BRBDR Pt I: Prologue

Pt I: Prologue
Pt II: Getting There
Pt III: Phoenix Hotel and Yogyakarta
Pt IV: Borobudur
Pt V: Kaliurang (and rest of the day)
Pt VI: Village Cycling Tour & Paprika
Pt VII: Going Home
Pt VIII: Epilogue

Ying did architecture in NUS and one of her most memorable course was on Southeast Asian architecture. The Indonesian lecturer made such a great impression on her that one of her top places-to-visit is Borobudur, near Yogyakarta.

Indonesia AirAsia has a daily direct flight between Singapore and Yogyakarta and the return flights usually cost over S$300; so when Garuda Indonesia ran an amazing offer in March, we jumped at the offer and bought return tickets to Yogyakarta (via Jakarta) for only S$233.

We would spend three nights in Yogyakarta and the top-rated (on Tripadvisor) MGallery The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta was having a 40% sale in April. Three nights in the Deluxe Room cost around 1.7 million IDR or S$75 per night. What a steal!

Two weeks before the trip, we started to look around for rental car with driver for our Borobudur excursion. Through Yogyes, I contacted Dodhy of Anugrah Transport for quotation. Dodhy was very responsive and provided us with a competitive quote: 375,000 IDR (~S$50) for 12 hours’ rental of car with driver and fuel included.

Last but not least, we were looking for activities to do beside Borobudur and the village tour on bicycle offered by ViaVia Yogyakarta seemed interesting. After a couple of e-mail exchanges, we booked ourselves on the tour for 120,000 IDR per person.

With all the plans set in place, we were ready to go!


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