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Yogyakarta or Solo?

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Tasmania
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Yogyakarta or Solo?

We are looking at flying to Solo (instead of Yogyakarta) from KUL, as Air Asia airfares to Solo and accommodation there seems much cheaper. We are only in Indonesia for 4 nights and it will be a priority for us to visit Borobudur for the day when we are there. Is it easy enough to arrange a tour or other transport from Solo? Are we making a mistake by missing out on Yogyakarta? Many thanks.

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1. Re: Yogyakarta or Solo?

Hi,

Solo is much more pleasant city to stay in than Jogjakarta. Jogja has the constant ring of touts, becaks and batik salesmen that can get on your nerves after a while.

The only thing you will miss out on is the night narket on Jln Malioboro every night. Of course you can do this on your same daytrip when you visit Borobodur. Solo is a lot quieter in the evenings.

Solo has two marvelous kratons (both in better condition than the kraton in Jogjakarta) and some interesting temples in the surrounding highlands. Try Candi Cetho or Candi Sukuh (with its erotic Hindu stone carvings).

Yes, Jogjakarta is glittzier, but Solo, far more pleasant. IMHO.

Cheers.

Tasmania
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2. Re: Yogyakarta or Solo?

Dear craneboywill

Appreciate your quick response.

We had read some great stuff about Solo already and after reading your positive review, we have decided that we’ll definitely stay in Solo!

We are hoping that through the hotel we decide upon, we’ll be able to arrange a reputable taxi driver for the trip to Borobudur – AND at a reasonable price!!

Many thanks again!!!

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3. Re: Yogyakarta or Solo?

You can split 2 days in Solo and 2 days in Yogyakarta. Borobudur is closer to Yogyakarta, and there's a lot to see and do in Yogyakarta other than Borobudur itself. Each city has its own charm, and splitting the journey will be a good idea.

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Personally I love Jogya and there is so very much to see there and in the surrounding areas. Yogya really isn't expensive and when we were there we took a day trip to Solo which was well worthwhile but we're still glad we stayed in Yogya. Loads of restaurants and heaps of shopping opportunities if that takes your fancy. From Yogya it's only about 17ks to Prambanan which is another area you really shouldn't miss.

We stayed at the Phoenix which is a top class hotel and booking through Agoda it only cost us something small like about $70 per night for the two of us. I don't think you'd be able to find a down at heel motel in Australia for anything like that.

On the day we went to Solo there was a lot of rain and when we visited the temples (which were awesome) it was very misty.

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Tasmania
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5. Re: Yogyakarta or Solo?

Thank you all for your valuable advice.

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6. Re: Yogyakarta or Solo?

Choose Solo, the route from Solo to Borobudur (in Magelang) is one of the most picturesque route in Java. As you leave Solo, the landscape shifts from the verdant ricefields to the mountainous passages of Solo and Ketep, with amazing panoramas of Mount Merapi and Merbabu (assuming weather is good) , located between the two mountains. As you go down the winding road, the landscape turns one more to verdant ricefields and coconut trees which are characteristics of Magelang. The other route is of course to go through Jogja but I think the solo route is more awesome

Tasmania
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7. Re: Yogyakarta or Solo?

Many thanks for your advice DKW3!

We have now booked to do what you have recommended.

Solo here we come!!

Thanks again.

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8. Re: Yogyakarta or Solo?

Rememer that Yogya and Solo are only about an hour away from each other. If you take the Pramex express trains between cities the trip is only a couple of dollars (depending on which class of train you take...) So you can do both cities easily.

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