New Yogyakarta International Airport (NYIA) has finished its project and start operating since January 2020. The capacity is expected to reach 20 million passengers per year. The runway range is 3.250 m which is available for Airbus A-380, Boeing 747 and Boeing 777. The total area is 600 hectares with 210,000 m2 of terminals. Yogyakarta International Airport (IATA: YIA, ICAO: WAHI) is connected with trains to train stations which make passengers easy to get alternative transportation to and from the Airport. JavaBaliTrips is ready to provide you Airport Handling service for your best holiday travels to Yogyakarta. JavaBaliTrips put some staff to greet and handle your airport activities.
Yogyakarta however, is the main gateway to explore Java and Bali islands. There are 10 best things to do in Yogyakarta for your best holiday travel in Java and Bali islands. There so many things to do in Yogyakarta and the surrounding area. Central, West and East Java islands are the next great spot and activities for your holiday travels and even combined with business travels. Cultures, Adventures, Arts, and Crafts or even businesses are available and challenging. Then, Bali and beyond are exciting to experience other great journeys. These two islands will amaze you with unique experiences, friendly people and a great environment. Here are the 10 best things to do in Yogyakarta and beyond (even more):
1. Borobudur Temple
It is a marvelous huge Buddhist monument, which will lead you to the past glory of Buddhism in Java island. There thousands of narrative pannels with the stories and philosophy that need 3 days of exploration, if you would learn all the stories and history. Sunrise time is the best moment to visit Borobudur temple, to avoid crowds and the sun heat. However, you may choose other times to visit (regular visit at 06.30 am-05.00 pm or Sunset).
2. Prambanan temple
This Hindu complex temple was built in the same era of Borobudur temple (8th Century AD). Prambanan temple was created by Sanjaya Dynasty (‘the rival’ of the Buddhist Dynasty). The two Dynasties seemed in a big competition in the past time. They built and created many temples and their grandest temples of Borobudur and Prambanan temples.
3. Jomblang Cave
Jomblang cave seems the only pit cave with its spectacular moment (of the light from heaven). It takes 2 hours to drive by car from Yogyakarta city. It is 60 meters deep vertically cave, and you must walk another flat muddy 500 meters path inside to get the bottom the heavenly light. Make sure that you are ready to experience this adrenaline activity. Afterward, you may explore other fun activities; Pindul Cave Tubing, KaliSuci River Tubing or Gondola at Timang beach.
4. Fun exploring villages by Bikes
Put this fun activity among your great activities during the holiday to explore beautiful villages in Yogyakarta or Borobudur temple’s area. Let us meet the locals, visit local markets, see traditional houses and even join the craft making in the villages (batik making, Pottery, etc.).
5. Hill’s Hiking
Get a little exercise hiking up a hill to see the beautiful landscape of Java and meet locals in remote areas. Our tour guide will make sure you have unique experiences along the way up and down.
6. Yogyakarta City Tour
There some ways to explore Yogyakarta city. There some great places to visit; Sultan’s Palace, Royal Horse carriage Museum, The Water castle ‘TamanSari’, Explore kampongs by walk and visit the Central Market.
7. The green Temple’s Sunset
After visiting Prambanan temple or exploring Yogyakarta city, we may drive up the hill’s summit to visit the Green temple called ‘Candi Ijo’ to see and enjoy a beautiful sunset. Then, we may drive to Prambanan Ramayana Ballet performance to watch a spectacular Ballet performance with the Prambanan temple’s Shrines as the backdrop (Dry season only).
8. Kedung Kayang Waterfall
Kedung Kayang WaterFall is located on the slope of Merapi volcano, which is another amazing nature activity to explore. You may combine with other activities of Borobudur temple visit and volcanoes museum nearby.
9. White River Rafting
There are 3 great rivers in Central Java (Borobudur temple’s area) to explore by rafting boats. This will depend on your grade you would experience. Progo river (‘down river’) and Serayu rivers are an expert grade. You also may combine this activity with others to get an effective day.
10. Pacitan Beach Town
Pacitan beach town is 2 hours away by car from Yogyakarta. The town has great white-sanded beaches for surfing, fishing, and swimming. This small beautiful town also has beautiful caves with stalactite and stalagmites and many other unique caves.
Travel to Yogyakarta should be done, when exploring Java, Bali island and beyond. Travel to Yogyakarta will get many benefits before traveling to other great spots in Java and Bali islands. Yogyakarta has two Airports which connect to almost all Airport in Indonesia, and many overseas Airports for direct flights. This will be effective to travel to Yogyakarta before visiting other cities in Indonesia, for all purposes traveling. Why Yogyakarta is the main gateway in Indonesia, is because of its strategic location (in the center of Java island) and the remarkable spots to visit; Borobudur and Prambanan temples and other great natural and cultural spots. Most tourists and travelers will visit Yogyakarta before exploring other great areas like Bromo and Ijen Crater, Pacitan beach town, etc. (East Java), Bali islands and beyond (Lombok and Eastern islands).
Travel to Yogyakarta will introduce you to how Indonesia is. Yogyakarta was the center of civilization of two Kingdoms (Sanjaya Dynasty and Syailendra Dynasty). Both families controlled the nation and even reached Burma and Thailand according to some inscriptions found in Yogyakarta and Central Java provinces. Borobudur temple was built by Syailendra Dynasty which is Buddha, while Prambanan temple was built by Sanjaya Dynasty which is Hindu. They seemed to compete and conquer each other by building a great monument/sanctuary which are known as Borobudur and Prambanan temples. After the meantime, they fought in a civil war; according to an inscription mentioning: a disaster happened in Central Java island which forced the community exoduses to East Java island.
Indonesia Public Holiday 2020 list is very important for your travel plan. Especially for Christmas, New Year and Muslim’s day (end of Ramadhan Holiday). It is the best way to avoid the crowds almost everywhere during those days. Other holidays are not really bad, that you still have a space to visit and explore tourist objects in Yogyakarta. Here are the days of Indonesian Public Holidays 2020 below:
- 1 Jan Wednesday – New Year’s Day
- 25 Jan Saturday – Chinese New Year
- 22 Mar Sunday – Isra Mi’raj
- 25 Mar Wednesday – Bali Hindu New Year
- 10 Apr Friday – Good Friday
- 1 May Friday – Labour Day
- 7 May Thursday – Waisak Day
- 21 May Thursday – Ascension Day of Jesus Christ
- 22 May Friday – Lebaran Holiday
- 24 May to 25 May Sunday to Monday – Hari Raya Idul Fitri
- 26 May to 27 May Tuesday to Wednesday – Lebaran Holiday
- 1 Jun Monday – Pancasila Day
- 31 Jul Friday – Idul Adha
- 17 Aug Monday – Independence Day
- 20 Aug Thursday – Islamic New Year
- 29 Oct Thursday – Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday
- 24 Dec Thursday – Christmas Holiday
- 25 Dec Friday – Christmas Day
Two hours away (by car) from Yogyakarta, a small south-coast town called “Pacitan” lies on a horseshoe bay ringed by rocky cliffs. Pacitan beach town seems to be the next great destination for tourists after Yogyakarta and Bali island. It is a hidden Paradise in Java island with its great spots of white-sanded beaches for surfing, swimming, fishing, snorkelling and some other great nature activities. Pacitan beach town also has unique caves with its characteristics; Vertical, Spacious, Flat exploring by walk for 3 km with the waterfall, which to explore to whom adventurous minded. It’s a beach resort with limited accommodation and a few fresh seafood restaurants. For a long time, very few foreigners ever made it here. Today, thanks to the discovery of some epic surf spots in the town’s vicinity an ever-increasing number of foreign surfers are passing through. Non-surfing tourists remain rare, but the stunning coastline here offers much tourist potential.
The blonde beach at Pacitan itself is set in a rather dramatic bay shaped like a stemless wine glass. The natural harbour to the west is set against the towering jungled cliffs, and there’s a series of decent beach peaks as the beach meanders east toward a reasonable point break.
If you make an off-season visit during the week, you’ve got a good chance of having a virtually deserted beach to yourself. [some articles granted from LonelyPlanet]
Ways to Upgrade Your Next Trip for $100 or Less, is taken from an article in SmartTravel.
Maybe you can’t afford to fly in first-class or stay in a luxury hotel, but that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in a travel upgrade or two on your next trip. Let’s make your trip a little more comfortable by treating yourself to one of these affordable luxuries for $100 or less.
Expedited Screening and Reentry
One travel upgrade that always feels indulgent is strolling right past those tedious lines at the airport. Global Entry membership costs $100 for five years and entitles you to expedited reentry to the U.S. after international trips. Instead of standing in line at customs along with hundreds of other people after a long-haul international flight, simply enter your passport into a kiosk, offer your fingerprints, tap the screen to answer a few questions, and get on with your day. Global Entry members also get TSA PreCheck membership.
A slightly cheaper alternative is to get PreCheck alone ($85 for five years) and use the free Mobile Passport app for expedited reentry. Note, however, that Mobile Passport is available at fewer U.S. airports than Global Entry.
Speaking of skipping long lines, why not do the same at popular tourist attractions? You could easily waste an hour or more of your vacation waiting to get into places like the London Eye, Vatican Museums, or Empire State Building if you don’t buy your ticket in advance. In many cases, you can purchase tickets online at the attraction’s website. Alternatively, check out SmarterTravel’s sister site, Viator, for skip-the-line tickets that often include other extras such as guided tours or early access.
Airport Lounge Pass
Between the free drinks and snacks and the quiet atmosphere, an airport lounge can be an oasis in the heart of a busy, noisy airport. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a first-class passenger or an elite flyer to get in. Many U.S. airlines sell day passes to their lounges for $50 to $60—or you can purchase passes for hundreds of lounges around the world through Lounge Pass. Prices vary but usually range from $30 to $60.
Credit Cards with Perks
Carrying the right credit card can entitle you to a number of travel perks, and you don’t have to pay a hefty annual fee to get them. For example, the United Explorer Card entitles you to priority boarding, two passes into the United Club airport lounge, a free checked bag, and $100 toward Global Entry or TSA PreCheck; the $95 annual fee is waived in your first year as a cardholder.
Instead of fumbling with an airline kiosk and waiting in line to drop off your checked bag, use your airline’s curbside check-in service to hand over your suitcase to a friendly skycap as soon as you step out of your car. The cost is usually a gratuity and perhaps a small per-bag fee.
Airport Chair Massage
You may not have the time or money for a full-length massage between flights, but many airports have mini-spas where you can enjoy an affordable 10- to 20-minute treatment to work out the kinks in your neck, shoulders, hands, or feet.
While nothing can make a coach-class seat truly comfortable, bringing a few key in-flight accessories can help you create your own mini travel upgrade. Skip the thin, dubiously clean airplane blanket and bring a softer option instead, along with a silk eye mask to help you block out harsh overhead lights and flickering screens.
If you can’t afford Bose’s pricey noise-canceling headphones, consider cheaper options from Linner or Cowin.
Just as you’d upgrade your airplane seat with a few accessories to maximize comfort, you can do the same in your hotel room. For example, a white noise machine can help you sleep more soundly by blocking out noises from neighboring rooms, and a pillow spray can cover up any lingering odors from harsh cleaning supplies. For more ideas, see these nine ways to make your hotel room more comfortable.
A Better Airplane Seat
Don’t just settle for any old economy seat. When you check-in for your flight, take a look at your options on the seating chart and see if you can buy your way into a better spot. While a travel upgrade budget of $100 isn’t likely to get you into first or business class, you may be able to land an exit row seat with a bonus legroom, or a window or aisle seat right near the front of the economy cabin. On shorter flights, you might even be able to upgrade to premium economy for $100 or less.
Breakfast in Bed
Sure, it’s a little overpriced, but there’s nothing like room service for getting a vacation day off to a lazy and relaxing start—especially on the first full day of your trip, when you’re still tired and jet-lagged from your flight. Order some coffee and your meal of choice, and enjoy them in your pajamas from the comfort of your hotel bed.
A Vacation Rental Instead of a Hotel Room
In many parts of the world, you can get a lot more space for the same price as a hotel room by booking a rental apartment or home instead. Vacation rentals are a particularly good deal for families and groups who want to share a space—including kitchen and laundry facilities—rather than book multiple hotel rooms. Find properties on TripAdvisor (SmarterTravel’s parent company), Airbnb, HomeAway, and other vacation rental sites.
Article by Sarah Schlichter – SmartTravel