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Travel Blogs from Yogyakarta
For the sake of flexibility, we decided only hours before sunset to hop an overnight train from Jakarta to Yogyakarta figuring we could easily find accomodation upon arrival. Java's most expensive luxury trains do not offer sleeping cabins, but they provided free blankets, free entertainment (sellers screaming at the top of their lungs in case you …
... to gaze over the Menoreh Mountains.
These three terraces are, in fact, transitional steps leading to the tenth and highest level, the realm of formlessness and abstraction. This top platform is circular, signifying never-ending nirvana.
This was a truly awe-inspiring visit, with the monument fully living up to its reputation, and enhanced by the fact that the site was pretty much deserted, due to Ramadan.
From here ...
... museum about the multiple restorations. We didn't have time to look through the plethora of souvenir stalls which had grown at the bottom which was a shame, but other than that we didn't feel rushed at the temple. On our tour we had chosen to save 30,000 each by not including breakfast and just bringing our own however we were then all sat in the restaurant as a holding area and given menus which, if we had bought breakfast, would have cost us more than 30,000. ...
... Phoenix. The hotel was really nice - but felt like a copy of our raffles hotel. I guess since I wouldn't ever stay I'm raffles, this was a close choice.
Malioboro street was full of street vendors selling very similar things.T-shirts after t-shirts!! We happened to by chance walk into a lane which led us to one of the biggest indoor market like place. Also went to the mall.
Day 3 - woke up 245am to go for a sunrise mt merapi lava tour. It was ...
... same direction, and also using motorbikes,
rickshaws, cars and trucks instead of just legs. It's also a bit like
being in one if those car racing computer games where the aim is not
only to win the race but also to kill as many as your competitors as
possible. To make it more interesting, some of the drivers are children
as young as ten. I have found that the best way of riding a motorbike
in Southeast Asia is to ...