HomeAsiaSoutheast AsiaIndonesiaYogyakartaYogyakarta — Sunrise to Sunset from Borobudur to Ratu Boko & Itinerary By Marcos Detourista on October 22, 2016.A full day exploring the UNESCO World Heritage sites and local flavors in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Back in Yogyakarta! It felt great to travel to one of my favorite heritage destinations for the second time. In case you didn’t know, Yogyakarta is the gateway to two of the most magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Southeast Asia — The ancient temples of Borobudur & Prambanan. The city itself is a cultural & historical hotspot in Indonesia with lots of old buildings, delicious local food & shopping areas.This time, I had the chance to experience new things that I missed on my first trip back in 2012. Our group actually spent three days and two nights in Yogyakarta, but we spent only one day to visit most of the places included in our itinerary. We arrived late on our first day and had to leave early morning on our last day. Despite our limited time, we got to maximize our trip & got to enjoy varied parts of the city, from ancient sights & farming villages in the countrysides to shopping areas & food havens in the city center.Sunrise at BorobudurI missed sunrise at Borobudur on my first trip because I woke up too late. Although it was still dark when I left the city center, the sun had caught up with me while I was still on the way. To make sure we make it on time, we departed from the city at 2:30am & arrived at reached the top of the temple at around 5am.We waited at the Borobudur’s pinnacle level and witnessed dark starlit sky shift colors to warm pastels, golden hues and finally, bright blues. It was magical to see faded silhouettes of the temple and surrounding mountains slowly getting filled in by warm light, revealing colorful details. I totally recommend that you see the sunrise at Borobudur. It is worth booking, even if it’s not your first time to visit the temple. Sunrise at Borobudur TempleSunrise at Borobudur TemplePinoy Travel Bloggers at Borobudur Temple Breakfast at Stupa Restaurant Relaxing countryside view from Stupa Restaurant by Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa, near Borobudur Temple in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.We did not have to travel far to get to our breakfast venue, Stupa Restaurant by Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa. The restaurant was located in the countrysides near Borobudur temple. They served us a wide selection of traditional Indonesian breakfast dishes. We really enjoyed our meal, not only because of the delicious food but also the hacienda (farm estate) feel of the place and relaxing view of the rice fields. Breakfast at Stupa Restaurant by PlataranBreakfast at Stupa Restaurant by PlataranBreakfast at Stupa Restaurant by PlataranBreakfast at Stupa Restaurant by PlataranBreakfast at Stupa Restaurant by PlataranBreakfast at Stupa Restaurant by Plataran Countryside tour at Wanurejo VillageWe didn’t waste any time and started our next activity after breakfast— a bicycle tour around Wanurejo Village followed by Batik & pottery making. This tour can also be arranged by Stupa Restaurant by Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa for IDR450,000 (approx USD35) per person (minimum of 4 people).We started from the restaurant grounds and cycled our way through scenic rice fields & small farming villages. If you’re not up for the early morning exercise, you can also opt to tour the area on an Andong (traditional horse-drawn carriage).Locals patiently taught us how to make Batik designs on a little blank sheet & sculpt clay pottery using a hand-spun potter’s wheel. It was only then that I realized how much tedious work and craftsmanship is needed to make them. I still have my batik hankie today as a souvenir of our wonderful day at the village. Bicycle tour at Wanurejo village near BorobudurLunch at Wanurejo village near Borobudur Royal Tea Ceremony & Heritage Tour at Royal Ambarrukmo Tea with traditional Javanese rice cakes and desserts during our royal tea ceremony at Royal Amburrukmo HotelWe spent most of the afternoon at Royal Ambarrukmo Hotel. After resting for a bit in our room, the hotel management arranged a tour of the property followed by royal high tea ceremony or Patehan. In addition to providing top-notch accommodations in Yogyakarta, Royal Ambarrukmo Hotel was also one of the city’s highly regarded historical spots, registered as a National Heritage Site. Built in 1859, it formerly served as the Royal Palace Residence (Kedaton Ambarrukmo) & conference venue for the Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies.Sunset at Ratu Boko Sunset at Ratu Boko in Yogyakarta, IndonesiaI skipped Ratu Boko during my previous trip because it wasn’t as grand in terms of the surviving structures compared to Borobudur & Prambanan. I was glad that I got to visit, and finally completed Yogyakarta’s trilogy of UNESCO World Heritage Sites — Ratu Boko, Borobudur Temple, Prambanan Temple.Ratu Boko is thought to be an ancient palace complex, named after legendary King Boko. It was located up a hill near Prambanan Temple, which you could see in the distance, on your way up. It’s popularly visited during sunset time because of scenic overlooking views facing the Prambanan Plain & Mount Merapi (volcano).Eat local in YogyakartaDuring our whole 12-day trip, we had some of the best local food at the restaurants in Yogyakarta. Sampling the local cuisine should definitely be on your itinerary. Here the places we ate at:Ayam Goreng Suharti Ayam Goreng (fried chicken) at Ayam Goreng SuhartiDon’t miss eating the Ayam Goreng (fried chicken) and Tempeh (fried soy) at Ayam Goreng Suharti. They served best Ayam Goreng and Tempeh that I’ve ever tasted in Indonesia. So crispy and tasty! This homey restaurant seems to be a favorite among locals since the place was packed during our visit. Omah Dhuwur Restaurant Omah Dhuwur Restaurant in Yogyakarta, IndonesiaWe ate dinner on your second night at Omah Dhuwur Restaurant. This place was more classy, housed in an elegant historical building in Kotagede, one of the oldest districts of Yogyakarta. They also served really good Indonesian food along with international dishes. It was buffet-style, so we enjoyed a lot more variety. Omah Dhuwur Restaurant in Yogyakarta, IndonesiaOmah Dhuwur RestaurantOmah Dhuwur Restaurant in Yogyakarta, IndonesiaOmah Dhuwur Restaurant 3 Days Yogyakarta ItineraryPreviousBandungDay 1Afternoon — Bandung to Yogyakarta Flights on Lion AirArrival in YogyakartaEvening — Eat at Ayam Goreng SuhartiRest at Royal Ambarrukmo HotelDay 22:30AM — Wake up3:00 to 4:30AM — Hotel to Borobudur transport4:30AM to 6:15AM — Sunrise at BorobudurMorning — Eat at Stupa by PlataranCycling around Borobudur Village, Batik & Pottery MakingEat at Wanurejo VillageAfternoon — Royal Tea Ceremony & Heritage Tour at Royal Ambarrukmo HotelRatu Boko sunset tourDinner — Omah Dhuwur RestaurantMalioboro Street shopping and walking tourRest at Royal Ambarrukmo HotelDay 3Morning — Yogyakarta to Bali flight on Garuda IndonesiaBali to Lombok flight on Garuda IndonesiaNextLombokKomodo IslandsAlila SeminyakBook Your Stay Reception Hall at Royal Amarrukmo Hotel Staff in striking red uniformPoolside at nightPoolside surrounded by greens & colorful flowersMetal sculptural pieces at the poolsideMetal sculptural pieces at the poolside I stayed at the Royal Ambarrukmo Hotel on this trip. I loved this luxury hotel because of its character as one of Yogyakarta’s heritage sites. I was in awe instantly after walking past the main entrance, glancing upon the detailed stone relief that depicted life along the slopes of Mount Merapi. This masterpiece is one of “7 wonders of Royal Ambarrukmo,” that are worth a peek. The hotel was conveniently located beside Plaza Ambarrukmo, a huge upscale mall. It was a few minutes drive away from Yogyakarta International Airport & the old city. My room at Royal Amarrukmo Hotel Welcome snacksFacing the balconyBath & body care kit If you plan on staying at Royal Ambarrukmo Hotel, don’t forget to check rates, discounts & enjoy easy online bookings on Agoda or Booking.com.This post is part of a travel blog series inspired by my 12-day journey in Indonesia. 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