Indonesia: Yogyakarta First Impressions


We arrived in Yogyakarta  at around 7 in the morning.  The city was barely awake as we made our way downtown. But we were met by early risers who were already on their way to work.

Notice the girl texting…

We arrived at our hotel four hours before check in time. So we decided to leave our luggage behind the reception desk and head over to the train station to buy tickets for our Jakarta trip the next day.

Along the way, we were able to explore the neighborhood and see vignettes of local life. Here, an outdoor cooking station has been set up beside a food stall.  Strangely, the cook was missing in action.

It seems that the Indonesians have a penchant for birds.  We’ve seen several of these around the neighborhood.

caged birds

Graffiti is everywhere!

Some houses are really quaint, like this one…


The local mode of transportation is the BECAK, similar to Manila’s pedicab, only the passenger seat is in front.



It was quite an interesting walk.  Yogya is the kind of town that does not intimidate no matter which part of the world you’re from. We felt welcomed right away. Which was just as well because we were about to get some bad news from the folks at the train station.

Next:  Indonesia:  Sleeping at the Airport and Getting Stuck in Yogya


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  3. H

    I am planning a trip to Yogyakarta 🙂

    What airline is best to take?
    All I know is take Air asia

    Manila to KL
    KL to Jojakarta

    Jog to Kl
    Kl to Mnl

    What is another option?

    Thanks in advance 🙂

    More travels to you & your family!

    • Hi Ging! Instead of taking Air Asia to KL, we took CebuPacific from Mla-Jakarta, then took AA from Jakarta to Yogyakarta. Coming back, though, we took a van from Yogya to Jakarta. 🙂 Hope this helps.

      Happy travels!


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