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The Ultimate Travel Guide To Yogyakarta and Solo

Travel guide Yogyakarta and Solo

Travel guide Yogyakarta and Solo


Now we arrived in Yogyakarta so I will show you tourism in Yogyakarta and travel guide Yogyakarta and Solo in detail.

we will go to every place that is popular as a tourist destination for both local and foreign tourist

The difference between Yogyakarta and Central Java

Yogyakarta is a special region in Indonesia located in Central Java.

But different from Central Java which is led by a governor Yogyakarta is led by a sultan namely Sultan Hamengkubuwono.

Today Yogyakarta is led by Sultan Hamengkubuwono X. And if his passway will be replaced by his successor. But he has no son only daughters. So the succession will be interesting.

Why Yogyakarta is very attractive?

Why Yogyakarta is very attractive because this city is very creative and lives for 24 hours.So interesting!!

In Yogyakarta whenever you are hungry you just go out from your hostel then you will find a cafe or street food.

But the more important is Yogyakarta is a city that shows art and culture. So you will find something new in Yogyakarta.

In this blog, I will show you a travel guide to Yogyakarta as a tourist destination.

What you will find in Yogyakarta

Besides the art and culture that you will see in Yogyakarta, you will also find beautiful landscapes and nature.

Yogyakarta even though just a small region compared to the other regions in Java island but very rich in tourist attractions.

In Yogyakarta, you will go to an art show, music concert, batik course, and many more besides landscapes and temples

The Places that you should visit in Yogyakarta

As I mentioned earlier Yogyakarta is very attractive and rich in tourist attractions so I suggest you stay a little bit longer. Maybe around 4 days.

And here are the places that you should visit from day 1

1. Taman Sari: Taman Sari is a garden that has unique architecture, and a mixture of  Javanese and Portuguese architecture. located in the middle of the city.

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2. Yogyakarta Sultanate Palace

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Yogyakarta Palace is official palace of the Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X.

located in Yogyakarta city, this palace was built by Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono I in 1755 as a new Yogyakarta Palace.

It is a fraction of the Surakarta Hadiningrat Palace from the Surakarta Sultanate. due to the split of Islamic Mataram with the Giyanti agreement

The palace serves as a cultural center for the Javanese people and contains a museum that displays the sultanate’s artifacts.

3. Malioboro Street

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Malioboro Street is the most popular street in Yogyakarta. Located in the heart of Yogyakarta city. this street is very popular because related to Javanese mythology.

If you want to spend your night hanging out or you want to buy souvenirs from Yogyakarta. So Malioboro Street is the perfect place to find it. you will see many shops that sell handicrafts or anything that you need to bring back to your home country.

On Malioboro Street, many tourists both local and foreign spend their time having fun.

You will see street performances from local artists, they are dancing traditional dance with traditional instruments.

Day 2

4. Borobudur Temple

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When we talk about a Travel guide to Yogyakarta, automatically Borobudur temple is one of the must-visit places!

Borobudur is a Buddhist temple located in Magelang 44 km northwest of Yogyakarta. and it was founded by Mahayana Buddhists around the year 800 AD during the reign of the Syailendra dynasty.

Sunrise in Borobudur

If you want to see the sunrise in Borobudur, I suggest you rent a car plus a guide in Yogyakarta. Because you will go to Borobudur in the early morning maybe around 04 Am, and the best spot to see the sunrise in Borobudur is at Manohara’s Hotel.

ticket price for foreigners is around $31 ( breakfast, snack, and souvenir ).

Or maybe you want to stay at Manohara’s hotel but it will be more expensive because the rate is about $106/night.

And it is just for a room not including a ticket to see the sunrise and Borobudur tour.

The ticket price to entrance Borobudur’s temple is $25 for foreigners.

Another tourist attraction around Borobudur

Besides Borobudur’s temple, there are other temples and tourist attractions around the Borobudur area. And here is the list

1.Museum Kapal Samudraraksa

2. Chicken’s Church at Rhema Hill

3. Rafting at Elo’s River

4.Balkondes Candirejo

5. Mendut’s Temple

6. Pawon’s Temple

7. Svargabumi

5. Prambanan’s Temple

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After you spend your time in Borobudur and around then you back to Yogyakarta but you should stop by Prambanan’s Temple.

Prambanan’s Temple is the biggest Hindu temple in Indonesia and was built in 9 century AD.

Located in Prambanan Klaten,17 km from Yogyakarta.Prambanan’s temple is a UNESCO world heritage site.

The ticket price is around $25.The best time to visit is in the morning or evening.

Day 3

6. Merapi Mountain

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Merapi is the most active volcano on Java island, and it has had several times eruptions, but when it’s calm, Merapi Mountain can be used as a tourist destination because they have many beautiful spots and you can do some activities there.

So Merapi tour will be part of Travel guide Yogyakarta, don’t miss it!!

If you want to go to Merapi, I suggest you use a tour operator in Yogyakarta because it will make it easier to get all the things that you need to fulfill your adventure.

There are many tour operators that you can contact and the price is not expensive. So it’s worth it.

What kind of Activity in Merapi Mountain

1. Watch the Sunrise: The tour operator will pick you up at the hotel and then take you to see the sunrise

2. You can trace the sea of sand from the eruption of Merapi mountain, you can do this activity by riding a jeep and there are 3 routes ( short, medium, long )1,5-4,5 hour

The best time for the first Merapi lava tour is during the dry season. So you can see the beauty of Merapi

3. Merapi’s Mountain Museum

4.Telogo Putri ( Lake )

5. Merapi Park

By the way, there are many places that you can see close to the Merapi area besides the activities that you can do in Merapi Mountain. So you will spend a full day in Merapi.

day 4

7. Kulon Progo

Kulon Progo is a district in the special region of Yogyakarta and the capital is Wates.

The meaning of Kulon Progo is the “West of River Progo“, Progo is the name of the river and Kulon is West.

The distance from Yogyakarta to Kulon Progo is 25 km. So not too far from Yogyakarta.

Tourist Attraction in Kulon Progo

1. River Mudal Park

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located in Jati Ulyo Village is a waterfall and bathing pool sourced from natural springs.

you can do some activities in River Mudal Park such as Flyingfox, hiking while enjoying nature, taking pictures, or anything else.

the most interesting in River Mudal is the color of the water is Blue Tosca. So it’s beautiful.

But I Suggest you don’t go on the weekend because full of local tourists, you should go on weekdays.

The ticket price is IDR 10.000.



Kalibiru is a tourist destination located in Kalibiru Village. the distance from Yogyakarta is about 39 km.

In Kalibiru you can see beautiful landscapes such as Menoreh Hill and if the weather is clear you can see the beach from a distance. So you can make beautiful pictures from various angles.

there are many facilities that you can try such as outbound, camping ground, Reservoir and restaurant or cafe.

3.Kedung Pedut Waterfall


Kedung Pedut Waterfall is one of the natural tourist attractions in Kulon Progo.

Kedung Pedut is well known for the beauty of the water color where there are two colors of water clear white and green.

The clear white color occurs because of the heavy flow of water coming from the waterfall next to this Kedung (pool ) while the green Tosca is formed from the reflection of the rocks on the riverbed that are emitted by sunlight.

The ticket price is RP.10.000 for weekdays and Rp 20.000 for weekends but I suggest you go there on weekdays so you can enjoy yourself without any distractions.

4. Travel guide Yogyakarta and Solo-Goa Kiskendo ( Kiskendo Cave )


Kiskendo Cave is a natural Cave that shows the beauty of nature in Kulon Progo

Kiskendo Cave in the past is a cave that used to be a meditation place for the Javanese people.

in the past maybe about  200 years ago that cave was a place to seek calmness even supernatural power.

The Lenght of Kiskendo Cave

the length of cave is about 1,5 km long in the earth of Menoreh Hill. There are two ramifications that direct visitors to the former place where ancient Javanese people practiced asceticism

Kiskendo it’s self actually a piece of the story in The Puppet.

You can pay a guide to show you around or you can do it alone it depends on you.

The atmosphere in the cave is dark, quiet, and cool so you need help and flashlights that you can rent from the guide.

Ticket price only RP.5000 -10.000

Travel Guide Yogyakarta and Solo-Nightlife in Yogyakarta


Nightlife in Yogyakarta is very interesting because you can find many things that you want.

So nightlife in Yogyakarta I will put in the Travel Guide Yogyakarta because I think you need it.

If you are a cuisine lover so in the evening is the perfect time to hunt delicious cuisine in Yogyakarta. And there are various cafes or restaurants even street foods that sell any menu that you want to try.

If you like to shop or just want to have fun you can go to Malioboro street and you will find many shops that sell many souvenirs and anything else.

Malioboro is always full of tourists at night. And in Malioboro, there are many local artists that perform many shows.

Before the Pandemic even every Tuesday, there is a carnival in the middle of Malioboro street.

But if you like just to hang out or chit-chat with your friends and drink beer you can go to Parangtritis Street.

There are many cafes with cool atmospheres that sell beer along the streets and are open until midnight.

Travel guide Yogyakarta and The best place to stay in Yogyakarta for backpackers

where is the best place or strategic place to stay when you visit Yogyakarta?

Parangtritis and Prawirotaman street

Actually, there are many places in Yogyakarta that provide many hostels or hotels but for me, I suggest you stay at Parangtritis and Prawirotaman Street.

Why? Because Parangtritis and Prawirotaman Street are located in the middle of the city of Yogyakarta they are very strategic.

There are many cheap hostels and cafes or beer houses and in the evening the atmosphere is so fun.

From Parangtritis Street to Malioboro is only 2 Km and if you want to go to Parangtritis Beach only 30 km.

There are also many shops that rent motorbikes that you can rent when you visit Yogyakarta so it will make it easier to explore every place in Yogyakarta. And the fee for renting a motorbike is about RP 80.000/day.

last but not least

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Solo the land of Batik and food heaven


When we talk about Travel Guide Yogyakarta there is one exception about a city, namely Solo or Surakarta.

last but not least is Solo City or Surakarta, and why did I put it in the last row?

the reasons why I put Solo in the last row are because of the history between Solo and Jogjakarta and the direction to your next trip.

Actually Solo is a part of Central Java but the location of Solo City is right between Central Java and East Java.

And also there is a history between Solo and Yogyakarta where both sultanates actually are a family.

The Giyanti agreement on February 13, 1755, split the territory of  Islamic Mataram.

it’s divided become two kingdoms namely the Sultanate of Yogyakarta and the Kasunanan Surakarta.

Travel guide Yogyakarta and Solo- Why you should visit Solo?

As your journey to the east will pass through Solo City, it’s a good idea to stop by the city.

Solo is very popular as the center of Batik, even Batik that you found in Yogyakarta actually are from Solo.

Solo is also well known as the hometown of President Jokowi.The President of Indonesia.

Different from Yogyakarta as a tourism City, Solo is an industrial city.

So if you need a good quality Batik you will find Batik in Solo and the price is cheaper than Yogyakarta.

Solo is also well known as a food heaven in Central Java because there are various delicious foods that you can find.

Travel guide Yogyakarta and Solo-How to go to Solo?

You can go to Solo from Yogyakarta by train ( KRL ) and  the ticket price is only IDR 8000

Tourist Attraction in Solo

Triwindu Market: if you are a lover of antiques you should come to Triwindu Market in Solo. Apart from being a location for shopping, this market can also be used as a tourist spot.


Laweyan Batik Village: Kampung Batik Laweyan has become an icon of Batik’s Solo and the oldest batik center In Solo after Kauman Batik Village.


Museum Batik Danar Hadi: you can learn how to make batik and you will see the various kinds of beautiful batik.

I think you can spend one night in Solo before you continue your trip to East Java.it’s worth it.

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