Yogyakarta Travel Guide
From Bandung we left by train to Yogyakarta. A journey of about 7 – 8 hours, so again we chose nice luxury for the most comfortable class. We had both heard and read many good stories about this city, so we were really looking forward to it. But at the same time we had no idea what to expect from it. Once we arrive at the station we are a bit overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle. Quick a Grab and on to the hostel. We arrive in Oasis of Peace. What a nice place to start in Yogyakarta. What soon turns out to be a top city.
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From Bandung to Yogyakarta
Traveling in Java is a lot easier than in Sumatra. You almost always have three options, namely a public bus, minivan or train. Because it’s called a decent trip, we chose the train again. We had lost around 25 euros per person for this, so quite expensive for Indonesian standards.
Sleeping in Yogyakarta
Finding a nice place to sleep in Yogyakarta is a breeze. You have so many nice and affordable places here. Because we unfortunately could not book another day at our first hostel, we had to move to another hostel the second day. Both were great!
Sae Sae Hostel
Super hip hostel hidden in an alley. Upon arrival you immediately feel at home. There is a wonderful relaxed atmosphere. As if everyone has been here for weeks. You can relax in one of the many nice seating areas in the Boho-decorated garden. The room is simple but clean. You share the bathroom and toilets, but because there are enough, there is always one available.
The employees of the Sae Sae hostel are super friendly and are happy to give you tips about the best places and nicest trips. Breakfast is not included, but they do have a small cafe outside where you can order different meals and breakfasts. Including fantastic tasty smoothie bowls.
Do not look up in the morning from Asian tourists who only come to take some pictures. The hostel is in fact Instafamous. Sometimes complete photoshoots take place.
A private room at Sae Sae for two people costs around 12 euros.
Because we could no longer stay with Sae Sae, we left the second day for the Abracadabra hostel. Perhaps even nicer. Also super hip, but slightly less hipster.
We booked a private room here, all with their own theme. Super awesome! The first night we stayed in the jungle room with private bathroom for only 10 euros! The rooms are simple, but very cool. The bathroom was complete in jungle style, complete with plants and an outdoor shower.
The second night we stayed in the Urban Room. Lots of metal, tough concrete walls and a bucket with holes for a shower. Again a very nice room.
The hostel also had a “swimming pool” which is rather a large bath and lots of nice seating areas. Another advantage is that every morning a different fresh breakfast is served. We received a plate of fried rice with fruit and the second time pancakes with strawberries and bananas. Perhaps the nicest thing about this hostel are Bonnie and Clyde. The most adorable and lazy cats from Yogyakarta.
The best hotspots in Yogyakarta
You can enjoy delicious food anywhere in Yogyakarta. After a few weeks, we mainly felt like something else, so we mainly visited some modern restaurants. Enough choice in any case. Fancy a traditional food, go to Malioboro and enjoy street food or eat at one of the many traditional Warungs.
The Via Via restaurant is very popular and always full. In the evenings live music is often played here and you can enjoy Western and traditional dishes for a very reasonable price. We had lunch here and in the evening came back again for dinner. Both times we lost around 15 euros incl. Drinks.
Not only can you have a good lunch or dinner here, you will also find a bakery, souvenirs and they arrange various tours. Highly recommended.
Unfortunately we did not intervene, but you can hear from everyone that this is the best place to eat. The food here is so fantastic that reservation is required, otherwise you can wait a long time. Unfortunately we were unable to intervene here, but if you get the chance then you should definitely eat something here.
You can eat a tasty burger or good pizza at the hip Move On. It is located in a busy street where you will find many restaurants. In addition to the delicious burgers and pizzas, you also have great ice cream here. A burger menu costs around 80,000 and a pizza a little less. Although that is slightly more expensive than eating in Warung is still very cheap. Leroy ate a pasta pesto here and I a big burger with fries. We lost around 17 euros with drinks.
Take a seat in the cozy garden of Pizza Nanamia. And yes the pizza is deliciously delicious. For dessert we strongly recommend the tiramisu.
Breakfast at Sae Sae
I’m a fan of Nasi goreng, but in the morning I prefer to eat something else. How nice it was to have a breakfast at Sae Sae. Delicious smoothie bowl filled with the tastiest things.
To Do in Yogyakarta
Good food and walking
Yogyakarta is a wonderful city to stroll through. Visit Malioboro and enjoy great bargains and delicious street food. Or stroll through the streets and discover cool street art everywhere.
h3> Eternal happiness on the square of Yogyakarta
Visit the square of Yogyakarta in the evening. The square is pleasantly busy and you will find countless street food stalls and two large trees in the middle. You can rent a blindfold for 5000 rupees. If you manage to walk blindfolded between the two trees, you will have eternal happiness. Sounds super easy, but due to the chaos around it still a big job. No sense in eternal happiness or with a blindfold walking around like crazy, watching only all attempts is certainly worth it. After a lot of cheating and making adjustments I succeeded.
Borobodur & Parmabadan
At the corner of every street and every hostel or hotel you can arrange a tour to Borobodur and Parmabadan. You often have the choice of a sunset tour where you leave for the temple at 3 o’clock. You can then watch the sunrise from a viewpoint (somewhere on a hill) or from the Borobodur temple complex. The latter costs you 10 euros extra. Unfortunately, the chance that you will actually experience a beautiful sunrise is not always the case. With us it is very cloudy. This means no beautiful sunrise, but a beautiful foggy environment.
We decided to only visit Borobodur, but that was primarily a budget choice. The prices for visiting the temples are on the high side. The two of you quickly lose more than 100 euros and you are often back before noon. But a visit is definitely worth it. The Borobodur temple was beautiful and I have heard even better stories about Parmabadan. If I could have done it differently, we would not have booked a tour and would have preferred to have gone in the afternoon when it was a bit quiet.
We decided to rent a private car with driver for a whole day with 4 others (about 40 euros in total). A very nice man who also managed to choose the best eateries. Our second stop was at the beautiful Sri Gethuk waterfall. Although we were perhaps the biggest attraction as tourists, it was a beautiful place and impressive waterfall.
Tubing through a cave (Pindul Cave)
Float around on a giant rubber band. Yes! I’m sold. It was perhaps a bit on the busy side, but a lot of fun. Together you float through a grove where you can admire beautiful rock formations and a huge amount of bat. After the cave you float quietly and you get the chance to jump into the water from a rock. Leroy obviously could not resist this.
Okay, I have to admit that I have crawled here on all fours. A bit exciting on a bamboo hand floating above a gigantic abyss. But the view is beautiful. It is also fantastic to see how the locals take complete photoshoots and everyone (including us) has to be photographed.
And these are just a few of the many to do’s in Yogyakarta. You can also follow a fun food tour or cooking course at the ViaVia restuarant, visit a nice beach, visit the Sultan’s palace, the water palace or go and make your own jewelry at one of the silver factories.