Yogyakarta 3 Days Itinerary

Yogyakarta is one of the must-visit place in Java, Indonesia. It is also known as Jogjakarta or Jogja or Yogya (you decide!) by travelers and locals alike. From all the places you must visit in Java, this is the one place you cannot miss.

If you have 3 days to spend in Yogyakarta, your itinerary would definitely include an in-depth tour of this interesting city plus visiting the two famous temples of Borobudur and Prambanan.

Here is our suggested itinerary in Yogyakarta for 3 days.

Day 1 : Yogyakarta city center

It is good to stay near the city center, as it helps for quick access to all the tourist attractions in Yogyakarta. It includes the experience living in a bustling city of Indonesia. If you arrived early in the morning from an overnight train, grab a typical Indonesian breakfast at one of the food mongers spread along Malioboro Street. Also, check out the famous Pasar Beringharjo (market), where you can find souvenirs. Bring out your bargaining skills here!

A lady sells Pecel, traditional cuisine, Beringharjo, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
A lady sells Pecel, traditional cuisine which combines some vegetables and served with peanut sauce dressing. Photo by : Manogamo

Without wasting more time, head to the famous Keraton Palace, a well-mainted palace from the days of the Sultans. Here you will find unique architecture and heirlooms of the days of glory. Everyone will be accompanied by a local guide who can speak all kinds of languages, and it is indeed a good experience as it gives you insights into the rich history and culture of Jogja.

Next head on to Taman Sari (Water Castle) which is not far from the palace. Use a back way from the other side of the castle and try to sneak your way in through rundown defense walls and scattered village houses. Once you got in, you will find yourself in mazes of underground water holes, secret chambers and gardens and pools. This castle is a huge complex that used to be a former royal garden of Sultanate of Yogyakarta used for various functions including bathing place.

Bathing pool at Taman Sari, Yogyakarta

Bathing pool at Taman Sari, Yogyakarta

After that, it is time to test your luck. Head to Alun-Alun Kidul (South Square park) in Yogyakarta, where an urban legend has it that anyone who successfully crosses between the two huge banyan trees blindfolded will get what they wish for. The amazing thing is apparently many people failed at this attempt despite the huge gap.

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Day 2 : Museums, Gudeg and chill at a cafe

One of the popular museums here in Yogyakarta is the Art museum. It features the works of the Indonesia’s legendary painter Affandi, where he spent most of his life here producing many masterpieces while keeping it away from other painters.

Sneak in a lunch at a long standing establishment Gudeg Yu Djum for possibly the best Indonesian dish ever called Gudeg. This unique Indonesian dish is a stew made from young jackfruit (nangka) with palm sugar, coconut milk, meat, garlic, and spices. The special taste came from the slow melding of flavors and textures to the right perfection.

Gudeg Yu Djum, Yogyakarta

Gudeg Yu Djum, Yogyakarta

After that head to Sonobudoyo Museum,, another museum worth visiting. Do not forget to also watch the special leather puppet show featured here, available every day from 8- 10 pm. It is accompanied by Javanese Gamelan music and language. While waiting for the show, you can take a look at the collection of artefacts and collections of batik, keris, wayang, and antique weapons.

In the evening, return to Alun-alun Kidul park and find the new trend of bling-bling car. They are small cars decorated with bold lightings that will bring you around the city. The price is IDR 15,000 for one loop of the ride. Many locals love to give this attraction a try.

Bling bling car, Alun-alun Kidul, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Bling-bling car at Alun-Alun Kidul, Yogyakarta, each swith its own different characters. Photo by : Adnan Ali

For dinner, head to a traditional food stall, north of Malioboro street in a small alley, called Angkringan Lik Man. Angkringan is a typical roadside stall in Yogyakarta that you can find in almost every corner of the city. Lik Man is the most special as it has an anti-mainstream coffee to warm up your night, which is coffee served with a flaming charcoal. You must also try the Nasi Kucing and other side dishes here, such as chicken intestines satay, chicken gizzard satay, quail eggs and satay.

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Day 3  – Borobudur Temple and Prambanan Temple

Now it is time for our day trip to the two anceient temples of Java, Indonesia. Borobudur temple is located 1-hour drive from yogyakarta and it is well worth the trip. Try to get there early to avoid the crowd, and to enjoy the silent beauty of the place with respect. This 9th-century temple is an Indonesia UNESCO Heritage site and one of the largest Buddhist temple in the world, consisting of six square platforms with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha status. Thousands of Buddhists do their pilgrimage here in Borobudur during Waisak day.

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Borobudur Temple Compounds upclose

Borobudur Temple Compounds upclose

After visiting this temple, you can grab a quick lunch in Borobudur city before heading back to Yogyakarta but with a stop at the next temple – Prambanan Temple.

It is a well known ancient Hindu Temple in Indonesia built during the 9th century for Trimurti as an expression that God is the Creator (Brahma), Preserver (Vishnu) and also the Destroyer (Shiva). It is also one of the Indonesia UNESCO World Heritage Site, being one of the largest Hindu temple architecture in Southeast Asia. At the same time, don’t forget to check out Candi Sewu, located just 15 minutes walk from Prambanan temple. This place is a good respite from the crowds of Prambanan, featuring many hidden structures and carvings for self-exploration. If you are here on the right day, there would be a Ramayana Ballet show, with 200 artists playing a role and dancing to classsical Javanese music. This show does not run every day so check online if you want to catch it. The ticket price starts from IDR 125,000 and the show begins at 19.30.

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The Ramayana Ballet, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
When the spotlight makes the show even more beautiful. Photo by Deep Goswami

With that is the end of your full 3 days itinerary in Yogyakarta. There is always something more to explore in Yogyakara if you have the time, there are a lot of cafes to check out in the city and there are a number of options for day trips, such as to Mount Merapi, Gunung Kidul, Jamblang Cave or Mangunan Fruit Garden. Check out our Yogyakarta 5 days / 4 nights Itinerary for the expansion.

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Where to Stay in Gili Trawangan

Most people choose to stay on Gili Trawangan when they come to Gili Islands as there are more choices here for good places to stay. The demand is higher than the supply here and the prices tend to be higher than its counterparts of Bali and Lombok.

The accommodation choices are your usual from villas and resorts to backpackers inns and guesthouses. Also do pre-book during peak season too, which are July-August and December-January.

Booking.com * is a good choice because most of its booking allow cancellations to the day before, allowing flexibility.
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Here are our recommended accommodations:


Mid-range prices 100 – 150 USD

Pearl Trawangan

A beachfront resort with its own outdoor pool and bar, this place is ideal for those who want to relax in style. Styled with rustic designs, the individual huts are unique and inviting. Themed with a tropical island feel and filled with lush gardens, it is truly a dream to stay here.
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Desa Dunia Beda

Another beachfront hotel, this one features spacious standalone bungalows and villas with a traditional wood interior. Each villa has its own private terraces and there is also an outdoor pool.
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Low Mid-range prices 50 – 100 USD

Wilson’s Retreat

Offering a tropical oasis retreat at the beachside, this resort comes with a good mix of modern and traditional design. The rooms are cozy yet clean and full of natural lights and high ceilings. The outdoor pool and the French restaurant bar is a plus.
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Pink Coco

One of the famous hotel chains in the scene of Bali and Lombok, PinkCoco delivers yet again a fresh and stunning place to stay on this island. With its signature pink theme coupled with Balinese inspired designs, this hotel comes with its very own private beach. Definitely one worth to reckon with, considering its success.
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Belukar

Located at the quieter area of Gili Trawangan island, this place is a gem to find. It is located only 5 minutes walk to the beach and 15 minutes cycle to the hip and happening bar areas of Trawangan. The rooms come luxuriously decked with teak furniture and surrounded by a tropical garden. There’s also your very own private pool and a beautiful sunset view to complete it.
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Best Hotels, Resorts and Villas on the Beach in Bali

Best Hotels, Resorts and Villas on the Beach in Bali

Featuring the best beaches in Bali, here are the beachfront and nearby places to stay, from luxurious to affordable hotels, resorts and villas.

There will be something for someone who wants to spend the most time at the beach, be it with a sea view from the room, or a quick walk to the beach or a direct access to their very own private beach. For your honeymoon, solo trip or with family and friends, these places to stay will not disappoint, with their close access to the finest beaches in Bali.

Resorts and Villas at Nusa Dua Beach

Nusa Dua beach is definitely one of the top choices for those who want a real beachfront resort experience. Dotted with many choices, every resort comes with its own privacy and secludedness. Swimming here is great as the currents and waves are low. The water is crystal clear for snorkeling.

Samabe Bali Suites & Villas

For those who wants to splurge on a special occasion, this 5-star beachfront luxurious villa will bound to impress. Offering suites with an uninterrupted view of the ocean plus a romantic bath with glass enclosure, this villa promises privacy and relaxation with style. It also comes with 24-hour butler service and free flow alcohol among many other extras. Prices starting from 600 USD.
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Kayumanis Nusa Dua Private Villa & Spa

This luxurious villa stretching across a golden private beach is one worth the splurge. Decorated with unique themes, each spacious villas come with a private pool, kitchennette and open-air garden bath. There is a 24-hour butler service, in-house spa and personal beachside breakfast. Prices starting from 500 USD.
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INAYA Putri Bali, Nusa dua

Featuring clean and modern design, every villa has direct acces to the pool that runs along with palm trees lining it. With beautiful sea view from the rooms and a quick access to the beach, it is no wonder this villa is one of the top choice in Nusa Dua. To top it off, price starts only at 150 USD!
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Hotels at Kuta and Legian Beach

Kuta beach is one of the most popular beaches in Bali, particularly famous for surfing but there are also many other activities to choose from. Here is the place to be seen and to have fun. Just a little walk down is the Legian beach, for a more upmarket crowd but with still the vibe and energy. At night you can find the Kuta beach parties among the beach clubs that are guaranteed to entertain.

Legian Beach Hotel

With a mix of modern and Balinese design, this 4-star hotel enjoys a beachfront location on Legian Beach and also a quick walk to Kuta beach. It features a pool surrounded by palm trees filled tropical grounds. The rooms are typical Balinese style with white drapes and wooden carvings. Prices starting from 120 USD.
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Villas at Sanur Beach

Sanur is one of the more relaxing town in Bali. Many people who know Bali well will escape to this place, especially for its many beachfront villas and resorts. The waves here are milder and best for swimming. The sea here crystal clear where you can even spot sea creatures like starfish when walking at the beach.

Avillion Villa Cinta

This villa offers a tropical retreat with style. With a clever mix of victorian and Balinese design, these elegant villas come with a pool and private terraces. It is just a 3 minutes walk to the beach and of course with many locations to enjoy a view of the sea as a backdrop while you relax. Prices starting from only 150 USD.
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Resorts at Balangan Beach, Jimbaran

Though the ocean currents are strong and the waves high, and it is not recommended for swimming, this beach is one to be reckoned with. Especially that it has one of the most famous bars in Bali, the Rock Bar. When the tide is low, it would be a perfect beach for strolling along enjoying the sun while the waves lap at your feet.

RIMBA Jimbaran Bali by AYANA

With a 5 minutes walk from the beach, this luxurious 5-star resort features 12 outdoor pools and 19 dining options. Bright modern rooms with tropical landscapes and scenic view views, it is no wonder that this place is one of the top choices in Bali. Guests also have priority access to the famous Rock Bar.
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Villas at Padang-Padang Beach

Located close to the Uluwatu temple, this beautiful secret beach is surrounded by big rocks and overgrown plants and monkeys. The beach is covered with huge rocks and small caves for exploration and when the tide is high, it is also good for swimming. Just beware of sharp corals and sea urchins. Staying nearby here would be like a secret hideaway from the bustle of Bali.

Suarga Padang-Padang

Located just 2 minutes from Padang-Padang beach, this place is a dream, with its amazing pool with the view of the horizon and sea. The individual thatched roof villas are tastefully designed with a cozy yet elegant interior. The surrouding will also transport you to living in nature with style. Prices starting from 290 USD.
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Pink Coco

This delightful and pretty villa is situated just a short walk from Padang-Padang beach. The design of the rooms and the place are clean, modern and bright, with little touches of plants, greens and wood to complete the place. One can’t help but be cheerful and at peace staying here, and to top it off, the price is very reasonable, starting at only 70 USD.
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Resorts at Nyang-Nyang Beach

A really secluded beach with some effort to access, you will not find many places to stay around here but you will surely escape the crowds. The effort is well worth it to find this hidden beach, with white sandy beach and crystal clear blue sea. There are not many tourists here while you would see local people harvesting seaweed.

Bulgari Resort

This resort is located 150 m above sea level offering sweeping views of the Indian Ocean. Each luxurious traditional Balinese designed villas feature private sundeck and plunge pool. Its floor-to-ceiling glass bathrooms overlook the private courtyard. The beach is only 1 km away and accessible only by the resort’s very own inclined elevator. This is definitely a splurge well spend, with price starting from 763 USD.
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Hotels at Lembongan Dream Beach

Lembongan is a small island about 7km out of the sea from Bali. Dream beach at Nusa Lembongan is known for its serene sea lapping on long sandy bays. It is an island with big rocks and small vegetation with spots of sandy bays. Most people stay longer at this island to explore all the beauty of it.

Water Blow Huts

A private place to stay with an exceptional view, this hotel is only 8 minutes walk from the beach. The individual wooden huts with traditional Balinese house concept are a unique experience to stay in Bali. This top rated place has prices starting at only 70 USD.
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Akah Cottages

This very affordable hotel in Lembongan is like living in your very own home in Bali, with private terraces and beautiful gardens. Located very close to Dream beach, it almost let you think you own a beachfront house in Bali! Well rated with prices starting only at 49 USD!
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Top 10 Bali Honeymoon Ideas – Things to Do and Places to Visit

Many people come does their honeymoon in Bali and to no surprise as the place is full of facilities for pampering and romance while still holds the charm of novelty and history. Also most notably is the beautiful beaches, sea, rice terraces and mountain views. It is no wonder that many come here together in a pair to be delighted in all senses as they start their journey of life together.

As wedding is probably the only big thing in your mind or you are still fresh from it but both of you do not want to take up any of those Bali honeymoon packages, you are in the right place as there are many romantic things to do in Bali.

Here are some honeymoon ideas for you to serve both of your delights.

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Massage and Spa, Bali Honeymoon, Indonesia

Pamper your loved one with massage and spa. Photo by eGuide Travel

Balinese Massage and Spa

Pamper yourself and your spouse with the best of Balinese massage to loosen up yourself and dissolve any stress. Then continue with an indulgence of 1-hour spa treatment to smoothen the whole experience. There are many choices of aromatics to choose from to enhance this entire indulging experience. You can be sure that both of you would be in the best mood after the entire honeymoon.

Enjoy romantic dinners together

There are many romantic dinner ideas to choose from in Bali, from eating under moonlight by the beach to candlelight dinner in restaurants beside a pond and uncovered beautiful starlit sky. Few of the choices are the Jimbaran seafood dinner by the seaside or the SeaSalt restaurant dinner set by the floating lotus pond.

Sunset Dinner, Bali Honeymoon, Indonesia

Sunset Dinner at your Bali Honeymoon. Photo by Catriona Ward

Cruise the crystal sea of Bali

Touristy as it sounds, a cruise is still quite ideal for a honeymoon activity. Imagining sailing out into crystal clear sea with clear blue sky while visiting some remote islands, have a beautiful sunset dinner on the cruise before heading back home in the dark cuddling together while enjoying the starlit sky above.

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Soak in natural hot springs

Indulge yourself once again by soaking in the Banjar hot spring. The picturesque setting here offers two main pool of gushing warm sulphur water from the mouths of dragon (local call it Naga) in the middle of a lush tropical garden. Your spouse and you will be transported back in time and feels like King and Queen that are enjoying their afternoon bath.

Hot springs, Bali Honeymoon, Indonesia

Steamy hot springs. Photo by Prince Roy

Invoke senses at Coffee Plantation

Time to invoke your other senses by going to the Agra coffee plantation to do some coffee tasting. This zen-like place is for you to sit back and slowly appreciate your cup of coffee together while overlooking coffee plantations that roll out as far as the eye can see. You can also see the process of how the famous and expensive Kopi Luwak are made and even the civet cats themselves. If both of you enjoys good coffee, this would be a plus to appreciate it together.

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Trekking the rice terraces

Besides all the indulgence, both of you can set out to do some light trekking together through the rice fields, villages and plantation towards Tirta Gangga to enjoy the dramatic view. Tirta Gangga means water of Ganges and is a sacred water palace built back in early 20th century. This light yet interesting trek offers rolling hills of rice terraces, dramatic limestones as a backdrop and water features cutting through the scene.

Trek rice terraces, Bali Honeymoon, Indonesia

Trek the rice terraces together. Photo by McKay Savage

Explore Bali on a bicycle

Another activity to enjoy together is to take a leisure bicycle ride out to explore Bali. Take the ride through quiet villages of Bongkasa or the rice fields, plantations and small village roads. Or just throw out the map and get lost together, it will be a good partnership bonding to explore together and let serendipity takes place. These Bali villages has been quite a tourist attractions nowadays after the beauty of it has been discovered.

Frolic in the beach

Back to relaxing, go to many of the beautiful beaches of Bali and just frolic together under the sun. Choose from the top 10 best beaches of Bali or if you want more privacy, you need to venture further out to secret beaches like Nyang Nyang beach in Bali, though harder to get to, the privacy is worth it especially for honeymooners!

Frolic in the beach, Bali Honeymoon, Indonesia

Frolic in the beach. Photo by Adhi Rachdian

Cook delicious Balinese food for each other

Take up one of the many cooking lessons in Bali and make each other authentic Balinese food. Some cooking class will have you visiting traditional food market to learn of the ingredients before learning how to cook them. After that, you can sit down and find out who among you two is best to do the cooking for the rest of your lives.

Enjoy some of Bali’s tourist attractions

There are many tourist attractions in Bali and after all both of you are here for a holiday, it would not be truly complete without visiting some of the important sites. We have a list of Top 10 Must Visit Places in Bali for you to choose from and you can both decide which ones that you may be interested in. If you all are into temples, we also have a list of Top 10 Bali’s Best Temples. Enjoy some sightseeing before leaving Bali!

Bali Honeymoon Indonesia

Bali Honeymoon. Photo by closari

As you can see you do not need to take up Bali honeymoon packages just for ultimate happily ever after experience. Most important of all is just the two of you enjoyed together, it would be fun also to customize it together and enjoy a free and easy honeymoon that leaves a lot of room for romance and serendipity. Here’s to an unforgettable Bali honeymoon with the ideas above.


Best Honeymoon Accommodations in Bali

Booking.com is my favourite site to book a place Bali when I am planning my trip. The main reason is that most of the bookings can be cancelled right up to the trip, allowing flexibility.
Agoda.com is another good choice for me because they have the most extensive hotel listings in Asia.

Here are our recommendations of the best accommodations for your honeymoon in Bali:

  • The Oberoi, Seminyak
    For those who are looking for privacy and to splurge for a honeymoon or special occasions. With quick access to Seminyak beach, this Balinese inspired accommodation is built on 15 acres of tropical gardens. The Frangipani Cafe inside here is famed for its cuisine. Notable are their open-air massage pavilions and outdoor pool overlooking the ocean.
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  • Amarterra Villas Bali, Nusa Dua
    For those looking for a dreamy villa in a sanctuary within Bali, this hotel comes with a beautiful pool surrounded by Balinese styled modern villas. The stylishly designed hotel grounds, with rattan and thatched verandah and lots of greens, would make you almost not wanting to leave the place, even though it opens up to a beautiful beach. The service is well rated and it also comes with free shuttle and private pool.
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  • Samabe Bali Suites & Villas, Nusa dua
    For those on a honeymoon, this 5-star luxurious villa will bound to impress your better half. Offering suites with an uninterrupted view of the ocean plus a romantic bath with glass enclosure, this villa promises privacy and relaxation with style. It also comes with 24-hour butler service and free flow alcohol among many other extras.
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  • St Regis, Nusa Dua
    For those looking to splurge on their honeymoon or important trip, this hotel delivers the experience with style. Ranging from villas to suites, there is one that would meet your needs and appetite. The setting is like a dream with thatched roofs, palm trees and running pool overlooking the ocean. To top it off, it comes with impeccable service, sumptuous breakfast at the famous Boneka restaurant and amazing spa in an overall uncrowded hotel.
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