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The train from Jakarta to Yogyakarta (pronounced Jog-jakarta) is a backpacker favourite: cheap, comfortable and a great way to see the Javanese countryside. In Yogyakarta, you will find a major chunk of Java's tourists. The city provides great access to the temples of Borobodur and Prambanan and has a pretty cool political history.Things to see in Yogyakarta: The Borobodur ruins, the ancient temples of Prambanan, the city life in Yogyakarta and the Kraton Palace complex.
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After our lunch, we headed to Jalan Malioboro. Jalan Malioboro is a verrrrry long street of souvenir shops and small malls. They renovated the pedestrian pavements recently so it was nice to stroll along. Many of the shops sell the same stuff and we got bored after a while.
I'm not sure about other times of the year, but during Ramadan, there's a night market along Jalan Malioboro. We went into Malioboro Mall which has a supermarket, McDonalds and some cafes. On the day we went, it also happened to have a bazaar selling pretty batik inspired clothes. We did more shopping in this bazaar than along Jalan Malioboro, haha.
Yogja is also known for gudeg, a dish that's traditional and typical to Yogja. If you think of sushi when you think of Japan, think of gudeg when you think of Jogja. Gudeg is made by boiling young, unripe jackfruit for a few hours with coconut milk and palm sugar. It's an acquired taste I must say. Some people love it. As for me, I'm pretty impartial. But if you're in Jogja, you must give it a try! We hired a driver and he brought us to Jalan Wijilan, which is an entire street of gudeg stalls. He told us they're all pretty good, so we just stopped at the first one. Here's a picture of our gudeg! It's served with hot krecek (cow skin), telur pindang (egg), tahu and tempe bacem (soya cake), ayam opor or bacem (chicken), and areh gurih (coconut milk dressing). [source] The gudeg is the flaky looking thing 2nd from the left. I don't eat beef, so I told the shopkeeper to skip the krecek (pictured here to the right side of the egg).
Inside the museum compound, just before the hall where they play Wayang Kulit Ramayana show, a 50-something artist (name not recorded) quietly carves puppets out of leather. In the rush to watch the show, these guys are often forgotten. However, In all senses, he's THE man who makes it possible. By HE, I am referring to all those artists who make these puppets come alive through their perfect hand-eye co-ordination.Behind the scenes: The Dalang
We stayed on Jalan Prawirotaman II, at the Greenhost Hotel. It was a nice, clean and very conveniently located hotel. Jalan Prawirotaman I and II have many nice restaurants and cafes, and we just walked to a different one every night. Here are the ones we went to:1. House of Satay (Jalan Prawirotaman I) - Indonesian Food2. Via Via (Jalan Prawirotaman I) - Indonesian and Western Food3. Il Tempo Del Mare (Jalan Prawirotaman I) - BEST GELATO CONE EVER. Please pay this ice cream shop a visit. Extremely super duper highly recommended. The waffle cone is so nice and crunchy.4. Mediterranea Restaurant by Kamil (Jalan Tirtodipuran No. 24 A, on the other side of Jalan Prawirotaman I) - French, Italian and Mediterranean FoodThere's also a lot of nice street art along Jalan Prawirotaman I and II.
Bakpia Pathok 25
On our last day, we paid a visit to a bakery that sells a well-known Jogja snack - Bakpia Pathok. Bakpia is a small little green bean paste pastry. Its sweet and the pastry is nice and flaky. It's similar to a snack in Singapore called tau sar piah. Bakpia comes in many other flavours too like cheese, chocolate and nutella, but we decided to get the original green bean paste one, which is called kacang hijau (pronounced ka-chang hee-jow).We went to the bakery which was in a little alleyway off a bigger street that had many Bakpia shops. The shops were all named Bakpia Pathok 25, 45, 75, 125... but we went to the one called Bakpia Pathok 25 which seems to be the most popular (on the plane we saw many people carrying multiple boxes from Bakpia Pathok 25). The Bakpia was still hot and fresh from the bakery. Yummy!We had a very good driver in Jogja. If you're thinking of hiring a driver, I recommend the one we used! Send me a PM.
Right at the end Jalan Malioboro, there's a shop called Hamzah Batik. It is also known as Mirota Mall. I highly recommend paying this shop a visit if you want to buy batik cloth, or batik inspired clothes. They have a huge selection and have designs that won't look out of place outside Indonesia (where everyone wears batik). The entire first floor of this establishment sells batik, and the entire second floor sells souvenirs, shoes (with batik prints on them!!), bags and some snacks. If you don't have time to visit the entire Jalan Malioboro, just pop by this shop.