Yogyakarta, Indonesia: Travel/Tourist Information Guide
Yogyakarta Special Region, also known as Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta in Indonesian term, is a province under a special status. Its administrative capital is Yogyakarta, the cradle of civilization on Java. It is located on the edge of Indian Ocean. Yogyakarta is known to be the main gateway to Central Java. In 1946, Yogyakarta was a part of Central Java, but was later given the status of Special Administrative Region in 1948 because of its significant contribution to the survival of the Indonesia Republic.
With its abundance of temples including the temples of Prambanan, Yogyakarta is known as the Never ending Asia for its endless attractions and appeal. It is Indonesia's one of the foremost cultural centers that offer many attractions. The city center, Kraton or Sri Sultan’s Palace, is a lively spot with Dutch colonial-era buildings. Surrounding the Kraton is a populated neighborhood. The Malioboro is the center of the economic activity with rows of pavement vendors and shopping stalls. Apart from the cultural and historical attractions in Yogyakarta, natural attractions can be found nearby including the Mount Merapi. It is an active volcano that is bordering Central Java and Yogyakarta.
As a frequented travel paradise of tourists, there are a lot of things to do in the city. When the sun sets, Yogyakarta becomes a bustling night spot with a great number of watering holes. A day will not be enough to explore Yogyakarta; visitors are highly advised to stay for three days or more to experience the cultural beauty of the whole region. There are luxury hotels and budget hotels that match the needs of every tourist from a honeymoon, family trip, and business trip to solo backpacking. Accommodation is widely offered in almost all of the streets in Yogyakarta. These hotels are even organizing tours and excursions to the different places at the outskirts of Yogyakarta.
If planning to get in by plane, the Adisucipto International Airport, which is 8 kilometers east of town, is the best option. This is a busy hub with flights from Jakarta, Denpasar, Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, and the rest of Java. There are also direct flights from Malaysia and Singapore. From the airport, there are taxis and airport shuttles that could take tourists to the city center.
Another way to get in Yogyakarta is by train. Trains from Jakarta depart frequently going to Yogyakarta. The Argo-class trains are the best ones to take. It is, by so far, is the most comfortable and the fastest train with a ticket that costs 380,000 IDR or 28 USD. Other option is the Taksaka, which is almost as good as the Argo-class, with a ticket that costs 250,000 IDR or 20 USD.