Must Visit Places in Java and Surroundings
- Borobudur Temple
If you are seeking one of the best-preserved ancient monument in Indonesia, Borobudur temple should be on the top of your travel list. It is located in Magelang, 99 kms west of Solo or around 3 hours drive by car. This largest Buddhist monument was built in the 8th and 9th centuries. It is covering a total surface area of 2,500 m2 consists of nine stacked platforms, six square and three circular cones, and the monumental stupa. For you who have the longer visit in Borobudur, the sunrise in the dawn would be worth it to be your truly enlightening experience to enjoy the sun rising from the horizon, fresh air in the morning, dewy grasses along your way and the light shadowing the great ancient rocks. You need to pay extra fee to take pleasure in those moments because sunrise tour is started at around 04.30 am before the public visits. The entrance tickets are US$22 / Rp 280,000 for adult non-Indonesians and
US$10/Rp 110,000 for non-Indonesian registered students (ISIC or university card is required). The operational hours are from 06.00 AM to 05.00 PM daily.
- Gunung Bromo
Java island is almost entirely volcanic origin and it contains numerous volcanoes. That is why one of the great thing you can do while in Indonesia especially in Java is to climb volcanoes. The most famous volcano to visit in Java without any doubt is Gunung Bromo that located in the southeast of Surabaya, the capital of East Java. The volcano is part of the conservation area named Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. The place is very famous to witness sunrise in the mid of astonishing view of volcanic complex. It is also well-known with its sand, sea and the highest volcano in Java which is Semeru that be part of the complex. The most common transportation to use here is jeep which costs US$ 6/ Rp 80,000 – US$ 8/ Rp 100,000 per person and the price can be cheaper depends on how many people in the group. If you want to meet more challenges, you can explore the complex and do the hiking by foot while enjoying the breathtaking scenery.
Bali is one of the world’s most popular island. The title is not exaggerated since Bali offers various landscapes from hills, mountains, beaches to rice terraces, the hospitality of locals, and its unique cultures. It is a must to take a visit to Bali once you are in Indonesia especially with affordable direct flight you can take from any airport. Bali is the home for most Hindu population in Indonesia. Therefore, the spiritual culture is deeply rooted in the island and you can explore it by visiting the temples, attending the ceremonies, or enjoying the traditional performance in Bali. You can also enjoy the world class surfing and diving in its beautiful beaches like Kuta, Jimbaran, and Nusa Dua.
If you still want to experience more adventure, taking a 5 hours trip with ferry to Lombok island can be your top option. Lombok is somewhat similar in size and density with neighboring Bali and it shares some cultural heritage. However, there are some differences that make your visit to Lombok left the whole different impression with Bali. You can challenge yourself by trekking Rinjani Mountain which is the second highest volcano in Indonesia. The mountain offers many things such as crater lake named Segara Anak, hot springs, Gua Susu (Susu cave) and you can attend a spiritual ceremony named Mulang Pakelem. If you are not into trekking, you still can enjoy the peaceful and relaxing life pace in Lombok by shopping traditional handicraft in Sukarana or visiting the beautiful beaches and waterfalls.