Yogyakarta, together with its twin city Surakarta (Solo), is the cradle of civilization on Java. This city was the seat of power that produced the magnificent temples of Borobudur and Prambanan in the 8th and 9th century and the new powerful Mataram kingdom of the 16th and 17th century.
Yogyakarta was known with the slogan of “Jogja The Never ending Asia“ for its endless appeals. Today, it is also renowned as “ Jogja Istimewa “, a tagline that elaborates its special values.
|Population||The city's population was 422,732 inhabitants at the 2017 census. Its built-up area was home to 4,010,436 inhabitants, which includes Magelang and 65 districts across Sleman, Klaten, Bantul, Kulon Progo, and Magelang regencies. At 0.837, Yogyakarta has one of the highest HDI within Indonesia, with which it is considered a "developed" city.|
|Size||The area of the city of Yogyakarta is 32.5 square kilometres (12.5 square miles).|
|Temperatures||Yogyakarta features a tropical monsoon climate (Am) as the precipitation in the driest month, August is below 60 millimetres (2.4 inches). The wettest month in Yogyakarta is January with precipitation totalling 392 millimetres (15.4 inches). The climate is influenced by the monsoon. The annual temperature is roughly about 26 to 27 Celsius. The hottest month is April with average temperature 27.1 Celsius.|
|Time Zone||UTC+7 (Indonesia Western Time (WIB).|
|Electricity||Voltage: 230V, Frequency: 50Hz, Sockets: Type C/F.|
|Country Dialling Code||(+62) 274|
|Religion||83,22% Islam, 15,65 % Christianity, 0,29 % Buddhism, 0,20% Hinduism, 0,02% Confucianism.|
|Language||Indonesian and Javanese|
This city is one of the foremost cultural centers of Indonesia. From strolling through the living museum of The Kraton or The Keraton (Sultan’s Palace), to hanging out at the famous Alun Alun, to watching silversmiths produce amazing jewelry at Kotagede and maybe try a splurge shopping up at Malioboro road.
Chasing sunrise in famous temples like Prambanan and Borobudur in the neighboring town of Magelang, are only some of the many more ways to never get bored in this relatively small yet bustling city.
Yogyakarta is home to a myriad of heritage buildings, landmarks and important monuments. Because of its proximity to the Borobudur and Prambanan temples, and presence of the Javanese court Kraton culture of Kraton Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta hosts a sizeable tourist industry. Kotagede, the capital of Mataram Sultanate is also located in the city. Many tourists come to Yogyakarta as an accommodation base to visit Borobudur and Prambanan.
Malioboro street is a popular shopping and culinary area within the city, which has pedestrian zone. Yogyakarta Kraton is the palace and seat of the reigning Sultan of Yogyakarta also located in the city. The palace complex is a centre of Javanese culture, and contains a museum displaying royal artefacts. Tugu monument is an important landmark of Yogyakarta. 1 March monument located on Jalan Malioboro was built to commemorate General Offensive of 1 March 1949 during the Indonesian National Revolution.
Bunder Forest Park
Enjoying Wayang Kulit During The Night In Sasana Hinggil
Kraton Yogyakarta Museum
Merapi Lava Tour
Parangtritis Paragliding Hill
Ratu Boko Temple
Thousand Stones Of Songgo Langit
Once you arrive, there are a number of ways you can explore Yogyakarta. Walking is a great way to take in the sights and meet the locals though it can get hot by the middle of the day. Strolling the heart of the city and find the many attraction located nearby the Malioboro area.
Embrace the local mode of transport and try a becak, traditional three wheeled pedal powered cart. Remember to negotiate the price before you start on your journey. Traditional horse-drawn carts known as Andong can be found in the tourist areas of Yogyakarta. These are a relaxed and romantic way to take in the sights.
You may wish to organize a car and driver for the duration of your stay in Yogyakarta. If you know how to ride a motorbike you can hire one in the city. Taxis are available and can be arranged through your hotel. Buses are the major form of public transportation here, however, their hours of operation and capacity can be limited.
Try to enjoy some part in the rural side with a bicycle ride, and discover beautiful corners that can inspire you to fall more in love with the special charm of Yogyakarta!
The nearby cities that you can also visit from Yogyakarta are Magelang and Solo. Make your way to Punthuk Setumbu and see the elegance of Borobudur temple from a different viewpoint at sunrise. Solo or also known as Surakarta, has its very own charming palace and famous for its natural wonders, such as Grojogan Sewu Waterfalls.
You can experience all five wonders in this artsy city. Starting from indulging in the natural wonders, by visiting scenic beaches and photogenic landscape. Parangtritis, Indrayanti, Pok Tunggal, Siung, Krakal, and Jogan are some of the famous beaches in town. Breathtaking points such as Puncak Becici, Pinus Pengger, and Jurang Tembelan are only several of plenty more exciting back-to-nature destination in Yogyakarta!
For culinary wonders, don’t forget to try the Gudeg first, special cooking of traditional Javanese recipe that is iconic to this city. The Bakpia, is a traditional snack with many enticing flavors that are popular for souvenirs. For a beverage, you can try the Jamu, a natural herb mix beverage based on ancient tradition used for natural remedies.
Batik is the national treasure based on Javanese word of “amba” and “titik”, meaning to write the dots. It is an art of decorating fabric using wax and dyeing process. Yogyakarta has a signature batik pattern that are usually made with a bright white basic. Some of the motifs are namely The Parang Kusumo, Kawung and Truntum, each was created with the special philosophy behind its every dots.
There are Batik Tulis, Batik Cap, Batik Print and the mixed result of the techniques. The most expensive is the Batik Tulis, which are made of 100% hand paint ornaments. It will become even more expensive if it is made from precious silk fabric. Making a fine quality Batik Tulis can range from a day of production to a meticulous months-long process, depend on the size and sheer complicated details of the design.
Wayang is also an amazing art heritage known from Yogyakarta. There are the Wayang Kulit or leather puppet, played on a shadow puppet show by the dalang or puppet master through a screen lit by lights. Wayang Orang is the life-size performances depicting the same philosophical messages from ancient stories and is presented by men and women in elaborate traditional costume.
You can discover the Recreation wonders, by visiting the tourism villages in Yogyakarta. Tembi, Pentingsari, and Nglanggeran are three of the places that you can start with. Experience the authentic daily life of the locals, and learn some new skills, such as playing the gamelan, weaving janur and perform a Javanese traditional dance!
Adventure wonders are also aplenty in Yogyakarta. Starting with exploring Mount Merapi National Park, riding the thrilling jeep ride and hiking Mount Nglanggeran, an ancient volcano located in a beautiful village.
Rock climbing can be done in Siung beach, while cave tubing is a major attraction in Goa Pindul, and you can try to visit Jomblang cave for an extraordinary caving experience.
Yogyakarta is indeed a city with numerous attractions to enjoy. All of this and many more to explore has brought Yogyakarta as the second most visited destination in Indonesia after Bali.
Komodo is part of the Lesser Sunda chain of islands and forms part of the Komodo National Park. It lies between the substantially larger neighbouring islands Sumbawa to the west and Flores to the east. The island's surface area covers 390 square kilometres. Komodo Island is home to the Komodo Dragon, the largest lizard on earth.
|Population||The island is particularly notable as the habitat of the Komodo dragon, the largest lizard on Earth, which is named after the island. Komodo Island has a surface area of 390 square kilometres and a human population of over two thousand.|
|Size||Komodo Island has a surface area of 390 square kilometres..|
|Temperatures||Temperatures are high and quite uniform throughout the year. The least hot period is from June to August. From September to November, and sometimes by mid-August, the hottest period of the year occurs, and the temperature can reach 35/37 °C (95/99 °F). In the rainy season, on the other hand, high humidity makes the heat muggy.|
|Time Zone||GMT+8 ( Central Indonesia Time (WITA).|
|Electricity||Lombok Electricity is 220V/50Hz Sockets: Type C/F.|
|Country Dialling Code||(+62) 372|
|Religion||The people are primarily adherents of Islam but there are also Christian and Hindu congregations.|
|Language||Indonesian and The Komodo language is a language spoken by the extinct Komodo people, and present day inhabitants of Komodo Island, with a small population of speakers on mainland Flores. It belongs to the Austronesian language family, and is a separate language from Manggarai.|
Start the year off right. Go on an adventurous escapade to the amazing island of Komodo that’s a part of the magnificent Komodo National Park. Take a flight from Bali or Jakarta, or a ferry from Lombok to reach Labuan Bajo and then take a boat to Komodo Island, Indonesia. The Komodo National Park is nestled between the gorgeous islands of Flores and Sumbawa that are home to other great destinations worth exploring. Intrigued to find out where do the Komodo dragons live or what does the underwater mecca of Komodo Island looks like? Let Indonesia. Travel walk you through how to have a memorable experience on your trip to the island of Komodo.
The Komodo National Park is situated in the exotic East Nusa Tenggara province that recently topped the list of the Best Value Destinations in the World for 2020.
Exuding surreal beauty, East Nusa Tenggara enchants travellers with its wealth of natural wonders and cultural delights. Grab the opportunity to lounge on the awe-inspiring beaches, snorkel the stunning reefs, stroll through the villages or witness the spectacular tri-coloured lake of East Nusa Tenggara on your trip to Komodo and take your travel experience to a whole new level.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Komodo National Park is home to the largest living lizards, the Komodo dragons.
Visit the park for an awe-inspiring experience of a lifetime and watch the endangered Komodo dragons roaming in the wild. You can observe the dragons up close, but beware that these docile-looking creatures can be dangerous. Do make sure that you stay safe and take a guide along.
The best way to explore the splendour of Komodo National Park is to go on a liveaboard diving adventure. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to Komodo liveaboard options that offer a hospitable crew, experienced instructors, outstanding services, affordable prices, and a wide range of world-class dive sites.
Plus you can enjoy so much in a short time: mind-blowing ocean views, incredible underwater life, brilliant sunrise and sunset views, exciting early-morning and night dives, amazing food, and the opportunity to see the rare Komodo dragons. Diving with manta rays, turtles, and sharks among the myriad of wonderful critters while being surrounded by beautiful corals is definitely a life-changing experience that cannot be missed.
Find your own piece of paradise on the idyllic beaches of Komodo National Park. Be awed by the park’s tri-coloured beaches: the dreamy pink, the sugary white, and the rare black-sand beaches.
Laze in the sun, walk along the picture-perfect shorelines, admire the uninterrupted ocean views, enjoy a fresh coconut drink, take a relaxing swim, and snorkel in the crystal-clear waters of these gorgeous beaches for an unforgettable beach retreat.
Being a part of the Coral Triangle, the Komodo National Park happens to be one of the most diverse marine regions in the world.
With the park sitting at the meeting point of the Pacific and Indian Oceans, a wide range of coral reef and tropical fish species flourish in the nutrient-rich water resulting in an unrivalled marine ecosystem showcasing an incredible amount of flora and fauna diversity. The vibrant underwater world of the park has great potential for underwater photography and undoubtedly offers the most fantastic marine life encounters in the world.
With divine beaches, the majestic Mt Rinjani and spectacular marine life to discover, the island of Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara has no shortage of attractions both in and out of the water. It’s no wonder that Lombok become one of the most popular destination in West Nusa Tenggara.
|Population||The 2014 census recorded a population of 4,773,795 people in the province of NTB, of which 70.24% reside on Lombok, giving it a population of 3,352,988 at that date.|
|Size||70 kilometres (43 miles) across and a total area of about 4,514 square kilometres (1,743 square miles). The provincial capital and largest city on the island is Mataram.|
|Temperatures||April is the hottest month in Lombok with an average temperature of 28°C (82°F) and the coldest is July at 25.5°C (78°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 10 in October. The wettest month is November with an average of 216mm of rain. The best month to swim in the sea is in January when the average sea temperature is 29°C (84°F).|
|Time Zone||GMT+8 ( Central Indonesia Time (WITA).|
|Electricity||Lombok Electricity is 220V/50Hz Sockets: Type C/F./span>|
|Country Dialling Code||(+62) 370|
|Religion||The main religion on Lombok is Islam, as it is right throughout Indonesia. While there are other religions represented such as Hinduism, Christianity and a unique religion confined mainly to the north of the island in the Bayan Village area, the main religion is Islam.|
|Language||Indonesian and Sasak|
Challenge yourself with a trek up steep volcanic peaks. Hire a bike and cycle through lush evergreen rice paddies. Whichever way you choose to spend your time you won’t be disappointed with the spectacular natural beauty on offer here.
Lombok Island is separated by the Lombok strait from Bali Island in the west and by Alas strait in the east from Sumbawa Island.
The Sasak people are the dominant ethnic group living in this island, which also consist of 5 regions: North Lombok, Central Lombok, East Lombok, West Lombok and Mataram city, the capital of West Nusa Tenggara.
North Lombok is where you can embark on the great hike to Mount Rinjani and linger until the sunset at Gili’s beautiful beaches.
Mount Rinjani is one of the highest volcano in Indonesia, with its summit rising to 3,726 meters above sea level. The Segara Anak Crater Lake located on top of the volcano, is one of the scenic view you should stop by and marvel at!
Among more than 20 gilis - local name that means ”small island” in Sasak language - three stood out to be the hot spot destination : Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air.
Gili Trawangan or Gili T, is where travelers flock to enjoy a laid back atmosphere during day light and still are up to enjoy moonlit parties all night by the beach. You can also enjoy a great scuba dive and circle the island on bicycle to catch the most incredible sunset!
Gili Meno is defined by long stretch of pearly white beaches that will give you a secluded feel. Famous for honeymooners destination, the island provide accommodation ranging from unique bungalows to luxurious resorts overlooking amazing panorama.
Gili Air is a cheerful mix of the two vibes, where you can still enjoy parties in hip hang outs or succumb at a peaceful nook and just enjoy the ocean breeze. Families love to travel to Gili Air to explore the island on the horse drawn cart or just swimming in the low tides before sun down.
Central Lombok is where the lovely beaches are situated. Kuta Beach, Tanjung A’an, and Mawun Beach are just a few on the list. Don’t miss out to brush up your wave riding skills in the splendid Selong Belanak Beach, or make way to Merese Hill and enjoy the view.
Here you can also visit the traditional villages and join the locals of Sasak tribe to experience their daily life in the weaving village of Sade and Rambitan. You may learn a thing or two from the wonderful women with meticulous weaving skills that produces fine quality textiles.
You can get across the sea to Sumbawa Island from the harbors in East Lombok. If you love exploring something new, you may find the black sand beach of Obel-Obel to be captivating!
In West Lombok, you can linger in Senggigi beach and discover the wild life at the Monkey Forest in Pusuk Village, right at the border between North and West Lombok. Just be careful with your belongings and keep them out of the monkey’s reach.
Mataram is the center for government and industry. It consist of the old town district of Ampenan, Cakranegara as the commercial district and Mataram city as office district
Make time to visit the West Nusa Tenggara Museum, Mayura Garden and Narmada Park to find more stories about the island.
For the adventurous spirit, you can explore more of its south coast like the famous Tangsi ‘Pink’ Beach in further south east, with pretty corals making the shore looked blushed. Trek the path to find the amazing Senaru Waterfalls and Benang Kelambu Waterfalls for a soothing sight.
There are daily flights between Denpasar, Bali and the capital of Lombok, Mataram. Lombok International Airport (LOP) in Tanah Awu, Central Lombok District is located about 30 km or an hour drive south east of Mataram. Airlines which fly to Lombok are Garuda, Lion Air, Silk Air and Trans Nusa.
The public ferry travels between Padangbai (Bali) and Lembar (Lombok) multiple times a day. The trip takes around 4-5 hours. Motorbikes and cars can be taken on the ferry. If you are prone to sea-sickness be warned that the trip can be rough. Ferries travel between Labuhan Lombok and Poto Tano on Sumbawa multiple times a day. The trip takes one and a half hours.
By Fast Boat
Blue Water Safari Express is one of the fast boat companies that will take you from Bali to mainland Lombok. There are 2 convenient departure points from Bali: Serangan (just near the Benoa Harbour) and Padang Bai Harbour. You can also check on Gilibookings.com for more options and information around transport or accommodation in this scenic island.
In mainland Lombok, you can get around by renting motorcycle or cars from trusted providers. Public transportations are a natural-air conditioned minibus called Bemo. It will take you to most tourist attractions, but only operates during daytime. When night fell, there will be Ojek, a motorcycle transport with no meter that allows you to practice your bargain skills before you hop on. And the most unique will be the Cidomo, found in Senggigi beach or the Gilis. It’s a nickname for Cikar-Dokar-Motor, a cart with literal horse power enough to carry around 4 people.