1. Ancient temples
There aren’t too many places in the world where you can visit the largest Buddhist temple in the world as well as one of the world’s most spectacular Hindu temple complexes in the same day. Central Java, however – home to both Candi Borobodur and Candi Prambanan – is one of those places.
*Tip* : Arrive at Borobodur at 6am or stay overnight for the best experience!!
2. Awesome views
Located just 2-3 drive from the heart of Yogyakarta, Kalibiru was by far one of the most magnificent places I encountered during my time in Indonesia. The photos speak for themself!
3. Unspoiled and uncrowded waves
As one of my previous post suggested, I fell in love with Batu Karas. Suffice to say, I’ll be back!!
Villa Monyet (www.villamonyetjava.com) is hands down the pick of all accommodation available in Batu Karas. The rooms were fantastic, really quite affordable and best of all, located just across the road from the main surf break. More importantly however, after just a week long stay I felt like I’d lived there my whole life. My vocabulary isn’t broad enough to convey how great Villa Monyet and Batu Karas was as a whole! To put it simply, everyone was just beyond welcoming and super friendly.
I believe most visitors to Batu Karas fly either domestically or internationally into Jakarta and from there fly with Suci Air to Pangandaran before taking a short taxi ride to Batu Karas.
Alternatively, you can do as I did by flying into Yogyakarta before enlisting the help of a quality driver in order to tackle the 8-9 hour drive to Batu Karas through some very remote areas.
This week was probably one of the greatest weeks of my life! Honestly, what could be better than surfing for days in Batu Karas, visiting the oldest Buddhist temple in the world, killing time with friends in one of Jogjakarta’s largest malls and taking in the view at Kalibiru atop a bamboo platform suspended high in the trees.