“Java is many things, but most of all it’s a nature’s paradise.”
From Yogyakarta, we booked a tour headed to see the infamous Mount Bromo and Blue Fire in Kawah Ijen. We travelled from Yogyakarta to Probolinggo by train. It took about 11 hours train ride and I suggest you take the business class. It wasn’t much but the 11 hours wasn’t unbearable. Also the view from the train just shows how Java is traditional, simple, and just beautiful.
From mountainous volcanos to broad rice fields, from majestic waterfalls to ancient architecture. Java is many things but most of all, it’s a nature’s paradise.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
How to get around:
There are many ways to get around Java but flying from one city to another is the most convenient especially if you don’t have the luxury of time. Trains and buses are also the cheapest way to get around. Start your way from Jakarta, then visit Yogyakarta. From there, you can either book a tour to see Mount Bromo from and be dropped off to Malang or Surabaya. From either of the three cities (Yogyakarta, Malang, Surabaya), you can book a tour to see Ijen Volcano in Banyuwagi. You can also book a tour for 3 days 2 nights for both volcanos. Most tours includes breakfast, transportation, and accommodation with the exception of entrance tickets and mask in Ijen.
Cost of living:
Java is pretty cheap. You can get local food from local Warungs for as cheap as 10,000 IDR and even street foods for 2,000 IDR. Hostels cost about blabla per night and most includes breakfast. For daily transportion, you can either download GRAB or OJEK (motorbikes with drivers), rent a motorbike and/or hire a car with a driver to take you around. Hiring a private car varies from the amount of time. It starts from 6 hours, it will cost about 450.000 IDR with maximum of 4 people.
What to do in Java:
Ancient Architecture in Yogyakarta
Exploring the Capital City
Trek Ijen Volcano
Ijen was the hardest trek I’ve ever done. I’ve done some mountain hiking in China f
Catch Sunrise in Mount Bromo
Hunt for Waterfalls
Ride a Car and spot how many beautiful landscapes are there
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