I plan to visit Yogyakarta, Indonesia in April. Out of Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand what would be the cheapest country to fly from and which airline. Any budget hotels that could be recommended in Yogy?
As I would be traveling alone will it be easy to visit Borobudur using public transport or would it be best to go with a tour operator. If so any tour operator that could be recommended for this purpose? I intend to stay for about 5 days. Any other places of interest that could be covered during such period.
Thanks in advance for all your advice.
We visited Yogya in December. I'm not sure which place is cheapest to fly from as only certain carriers go to Yogya. Maybe someone else could help you with this as we flew into Jakarta.
Yogya is a really nice city and easy to find your way around. Do not use public transport to get to Borobudur, we met one traveller who did this (he set off very early in the morning too!) and got stuck half way back to Yogya as the public buses had stopped running! He had to hitch back to the city on someone's motorbike. An organised tour will set you back around 55,000 IDR including transport and breakfast. All hostels book this tour and there are plenty of travel agents around to book through. They all seem to just group people together so it doesn't matter which one you book with, as long as you get the price you want. Entrance to Borobudur is seperate to this tour, it's around US$10 or $11, check with whoever you book with.
You could also do a combined Borobudur/Pramamban (sorry if I've spelt it wrong!) tour also, which takes you to Pramamban Hindu temple straight after Borobudur.
Another option is to do a round trip to Mt Bromo, you would need one day to travel there, an early 3am start to see the sunrise over the volcano crater and then back to Yogya same day. We really loved both Borobudur and Mt Bromo, these have been 2 of the highlights of our 18 month trip!
There are loads of hostels in Yogya, have a look at the accommodation section on here to get an idea of the types of rooms you can get.
Thank you for the information loubylou……
Went through your blog entry as well to get an idea of it. Looks like it’s not very organized as Thailand. Borobudur and Bromo sounds promising. Thought of flying from Singapore direct to Yogya. Think Lionair is flying direct. Any additional information on this is much appreciated.