Yogyakarta…

The third island I’ve been was Java. In Java I visited Yogyakarta, Semarang and Jakarta.

Yogyakarta was very different from Flores. All islands in Indonesia show different characteristics. Yogya is pronounced by locals as “Jogja”. This city was cleaner and made me feel relaxed when compared Flores and Bali. It has a slow pace life and the people look more friendly to me. As I heard it is also a cheaper city.

Yogyakarta is a part of Indonesian democratic governance system but they have a sultan as well for hundreds of years. The sultan also takes his place in Indonesian Parliamentary system in a way. There is an election but the sultan is chosen with a great majority. Anyway people look happy with it.

To catch up with my travel I leave writing so much aside and I publish photos. Lets start with Yogyakarta street views from my camera…

  • In the cockpit from Denpasar, Bali to Yogyakarta...

Yogyakarta is home for two big and numerious small temples. The basic itinerary includes; Borobudur and Prambanan. Lets start with Borobudur photos…

Borobudur Temple…

Borobudur is Buddhist Temple from 9th century. The monument is both a shrine to the Lord Buddha and a place for Buddhist pilgrimage. (Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borobudur)

Between 9th-14th centuries Hindus used the temple. After the 14th century, with the conversion of the Javanese people to Islam, Borobudur Temple is left.

In Indonesian, ancient temples are referred to as candi. That’s why it is called in Indonesian as “Candi Borobudur”. Borobudur is found in the beginning 19th century when it is under British rule.

  • Sunrise near Borobudur

Prambanan Temple…

Prambanan is the biggest Hindu Temple in Malaysia belonging from 9th century. It is dedicated to Trimurti (trinity) the expression of God as the Creator (Brahma), the Preserver (Vishnu) and the Destroyer (Shiva).

It is located 17 km from Yogyakarta. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prambanan)

  • Coming to Prambanan...

Semarang…

Semarang is 4 hours north by bus from Yogyakarta. In Semarang I rejuvenate in a family environment. Ayten and Rob hosted me very kindly. Ayten is a friend of mine (Bora Çiftçi). In my 3 days in Semarang I followed their schedule that means the children school activities, shows. It was fun. One of the things I will remember is hot weather. It was the end of September and it was hard for me to be outside.

Actually there is not much to see for a tourist or a traveler in Semarang. The colourful “Rainbow Village” is one of the must seen in the city. Expat life is centered children, school, business. Thanks very much my hosts. I felt at home.

  • Semarang...

Jakarta…

Jakarta was not a place that I wanted to spend much time, but I may say that I enjoyed my time there. The hostel that I stayed was so nice to me. “Homiestay” was a real home-stay for me. It is located PIK region, close to Airport and away from the heavy Jakarta traffic as much as you can avoid.

It was a short stay (3 days). I enjoy my time in Jakarta. Together my hostel-mates (Baha from Jordan and Mohammed from Egypt) we went to the city center to explore some places. Colonial buildings in Kota square and Istiqlal Mosque was basic places.

  • Night Market...

I enjoyed the food near to my hostel. Fish in the steam, prawns with some local sauce and veggie was great. I was ready to head up more north and I came to my next country Singapore after my nice Jakarta days.

Some Notes to Indonesia Travelers…

You have to hold a ticket leaving Indonesia…

When you are entering Indonesia you have different options of Visas. One of them is “no money, just enter” type application which gives you 30 days free travel chance. In this case you have to show and outbound ticket leaving the country. This forces you to buy two tickets before coming Indonesia (coming to & leaving from). In this type of entry to Indonesia you have to definitively leave the country after 30 days (at most). If you exceed the 30 days due time, they apply some penalty (30 USD/day or similar).

The other option (that I didn’t do) to pay some money in  arrival before passing passport control. This gives you the chance to extend your time in Indonesia. If you plan to stay in this huge and beautiful country keep in mind this option.

Surprise when leaving country!

You have to hold a ticket leaving Singapore…

When I came to the check-in counter for my Jakarta-Singapore flight in Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta airport. The person in the counter asked me a ticket leaving Singapore. That was a total surprise! He nicely provided me his mobile hot-spot and I bought my outbound flight from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur. That was quite a bad surprise and if I did not come to airport fairly early I wouldn’t able to leave the country. I did not enjoy that much these incomprehensible rules but this is travel and we are learning in every step.