Replies: 4 - Last Post: Sep 27, 2012 7:34 PM Last Post By: Olid_Rori
Sep 26, 2012 8:04 AM
I’m planning our first trip (honeymoon a la backpacking) in Indonesia and need some advice on the Java itinerary. We want to travel overland starting in Java finishing in Bali for less than a week. I already feel the time pressure but decided to go for the following itinerary:
Day 1 Monday PM arrival to Jakarta at 16.00
Day 2 Tuesday AM/PM Jakarta
Day 3 Wednesday AM Train to Yogyakarta 8h
PM arrival to Yogyakarta
trip to Borobudur stay overnight
Day 4 Thursday AM early morning visit to the temples
return to Yogyakarta
PM Prambanan & Yogya
Day 5 Friday AM travel to Malang (Bank Holiday)
Day 6 Saturday AM early morning Mt Bromo from Malang
train/ bus to Bali from Malang / Probolinggo?
PM arrival to Ubud
My biggest concern is Day 6, when we're planning the trip to Mt Bromo and then travel to Bali in the afternoon. I'm Hoping to leave for Denpasar at noon the latest (is it realistic?) so the question is how long usually is the Mt Bromo trip and where is it best to start and finish it? I’ve found some info on the previous threads suggesting to go to Probolinggo to catch a transport to Bali. Is it the quickest option?
Any other suggestions re the itinerary are most welcome.
Sep 26, 2012 1:57 PM
since your time is limited, you can save one day if you use night train to yogyakarta. you can spend half day monday and a whole day tuesday in jakarta, take a train at night and be in yogyakarta early in the morning, wednesday. yes, you will miss the beautiful scenery along the way, but 8 hours of paddy fields and villages and small forrest is just too much considering your time. you can see similar things on your way to malang from yogya.
you can go around yogyakarta, visit the palace (keraton) and other places, including prambanan if you want, before going off to borobudur. there will be ramayana ballet performance in prambanan temple every fullmoon, please check their schedule. in this case, you will arrive in borobudur late at night, on the same wednesday, tired and sleepy but happy. oopss....... i dunno if public transportation is still available that late at night, please check. bus from yogya to magelang is easy, but from the main road to your hotel in borobudur might not be that easy. a motorcycle taxi called "ojek" is a possibility.
now you have one extra day, you can visit solo/surakarta on your way to malang, you can even spend one night there. the javanese food is better in solo, in my opinion. do not forget to visit the batik village, to see ladies paint the fabric and dye it into beautiful batiks. of course it is a sin not to buy some.... you will regret it all your life.
so on thursday and friday you will be in borobudur temple, on the road to solo, staying overnight in solo, going around solo and on the road to malang. if your destination is bromo, and your time is tight, maybe it is better to rent a car from solo straight to the village next to bromo crater, should be less than US$ 50, or around that much. if you can't, just spent less time in solo (or borobudur) and rush off to malang and bromo around noon, friday.
the Bromo trip starts very early in the morning, usually beause it is a custom to see sunrise from a certain spot that i have never been to. after that, you can rent a horse to go to the crater. because life starts very early in bromo, you can leave the place at about 10 or 11 am to go to probolinggo (not going back to malang) and find transport to bali.
easy isn;t it?
Sep 26, 2012 10:01 PM
I just give some infos bout bromo.
It needs much money if u wanna get bromo from mlg.
No public transport both via tumpang or nongkojajar.
U need 2 get a jeep from tumpang around or tosari, its very far 2 the crater.
It's easier 2 visit bromo via probolinggo.
U can get a bus or a train2 prob (drives at 2 pm from mlg), then get bison public transport near bus station, but we have many problems here, check your lp book.
Then get cemorolawang, u can stay there.
Get sun rise at mount penanjakan bout 5 am.
U can get bison public transport again in cemorolawang bout 9-11 am, get prob.
N u can get an economic bus from bus station 2 denpasar, pay on the bus.
Everything will be very easy if u have much money n wanna spend it.
Sep 27, 2012 4:18 AM
Yes, I heard the journey from Jakarta to Yogya is scenic and wouldn’t like to give up on it. However, if the travel from Yogya – east is not as interesting, I’d rather sacrifice this section and do it by night? Whenever I travel I prefer to do it by day, to see as much as possible.
You’re suggesting to spend 2 days in Borobudur, it’s quite a lot. I was thinking of heading there on Wed late afternoon, so we can visit the site on Thursday early morning by the sunrise to avoids the crowds. My thoughts were to spend there for 5-6 hours, but not sure if this is enough? Then back to Yogya for the rest of the day.
I read this morning that there’s a direct train from Yogya to Probolinggo, so we’d probably opt for this (btw we don’t need to see Malang, so can skip it). From Probolinggo we’d like to try to get to Ngadisari by the evening, to start the hike to the crater early next morning. It’s seems a bit hectic for 1 day, so we also consider a trip to Bromo from Probolinggo. What’s better?
We would then get back to Probolinggo as you’re suggesting, to continue to Bali.
Easy? Will tell you in 4 weeks time!
We’ll skip Malang and will directly to Probolinggo. I’m not sure whether we’ll use a local tour operator from there or try to get to Bromo from Ngadisari by ourselves.
Any tips on the independent hike to the crater?
Sep 27, 2012 7:34 PM
U can get cemorolawang by yourself, of course if u r lucky.
Bison public transport will drive if full passengers, bout 15 pax.
Normally pay IDR 25K, but will rise up twice in the afternoon.
I suggest u got this way, 4 your safety.
Many scams both train station or bus station.
If u get prob by train, u can visit my office, Probolinggo Government Tourism Information Centre, lies on opposite of prob train station.
U can get direct jogja-prob train from lempuyangan train station in jogja (there r 2 train stations there, tugu train station is another).
I suggest u 2 book it first.
Notice: Ngadisari, Cemorolawang, n Sukapura, r different places. Just say u wanna get cemorolawang.
I guess u wanna stay in cemorolawang, but some people wanna offer yoschi's hotel or sion view hotel, both still 3-4 km 2 cemorolawang.
U can get both pananjakan view point n bromo by walking, riding jeep or ojek.
Cemorolawang-Pananjakan 2, bout 5 km, 1 hour walking.
Cemorolawang-Bromo, bout 4 km, 1 hour walking.
Pananjakan 2-Bromo, bout 9 km, 1.5-2 hours walking.
Pay IDR 350K/ jeep, but u can share.
Pay IDR 100K by ojek.
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