There are several inexpensive homestay options, including Homestay Anugrah Borobudur which provided an economy double room for 175,000 IDR ($12.71 USD), and was a 5-minute walk over to the entrance for the Sunrise Tour at Manohora Hotel. Breakfast is also included with the homestay, and we enjoyed a traditional Indonesian meal after returning from the early entrance into the Borobudur complex.
1. Is it the right time of the year? If you’re visiting August to April, the optimal sunrise time is well before the 6:00AM regular park opening hours, however May to July sunrise is around 5:45 to 5:55AM and an early access entrance isn’t really necessary. Additionally, during rainy season (October to April) the lower temperatures are more optimal for picturesque cloud formations and color. Dry Season (May to September) is the period for slash and burn clearing which causes a haze that grays out the colors of the clouds in the sky making it less colorful than Indonesia’s wet season.
2. How important are amazing photographs to you? Beat the crowds with the early morning entrance.
3. Is it in your budget? That’s a personal question.
In conclusion, if you're considering whether to do the early entrance to catch the sunrise at Borobudur, if all considerations above are met, it's definitely worth it to get up early and spring the extra cost to see the sunrise at Borobudur!