East and Central Java TRAVEL GUIDE: A 7D/6N Itinerary

When it comes to traveling to Indonesia, there is no doubt that Bali comes to mind first. However, what most adventurers overlook is the fact that there is more to Indonesia than Bali. Another island in Indonesia that one should not hesitate to explore is Java. It is actually where the capital (Jakarta) is located.

And while it is one of the most populated regions in the whole world, Java is characterised by unique natural wonders. This may be an unpopular opinion, but if you would ask me right now what is the most breathtaking country I’ve ever been to within Southeast Asia, I will straight up tell you it’s Indonesia—and my answer is mainly influenced by what the beauty I have witnessed during my most recent trip. It is quite hard to describe how beautiful Java is. Believe me when I say, it will take your breath away. It will bring tears to your eyes. It will give you that sense of happiness caused by an unexplainable fulfilment.

Being the 5th largest island in Indonesia, Java is filled with many more attractions that are yet to be discovered by local and international tourism. The island is roughly 20 times larger than Bali, but don’t get overwhelmed, because it is fairly easy to get around Java. There is no reason why you shouldn’t explore the island and experience its beauty for yourself.

anthoni-askaria-K9dsoK-WSoQ-unsplash

DSC07486

indra-dewa-g-CfYCT1kM0-unsplash

waranont-joe-e2njhACZQWI-unsplash

rizky-juliansyah-itMN90BsMo8-unsplash

 

line

Pre Travel Guide

pink-airplane-mode-on-512.jpg Indochina Route:

 

process.png

 

There are other alternate routes that you can take while exploring Java. But for this article, I will focus on the Jakarta-Yogyakarta-Malang-Jakarta route which I personally think is the best one and the most ideal for backpackers. To give you a general idea, I will discuss each stop and its specifics in the next part of this article.



pink-airplane-mode-on-512.jpg  Where to book flights?

 

1. MANILA – JAKARTA – MANILA

Your East and Central Java adventure will start with a flight from Manila to Jakarta. It is advisable to book a flight to Jakarta since this is the nearest point of entry to the wonders of Java which has available flights in our local airlines.

  • Airlines that offer MANILA – JAKARTA
  1. Cebu Pacific offers flights to Jakarta daily. It takes roughly 4 hours and it will cost you around USD 130 or PHP 6,760 for a one-way trip.
  2. Philippine Airlines also operates flights from Manila to Jakarta daily. The average rate for one-way is around USD 222 or PHP 11,544. Travel time is around 4 hours.
  3. Another local airline that offers flights to Jakarta is AirAsia. It will cost you about USD 112 or PHP 5,824. Although, the flights that AirAsia offer have one layover (usually in Kuala Lumpur), so travel time is about 8 hours to 12 hours, depending on the flight schedule.
  4. You may also book via Jetstar, Scoot, and Singapore Airlines. These airlines also offer flights to Jakarta from Manila. It will cost you an average of PHP 220 or PHP 11,440 per one-way flight and the travel time will depend on the flight schedule since most flights have layovers.

2. JAKARTA- YOGYAKARTA

From Jakarta, you may take the train or the plane to Yogyakarta. from Jakarta, you may ride a train to Yogyakarta or take another flight. There are 11 trains that run daily from Jakarta to Yogyakarta. It takes about 8 hours and it costs around USD 30 or PHP 1,500 to go from Jakarta to Yogyakarta by train. I recommend you book a flight to Yogyakarta instead just like what we did. Aside from the fact that fare is quite reasonable, you will definitely save time and energy compared to the travel cost and travel time via train.

  • Airlines that offer JAKARTA – YOGYAKARTA flights
  1. We booked via Air Asia and it took us about an hour to reach Yogyakarta. We availed our flights for only PHP 1,500.
  2. Some other airlines that offer flights from Jakarta to Yogyakarta are Lion Air, Batik Air, and Garuda. The average fare is around PHP 1,800-PHP 5,000. It will take roughly an hour.

3. MALANG – JAKARTA

Going back to Manila from our last stop, Malang required us to book two flights. One flight from Malang to Jakarta, then a flight from Jakarta to Manila. You can actually take a train to Jakarta from Malang which will take about 15-22 hours and an average cost of PHP 1,900 which is close to the average cost of booking a flight from Malang to Jakarta. The flight will just take about 1 hour and 30 minutes and cost around PHP 2,100-PHP 4,500 depending on the flight schedule and airlines.



stock-vector-passport-book-cartoon-vector-and-illustration-hand-drawn-style-isolated-on-white-background-222314308.jpg Do we need  Indonesian Visa?

Indonesia is visa-free for Filipinos! Philippine passport holders are not required to have a visa in order to enter Indonesia as long as you stay for a maximum of 30 days. It is necessary to ensure that you have a valid passport that is valid at least 6 months before expiration.



untitled  Travel Essentials
  • Airport transfers – A convenient and comfortable mode of transportation at an affordable price is always a great deal for budget travelers like me. For hassle-free and seamless airport transfers, BOOK HERE!
  • SIM CARD – In order to stay connected, a reliable Internet connection is a must! It is very vital to always have an open communication line with your companions, in cases unexpected incidents take place. It is also cool to stay in touch with your friends and family back home. To enjoy nationwide coverage that works anywhere. BOOK HERE!

 

line

Detailed Guide For Each Destination

pink-dotted-line

DAY  1 to 2 – YOGYAKARTA

Considered as the creative capital of Java, Yogyakarta is one of the most popular destinations among local and international visitors alike. True to its distinction, Java is home to ancient Javanese art and it also features stunning attractions like the famous Borobodur Temple and Prambanan Temple. Yogyakarta is very accessible since it has its own international airport which can be an entry point if you’re coming from Bali or Jakarta. In order to fully maximize the city, I recommend that you send 3 days, but you can also do an overnight tour or even just a full day tour.



pink-airplane-mode-on-512.jpg How to get to Yogyakarta? (From Jakarta)
  • By Train

There are 11 trains that run daily from Jakarta to Yogyakarta. It takes about 8 hours to go from Jakarta to Yogyakarta by train. There are two main train stations for catching trains going from Jakarta to Yogyakarta. The station will depend on the ticket class you want to avail. Assuming that you prefer the cheaper option like me, go to Pasar Senen Station where business class and economy class trains depart from. An economy class ticket costs around IDR 150,000 or PHP 550.

  • By Plane

Some other airlines that offer flights from Jakarta to Yogyakarta are Lion Air, Batik Air, and Garuda. The average fare is around PHP 1,800-PHP 5,000. It will take roughly an hour. We booked via Air Asia and it took us about an hour to reach Yogyakarta. We availed our flights for only PHP 1,900.



77b94a5ca91d20947b7dbfd94955b5e0_house-outline-clipart-clipart-house-outline-free-clipart_558-595.png How to get to the accommodation?

It is very easy to get around Yogyakarta since Uber and Grab are both very accessible. Just make sure you have the applications in your smartphone so you can transfer from one place to another hassle-free.



77b94a5ca91d20947b7dbfd94955b5e0_house-outline-clipart-clipart-house-outline-free-clipart_558-595.png Where to stay?

Here are some budget accommodations in Yogyakarta that you can check out:

  • ZEN Premium Tegal Panggung Danurejan
    • Address: Jl. Tegal Panggung No. 39, Yogyakarta 55122, Indonesia
    • Book HERE.
    • Use my code “COLZ” to get 20% off
  • ZEN Rooms Bausasran 34 Pakualaman
    • Address: Jalan Bausasran No, 34, Yogyakarta 55122, Indonesia
    • Book HERE.
    • Use my code “COLZ” to get 20% off
  • Greenhost Boutique Hotel Prawirotaman
    • Jl. Prawirotaman 2 No.629, Brontokusuman, Kec. Mergangsan, Kota Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55153, Indonesia
    • Book HERE.
  • Hotel Neo Malioboro
    • Jl. Ps. Kembang No.21, Sosromenduran, Gedong Tengen, Kota Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55271, Indonesia
    • Book HERE.
  • Hotel Grand Rosela
    • Prawirotaman street No.28, Brontokusuman, Mergangsan, Yogyakarta City, Special Region of Yogyakarta 55153, Indonesia
    • Book HERE.


samuibus_banner_logo_red.png  Where to book tours?

There are numerous tour agencies that are available along the streets of Magelang and near Borobudur, so you will not have a hard time looking for a tour. Just make sure to go around first and assess the rates, so you can find the most reasonable deal there is. To save yourself from hassle, book your tour with Klook. Availing your tours with Klook will make your trip easier and hassle-free–from the transfers to the actual tour itself. It is definitely worth your money!



untitled  Places We Visited
Borobodur Temple

Borobudur is the world’s largest Buddhist site and Indonesia’s most popular tourist attraction. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a majestic example of Indonesian architecture. Borobudur Temple is undoubtedly the crown jewel of the country. There may be a lot of other beautiful and stunning temples in Indonesia, but nothing compares to how spectacular Borobudur is.

IMG_5165

yang-jing-K899V4VCuJw-unsplash

Itinerary:

  • 3:30am-3:45am hotel pick up
  • 3:45am-4:30am transfer to Borobudur
  • 4:30am-7:30am Borobudur temple sunrise
  • 8:15am-9:30am end of trip, hotel drop off
  • Optional: Pawon and Mendut Temples (entrance fees excluded)


6884234-Yellow-warning-triangle-sign-with-exclamation-mark-isolated-on-whte-background--Stock-Photo.jpg  Helpful Reminders:
  1. To get the best experience, wake up and prepare for the trip as early as 3:00 AM. It is advisable to leave this early so you can catch the iconic sunrise in Borobudur.
  2. Make sure to get enough sleep and prepare everything you need the night before. Do not forget to have breakfast, so you will have enough energy for the day.
  3. There are ATM machines in the area, but it is still best to prepare your onhand money at the airport to avoid any hassle. Always allot extra budget for emergency or unexpected expenses.
  4. Bring water to avoid getting dehydrated.
  5. Apply sunscreen and bring it with you for reapplication to protect yourself from the harmful rays of the sun.
  6. Be respectful and dress modestly when visiting the temple. Avoid clothing that exposes a lot of skin. You may also use sarong as a cover-up. 
  7. Be mindful of your body language. Don’t display affection in public or talk with your hands on your hips.

Other Places to Visit

  • Dieng Plateau – Located only three hours away from Yogyakarta, Dieng Plateau is an ideal side trip from the popular sites in the city. Don’t miss the chance to witness the natural charms and ancient heritage of this place. Also, visit the sulfur hot springs and Color Lake to make your trip more memorable. Explore the potato plantation, exotic local culture, and ancient temples for the full experience.
  • Prambanan Temple – Prambanan Temple is only a one-hour drive away from downtown Yogyakarta. Much like Borobudur, it is also one of the highlights of any trip to Indonesia. It is actually the largest Hindu complex in Indonesia. So if ever you’re in Yogyakarta, go on a tour to see Prambanan Temple. Explore its grounds and learn all about its history. It is also highly recommended to catch the sunset there, so prepare to get the most iconic photos in the site.
  • Timang Beach, Pengger Pine Forest, and Pindul Cave – If you have another day to spare, here is another highly recommended day tour. Make the most out of Yogyakarta and visit Timang Beach where you can admire its pristine white sand. You can also try out a fun gondola ride there. Then, if you’re feeling adventurous, explore Pindul Cave and you can go on a tubing adventure in the cave’s underwater river. Lastly, visit Pengger Pine Forest which offers the most scenic spots.

 

 

pink-dotted-line

DAY 3 to 7 – MALANG

Being one of the largest cities, Malang serves as a vital hub in East Java. Malang is located on the higher part of the region and it offers a much more comfortable climate compared to Yogyakarta. Malang is known for its magnificent mountains, as well as the beautiful landscapes and some of its cultural attractions. You might also want to explore the colorful villages of Java and the most wonderful waterfalls in Indonesia. With this, there is no reason why you should not visit Malang!

pink-airplane-mode-on-512.jpg How to get to Malang? (From Yogyakarta)
  • By Train

The Malioboro Train from Yogyakarta to Malang is the best way to get from city to city. The train departs daily at 7:45 AM and 20:45 PM.   It has a couple of very short stops in between. The ride will take about 8 hours. Tickets cost around IDR 180,000 IDR / USD. You can avail tickets online via Tiket.com. You will get an e-ticket that you have to scan while entering Tugu train station. When you arrive in Malang, there are two stations. Get off at the last one, and you can see Jodipan, the colorful rainbow village of Java.



77b94a5ca91d20947b7dbfd94955b5e0_house-outline-clipart-clipart-house-outline-free-clipart_558-595.png How to get to the accommodation?

It is very easy to get around Malang since Uber and Grab are both very accessible. Just make sure you have the applications in your smartphone so you can transfer from one place to another hassle-free.



77b94a5ca91d20947b7dbfd94955b5e0_house-outline-clipart-clipart-house-outline-free-clipart_558-595.png Where to stay?

Here are some budget accommodations in Malang that you can check out:

  • ZEN Rooms Olympic Garden
    • Address: Jl. Lasem No. 4, Malang 65112, Indonesia
    • Book HERE.
    • Use my code “COLZ” to get 20% off
  • ZEN Premium Merbabu Malang
    • Address: Jl. Merbabu no. 26, Malang 65112, Indonesia
    • Book HERE.
    • Use my code “COLZ” to get 20% off
  • Solaris Hotel Malang
    • Address: Jl. Raya Karanglo No.69, Karanglo, Banjararum, Kec. Singosari, Malang, Jawa Timur 65153, Indonesia
    • Book HERE.
  • Everyday Smart Hotel Malang
    • Address: Jl. Soekarno Hatta No.2, Jatimulyo, Kec. Lowokwaru, Kota Malang, Jawa Timur 65141, Indonesia
    • Book HERE.
  • Amaris Hotel Malang
    • Address: Jl. Letjen Sutoyo No.39, Lowokwaru, Kec. Lowokwaru, Kota Malang, Jawa Timur 65141, Indonesia
    • Book HERE.


samuibus_banner_logo_red.png Where to book tours?

With a lot of stunning spots, make sure to explore the wonders of Malang by visiting its impressive wonders and attractions. Let me attest to the fact that you will remember this tour forever. One of the places that you should definitely not miss are the waterfalls Tumpuk Sewu and Kapas Biru. We were able to explore these places in one day through renting a car with a driver (Here’s his whats app, incase you are interested: Citra Rent Car +6282231284300A day rent cost 750,000 IDR with the driver but is exclusive of gas which will cost around 250,000 IDR per day. Another attraction you must visit is Mt. Bromo and Mt. Ijen! To ensure that you experience a hassle-free and memorable trip, book your tour HERE.



untitled Places We Visited
1. DAY 3: Tumpak Sewu Waterfall

Dubbed as the best waterfalls in Indonesia, Tumpak Sewu means a thousand waterfalls. Seeing it in person just mesmerized me. To be frank, it is one of the most impressive waterfalls I have seen in my life–probably the best. Although the trail going to the waterfall is a bit challenging, it is without a doubt worth every step. It is a 30 to 40-minute walk down via bamboo stairs and through small streams. Upon descending to the ground, you have to walk for another 5 minutes while crossing two walking bridges over the river to get to Tumpak Sewu. The spot is also not crowded so you can take some really nice photos.

DSC06766

What to wear or bring?

  1. Wear sandals or a reliable and waterproof trekking shoes.
  2. Wear comfortable clothes.
  3. Bring water.
  4. Bring trail food, but keep your trash with you.

How to get there?

  • Rent A Car: Citra Rent Car +6282231284300
    • Rental Fee: 750,000 IDR with the driver (Whole day tour already)
    • Gas: Estimated 250,000 IDR per day.

2. DAY 3: Kapas Biru Waterfall

After visiting the Tumpak Sewu Waterfall, you can also visit Kapas Biru Waterfall. To be completely honest, the hike is very exhausting but extremely worth it. The term Kapas Biru or Blue Cotton was derived from the fresh water that is being poured from the cliff in blue and coolness. The beauty of the waterfall can be seen after going through a bamboo bridge above the river.

What to wear or bring?

  1. Wear sandals or a reliable and waterproof trekking shoes.
  2. Wear comfortable clothes.
  3. Bring water.
  4. Bring trail food, but keep your trash with you.

How to get there?

  • Rent A Car: Citra Rent Car +6282231284300
    • Rental Fee: 750,000 IDR with the driver (Whole day tour already)
    • Gas: Estimated 250,000 IDR per day.

3.  DAY 4: Mt. Bromo

Mount Bromo is Indonesia’s most iconic volcano. Walking to its crater is a must! Also, make sure to view the sunrise from up there. It is such a life-changing experience. Don’t forget to witness and take in the view that is the rugged peaks of the surrounding mountains–showing off through the morning mist. For a seamless and worthy tour, BOOK HERE.

DSC06373

lorraine-goh-x4YxHf6i258-unsplash

Itinerary:

  • 12:15am hotel pick up within Malang
  • 12:30am travel to Penanjakan View Point
  • 3:30am enjoy sunrise at Penanjakan View Point
  • 6:00am travel to Mount Bromo Crater
  • 7:00am explore Love Hill, Widodaren, and Bromo Crater
  • 9:00am explore the Sea of Sand, Savana, and Teletubbies Hill
  • 10:00am return to Malang
  • 12:30pm arrive at Malang, hotel drop off

What to wear or bring?

  1. Bring a flashlight or a headlamp.
  2. Wear layers–a cotton shirt and a thermal shirt, a thick sweater, a pair of hiking pants and a good, warm jacket.
  3. You may also wear a wool hat, a scarf, and a pair of gloves too.
  4. Wear good hiking boots.
  5. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the dust.
  6. Bring water.
  7. Bring trail food.

4. DAY 5: Mt. Ijen

The Blue Fire Volcano is a popular attraction in Indonesia. It is one of the most impressive natural attractions there is. The highlight is the blue fire, of course. Aside from the famous blue flame, the place also offers a view of the turqoise-colored crater lake. Everything was mesmerizing. I have never seen anything like it in my entire life. For a seamless and worthy tour, BOOK HERE.

andiko-baskoro-kBnRJJ7UkyM-unsplash

Itinerary:

  • 2:00pm-3:00pm pick up in Malang area
  • 12:00am-1:00am arrive at Ijen Paltuding Post
  • 2:00am-4:00am start of hike
  • 4:00am-6:00am arrive at the summit, enjoy the Blue Fire, and sunrise
  • 6:30am-7:30am start of descent to Paltuding Post
  • 8:00am departure to Malang and Surabaya
  • 6:00pm-7:00pm arrive at  Malang area

What to wear or bring?

  1. Bring a flashlight or a headlamp.
  2. Wear layers–a cotton shirt and a thermal shirt, a thick sweater, a pair of hiking pants and a good, warm jacket.
  3. You may also wear a wool hat, a scarf, and a pair of gloves too.
  4. Wear good hiking boots.
  5. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the dust.
  6. Bring water.
  7. Bring trail food.

 

line

7D6N Detailed Itinerary

Screen Shot 2019-09-03 at 9.46.20 PM.png

  • DAY 0 – 1: Where to book the following:

Screen Shot 2019-09-03 at 9.27.58 PM

  • Day 3 – 5: Where to book the following:
    • Car Rental: Citra Rent Car +6282231284300 (Whats App)
    • Mt. Bromo Tour: Klook
    • Mt. Ijen Tour: Klook
    • Accommodation in Malang: Zen Rooms (use code “COLZ” for 20% Off)

Screen Shot 2019-09-03 at 9.32.37 PM

TOTAL EXPENSES: 23, 384 PHP (16,882 PHP without MNL – JAKARTA – MNL flights)

Note: You may score a cheaper flight from Manila – Jakarta and vice versa during Cebu Pacific Airlines! It may go as low as 750 PHP / way during their promos! So watch out!

 

line

Overview

DSC07743

As someone who is really passionate about seeing the world, I always get fascinated by new places. But upon exploring this part of Indonesia, it has dawned upon me that the country is more than just the beaches and waves of Bali. All throughout our trip, I was always in awe by the God-given beauty Java has to offer. It’s amazing how it did not run of surprises and magnificence. This trip will forever hold a special place in my heart. It was nothing short of beautiful, and you should experience it, too.

Did you like this article?  Follow me on Facebook and Instagram for more travel updates! YES TO ADVENTURES! ❤

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s