Java Bali 11 Days Itinerary – Yogyakarta Day 1
Day 1 : 14 June (Fri) – Singapore to Yogyakarta
- Transport – Air Asia QZ 8103 depart 1115 hrs / arrive 1225 hrs
- Accommodation – Dusun Jogja Village Inn
- Lunch – Milas (walking distance from Dusun Jogja Village Inn)
- Train station to purchase train ticket in advance to Surabaya
- Shopping at Jalan Malioboro (open till night)
- Dinner – Vivi (TripAdvisor No. 1 in Jogja)
- After a long day and nice dinner, had a foot massage at Jl. Prawirotaman.
Dusun Jogja Village Inn (rating 4 out of 5 ) –
A nice Java style resort in the middle of the city with a lot of greenery and lovely swimming pool. Run by a serious management team as you can see from TripAdvisor. They appreciated and answered to all the comments in TripAdvisor. Based on the information from some of the comments,the Inn seemed to be run by Paul who is a famous person and he aimed to make Jogja Village Inn to be the best hotel in Jogja.
The hotel is a 15min – 20min walk to Jalan Prawirotaman (where ViaVia located) with decent cafes and 10 mins walk to Milas (where we had our lunch) but not walking distance to the Palace and the big shopping area of Malioboro but taxis are easy to find (around 20,000RP ride away by taxi to Malioboro). The inn is conveniently located next to a supermarket (more like a big grocery store not the super big mall type) so getting your own supplies is very easy. I normally like to visit the grocery store since it is a good place to see what locals normally buy and eat for daily life.
Milas (rating: 3.5 out of 5) –
A comment from TripAdvisor –
“I can’t recommend this place enough. It is a vegetarian restaurant, situated in a beautiful garden, with a huge and varied menu and all with excellent prices. I think that most of their ingredients are organic, and they don’t use msg. They also have a shop with handmade articles, and natural food and cosmetic products. The organization running the restaurant helps street kids find their place in the world. I want to eat there every day!”
Comment from Lonely Planet –
“This secret garden restaurant, located down a quiet side road, is a project centre for street youth. Offers tasty vegetarian cooking, healthy snacks, sandwiches, salads and organic coffee”
Train station to purchase train ticket in advance to Surabaya (rating: 1 out of 5 ) –
It need a lot of patience to buy train ticket in Jogja. The train station is hot and crowded. We arrived the train station at around 5pm and we got our train ticket only at around 7:30pm. There is a bigger and newer train station. We probably have gone to a smaller train station and so the process was so slow. Anyway, the staff are friendly enough to help us with the purchase. Alternatively, we found some travel agents provide service to buy train ticket. However, that require to collect the ticket from them few hours later plus a minimum service charge. This does not save our time. We decided to buy the tickets ourselves. Anyway, even if it is a bad experience, sometimes a bad experience in a trip can turn out still be a memorable one. A good experience to live as like the local and talked to local.
While ridding with a rickshaws from Jogja Dusun Inn to train station, I found the Jogja people are dare with using bright colour.
Shopping at Jalan Malioboro (rating 1.5 out of 5) –
There is nothing much to see at Jalan Malioboro. It is the biggest shopping street in Jogja but everything we can see is only the mass production of souvenir and almost every shops sell the same things. No wonder the rating is not high based on a few travel website. We spent around 1 hour at this shopping street while waiting for our queue number of the train ticket. To me, it is okay to skip this shopping street and spend time at your hotel swimming pool. Also, I would rather hunt for antiques and crafts in Bali with wider, nicer selection and with more surprises.
[Photo below]: A typical Jogja street view
ViaVia (rating 4 out of 5) –
ViaVia Jogja, Jl. Prawirotaman 30, Jogjakarta. Phone: +62 274 386557
OPEN: every day 7.30am – 11.00pm – www.viaviajogja.com (ViaVia has a nice website!)
ViaVia is rated as No.1 in TripAdvisor under eating place category in Jogja. It is easy to see the reason (partly I would also think the reason is because there are not many good restaurants or eating places that inspired me during my 1.5 days stay in Jogja). Both Lonely Planet and Travelfish.org has good review about ViaVia. There was a live Jazz performance while we were there on Friday evening. If could, go there early to have a good table for the performance. The lady jazz singer has a very good voice.
“An outstanding one-stop shop for Yogyakarta’s travellers. Want convincing Western food? Want authentic Indonesian food? Want vegetarian choices? Want to organize a tour or to find out travel information? Want to join a cultural class? Want a beer, a glass of Australian wine or a cocktail made with the local spirit arak? Want to do all this while using free WiFi and being sporadically entertained by amazingly talented street buskers or local jazz musicians? ViaVia is your place. Very accurately billing itself as a traveller’s cafe, ViaVia is part of an international chain set up with the goal of promoting ethical tourism and community engagement. The staff are super friendly and will go out of their way to help you enjoy your stay in the city they call home” – Travelfish.org recommended ViaVia
Along the street where ViaVia located is also a popular hang out place for backpacker. Hence, there are a number of interesting shops too to visit along the street. Not many of them but it is still a nice feeling to walk along the street.