (Pasar Beringharjo)

40. Test your bargaining skills at a souvenir haven: Batik Danar Hadi at Malioboro Street

From batik shirts to miniature rickshaws, Malioboro Street is Yogyakarta’s answer to Bangkok’s night markets.

An overcrowded street during the weekends is usual, as it has been serving as Yogyakarta’s centre of trade since the colonial era. A concoction of traditional gamelan music blasting on crackling loudspeakers, dubbed with the yells of hawkers, is the soundtrack for a stroll through this street market.

For Batik, a traditional artform, you want to head to Danar Hadi where you’ll find endless rows of beautiful and colourful prints! Enjoy coming home with a bag full of incredible souvenirs for you and your loved ones.

Photo Via Hendriansyahadli, Batik-Danar-Hadi, Batik-Danar-Hadi

Batik Danar Hadi at Malioboro Street

Price: From Rp. 300,000 (Approximately USD $22)
Address: Jl. Malioboro No.25, Sosromenduran, Gedong Tengen, Kota Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55271, Indonesia
Contact: +62 274 512589
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 9am – 9pm (may vary)


Treat yourself to some soothing spa treatments!

You can find massages for cheap in Jogja!

Read More: 12 Affordable spas in Jogja to indulge in relaxing massages with private treatment rooms

41. Slide in a bathtub filled with rose petals: Qorinah Day Spa

As a woman, don’t you often wish you could get some space away from frustrating men (sorry guys) and just spend some time with other women? It looks like this is what Qorinah Day Spa believes in too – they offer body therapy services to women only, so you can enjoy your pampering sessions, men-free!

Shake off the weariness from long office hours, household chores and child-rearing with special packages, if you really can’t leave the little ones, kids are welcome too, and there are even services adapted for them!

Prepare to feel like a Javanese princess as you emerge from your spa time rejuvenated and restored – and ready to tackle your life duties again! You go, superwoman!

Qorinah Day Spa

Price: Full Body Package from Rp. 130,000 per 1 hour 40 minutes (includes body massage, body mask and body steam) (Approximately USD $9)
Address: Jalan Kaliurang Km. 15 Komplek Ruko Degolan no 18-19. Sleman, Yogyakarta
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 9am – 7pm
Contact: +62 274 896 000 / +62 857 1670 1045


42. Indulge in an outdoor spa experience: SAARAH Day Spa/Tea Spa by SAARAH (Temporarily closed)

This is exactly what affordable luxury looks and feels like! You’ll mistake the city for an oasis as you get pampered in a villa-like retreat, away from noise and bustle. Depending on the treatments you go for, you could even enjoy the ultimate relaxation session right in the little garden, amidst natural fresh air and birdsong!

You can customise the highly-recommended Full Body Massage according to your pressure needs, and choose from aromatherapy oils with different purposes – whether you want to release tension, relax or simply re-energise your body and soul.

Photo Via Saarahdayspa, Saarahdayspa, TripCanvas, TripCanvas

Can’t decide which treatment to try? You can also choose to experience several, and even enjoy complimentary pickup and drop-off service (only when you book a package or individual treatments lasting 2.5 hours or more per person).

SAARAH Day Spa/Tea Spa by SAARAH

Price: Full Body Massage from Rp. 195,000 per hour (Approximately USD $14.30)
Address 1 (SAARAH Day Spa): Jl. Sidomulyo No.6 Tiyasan, Condongcatur Yogyakarta, Kabupaten Sleman,Condong Catur, Kecamatan Depok, Kabupaten Sleman, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55281
Address 2 (Tea Spa by SAARAH): Greenhost Boutique Hotel Jl. Prawirotaman II (Gerilya) No. 629 Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Opening hours:
Mon, 12am – 6pm; Tue – Sun, 9am – 8pm (last booking at 7pm)
Tea Spa by SAARAH: Mon – Sun, 9am – 10pm
Contact (SAARAH Day Spa):​ ​+62 274 887 151 / +62 819 4482 9999 (WhatsApp)
Contact (Tea Spa by SAARAH): +62 274 389777 (ext. 14) / ​+62 878 39964999 (WhatsApp)


Special Mentions

While you may not always catch these things to do whilst you’re in Jogja, they’re definitely worth going to when the time is right!

1. An annual affair filled with magic and culture: Wayang Jogja Night Carnival

Every year to celebrate its birthday, The Special Region of Yogyakarta hosts an incredible night of arts, culture, and performances that will mesmerise you. Featuring hand puppets, which are made as per tradition, and beautiful costumes, stories will be told that come from centuries ago.

Photo Via Darpita_jn, TripCanvas, Jonydaynazar

It’s a night of discovery, beautiful appreciation of an old heritage, and anticipation for the things you’ll learn. Make sure to pay close attention to the intricate details on each costume, you’ll be amazed at how much thought is put into it! It’s so magical that one might even plan a trip to Jogja specifically so they can attend this carnival!

Bring your friends, family, and loved ones to enjoy a spectacular show filled with colour, light and fun!

Wayang Jogja Night Carnival

Price: Free
Address: Tugu Jogja Area
Contact: +62 274 588025

2. A golden beauty that comes around once a year: Taman Bunga Amarilis

Directly translated to mean Amaryllis garden, this place is an absolute gem to wander around. Blooming fully during the month of November, if you find yourself in Jogja during the season, you absolutely have to go and see the red and orange sea of flowers.

Brightly coloured petals surround your body, and a mild, sweet, delicate smell encompases the air, while you definitely won’t be spending long here, take some time to just stop and literally smell the flowers!

Photo Via Irhazzamil, Yayukjuminten, Dongvns

Photos here are spectacular, while sunflower gardens are definitely the trend, I think Amaryllis gardens could take over!

Taman Bunga Amarilis

Entrance fee: Rp. 10,000 (Approximately USD $0.73)
Address: Ngasemayu, Salam, Patuk, Gunung Kidul Regency, Special Region of Yogyakarta 55862, Indonesia (Coordinates here)
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 6am – 6pm (November to December)

1. When to travel to Yogyakarta

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Yogyakarta is great all year long, and the temperature remains roughly the same through the year. However, it would a good idea to try to avoid the peak of the rainy season – which usually falls between January and March, so the rain won’t deter you from visiting any of your destinations.

Being the cultural capital of Indonesia, the month of Suro (first month of the Lunar Calendar) is also a time when many places of worship in Yogyakarta perform annual rituals – something you wouldn’t want to miss when coming to Yogyakarta.

2. Getting there

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1. Flights

Fare starts at Rp. 350,000 (USD 26) via Lion Air, Sriwijaya Air, AirAsia (1 hour 10 minutes flight)

2. Train

a. Executive: starts at Rp. 285,000 (USD 21)
– Depart from Gambir Station (Central Jakarta), and arrive at Tugu Station (City Center of Yogyakarta, about a 7-hour ride)

b. Economy: starts at Rp. 145,000 (USD 11) – Seats are cramped, and not recommended
– Depart from Pasar Senen Station, and arrive at Lempuyangan Station (about a 7-hour ride)

Direct flights start at SGD 87 (USD 64) via AirAsia (2 hour 15 minutes flight)

3. Getting around

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Although public transportation is available in Yogyakarta, it is not recommended since its schedule is not what you would call reliable. The stops also do not extend as far as many of the destinations you might want to visit. If you haven’t had your transportation arranged, here are a few options you might want to consider;

a. Rent a car with a driver/tour guide

Packages usually include fuel, toll fees, parking, and the driver’s meal throughout the day (make sure these things are made clear before making a booking). Most operators will offer similar prices ranged below Rp. 500,000 per day (USD 37) for 4-6 passengers.

Our recommendation?

Mr. Ukhi has built an excellent reputation over the years on the interwebs, and has now launched his own website. He speaks English fluently and can arrange the trip according to your requirement. Best of all, he knows all the best spots around town,  and his vehicle of choice is usually the Toyota Avanza. (However, he can definitely make arrangements for larger groups as well!)

Mr Ukhi, Yogya Driver

Price: Rp. 450,000 per day (USD 34), but may vary according to the destinations and days planned
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +62-81-2158-9136


b. Rent a car without a driver

If you are feeling a little more adventurous, Yogyakarta is not too difficult to navigate. (Do note that it would most definitely be a good idea to preload your GPS maps, or get a physical map. Mobile service can be unreliable in many parts of the Gunungkidul area).

Most rental services offer a Toyota Avanza (7-seater) at around Rp. 350,000 per day (USD 26). However, we’ve found that Cahaya Transport, the cheapest and one of the most equipped operators offers them at Rp. 250,000 per day (USD 19).

Cahaya Transport

Address: Iroyudan RT 06, Guwosari, Pajangan, Bantul, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Phone: +62 812 2712 299, +62 878 3831 2232, (0274) 368 412

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c. Rent a motorcycle

Have the most fun (and biggest bang for your buck) getting around on two wheels. Not only are they cheap to rent, they are also cheaper to run on gasoline as well as parking fees.

Bening transport offers delivery services for their motorcycles anywhere in Yogyakarta. All you have to do is provide three forms of identification, and you will be given the keys and a pair of helmets.

Bening Transport

Prices: Starts at Rp. 60,000 per day (USD 5) and Rp. 250,000 per week (USD 18)
Address: Samirono Lama CT VI/22 Sleman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Phone: (0274) 547 440, 826 3214

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