Yogyakarta is a place dominated by motorbikes and becak (rickshaw) with only a handful of taxi and small buses. Its streets are teeming with enterprising locals who want to earn a buck or two by selling fresh fruits and their juices, tofu, dimsum and dumplings, and gasoline in Vodka bottles. It has warm people who are cheerful and ready to aid damsels in distress. They might have a hard time communicating with non-Bahasa speakers, but they can help anyone with a map or written address of destination.
Becak or rickshaw is one of the most common modes of transportation in Yogyakarta. The fare varies and the passenger is free to haggle with the driver. Just remember though that the driver is using a lot of physical strength to transport his passengers from point A to point B.
This becak was in front of us on our way to Kraton Sultan Palace.
Foreigners riding becak in Yogyakarta. We were also riding a becak when this photo was taken.
Becak near Taman Sari. My first few becak rides almost gave me a heart attack because the becak seems too fragile to compete with other vehicles.
Odong odong vehicles are stripped down cars with hundreds of lights on their bodies.
I asked the becak driver to stop so I can take photos of the odong odong, then I asked the owner of this car to take my photo with his car. 🙂
The odong odong vehicles at night. They park around Alon-alon Park and are available for rent. Three rounds around the park cost IDR 30,000 (US $2.32). I also asked the becak driver to stop so I could take these photos. 🙂
Some of the vendors peddling their goods in the streets of Yogyakarta. The photo on the bottom left is that of a cart selling bottled gasoline. Motorbikes buy bottled gasoline because it is convenient. I did not see a lot of gasoline stations in Yogyakarta.
Street cart that sells coffee and other stuff.
Our side trip to this batik store with royal family connection led Virg and I to this batik cloth and the things used for batik making.
The becak driver showing us how to transfer the “ink” to the cloth.
This is a wedding carriage. This was parked in the driveway of the batik store where we stopped for a side trip.
Our second stop on our side trip led us to this store that sells batik paintings. The cloth is reversible. I thought that what they were doing was something unique, but I found out later that day that there were other stores selling the same goods, but with different prices.
These cost from IDR 100,000 (US $7.72) to more than a million rupiah. The man I talked to said that all things on display were made by local artists and they donate part of their proceeds to charity, but the store has no name.
Here is a video of batik making taken at Mirota Batik Mall:
The Wayang Homestay
The gate of The Wayang Homestay. Our home for 3 days in Yogyakarta.
The dining area of The Wayang Homestay. This is next to a small garden.
The nice and friendly people of The Wayang Homestay: Winnie and Cek. They gave us free fish cake and iced tea on our last day. Cek gave me packets of sugar with cute designs. They let us leave our bags in their office while we visited the Kraton and Taman Sari after we had checked out. Thank you. 🙂
Tugu Train Station. Our train arrived at 10pm, but we were at the station more than two hours before.
Tugu Train Station. The train station was clean (compared to the ones I am used to), with a large sitting area and funny images on its toilet doors.
The executive seat of the sleeper train has ample space for my suitcase, a big bag I bought earlier in the day and two smaller bags. Each passenger is provided with a charging station. A TV set showed an old English film. This was my seat from 10pm until 1am.
This was my seat from 1am until 6am. Virg and I sat in wrong seats, same seat numbers but different cars. I panicked for a nanosecond thinking what if we boarded the wrong train? The rightful owners of the seats did not speak English and our Bahasa was close to nil. Thankfully, a third party helped us out and explained the situation to us. We apologized and skedaddled. The officers of the train helped us put our stuff to the overhead cabin. 🙂
The sleeper train looked like this as we neared Jakarta. I did not know how to say “help us in taking our luggage out of the overhead cabin” so I just acted it out. The man nearest to us readily helped us without second thoughts. 🙂
This is the station that welcomed us to Jakarta.
The train from Tugu to Jakarta was not overly cold, contrary to what I heard. I prepared my scarf, Thai skirt and batik to cover me from head to toe had the temperature inside the train become unbearable. I barely used the scarf and the last two items did not see the light of day. To say that the train ride was noisy would be an understatement. The eight-hour ride was like being inside an operating washing machine that was made of metal, but I was reclining comfortably so I still fell asleep. If one is to take this train, earphones are a must. On a positive note, it arrived in Tugu on time and it reached Jakarta on time and the people–from the officers to the passengers–were kind.
The Nitty Gritty Details/Breakdown of Expenses for 3 Days in Yogyakarta
|Particulars (Days 1, 2 and 3)
||In US Dollars
|Becak (Rickshaw) Ride to Mirota Batik
||IDR 10,000(IDR 20,000/2)
|Pasalubong/Souvenirs (Mirota Batik)
|Dinner Day 1(Ramentin 3 Resto and Cabaret Shop on the top floor of Mirota Batik) Nasgor Sumringan, Dawet and Water (because the Nasgor Sumringan was too spicy)
|Water and Miscellaneous Expenses (Indomaret)
|Sleeper Train Ticket (Executive Class) from Yogyakarta to Jakarta
|Fare (Van for 8-10 people) to Borobudur Exotic Sunrise at Setumbu Hill and Prambanan (Kresna Tourist Service) with breakfast Day 2
|Entrance at Setumbu Hill + Entrance at Borobudur and Prambanan
||IDR 30,000 + IDR 375,000
|Lunch Day 2 (Bu Ageng) Nasi Campur Baceman Kambing (Goat) and Es Cincau Hijau + tax + tip
|Becak Ride from Bu Ageng to Wayang Homestay
||IDR 17,500 (IDR 35,000/2)
|Dinner Day 2 (Kafe Nenenku Semog) Sego Semrawut and Neneners Lychee + Pancake Durian + tip
|Becak Ride from Wayang Homestay to Kraton Palace
||IDR 15,000 (IDR 30,000/2)
|Big Bag (original cost IDR 60,000)
|Kraton Ticket + Use of Camera
||IDR 12,500 + IDR 1,000
|Tip to tour guide (Kraton)
|Becak Ride from Kraton to Taman Sari
||IDR 15,000 (IDR 30,000/2)
|Taman Sari Ticket + Use of Camera
||IDR 12,500 + IDR 2,000
|Tip to tour guide (Taman Sari)
|Lunch Day 3 (Restoran Kedai Kebun Forum) Nasi Goreng Lada Hitam and Ice Buah + tax + tip
|Taxi from Wayang Homestay to Tugu Train Station
||IDR 20,000 (IDR 40,000/2)
|Dinner Day 3 (Gudeg Yu Djum) for 3 people
||IDR 8,500 (IDR 17,000/2)
|Deluxe Twin Room at Wayang Homestay for 2 nights (with hot and shower and inclusive of breakfast)
The Wayang Homestay: Jalan Minggiran, Gang Pisang, Mantijeron, Yogyakarta 55141. Phone Number: 081392240645/081210224436. Facebook: The Wayang Homestay. Twitter: @TheWayang
Kresna Tourist Service: JI. Prawirotaman No. 5. Phone Number: (0274)375912/ Hotline (0274)7438640. Website: kresnatourjogja.com