20 Things to do in Yogyakarta & Central Java Travel Guide (Solo, Semarang) for Foodies in Indonesia

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Hey guys! We're in Indonesia for a week.

Yeah, so this is our second time back in Indonesiaand this week we're going to be exploring Yogyakarta and Central Java and this videois going to show you some of the top attractions in the region.

Can't wait to show you around.

Let's go! This trip was all about going in search offood, culture and a little bit of adventure.

Over the course of the week we visited ancienttemples, browsed through antique markets, ate our fair share of street food, and tackleda rather infamous volcano.

In this video we are going to show you 20things to do in Yogyakarta and Central Java, so let’s get started.

For our very first stop in Central Java, weheaded to the biggest Buddhist monument in the world and the most popular attractionin the region: Borobudur.

So this morning we are visiting the templeof Borobudur and this is a site that I've been wanting to visit for years so we're superexcited to be here.

Yeah, I know.

This is way up on our bucket-list of placeswe've wanted to go in Southeast Asia.

And the views are spectacular so we're justgoing to show you that right now.

We've really lucked out with awesome weathertoday.

Borobudur is made up of 9 stacked platforms,so there was quite of bit of climbing involved to reach the top, but once we did, we hadspectacular views as far as the eye could see.

Also we came here in the early morning.

We got here at about 8 AM but if you wantto you can actually watch the sunrise here.

Unfortunately, it was a really cloudy morningso we wouldn't have been able to see anything anyway but if you luck out with clear skiesit might be worth getting up early.

We took our time climbing the different platforms,exploring each corner, and admiring the relief panels that have stood the test of time.

Then, once we reached the central dome, wecame face to face with 72 seated Buddhas.

So tell us how are you enjoying Borobudurso far? Loving it so far.

Something I've really come to appreciate isthat when you kind of walk around the perimeter of the temple you can like have pockets ofit where you don't see anyone else.

It really feels like you're exploring it asopposed to just being you know a tourist that is kind of crammed in with a whole bunch ofother people.

So I've really liked that so far.

It is pretty cool.

There is no one around here it is just us.

If you’re planning to visit, I would suggestyou give yourself at least an hour and a half or two.

Also, make sure you bring lots of water becauseit gets hot up there! So we are ready for another adventure.

Tell us! Yeah, we're heading up to Mount Merapi andthere is basically two different ways you can do it.

You can hike up but we're going with a jeep.

Yeah, it'll be fun.

Hop on in.

Merapi translates to Fire Mountain, and asthe most active volcano in the region, it really lives up to its name.

We visited a museum that chronicled the effectthis volcano has had on the surrounding communities and rode past lava fields that once burnedred.

It looks like we've got a new driver! So what you see behind us is Mount Merapiand actually it just looks like a whole bunch of fog.

Yeah.

Well, we really lucked out with the weatherin the morning but this afternoon not so much.

Yeah, it looks like it is going to start rainingsoon, so these are the views we're enjoying.

It has been a pretty cool experience doingthe jeep safari but no volcano sighting unfortunately.

Even though we decided to do the jeep tour,there are other ways to explore Mount Merapi.

We encountered a lot of people riding on motorbikes,and we were told it’s also possible to hike.

That very same day we continued on to Prambanan,which is a 9th century Hindu temple located about 17 kilometres northeast of Yogyakarta.

The temple is dedicated to the trinity ofHinduism: Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.

In its original form, the complex containeda total of 250 large and small temples.

Later that evening we returned to PrambananTemple, but this time to watch a dance performance.

Hey guys! We're in Indonesia for a week.

Yeah,so this is our second time back in Indonesia and this week we're going to be exploringYogyakarta and Central Java and this video is going to show you some of the top attractionsin the region.

Can't wait to show you around.

Let's go! This trip was all about going in search offood, culture and a little bit of adventure.

Over the course of the week we visited ancienttemples, browsed through antique markets, ate our fair share of street food, and tackleda rather infamous volcano.

In this video we are going to show you 20 things to do in Yogyakartaand Central Java, so let’s get started.

For our very first stop in Central Java, weheaded to the biggest Buddhist monument in the world and the most popular attractionin the region: Borobudur.

So this morning we are visiting the templeof Borobudur and this is a site that I've been wanting to visit for years so we're superexcited to be here.

Yeah, I know.

This is way up on our bucket-list of places we'vewanted to go in Southeast Asia.

And the views are spectacular so we're just going to showyou that right now.

We've really lucked out with awesome weather today.

Borobudur is made up of 9 stacked platforms,so there was quite of bit of climbing involved to reach the top, but once we did, we hadspectacular views as far as the eye could see.

Also we came here in the early morning.

Wegot here at about 8 AM but if you want to you can actually watch the sunrise here.

Unfortunately,it was a really cloudy morning so we wouldn't have been able to see anything anyway butif you luck out with clear skies it might be worth getting up early.

We took our time climbing the different platforms,exploring each corner, and admiring the relief panels that have stood the test of time.

Then,once we reached the central dome, we came face to face with 72 seated Buddhas.

So tell us how are you enjoying Borobudurso far? Loving it so far.

Something I've really come to appreciate is that when you kind ofwalk around the perimeter of the temple you can like have pockets of it where you don'tsee anyone else.

It really feels like you're exploring it as opposed to just being youknow a tourist that is kind of crammed in with a whole bunch of other people.

So I'vereally liked that so far.

It is pretty cool.

There is no one around here it is just us.

If you’re planning to visit, I would suggestyou give yourself at least an hour and a half or two.

Also, make sure you bring lots ofwater because it gets hot up there! So we are ready for another adventure.

Tellus! Yeah, we're heading up to Mount Merapi and there is basically two different waysyou can do it.

You can hike up but we're going with a jeep.

Yeah, it'll be fun.

Hop on in.

Merapi translates to Fire Mountain, and asthe most active volcano in the region, it really lives up to its name.

We visited amuseum that chronicled the effect this volcano has had on the surrounding communities androde past lava fields that once burned red.

It looks like we've got a new driver! So what you see behind us is Mount Merapiand actually it just looks like a whole bunch of fog.

Yeah.

Well, we really lucked out withthe weather in the morning but this afternoon not so much.

Yeah, it looks like it is goingto start raining soon, so these are the views we're enjoying.

It has been a pretty coolexperience doing the jeep safari but no volcano sighting unfortunately.

Even though we decided to do the jeep tour,there are other ways to explore Mount Merapi.

We encountered a lot of people riding on motorbikes,and we were told it’s also possible to hike.

That very same day we continued on to Prambanan,which is a 9th century Hindu temple located about 17 kilometres northeast of Yogyakarta.

The temple is dedicated to the trinity of Hinduism: Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.

In itsoriginal form, the complex contained a total of 250 large and small temples.

Later that evening we returned to PrambananTemple, but this time to watch a dance performance.

They have different shows scheduled throughoutthe week, and we visited the evening of the Ramayana Ballet, which is a a Javanese danceinterpretation of an Indian epic poem.

It was a 2-hour performance and things got reallyinteresting when they lit the stage on fire! Aside from all the day excursions, we alsotried to explore a bit of Jogjakarta.

Taman Sari, also known as the Water Palace, is oneplace that I really wanted to check out and we made it just before closing.

This was oncea large complex with an artificial lake and islands, but today only the bathing complexis well preserved.

If you have some spare time in the city, it’s well worth visiting.

From there, we hopped on a motor-rickshawfor a tour of the city.

We didn’t have a particular destination in mind, so we justrode down some of the side streets before making our way up Jalan Malioboro, which isthe main shopping street and is filled with shops and markets.

Then for our last night in Yogyakarta, wewent up to our hotel’s rooftop lounge to enjoy some city views and watch the sunset.

Alright guys, the adventure continues.

We'reoff to Solo by train.

After a few days in Jogja, we hopped on atrain and headed towards Solo, also known as Surakarta.

The ride was a little over anhour, and not only was it an inexpensive way to travel, but it was also incredibly scenic.

We zoomed past villages and rice fields, and before we knew it, we had arrived.

So right now we're inside Pasar Triwindu whichis an antiques market here in Solo and we are seeing some real gems.

The market is spread out across a series oftwo-story buildings and inside you’ll find everything from chandeliers and leather puppets,to old phonographs and Dutch porcelain.

It’s a great place to shop for unusual souvenirsand you could easily spend an hour or two here.

We also ended up visiting the House of DanarHadi, which is home to one of the best batik collections in the whole world.

Batik is atechnique where wax is added to textiles to create elaborate patterns.

This can be doneby hand or using a stamp.

After a quick tour of the museum, we visited the workshops whereyou can see the art in action, and then I also picked up a batik shirt for myself.

So I went shopping for my Batik and I foundone I really like.

It cost about 30 US dollars and I can't wait to start wearing it.

I thinkthe first time I'll try it on is for dinner soon.

So we're starting off with coconut milk pancakeswhich are called Serabi.

So let's take a look at it down here.

So you can see the outsidefringe it looks like something quite crispy and I think this is going to be like the middlepart is the coconut milk.

So I'm not entirely sure how to eat this.

I'm just going to takea big bite.

That looks delicious.

Oh, wow.

Oh, that is delicious.

I love coconutand so what you've got here, if you look down here.

This part it sort of tastes like I don'tknow like maybe like a coconut type of pudding.

It is really got a bit of a milky consistency.

It is a little it tastes a little bit wet once you have it in your mouth and then thispart over here is crispy so you've got those two.

You've got the contrast between the crispinessand the pudding like texture.

Oh man, I love that.

Instant hit.

We may be ordering more.

So I also got myself Serabi but I went withthe chocolate so as you can see it has chocolate sprinkles that have melted over top the coconut.

Wow.

So let's go in for the first bite.

How do we do this.

Mmmmm.

Mmmmm.

How is that? That is amazing.

It is like havingdessert for lunch which I love.

It is so sweet and when you add chocolate I think it is justperfect.

Like you mentioned you have the crispiness with a very soft coconut so it is wonderful.

Dessert for lunch.

Mmmmm.

Our next stop in Solo was the MangkunegaranPalace, which dates back to 1757.

Part of the royal family still lives here, so youcan’t wander around the grounds on your own, but we took a guided tour which was veryinformative and enjoyable.

Another way to experience Solo is by doinga tour on a pedibike, also known as a becak.

This is a very leisurely way of seeing thecity, and you can easily find drivers outside the major hotels, so it’s just a matterof bargaining the price.

So it is dinnertime here in Solo, Indonesiaand we're trying a new restaurant that was highly rated on TripAdvisor.

We're eatingat a place called Warung Selat Mbak Lies.

Hopefully I got that right.

It is a prettylong name.

We ordered something called Selat Bistik orSelat Solo.

So if you take a look down here it is basically a braised beef tenderloinwith a watery gravy and it also comes with vegetables.

We have some green beans, somecarrots, it looks like some mashed potato here and there is like chips kind of sprinkledon top.

And what else, yeah other vegetables some onions.

So apparently this is like atwist on a western slash dutch food that has been like adopted here in Indonesia and justchanged to their taste.

Yeah, like with Javanese ingredients.

Yeah.

So let's try this.

Youknow what.

Dig right in.

I'm going to start with this egg.

Okay.

Thisdark egg.

I've never had such a dark egg before.

And apparently the soy sauce is quite sweet.

Mmmm.

Is it sweet? Mmmmm.

That is a sweet gravy.

Yeah.

I mean it is quite watery, it is almost likeyou're having a soup.

It is like a main dish but kind of looks like a soup.

So yeah.

So we are currently at Sriwedari Park.

Wethought we were coming for a puppet show but what did we find instead? We found an amusementpark and there is all kinds of cool stuff.

I noticed bumper cars so we're going to gocheck that out.

Awesome.

I challenge you to bumper cars.

Woo! Oh, therewe go.

There we go.

Ah.

That is scary.

That is so mean.

Music playing.

So today we are in Semarang.

This is our thirdand final stop on this trip in Indonesia.

And we're going to start out with a visitto Sam Poo Kong temple and then head over for some food.

Sam Poo Kong was established by a ChineseMuslim explorer in the early 15th century and it is a large complex featuring 5 temples.

Not only is Sam Poo Kong one of the top-rated attractions on TripAdvisor, but it’s alsoa fascinating place to visit because you get the blend of both Chinese and Javanese architecturalstyles.

Okay, so right now we're taking a little icecream break at a place called Toko Oen.

And yeah, they specialize in cakes, pastries andice cream which is perfect for us with our sweet tooth.

Now we're kind of cooling offa bit here and something really cool is they are celebrating their 80th anniversary ofbeing open.

Yeah.

So I'm trying rum and raisin over here.

Yes!Oh! Wow.

Wow.

I think we may have ordered a little too muchice cream.

I think you're right.

Hahaha.

Want to try yours? Okay, so I'm starting offwith rum and raisin over here.

Okay.

So I've got a nice couple chunks of raisin.

Mmmm.

How is that? Wow, that is good.

Yeah, veryrich.

That is cool.

And I got myself some Mocha ice cream and we also ordered some pancakeswith more ice cream.

So we've got our work cut out for us for sure.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper visitto Semarang without exploring Kota Lama.

This area makes up the Old Town and it is hometo buildings that date back to the Dutch colonial period.

Some of the structures look like theycould use a little TLC, but the good news is that earlier this year plans were announcedto rejuvenate Semarang’s historic “Little Netherlands”.

Hi! Hi! Haha.

So for today's meal we are enjoying some streetfood in the city of Semarang and we're going to be having Lumpia Semarang or Semarang springrolls which actually originated in the Chinese community.

So if you have a look down herewe actually thought we were ordering a plate full of them but we only got one.

So a littlelost in translation but I think this should be enough because it is a pretty big fat springroll.

So we're going to dig right in to this.

Itis huge.

Are you ready? Ready for the food? And here is the sauce on the side.

Yeah, lookat that.

So it should be good.

It smells good.

It smells deep-fried which is a good thing.

Okay, Sam do you want to tell us the key ingredientsin this special spring roll.

Yeah, so what you'll find inside are bamboo shoots, driedshrimp and then you can have chicken or prawn.

So, man these look good.

Yeah.

It is justa matter of attacking it here.

Yeah.

Don't mind my fingers.

Look at that.

Oh, look atthe detail in there.

Yeah, that looks good.

Okay, we're going to dip this in the sauceand I have a feeling this sauce might be sweet.

Yeah.

Oh, wow.

Look at that.

Look how thickthat is.

Wa! Ha.

What do you think? Those are delicious.

Yeah.

I love deep-fried spring rolls so.

I know you do.

I know.

And the bamboo shoot is reallynice.

I'm still not sure if it is chicken or prawn.

I didn't get a bite of that so stillwaiting to figure that part out.

Ha! I think that calls for a second bite.

Yeah, the sauceis sweet.

I'm just going to take a little bit of that sauce and see what it is.

Mmmm.

Man.

It almost looks like it has a gelatinlike consistency.

Yeah, it does.

And surprisingly it doesn't have a very strong taste.

I thoughtit would be really sweet or strong and it is not.

So let's go in for bite number two.

Let'sgo in for some of the ingredients this time.

Okay.

I definitely taste the shrimp and prawnthis time.

Yeah.

Yeah, I think that is what it is made with.

And that’s a wrap for our whirlwind tripto Indonesia.

We hope you enjoyed getting a closer look at what Yogyakarta and CentralJava have to offer.

As always, if you have any other suggestions of things to do andplaces to visit, feel free to let us know in the comments below.

Happy travels!.

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