About a week ago my sister, her boyfriend, my friend, and I went to Jogjakarta for a short and sweet getaway which turned out not so sweet after all. LOL. But here goes my adventure! We went from Bandung to Jogjakarta by train (Lodaya, 7AM train, cost about 300 thousand rupiah, more about ticketing visit http://tiket.com) for eight hours straight. Not recommended at all unless you want to try it! Me, on the other hand, really wanted to try riding a train (yep, first timer here!) so we did. The train is clean, they sell food altho not good but edible, and perfectly safe.
We stayed at Ibis Styles Hotel. Which is a more economic version of the original Ibis Hotel. The hotel is also clean and cozy and so modern, such a youthful vibe with all those red and green colors. Breakfast is good. Super near with Malioboro Road which is the hit street in Jogjakarta. Overall, very worth the money. More info about booking : Ibis Styles
Pic above and below is courtesy of my sis! :)
Pempek Nyonya Kamto. It's a fish-based dish and quite tasty in my opinion, who doesn't like fish that much. Must try? Mm.. A lot of people seems to think so! The place is hidden but it's somewhere along Malioboro road. Just make sure to look left and right!
Tip Top Ice Cream. My big sis said it's quite famous among locals so we visited and it didn't dissapoint! Pay attention to the opening hour. Located at Jalan Mangkubumi no. 24
We had dinner at The House of Raminten. The place is.. dark and smelly and not recommended at all. But it's one of those "you must try" as well so we did. It's always a full house every day. I guess it's because the super cheap price because the food was not that good!
My sister and I insisted to ride this modernized version of a cycle rickshaw. We definitely had fun. It's sort of like clubbing in a moving vehicle... Located at Alun Alun Kidul
We rented a car (very recommended for tourists since taxis are SO MUCH expensive here) and went a little bit outside of Jogja to visit Candi Borobudur which was (is it still? I'm not sure) one of the seven wonders of the world. Ticket fee was 30 thousand rupiah (around US $3). Open from 6AM to 5PM. We were required to wear a batik sarong but no fee charged! The sarongs are free so we had no complain :)
Candi Prambanan was supposedly to be our next stop but it started to rain really hard so our driver suggested to went to Ketep Volcano Center. Again, not that recommended.. I mean, to be fair, if the weather was clear, we can see the aperture between the Merapi mountain and Merbabu mountain.. But we couldn't, because there were thick fogs. So we ended up in a volcano center.. Which was.. Well, informative, but not exactly the kind of info I want to know..
We had lunch at Pring Sewu resto which is a restaurant where you can eat overlooking the pretty rice fields. Recommended since the view is nice, service is good, and the food is quite delish as well with reasonable prices!
After lunch, we went back to Jogjakarta to buy traditional snacks to bring home to for our family and friends. Cokelat Monggo (we visited the showroom in Kotagede, please click for complete address, for a cheaper price and free samples) and Bakpia Pathok 25 both are the most famous ones that are very Jogja! Dagadu Jogja (Jl. IKIP PGRI No. 50 Sonopakis) is also worth a visit. It's a t-shirt brand that is quite popular among us Indonesians :)
We ended the day at Paris Cafe & Bakery located at Jl A.M Sangaji 68A. Super pinky and girly place which just recently opened a few months ago. Food and sweet desserts tastes okay.. (they also served sandwiches but not many choices for a fulfilling dinner) Not all that recommended but the place is too cute to pass up!
We also tried Angkringan KR (located near Tip Top Ice Cream). Angkringan is.. where we eat rice (plenty of choices, my suggestion go for "nasi uduk" or "nasi kucing") while sitting on the sidewalk. It's also a Jogja thing that you should try! I am not much a fan of eating on the sidewalk, but if it doesn't hurt or life dangering, why not try it! :)
Phew! You made it to the end!
Thank you for reading and do look forward for day three and four diary. And then vacation outfit will follow..
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