Our start of 2017 travels was from the Indonesian island of Java. More specifically, Yogjakarta. We had booked the 3.5 days trip for late Jan well in advance as everything gets full due to Chinese New Year. Our main draw to the place were all the adventure activities but when we flew there, I didn’t really feel upto it perhaps due to all the excitement on our annual trip home to India in Dec. All I wanted to do was ‘chillax’ with a few non strenuous activities entwined. And that’s what we ended up doing 🙂
I’ll share the best things we experienced here …
1.The Temples – Borobudur for Sunrise and Prambanan for Sunset. While we are not temple people, we actually enjoyed these two. Borobudur’s unique feature is that it’s one giant lego. No mortar of any kind was used to bind the rocks together. They are just assembled on top of each other and locked in place. Besides, the sunrise from top of the temple with volcanic Mt. Merapi in the distance was quite refreshing for a night owl like me.
Prambanam was built in the 9th century AD and is one huge temple complex. I was amazed to see such an old hindu temple complex in this part of the world. I couldn’t help wonder about the hindu empire back in the day. Both these temples happen to be UNESCO World Heritage sites and rightfully so.
2.The Cafes – We were pleasantly surprised by the cozy and unpretentious cafes/restaurants esp. along and around Prawirotaman street. Co-incidentally, our hotel was right on the street and we discovered some amazing places to hang out while strolling around on foot. From a cafe like Milas serving organic vegetarian to ViaVia a great place for breakfast to Mediterranea for lunch and Move On cafe for a cup of Javanese coffee brew … and a couple more. We had our fair share of wonderful un-hurried breakfasts and lunches, followed by snoozes back at the hotel 😀
3.The Massage – Whenever you venture outside of Singapore anywhere in south east asia, a massage is a must. It makes so much economic sense! My favourite always is a back massage and so I surrendered myself to the trained kneads of the masseuse for an hour of foot and back massage. Pure bliss!
4. The Selfies – For some reason, the kids in Jogja are fascinated by the tourists and are often seen requesting for selfies. We found it to be very endearing and always agreed when approached. The kids will sort of hover, hestitating for a bit before one of them will step up and request for a picture with a bunch of their friends. To some extent, I can understand this behaviour as we see a lot of it in India as well when ‘foreigners’ visit. But the kids were just so happy and cheered and clapped when you agreed to have a photograph taken with them. I for one did not want to deprive them of such a simple pleasure 😀
5. Trishaw Ride – It so happened that when we had to go back to the hotel one afternoon, the only mode of transport in sight was the Trishaw and we thought, ‘why not?’. I don’t even remember the last time I sat in one and it was just nice to hop-on one.
So that was Jogja for us. A couple of heritage sites, good food and loads of snoozing!
I hope this gives a few ideas to all the lazy bums. For the thrill seekers, you can read more about – Mt. Merapi trek, Goa Pindul Cave Tubing and Jomblang Cave Tour.
PS: I STILL have to post on my trip to Perth late last year … soon! Till then, bon voyage folks!