Java in a couple of days – Indonesia

 Standing on top of this great temple, looking over the shoulder of this ancient old Buddha seeing green jungle and the bleu and white sky, I felt great!

What a great view, what a great temple, what a great feeling!!

Borobudur, JavaBorobudur, Java – Indonesia

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Coming from Bali to Jakarta – Java by plane, the plan was to travel over land back to Bali. I went straight to the trainstation to book a trainticket to Yogyakarta. I booked a ticket for the next night so I had one day to explore Jakarta.
I ofcourse went to Batavia Harbour as a Dutch citizin 🙂 I was a bit dissapointed by it because it was not really a place for tourists, what I expected. It is still a harbour in use and that is good, but the way to the harbour was great.

Batavia Harbour, Java
 The train, unfortunately,was not a sleeper. Maybe I could’ve gotten one…but it  was my first trip to arrange for myself and I didn’t thought of asking for it…

Sleeping Train, Java

 Yogyakarta (Yogja) is a  really nice town. We stayed near Malioborostreet. Defenitely a street you must see….especially in the evening, full of nice souvenirs and clothes to buy. Also a big shoppingmall where you can get a good cup of coffee 🙂

Yogyakarta, JavaThe intersection at Malioborostreet

From Yogja you can go to the great Borobudur as a daytour. Well can?…you have to. You can not miss this great structure when you are on Java!! It is build in the 9th century and is the worlds largest Buddhist temple! I really enjoyed walking around there!!

Borobudur – Java

Borobudur, JavaBorobudur, Java

Borobudur, JavaIn every stupa is a Buddha statue

Brambanan Temple – Java

Near to the Borobudur is another temple, Brambanan. 

When you’re there you have to see that too ofcourse!

Prambanan, Java

Prambanan, Java

Dieng Plateau -Java

The next day we went to the Dieng Plateau. It is a plateau on a complex of vulcanoes. Underneath the plateau are more then 20 small craters and 2 stratovulcanoes (those are the ones we know, the coneshapes ones). There are also templecomplexes and a great lake that turns into several colours depending on weather and natural resources.

Java Dieng Plateau

Java Dieng PlateauNear the entrance of a meditation cave

Java Dieng PlateauThe weather wasn’t that great…but the colour of the  lake was!

Java Dieng Plateau

Mount Bromo – Java

 After this great visit we went for a long bustrip to see the sunrise at Mount Bromo.

Unfortunately it was really clouded that day…so the sunrise wasn’t in sight for us.   When we visited the vulcano afterworth the weather was great. We could enjoy the landscape that was formed by eruptions of vulcanos. What a strange….moonlike landscape!!

Bromo Sunrise Java

Bromo Sunrise JavaJust a little bit of sun 🙂

Bromo landscape

IMG_1008What a strange  landscape  near the vulcano

Vulcano Java

Next day we went straight to Bali again with the ferry. That took about 45 minutes. And we relaxed for a couple of days on the beach of Sanur!! I do love Bali and all its shrines and offers on the streets!!

Bali OffersKuta, BaliBaliSanur, Bali

Travelfacts:

Totall length of my stay in Java was just 7 days. I do think I saw the greatest highlights of Java. There are some other great cities/places that would be great to visit ofcourse if you have more days to spend! (still have a reason to go back:))

Java is a muslim island, just as almost the whole of Indonesia. So you need to consider this while dressing for the day.

If you’ld take some extra days you can do some more sightseeing/cycling tours (which I like) around Yogja or Jakarta. That would be great. I do think I didn’t saw enough of the city of Jakarta.

This was a travel done before I started to blog about it…I can see that on my way of travel and the pictures I took 🙂

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