20 Things to do in Yogyakarta Travel Guide & Central Java Tourism in Indonesia (Solo, Semarang)

20 Things to do in Yogyakarta Travel Guide & Central Java Tourism in Indonesia (Solo, Semarang)


Hey guys! We’re in Indonesia for a week. Yeah, so this is our second time back in Indonesia
and this week we’re going to be exploring Yogyakarta and Central Java and this video
is going to show you some of the top attractions in the region. Can’t wait to show you around. Let’s go! This trip was all about going in search of
food, culture and a little bit of adventure. Over the course of the week we visited ancient
temples, browsed through antique markets, ate our fair share of street food, and tackled
a rather infamous volcano. In this video we are going to show you 20
things to do in Yogyakarta and Central Java, so let’s get started. For our very first stop in Central Java, we
headed to the biggest Buddhist monument in the world and the most popular attraction
in the region: Borobudur. So this morning we are visiting the temple
of Borobudur and this is a site that I’ve been wanting to visit for years so we’re super
excited to be here. Yeah, I know. This is way up on our bucket-list of places
we’ve wanted to go in Southeast Asia. And the views are spectacular so we’re just
going to show you that right now. We’ve really lucked out with awesome weather
today. Borobudur is made up of 9 stacked platforms,
so there was quite of bit of climbing involved to reach the top, but once we did, we had
spectacular views as far as the eye could see. Also we came here in the early morning. We got here at about 8 AM but if you want
to you can actually watch the sunrise here. Unfortunately, it was a really cloudy morning
so we wouldn’t have been able to see anything anyway but if you luck out with clear skies
it might be worth getting up early. We took our time climbing the different platforms,
exploring each corner, and admiring the relief panels that have stood the test of time. Then, once we reached the central dome, we
came face to face with 72 seated Buddhas. So tell us how are you enjoying Borobudur
so far? Loving it so far. Something I’ve really come to appreciate is
that when you kind of walk around the perimeter of the temple you can like have pockets of
it where you don’t see anyone else. It really feels like you’re exploring it as
opposed to just being you know a tourist that is kind of crammed in with a whole bunch of
other people. So I’ve really liked that so far. It is pretty cool. There is no one around here it is just us. If you’re planning to visit, I would suggest
you give yourself at least an hour and a half or two. Also, make sure you bring lots of water because
it gets hot up there! So we are ready for another adventure. Tell us! Yeah, we’re heading up to Mount Merapi and
there is basically two different ways you can do it. You can hike up but we’re going with a jeep. Yeah, it’ll be fun. Hop on in. Merapi translates to Fire Mountain, and as
the most active volcano in the region, it really lives up to its name. We visited a museum that chronicled the effect
this volcano has had on the surrounding communities and rode past lava fields that once burned
red. It looks like we’ve got a new driver! So what you see behind us is Mount Merapi
and actually it just looks like a whole bunch of fog. Yeah. Well, we really lucked out with the weather
in the morning but this afternoon not so much. Yeah, it looks like it is going to start raining
soon, so these are the views we’re enjoying. It has been a pretty cool experience doing
the jeep safari but no volcano sighting unfortunately. Even though we decided to do the jeep tour,
there are other ways to explore Mount Merapi. We encountered a lot of people riding on motorbikes,
and we were told it’s also possible to hike. That very same day we continued on to Prambanan,
which is a 9th century Hindu temple located about 17 kilometres northeast of Yogyakarta. The temple is dedicated to the trinity of
Hinduism: Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. In its original form, the complex contained
a total of 250 large and small temples. Later that evening we returned to Prambanan
Temple, but this time to watch a dance performance. Hey guys! We’re in Indonesia for a week. Yeah,
so this is our second time back in Indonesia and this week we’re going to be exploring
Yogyakarta and Central Java and this video is going to show you some of the top attractions
in the region. Can’t wait to show you around. Let’s go! This trip was all about going in search of
food, culture and a little bit of adventure. Over the course of the week we visited ancient
temples, browsed through antique markets, ate our fair share of street food, and tackled
a rather infamous volcano. In this video we are going to show you 20 things to do in Yogyakarta
and Central Java, so let’s get started. For our very first stop in Central Java, we
headed to the biggest Buddhist monument in the world and the most popular attraction
in the region: Borobudur. So this morning we are visiting the temple
of Borobudur and this is a site that I’ve been wanting to visit for years so we’re super
excited to be here. Yeah, I know. This is way up on our bucket-list of places we’ve
wanted to go in Southeast Asia. And the views are spectacular so we’re just going to show
you that right now. We’ve really lucked out with awesome weather today. Borobudur is made up of 9 stacked platforms,
so there was quite of bit of climbing involved to reach the top, but once we did, we had
spectacular views as far as the eye could see. Also we came here in the early morning. We
got here at about 8 AM but if you want to you can actually watch the sunrise here. Unfortunately,
it was a really cloudy morning so we wouldn’t have been able to see anything anyway but
if you luck out with clear skies it might be worth getting up early. We took our time climbing the different platforms,
exploring each corner, and admiring the relief panels that have stood the test of time. Then,
once we reached the central dome, we came face to face with 72 seated Buddhas. So tell us how are you enjoying Borobudur
so far? Loving it so far. Something I’ve really come to appreciate is that when you kind of
walk around the perimeter of the temple you can like have pockets of it where you don’t
see anyone else. It really feels like you’re exploring it as opposed to just being you
know a tourist that is kind of crammed in with a whole bunch of other people. So I’ve
really liked that so far. It is pretty cool. There is no one around here it is just us. If you’re planning to visit, I would suggest
you give yourself at least an hour and a half or two. Also, make sure you bring lots of
water because it gets hot up there! So we are ready for another adventure. Tell
us! Yeah, we’re heading up to Mount Merapi and there is basically two different ways
you can do it. You can hike up but we’re going with a jeep. Yeah, it’ll be fun. Hop on in. Merapi translates to Fire Mountain, and as
the most active volcano in the region, it really lives up to its name. We visited a
museum that chronicled the effect this volcano has had on the surrounding communities and
rode past lava fields that once burned red. It looks like we’ve got a new driver! So what you see behind us is Mount Merapi
and actually it just looks like a whole bunch of fog. Yeah. Well, we really lucked out with
the weather in the morning but this afternoon not so much. Yeah, it looks like it is going
to start raining soon, so these are the views we’re enjoying. It has been a pretty cool
experience doing the jeep safari but no volcano sighting unfortunately. Even though we decided to do the jeep tour,
there are other ways to explore Mount Merapi. We encountered a lot of people riding on motorbikes,
and we were told it’s also possible to hike. That very same day we continued on to Prambanan,
which is a 9th century Hindu temple located about 17 kilometres northeast of Yogyakarta.
The temple is dedicated to the trinity of Hinduism: Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. In its
original form, the complex contained a total of 250 large and small temples. Later that evening we returned to Prambanan
Temple, but this time to watch a dance performance. They have different shows scheduled throughout
the week, and we visited the evening of the Ramayana Ballet, which is a a Javanese dance
interpretation of an Indian epic poem. It was a 2-hour performance and things got really
interesting when they lit the stage on fire! Aside from all the day excursions, we also
tried to explore a bit of Jogjakarta. Taman Sari, also known as the Water Palace, is one
place that I really wanted to check out and we made it just before closing. This was once
a large complex with an artificial lake and islands, but today only the bathing complex
is well preserved. If you have some spare time in the city, it’s well worth visiting. From there, we hopped on a motor-rickshaw
for a tour of the city. We didn’t have a particular destination in mind, so we just
rode down some of the side streets before making our way up Jalan Malioboro, which is
the main shopping street and is filled with shops and markets. Then for our last night in Yogyakarta, we
went up to our hotel’s rooftop lounge to enjoy some city views and watch the sunset. Alright guys, the adventure continues. We’re
off to Solo by train. After a few days in Jogja, we hopped on a
train and headed towards Solo, also known as Surakarta. The ride was a little over an
hour, and not only was it an inexpensive way to travel, but it was also incredibly scenic.
We zoomed past villages and rice fields, and before we knew it, we had arrived. So right now we’re inside Pasar Triwindu which
is an antiques market here in Solo and we are seeing some real gems. The market is spread out across a series of
two-story buildings and inside you’ll find everything from chandeliers and leather puppets,
to old phonographs and Dutch porcelain. It’s a great place to shop for unusual souvenirs
and you could easily spend an hour or two here. We also ended up visiting the House of Danar
Hadi, which is home to one of the best batik collections in the whole world. Batik is a
technique where wax is added to textiles to create elaborate patterns. This can be done
by hand or using a stamp. After a quick tour of the museum, we visited the workshops where
you can see the art in action, and then I also picked up a batik shirt for myself. So I went shopping for my Batik and I found
one I really like. It cost about 30 US dollars and I can’t wait to start wearing it. I think
the first time I’ll try it on is for dinner soon. So we’re starting off with coconut milk pancakes
which are called Serabi. So let’s take a look at it down here. So you can see the outside
fringe it looks like something quite crispy and I think this is going to be like the middle
part is the coconut milk. So I’m not entirely sure how to eat this. I’m just going to take
a big bite. That looks delicious. Oh, wow. Oh, that is delicious. I love coconut
and so what you’ve got here, if you look down here. This part it sort of tastes like I don’t
know like maybe like a coconut type of pudding. It is really got a bit of a milky consistency.
It is a little it tastes a little bit wet once you have it in your mouth and then this
part over here is crispy so you’ve got those two. You’ve got the contrast between the crispiness
and the pudding like texture. Oh man, I love that. Instant hit. We may be ordering more. So I also got myself Serabi but I went with
the chocolate so as you can see it has chocolate sprinkles that have melted over top the coconut.
Wow. So let’s go in for the first bite. How do we do this. Mmmmm. Mmmmm. How is that? That is amazing. It is like having
dessert for lunch which I love. It is so sweet and when you add chocolate I think it is just
perfect. Like you mentioned you have the crispiness with a very soft coconut so it is wonderful. Dessert for lunch. Mmmmm. Our next stop in Solo was the Mangkunegaran
Palace, which dates back to 1757. Part of the royal family still lives here, so you
can’t wander around the grounds on your own, but we took a guided tour which was very
informative and enjoyable. Another way to experience Solo is by doing
a tour on a pedibike, also known as a becak. This is a very leisurely way of seeing the
city, and you can easily find drivers outside the major hotels, so it’s just a matter
of bargaining the price. So it is dinnertime here in Solo, Indonesia
and we’re trying a new restaurant that was highly rated on TripAdvisor. We’re eating
at a place called Warung Selat Mbak Lies. Hopefully I got that right. It is a pretty
long name. We ordered something called Selat Bistik or
Selat Solo. So if you take a look down here it is basically a braised beef tenderloin
with a watery gravy and it also comes with vegetables. We have some green beans, some
carrots, it looks like some mashed potato here and there is like chips kind of sprinkled
on top. And what else, yeah other vegetables some onions. So apparently this is like a
twist on a western slash dutch food that has been like adopted here in Indonesia and just
changed to their taste. Yeah, like with Javanese ingredients. Yeah. So let’s try this. You
know what. Dig right in. I’m going to start with this egg. Okay. This
dark egg. I’ve never had such a dark egg before. And apparently the soy sauce is quite sweet.
Mmmm. Is it sweet? Mmmmm. That is a sweet gravy.
Yeah. I mean it is quite watery, it is almost like
you’re having a soup. It is like a main dish but kind of looks like a soup. So yeah. So we are currently at Sriwedari Park. We
thought we were coming for a puppet show but what did we find instead? We found an amusement
park and there is all kinds of cool stuff. I noticed bumper cars so we’re going to go
check that out. Awesome. I challenge you to bumper cars. Woo! Oh, there
we go. There we go. Ah. That is scary. That is so mean. Music playing. So today we are in Semarang. This is our third
and final stop on this trip in Indonesia. And we’re going to start out with a visit
to Sam Poo Kong temple and then head over for some food. Sam Poo Kong was established by a Chinese
Muslim explorer in the early 15th century and it is a large complex featuring 5 temples.
Not only is Sam Poo Kong one of the top-rated attractions on TripAdvisor, but it’s also
a fascinating place to visit because you get the blend of both Chinese and Javanese architectural
styles. Okay, so right now we’re taking a little ice
cream break at a place called Toko Oen. And yeah, they specialize in cakes, pastries and
ice cream which is perfect for us with our sweet tooth. Now we’re kind of cooling off
a bit here and something really cool is they are celebrating their 80th anniversary of
being open. Yeah. So I’m trying rum and raisin over here. Yes!
Oh! Wow. Wow. I think we may have ordered a little too much
ice cream. I think you’re right. Hahaha. Want to try yours? Okay, so I’m starting off
with rum and raisin over here. Okay. So I’ve got a nice couple chunks of raisin. Mmmm. How is that? Wow, that is good. Yeah, very
rich. That is cool. And I got myself some Mocha ice cream and we also ordered some pancakes
with more ice cream. So we’ve got our work cut out for us for sure. Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper visit
to Semarang without exploring Kota Lama. This area makes up the Old Town and it is home
to buildings that date back to the Dutch colonial period. Some of the structures look like they
could use a little TLC, but the good news is that earlier this year plans were announced
to rejuvenate Semarang’s historic “Little Netherlands”. Hi! Hi! Haha. So for today’s meal we are enjoying some street
food in the city of Semarang and we’re going to be having Lumpia Semarang or Semarang spring
rolls which actually originated in the Chinese community. So if you have a look down here
we actually thought we were ordering a plate full of them but we only got one. So a little
lost in translation but I think this should be enough because it is a pretty big fat spring
roll. So we’re going to dig right in to this. It
is huge. Are you ready? Ready for the food? And here is the sauce on the side. Yeah, look
at that. So it should be good. It smells good. It smells deep-fried which is a good thing. Okay, Sam do you want to tell us the key ingredients
in this special spring roll. Yeah, so what you’ll find inside are bamboo shoots, dried
shrimp and then you can have chicken or prawn. So, man these look good. Yeah. It is just
a matter of attacking it here. Yeah. Don’t mind my fingers. Look at that. Oh, look at
the detail in there. Yeah, that looks good. Okay, we’re going to dip this in the sauce
and I have a feeling this sauce might be sweet. Yeah. Oh, wow. Look at that. Look how thick
that is. Wa! Ha. What do you think? Those are delicious. Yeah.
I love deep-fried spring rolls so. I know you do. I know. And the bamboo shoot is really
nice. I’m still not sure if it is chicken or prawn. I didn’t get a bite of that so still
waiting to figure that part out. Ha! I think that calls for a second bite. Yeah, the sauce
is sweet. I’m just going to take a little bit of that sauce and see what it is. Mmmm. Man. It almost looks like it has a gelatin
like consistency. Yeah, it does. And surprisingly it doesn’t have a very strong taste. I thought
it would be really sweet or strong and it is not. So let’s go in for bite number two. Let’s
go in for some of the ingredients this time. Okay. I definitely taste the shrimp and prawn
this time. Yeah. Yeah, I think that is what it is made with. And that’s a wrap for our whirlwind trip
to Indonesia. We hope you enjoyed getting a closer look at what Yogyakarta and Central
Java have to offer. As always, if you have any other suggestions of things to do and
places to visit, feel free to let us know in the comments below. Happy travels!

75 thoughts on “20 Things to do in Yogyakarta Travel Guide & Central Java Tourism in Indonesia (Solo, Semarang)

  1. Hello there, loving your videos! May I ask what type of camera you're using? Pictures and videos are crisp clear and very nice!

  2. Really nice video & some really great places to see! I really enjoy seeing other cultures and seeing all the different types of architecture & foods each has to offer! Thank you both for a very great video & can't wait to see your next one! Take care & stay safe!

  3. What a wonderful video! Indonesia is one of the cheapest places to visit. I'm glad to see Yogyakarta is thriving. I was in Batam, Indonesia the day Yogyakarta had the 6.4 earthquake (May 27, 2006). That may not sound like much but there were many casualties and injuries due to the poor infrastructure. It's good to see the city looking so good.
    I will vouch for the great food in Indonesia. It looks like the sauce that was with the lumpia was a plum sauce.

  4. Awesome tour. Really encouraging! How did you manage to get to Mt. Merapi? Did you do a private tour? I tried to search some online but I couldn't find one. However, it seems to safe you some time.

  5. For highland trip in Central Java, Dieng is better. Also there's Ambarawa Railway Museum near Semarang, where you can travel briefl with old colonial steam-driven train through ricefields

  6. batik, if people talking about it, the will talk about yogyakarta, surakarta, or pekalongan. but the real deal is Tuban town east java, the last batik maker that making batik with the original batik fabric which made by themself

  7. I visited borobudur 9 times, prambanan oh I Love this tample.
    n also kaliurang, merapi, I went there before n after eruption, those villages, trees, river were gone, burried by lava.
    malioboro, pramex, triwindu market.
    did you go to candi sukuh n candi cetho?
    oooh… guys u've bring me back to those amazing places where I've been visited… awesome.
    😆😆😆😆

  8. Just in case you go back the city's name is pronounced YOGYAKARTA. The old spelling Jogjakata is the dutch way of writing so the J would still be pronounced as Y. However, the main point is, I guess, I loved your video and I have some time free so I'm going in 8 days. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. I just love your vlog! Weren't there any Wayang performance in Sriwedari Solo that time, as far as I know it's performed everyday except Sundays from 8 -11 p.m..Did you visit Taman Balekambang in Solo too? It's a historical garden where Ketoprak (Solonese style opera) is usually played every week. 🙂

  10. I just love your vlog! Weren't there any Wayang performance in Sriwedari Solo that time, as far as I know it's performed everyday except Sundays from 8 -11 p.m..Did you visit Taman Balekambang in Solo too? It's a historical garden where Ketoprak (Solonese style opera) is usually played every week. 🙂

  11. You on the righ path in get food.. Indonesian street food is the best.. original taste original recipe more cheaper.

    Btw, Informative and cool video.

  12. If you come to jogja again next time, you should go to gunungkidul, one of districts in Yogyakarta province. It has so many beautiful and amazing tourism objects, and also has many beautiful beaches

  13. I am from Klaten, a city located between Yogya & Solo, currently live in Japan
    Thanks to visit Yogya & Central Java. You need to come again to go swim in Umbul Ponggok, have a sunset/sunrise view in Rawa Jombor, Plaosan Temple, Menara Kudus, Masjid Agung Demak and other historical places in Yogyakarta & Central Java

  14. Hi Samuel Audrey….how are you guys been doing? Im Hendry I live in Jakarta. I've been following some of your videos, like the one you guys made in Spain. Where Audrey celebrated her birthday in Toledo…so cool and informative. Im so happy that you guys had travel twice to Indonesia and you guys seemed to enjoy your time here….wish you many happy travel in the future and keep making these great videos 😉

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  16. Have you come to Wonosobo Dieng ? If you have not ,maybe you should have to come ,because the nature is soo beautiful ,and not so far from yogyakarta . .

  17. Please visit Lombok, Raja Ampat, and Komodo Island next time you visit Indonesia. I really enjoy your contents. Cheers!

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  19. Re: Semarang, the only major place you didn't include was the Central Java Grand Mosque aka Great Mosque of Central Java aka Masjid Agung Jawa Tengah. It lacks the famous Javanese woodwork and is fairly modern (opened in 2006) but is worth a look.

    Re: Solo, did you include gamelan? The city is known for its drums/gamelan music.

  20. Beautiful! We made a travel vlog for Yogyakarta, Indonesia as well. It’s pretty weird but it’s that funny kind of weird 😉 If you wanna see it’s on our channel.

  21. A very complete guide to Central Java Samuel & Audrey. I went to Yogyakarta last weekend. Spent a lot of time at the Sultan Kraton to watch the gorgeous Javanese dances.

  22. Going to Yogyakarta next month for holiday. So excited after seeing your vid. Thank you!

    Ps- Beca is pronounced bay-char (without the R) not bee-car. 👌

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