Bali Itinerary 4 Days / 3 Nights

Q: My boyfriend and I will be having a getaway in Bali and we only have 4 days 3 nights for this trip. Can you please suggest the best itinerary for a 4 days trip to Bali?
– Patty

A: If you only have 4 days in Bali, one important tip is that you should consider hiring a driver and a car to take you around as Bali island itself is huge and would take quite a bit of time to get from one place to another. If you don’t mind some serious moving around and with inclusive of arriving and departing, but would still love to cover some of the must visit places in Bali, here is the suggested itinerary:

Bali Travel Map

 

Bali and Lombok Travel Map
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Day 1 – Arrival and Kuta

Arrival at Denpasar International Airport and plan early how you would get to your hotel. If you have not thought of where to stay yet, our Top 10 Best Areas to Stay in South & Central Bali may be of help to find a suitable one. Right after check-in, head straight to Kuta beach and get some suntan and swimming in since we only have 4 days here to enjoy the sun! After enjoying the beautiful sunset, head to the city and check out Kuta’s vibrant nightlife. There are also many places to stay in Kuta *, if you like to be in the center of action.

Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple, Bali Indonesia

 

Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple, Bali. Photo by melburnian

 

Day 2 – Uluwatu and Tanah Lot Temple

On this day you will check out two famous temples. First head to Uluwatu Temple and then double back to Tanah Lot Temple, in time to enjoy the amazing sunset there. If you are on time, you should catch the famous Kecak Dance, set with the backdrop of the beautiful temple. End the day with a good dinner at Ultimo in Seminyak.

Kecak Dance Performance at Uluwatu Temple, Bali Indonesia

 

Kecak Dance Performance at Ubud, Bali. Photo by Meru Muhammad

 

Day 3 – Beach day

After the hectic day from yesterday, it is a good time to relax in some of the best beaches of Bali. Chill on white-sand beaches, swim or snorkel in the clear blue sea and get some holiday tan. A few of my personal favourites are the Balangan beach and Padang-padang beach. Towards evening, go to Jimbaran for a romantic seaside dinner. Since you are in this area, also check out the rock bar at RIMBA Jimbaran Bali by AYANA * after that.

Padang-padang Beach, Bali, Indonesia

 

Padang-padang Beach, Bali. Photo by indrabastari

 

Day 4 – Explore Ubud and the rice fields

Ubud is the place one must explore when in Bali before you leave. Walk around the city discovering boutiques, and pamper yourself in spas and massages, or visit art and attractions. After that, head north to the neighboring town of Tegalalang to see the classic rice terraces of Asia. Imagine picturesque backdrop along the way as you explore Bali whether in a car or on a bike flanking by rice fields as far as the eye can see. Many tourists also like to stay in Ubud * as it is quite central to many of the attractions around Bali and yet away from the crowd in Kuta. It is also not that far from Denpasar airport for your departure at the end of the day. 

Rice fields terraces, Tegalalang, Ubud, Bali

 

Rice fields terraces at Tegalalang. Photo by Pandu Adnyana

 


Best Accommodations in Bali

Booking.com is my favourite site to book a place in 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. Here are a few of the best accommodations that we recommend to stay in Bali:

Luxury (from 150 USD)

Oberoi Villa, Seminyak
For those who are looking for privacy and to splurge for a honeymoon or special occasion. 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. Notables are their open-air massage pavilions and outdoor pool overlooking the ocean.
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Tandjung Sari Hotel, Sanur
For those who appreciate traditional architectures and design. This hotel, built way back in 1962, encapsulates the Balinese style and spirit. Among the spacious gardens are thatched roofed bungalows, pavilions, sculptures and fish ponds. It also has direct access to the Sanur beach.
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Mid-range (50 – 150 USD)

Sri Ratih Cottage, Ubud
For those who is looking for unpretentious comfort with Balinese charm. Located in Ubud, our favourite place to stay in Bali, the Balinese style cottages with carved wood furnishings are set in beautiful gardens with a pool.
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Resort Courtyard by Marriott Bali, Seminyak
Marriott is a trusted brand for many and this one in Bali lives up to its name. This secured luxury is located just 5 minutes walk to Seminyak beach. A noted feature is its private terraces for relaxation, hence making it a favourite of couples.
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Budget (below 50 USD)

Nick’s Pension, Ubud
For those who are seeking a mixture of peace and action in the heart of Bali – Ubud. The rooms come with traditional Indonesia architecture and air-condition. There is also a swimming pool, restaurant, Wifi and parking provided.
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Linda Villa, Sanur
For the budget conscious, this guesthouse in Sanur is a steal, featuring swimming pools, clean air-conditioned rooms and a simple breakfast. It is located at a quiet place with only 15 minutes easy walk to the beach. Prices starting from only 24 USD!
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10 days in Bali Itinerary

With 10 days in Bali, you can be sure you can take everything at a leisurely pace (lucky you!) and be able to cover all the must visit places in Bali and try out some of the things to do in Bali as well. This Bali itinerary will help you in planning a trip to Bali.

In this itinerary, you will find yourself:

  • relaxing at some of the best beaches of Bali
  • eating the best foods of Bali
  • catching the famous Kecak Dance performance
  • visiting a few of the best temples in Bali
  • attending a cooking class
  • enjoying the sunrise at Mount Batur
  • taking some surfing lessons
  • shopping and tasting coffee
  • in a day trip to Nusa Penida or trying out some outdoor activities

Here are a suggested itinerary for 10 days in Bali for you to start your planning:

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Balangan Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Balangan Beach, Bali. Photo by Nate Robert

Day 1 – Arrival, unwind and relaxing at the beach

Arrival at Denpasar International Airport. Plan early how you would get to your hotel. Our Top 10 Best Areas to Stay in South & Central Bali would be able to help you to choose the most suitable place for you. Then take it easy and unwind in the hotel after the travel and flight. For the evening, spend your quiet night at Balangan beach. The trip itself to get here will have you pass local villages and local people, giving you an apt introduction to Bali and for your days to come. During low tide, it is the perfect beach to stroll and enjoy the sunset. One of the most famous hotels in Bali is located at this beach, it’s the RIMBA Jimbaran Bali by AYANA *.

Rice fields terraces, Tegalalang, Ubud, Bali

Rice fields terraces at Tegalalang. Photo by Pandu Adnyana

Day 2 – Enjoying food and drinks, Tegalalang rice terraces and Kecak Dance

Start the day slowly with a lazy morning, like how it should be in Bali. Have lunch at the famous Bebek Bengil (Dirty Duck Diner), one of the best restaurants in Bali. After the scrumptious lunch, take a trip around Tegalalang rice terraces for the breathtaking view. From here, detour off the ordinary tourist trail and go to the coffee plantation at Bali Pulina Agro Tourism. Slowly sip coffee and watch the world go by here. Towards evening, go in time for the well-known performance in Bali – the Kecak Dance. After that, have another feast at Naughty Nuri and then end the night with drinks at the Potato Head club.

Kecak Dance Performance at Uluwatu Temple, Bali Indonesia

Kecak Dance Performance at Ubud, Bali. Photo by Meru Muhammad

Day 3 – Ubud’s art and culture, shopping, cooking class, spa and massage

Today is the day to soak in all of Ubud’s art and culture. There is a good collection of art museums and art galleries here in Ubud. If those are not your interest, there is the popular Ubud monkey forest that you may want to check out. After that, indulge yourself in shopping at the bountiful of shops and boutiques. By then your feet and body should deserve some good spa and massage pampering. Finally, to cap the one day of Ubud, participate in a cooking class at Payok/Paon. Also, squeeze in some shopping in Ubud in one of its many unique fashion boutiques.

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Day 4 – Sightseeing day of Lovina’s dolphin, Uluwatu and Tanah Lot temples

This would be the sightseeing day. Wake up early for the dolphin watching at Lovina. If you have the time, squeeze in a quick visit to the Lovina beach, also known as black sand beach nearby before leaving the area. Next is the visit to the famous Uluwatu Temple and then Tanah Lot Temple, in time to enjoy the amazing sunset there. End the day with a good dinner at Ultimo in Seminyak.

Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple, Bali Indonesia

Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple, Bali. Photo by melburnian

Day 5 – Mount Batur and party at the beach

After last night’s unforgettable sunset, take a tour to Mount Batur, hike and trek up this wonderful volcano for a beautiful sunrise today. Later recoup at the hotel to refresh and reenergize for the long night to come. Head out to Kuta beach for a party and late-night out!

Day 6 – Seminyak, coffee and cafes and Ku De TA

Take this day to explore the upmarket Seminyak with many things to do. At the same time, sneak in more shopping in Ubud and Seminyak. Then its cafe hoping to try out all the delicious coffee. For another wonderful sunset, head to Ku De Ta and enjoy it among the beach bars.

Watching sunset from Ku De Ta, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia

Watching sunset from Ku De Ta, Seminyak. Photo by Graham Hills

Day 7 – Temple Tour

After only visiting both of the most famous temples in Bali, there are actually a few more that is well worth your time to check out. Since there is only one day, depending on where you start out, you can make a circle of these three beautiful temples with a hired car. An example starting from the center of Bali is first heading north to Pura Ulun Danu to see the floating temple, after that head east from there to Besakih Temple (the mother of temples) and then head back southwest to Tirta Empul temple. After this long tiring day, you may want to enjoy a good dinner at one of the best restaurants in Ubud.

Day 8 – Surfing lessons, beach and sunset dinner

Start the day with a late breakfast or brunch at Kuta before going for your surfing lessons at Kuta beach. This place is one of the best surfing spots in Bali and good for beginners too. Then get some suntan and swimming in at Kuta beach after the lessons. Go to Jimbaran for the famous romantic seafood dinner by the beach watching the sun go down.

Seafood dining at Jimbaran Bay, Bali, Indonesia

Seafood dining at Jimbaran Bay, Bali. Photo by Güldem Üstün

Day 9 – Outdoor adventure or chill at the beaches or a day trip

Have an outdoor activities in Bali day before leaving by going for the white water rafting in the jungle. Next, go to the Elephant Safari Park in Desa Taro. If this is not your thing, take this opportunity to check out more of Bali’s best beaches such as Nusa Dua beach or Padang Padang beach. Else if you decide you want to take a break from mainland Bali and do a full day trip nearby, I highly recommend checking out Nusa Penida.

Day 10 – Last minute shopping and departure

Before flying off, sneak in some last minute shopping at Seminyak and then drive to the airport for departure.

As you can see, planning a trip to Bali itinerary is not difficult once you know the attractions and activities to cover. And if you have even more time after these 10 days, head on to Lombok or Gili Islands!


Best Accommodations in Bali

Booking.com is my favourite site to book a place when I am planning my trip to Bali. The main reason is that most of the bookings can be cancelled right up to the trip, allowing flexibility. Here are a few of the best accommodations that we recommend to stay in Bali:

    Luxury (from 150 USD)

  • Oberoi Villa, 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.
    Check out the latest prices on Booking.com *
    Check out the latest prices on Agoda.com *
  • Tandjung Sari Hotel, Sanur
    For those who appreciate traditional architectures and design. This hotel, built way back in 1962, encapsulates the Balinese style and spirit. Among the spacious gardens are thatched roofed bungalows, pavilions, sculptures and fish ponds. It also has direct access to the Sanur beach.
    Check out the latest prices on Booking.com *
    Check out the latest prices on Agoda.com *
-> See Best Luxury Hotels in Bali
-> See Best Budget Hotels in Bali

-> For more read Top 10 Best Area to Stay in South & Central Bali


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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.

-> Read our Guide to Prambanan Temple

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.


Best Accommodations in Yogyakarta

Booking.com is a good choice as most of the bookings can be cancelled right up to the trip, allowing flexibility. While Agoda.com * has one of the most extensive listings in Asia with great deals.

In Yogyakarta, staying in the city center would help to save time in visiting all the must-visit places, but if you are looking for also some relaxation, just a little off center to north or south are some great choices. Here are a few of the best accommodations that we recommend to stay in Yogyakarta:

Luxury (from 150 USD)

Mid-range (50 – 150 USD)

Budget (below 50 USD)


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Yogyakarta 5 Days / 4 Nights Itinerary Blog

Yogyakarta has long been my 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 5 days to spend in Yogyakarta, your itinerary can include a city tour, visiting the two famous temples Borobudur and Prambanan and also some nature trip nearby. Here is my own itinerary in Yogyakarta for 5 days and 4 nights.

Day 1 : Yogyakarta city center tour

It is good to stay near the city center, as it helps for quick access to all the tourist attractions in Yogyakarta. It also offers to experience the hustle and bustle of every day from the morning till night. If you just arrive early in the morning from the overnight train, you can grab a typical breakfast of either Soto, Jenang, Nasi Liwet, or Pecel. All of those food mongers are spread along the Malioboro Street and Pasar Beringharjo (Beringharjo Market). You can easily find some souvenirs at Pasar Beringharjo too. Do not forget to test your bargaining skill here. Also, a tip is to not easily agree with the first price they offer. You can start bargaining with 50% markdown.

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

If you are already tired from walking, you can choose to take the “becak” (local trishaw) to go around the city. You should also bargain so that it would not be overpriced.  They will start with IDR 10,000 to visit some stores like Bakpia and clothes store but be aware that they will be unhappy if you end up not buying anything at the store. This is because they are hoping to get some percentage from the things you buy at certain stores. Therefore, it is better for you to confirm from the beginning whether if you would want to shop for bakpia and clothes. If you are not, then you can bargain for a more reasonable price to go around the area (maybe around IDR 30,000). You just need to tell them where you want to go.

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Do not forget to tell the becak driver to take you to visit the popular tourist attractions in Yogyakarta, such as the Royal Palace (Keraton). It has an open pavilion extravagantly decorated with the golden colored ornaments. There are also galleries which keep treasures of the royal family and also showcased of historical batik fabrics.

After that, head to Taman Sari (Water Castle). Only a step away from the palace, this castle used to be a historical bathing complex for the royals. It is built by Sultan Hamengkubuwono I but finished by Sultan Hamengkubuwono II. Since this place is aimed at resting and relaxing, its four areas are consist of an artificial lake, pavilion, and the bathing complex itself.

Bathing pool at Taman Sari, Yogyakarta

Bathing pool at Taman Sari, Yogyakarta

Since Javanese is well known with its Batik, you may also want to try a Batik workshop, just stop by in one of the small alleys around Taman Sari. Here, you can learn how to make all kinds of stuff using Batik patterns such as bags, purses, or any other accessories.

Creativeness in making batik pattern, Taman Sari, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Show your creativeness by trying make any batik pattern as you wish. Photo by : Martijn Nijenhuls

Then it is time to test your luck. When the night comes, go to Alun-Alun Kidul (South Square park) in Yogyakarta. An urban legend has said that those who can successfully cross between the two huge banyan trees blindfolded will have their wishes come true. The amazing thing is apparently most people failed at that attempt, even though the gap is substantially big enough between the trees.

Urban legend about Banyan trees, Alun-Alun, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Close your eyes, get twirled around by your friends, and walk following your intuition. Photo by Isti

Day 2 : Art Museum, Bling-bling Car, Charcoal Coffee

Today you can expand your knowledge of art by visiting museums. Start your day enjoying art paintings at Affandi Museum, which consists of three galleries. This place is located at Jalan Laksda Adisucipto 167. Take a look at the work of Indonesia’s legendary painter, Affandi. This is also the place where he spent most of his life, produced many of his masterpieces and kept them all away from other painters.

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Another museum to visit is the Sonobudoyo Museum, located at Jalan Pangurakan Yogyakarta No. 6, Ngupasan, Gondomanan. Do not let your visit here go by without watching the special leather puppet show. The show is available every day from 8 PM – 10 PM. Accompanied by Javanese Gamelan music and Javanese language, this show is the epitome of the art and culture of Yogyakarta. While you are waiting for the show, you can take a look at the collection of artefacts and collections of batik, keris, wayang, and antique weapons.

Special leather puppet show at Sonobudoyo Museum, Jalan Pangurakan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
When the show is on, a Dalang is controlling all the puppet chraracters. Photo by : Hermitianta Prasetya Putra

On this night, go back again to the hip main square from yesterday. Again at Alun-Alun Kidul, you will find a bling-bling car decorated with bold lightings. Although it is such a small car, the lights will bring you to it from afar. The loud music makes the car even livelier. The price is IDR 15,000 for one loop of the ride.

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 supper, we head to a traditional food stall. Heading north from the direction of Malioboro Street, you will find a small alley where Angkringan Lik Man is located. Angkringan is a typical roadside stall in Yogyakarta and I bet can find it in almost every corner of the city. But this one is special since Lik Man has an anti-mainstream coffee to warm up your night. This place will introduce you to a coffee served with the flaming charcoal. You must also try Nasi Kucing and other side dishes such as chicken intestines satay, chicken gizzard satay, quail eggs and satay here.

Coffee with flaming charcoal, Angkringan Lik Man, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Challenge yourself to drink a glass of charcoal coffee. Photo by Ivan Lanin

Day 3  – Borobudur Temple and Prambanan Temple

Borobudur Temple is not actually located in Yogyakarta but in the Magelang Regency, two hours drive away from the main city area. It is designated as a World Heritage by UNESCO. and consists of 72 stupas, each with statues of Buddha. Borobudur is built based on Buddhism, depicting three levels of the universe (Kamadhatu, Ruphadatu, and Arupadhatu).

-> Read our Guide to Borobudur Temple

Borobudur Temple Compounds upclose

Borobudur Temple Compounds upclose

Another must visit historical temple other than Borobudur is the Prambanan Temple. The most suggested thing to do here is to watch the Javanese culture show, the Ramayana Ballet, preserved since the olden days. The show is available indoor at Trimurti Theater and it is also possible to watch in an open air theatre. Do not forget to check the schedule online because the show is not performed every day. The ticket price starts from IDR 125,000 and the show begins at 19.30. Ramayana Ballet will showcase 200 artists combining their skills to play a role and dance along with the classical Javanese music.

-> Read our Guide to Prambanan Temple

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

Day 4 – Day Trip from Yogyakarta with Mountain peak, Caves and Beach

Now it’s time to escape the city of Yogyakarta to look for some dose of nature. We will be visiting Gunung Kidul, about 40 km west of the city of Yogyakarta. We will start at Ancient Volcano of Nglanggeran. If you are quite a fit hiker, you may need only 1 to 1.5 hours to reach the peak. While walking uphill, do not forget to enjoy the serene surroundings and the fresh air. The cold breeze here is great as it is located approximately 700 meters above the sea level

Ancient Volcano of Nglanggeran, Gunung Kidul, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
A place for serenity and you can feel togetherness here more.. Photo by Isti

Next on our day trip from Yogyakarta is the Goa Jamblang (Jamblang Cave). This vertical cave is typically known as a collapsed doline, formed from a geologist process resulting in a sinkhole about 50 meters square. It is advisable to get a guided tour here to explore the caves. This guided tour will cost you around IDR 600,000-700,000 per person (including all the equipment rental cost). You need at least 2-3 hours to finish this caving adventure. The best time to explore Jamblang Cave is in the morning, finishing before lunch. You will meet a beautiful sunlight trickling onto the stone down at the cave.

The vertical Jamblang cave, Gunung Kidul, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Follow the light, that’s where you can find a way out. Photo by M. Reza Faisal

After a tiring morning of trekking and caving, it is time for you to just sit and relax, waiting for the sun to set at Indrayanti Beach. Located still in Gunung Kidul Area, this beach offers you a panoramic beauty which is completed by the white sand, majestic hills of coral rocks and sparkling blue sea. If you are a water sports lover, you can try jet ski here, costing IDR 250,000 per 15 minutes.

The panoramic beauty of Indrayanti beach, Gunung Kidul, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Beach is such a best place to catch the sunset. Photo by Indra Kurniawan

Day 5 – Mangunan Fruit Garden before leaving

Have a visit to the increasingly famous Mangunan Fruit Garden. It is in the area of Bantul, which is 35 km away from the city center. Here you can learn about various kinds of fruits. All fruits are placed in accordance with the slope of its area such as durian, mango, orange, rose apple, orange, and mangosteen. You will also find a beautiful view here on the viewing dock, surrounded by the pine trees. This is one amazing spot for some selfies! Just stand up at the edge of the dock for the backdrop of greenery hills.

The Fruit Garden, Mangunan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Morning mist will welcome you above the clouds. Photo by Yopi Priatna

After this visit, head on back to Yogyakarta for your onward journey. Although you may have done quite a bit here for 5 days, there are always still much more things to do in Yogyakarta. There are always reasons to return to visit this area of Java Island of Indonesia.


Best Accommodations in Yogyakarta

Booking.com is a good choice as most of the bookings can be cancelled right up to the trip, allowing flexibility. While Agoda.com * has one of the most extensive listings in Asia with great deals.

In Yogyakarta, staying in the city center would help to save time in visiting all the must-visit places, but if you are looking for also some relaxation, just a little off center to north or south are some great choices. Here are a few of the best accommodations that we recommend to stay in Yogyakarta:


Next destinations:
Malang – pitstop to Mount Bromo, with beautiful landscape and some more ancient temples
Mount Bromo – the most popular volcano crater in Indonesia, particularly for its breathtaking sunrise

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