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Mystical Borobudur & Prambanan

A February 2006 trip to Jogjakarta by beautysan

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Quote: I had the opportunity to visit Jogjakarta before the terrible earthquake. Borobudur was indeed magnificent, especially during sunrise. Prambanan temple was very photogenic and attractive too. It's well worth the trouble to fly to Jogjakarta just for these 2 gems of central Jawa.

Mystical Borobudur & Prambanan

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Needless to say, Borobudur is definitely top of the list for anyone who visits Jogjakarta. Although the sunrise tour from Manohara Hotel was a total rip-off but it was well worth it after seeing the breath-taking scenery on top of Borobudur in solitude. Prambanan temple came in a close second to the 'to-do' in Jogjakarta. It is so photogenic it almost looked like Angkor Wat.Quick Tips: It is best to visit these 2 temples in the morning, before the crowd from tour buses started to stream in. Jogja city is not very interesting. I would skip it completely the next time I come to Jogja.Best Way To Get Around: Trishaw is the best way to get around Jogjakarta city. To get...Read More
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Under the management of Duta Garden Hotel, Delta Homestay is, as the name suggests, a simple yet enchanting lodging. Do not confuse the Delta Homestay with Delta Guesthouse which is a few streets away (although they are both under the same management). Designed in characteristic Javanese tropical style, with lush garden and a small swimming pool at the backyard, Delta Homestay is a real deal for the rate we paid. Our air-conditioned room with private bath was basic and reasonably clean, although the bathroom could do a little touch-up and cleaning. With the room rate of IDR 120 000 (before discount), I can't complain much. The room rate also included American breakfast for 2, and tea and cakes at nigh...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 27, 2006

Delta Homestay
Jl. Prawirotaman MG.III/597-A
Yogyakarta 55153
62 81 727 1047

Manohara Hotel Photo, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
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Manohara Hotel is the only hotel located within the Borobudur Archaeological Park, which makes it very convenient for guests with the main purpose of visiting Borobudur. It is especially handy for Borobudur sunrise because the nearest town - Jogjakarta is 50 minutes away. This is actually quite a small hotel, with only 22 rooms, all with air-conditioning and private bath. A double room costs IDR 351 000 net if you book the room with www.yogyes.com/en/yogyakarta-hotel/budget/manohara. There is a bar and a coffee shop that serves good continental breakfast. The coffee shop of the hotel has the advantage of overlooking Borobudur temp...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 27, 2006

Manohara Hotel
Jalan Badrawati, Borobudur
Magelang, Indonesia 56553
62 293 788680

Manohara Hotel

Hotel | "Manohara Sunrise Tour"

Manohara Hotel Photo, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
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Manohara Hotel is the only hotel located within the Borobudur Archaeological Park. They take full advantage of their strategic location indeed by charging an exorbitant amount (IDR 221 500) for the Borobudur sunrise tour that starts at 4:30am. The tour includes entrance fee to Borobudur, an American breakfast, and a torch light. Manohara hotel claims that guests of the hotel has unlimited access to the temple. However, take note that guests still have to pay IDR 1025000 (about half the price of public rate) to get into Borobudur temple before its official opening time by joining the sunrise tour. The tour was a real rip-off because the only thing they provided was the privileged access to ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 27, 2006

Manohara Hotel
Jalan Badrawati, Borobudur
Magelang, Indonesia 56553
62 293 788680

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We flew to Jogjakarta from Bali with the purpose of only seeing Prambanan temple and Borobudur temple - the best of Jogjakarta. Upon arrival at the airport, I happily headed towards the tourist information counter. Although they are government tourist information centre (or at least they claimed to be), they seemed to be more interested in recommending you the packages they provide or hook you up with drivers that would bring you around if you opted not to take any of their packages. We took the driver they recommended anyway and engaged him for half a day on the first day, and another half day on the second day. We went straight to Prambanan temple from the airport. As expected, Prambanan...Read More

Day 2 - Borobudur

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Bas Relief at Borobudur Photo, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
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We have pre-booked the driver to come fetch us from Delta Homestay at 4am. He only turned up around 4.30am. We reached Borobudur Archaeological Park around 5.15am and went straight into Manohara Hotel to register for their 'exclusive' sunrise tour (see my other entry on the tour). Borobudur Temple was one of the largest Buddhist temple in the world. It was built by Sailendra dynasty between 750 and 842 AD; 300 years before Cambodia’s Angkor Wat! The overall height of Borobudur was 42 meters and consists of 10 levels, signifying the accumulation of virtue in the ten stages of Bodhisattva. We arrived at the foot of Borobudur at 5.30am, just in time for the lovely sunrise. Wasting no time, we...Read More