3 Days 2 Nights Yogyakarta Food & Discovery Itinerary
Planning a visit to Yogyakarta (or better known as ‘Jogja) in Indonesia? Not sure what to do, where to go, what to eat and where to stay? Well, we have a 3 Days 2 Nights Yogyakarta Discovery Itinerary just for you. This is the itinerary we did recently during our trip to Yogyakarta.
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3 Days 2 Nights Yogyakarta Food & Discovery Itinerary Day One:
Day One – Evening
You will land in Yogyakarta International Airport and will transfer to your hotel. The usual check in time is around 2 pm so if you are early, you can take a rest in the hotel and if you reach in the evening, you can have dinner first.
Day One – Dinner
Ayam Goreng Suharti
Ayam Goreng means fried chicken and Ayam Goreng Suharti is the most popular fried chicken restaurant in Yogyakarta . There are two outlets with the same name but this is the original outlet. The restaurant comes with simple décor and it is fully air conditioned.
Remember to order their signature fried chicken, fried bean curd and fried tempeh. Tempeh is the ‘soy beancurd’ and it is very popular Indonesia. You can find tempeh in almost every part of Indonesia.
The fried chicken is deep fried to perfection with the crunchy bits. Complement with it with the spicy sambal chili sauce if you like it hot. This version of fried chicken is delicious and addictive
Opening Hours: 8 AM–9:30 PM
Ayam Goreng Suharti Address:
Jalan Adi Sucipto No.208, Kabupaten Sleman, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55281, Indonesia
Phone: +62 274 484522
GPS: -7.782930, 110.413169
Where to stay?
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For our recommendation, we will recommend the Royal Ambarrukmo Hotel and you can book it with Skyscanner too! Check for cheap room rates here: https://www.skyscanner.com.my/hotels/hotel/Royal+Ambarrukmo+Yogyakarta?idx=0&id=71789118
Royal Ambarrukmo Hotel
This five starred hotel is located in the culture, business, restaurants area of Yogyakarta city. It is also located next to Plaza Ambarukmo (shopping mall), Museum Affandi and Saphir Square.
This luxury hotel provides the best in services and amenities with 24 hour room service, FREE WIFI in all rooms, 24 hour security and housekeeping.
For the rooms, you get complimentary instant coffee, separate living room, television LCD/plasma screen, internet access – wireless, internet access – wireless (complimentary), provided to help guests recharge after a long day. Thus, the complete list of recreational facilities is available at the hotel, including fitness center, sauna, golf course (within 3 km), outdoor pool, spa.
Royal Ambarrukmo Hotel Address:
Jl. Laksda Adisucipto No.81, Caturtunggal, Kec. Depok, Kabupaten Sleman, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55281, Indonesia
Phone: +62 274 488488
Rest early as you will have to wake early on the next day for the sunrise tour in Borobodur.
3 Days 2 Nights Yogyakarta Food & Discovery Itinerary Day Two:
Day Two Morning
Borobodur Sunrise Tour (Manohara)
We woke up around 4 am, took the tour bus to Borobodur Sunrise Tour. We reached Borobodur around 5 am. After we got our entry tickets, we listed to the briefing, got our torchlight and climbed up to Borobodur.
In reality there are hundreds of tourists in the site waiting for sunrise so you have get your best spot. You can bring your tripod but do not climb the stupas or stand on the stupas.
The sunrise view is breath taking as you can see the plain is surrounded by the morning mist. As the sun rise, the crowd started to disperse and that is the best time to take photographs of Borobodur. The tourists like vampires, the sun scares them away and that is the ideal time to take empty shots of the temple.
Take your time to take your best shots here and by 7 or 8 am, the temple is almost empty. Expect to spend at least two hours including the wait for the sunrise. We had our money shots and we loved the view and how they clean and preserved the temple. This is a must visit in Yogyakarta.
There are also snacks and restaurants included with the Borobudur tour in the café at the entrance. Time to rehydrate before the next destination.
Please take a towel and water when you visit Borobudur. Go to the toilet first before the climb.
Borobudur Sunrise package (Manohara)
Ticket: IDR 400,000
Starts at 4:30 AM (Note that this is the only way you can enter Borobudur before sunrise)
Day Two Breakfast
Stupa Restaurant by Plataran
Stupa Restaurant by Plataran is an Asian restaurant near Borobudur. There are snacks included in Borobudur Sunrise Tour but if you are still hungry, you can enjoy breakfast at Stupa Restaurant by Plataran. The restaurant is part of Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa.
You can have the breakfast with the view here. Hence, you can find paddy fields, coconut trees and traditional houses in this area. This is also the destination for our next activity, the cycling tour.
Stupa Restaurant by Plataran
Dusun Kretek, Karangrejo, Borobudur, Magelang, Central Java 56553, Indonesia
E : [email protected]
P : +62 293 788 888
The bike (cycling) tour is fun and easy. There are no hills and the paths are mostly on flat lands so everyone can enjoy this cycling tour.
We prefer the ladies bicycle as it is smaller with a front basket (you can keep your things) and if you can cycle, you can ride on the Andong (horse carriage).
The cycling tour includes sceneries of paddy fields, villages as well as the locals. This is something you can’t do in towns or cities and we love the wind and the natural smell of the greens. The cycling tour takes roughly an hour.
Borobudur Bike Tour
Package: IDR 450,000 per pax (minimum 4 pax; excludes transportation from Yogyakarta to Borobudur)
Drinks and snacks
Make your own pottery or batik
Warung Kopi Borobudur – Pottery and Batik Making
Another snack break with two activities. Either you want to create your own pottery or print your own batik. Both are fun activities and learn how to create your own art pieces.
Cultural lunch in Wanurejo Village, Magelang
The cultural lunch in Wanurejo Village is organized by the tourism board. It comes with traditional dances called ‘Le Ak Dance’.
You get to taste local food here in Wanurejo Village while enjoying the musical dance performance by locals. What we find unique is the dance, the costume and also the masks they used. We didn’t know much about the history but this is our first time watching the performance. This was an eye opener for us.
Royal Tea Ceremony (Patehan) at Royal Ambarrukmo Hotel
The main reason to stay in Royal Ambarrukmo Hotel is they offer ‘Patehan’ or the royal high tea ceremony. It is a kraton tradition in which the Sultans of Yogyakarta drink a special kind of tea in the morning or afternoon. The royal rea ceremony is held at Pendopo Agung which included a walking tour.
Sunset at Ratu Boko (Kraton Palace)
If there is a sunrise at Borobudur, then there should be a sunset at Ratu Boko. The name Ratu Boko is derived from a legendary king in a local folklore. The remains are one of the stone gates and the ruins of the great past. The complex unique have both Buddhist and Hindu structures on the same site.
The money shot is to take the sunset through the last remaining stone gates but like other popular tourist attractions, there are dozens of other tourists wanting the same shot.
You can see Prambanan and Mount Merapi in the distance and you will be mesmerised by the magic moment as well as the sunset at Ratu Boko.
Last Minute Shopping at Jalan Malioboro
This is an interesting place recommended by our local friends. There is a shopping street in Yogyakarta called Jalan Malioboro. It is located in the between Yogyakarta Kraton and Mount Merapi and this place is busy.
You can find many horse carriages here instead of taxis. Most of the shirts here are priced at RM 25,000 and above which is quite cheap. You can bargain with them if you purchase more.
Check out the local batik stores as you can find many really good design, materials and sizes. It cost a fraction than what we can get in our country.
3 Days 2 Nights Yogyakarta Food & Discovery Itinerary Day Three:
Packed your bags and say goodbye to Yogyakarta. It is time to go home and remember to reach the airport early. Enjoy your breakfast in hotel before transferring to the airport.
Please take note that our 3 Days 2 Nights Yogyakarta Discovery Itinerary didn’t include the famous Prambanan Temple. You can squeeze on the third day but we believed you should extend an additional day for that. We hope our 3 Days 2 Nights Yogyakarta Discovery Itinerary will help you planning your next trip to Yogyakarta.
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