Here is a the travel summary of our trip to Indonesia in 2014. We only got to go to Jakarta and Jogjakarta in the island of Java, only a preview of this vast country but we definitely had a taste of what this beautiful country can offer. Indonesia offers a unique take on what island life means. The culture, the food, the people, Indonesia is so diverse and more unique than I expected.
8:55 pm ETD Manila
6:00 am -connecting flight to Yogyakarta via LionAir.
SOEKARNO HATTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
7:00 am ETA Yogjakart
8:30-12:00 noon—Explore Prambanan Temple Complex
1:00pm –Check in Edu Hotel
2:00pm –lunch + explore city + shop
7:00pm –Dinner + Party/ Night life
11:00pm - Rest
We thought about going directly to Jogjakarta after arriving past midnight. Our connecting flight was at 6:00 am so we had ample time to refresh a bit. Travel time by air from Jakarta to Yogyakarta was approximately 1 hour. It was such a breeze despite heavy clouds along the way, thanks to the experienced pilot of Lion Air http://www.lionair.co.id/
READ: Taxi to PRAMBANAN? No, do-it-yourself via TransJogja
4:00 am -Sunrise Burubudor
TOUR OF SURROUNDING TEMPLES
4:00 pm -back at hotel
4:00-6:00 pm -REST
7:00 pm- dinner
8:00 pm- explore downtown
1:00 am—lights out
BOROBUDUR Golden Sunrise Tour
This is not the main temple tour of Borobudur yet. I also thought we would go to the renown Buddhist temple in Yogyakarta for sunrise but I was wrong. We availed of Golden Sunrise Package Tour through our hotel Edu Hostel where the standard rate is 85,000 Rupiah that we had to reserve the night before. We had to leave the hotel at 4:00am. The hotel car was already waiting for us at the lobby when we went downstairs. The rate is per pax and we had to share the ride with two other tourists since there were only three of us. The car is spacious so it was a comfortable 45-minute ride to our first destination.
This you cannot easily find in books but one that you can discover when you hire a guide when you visit Borobudur Temple.
7:30 am –leave for airport
10:30 am; Flight to Jakarta
11:30 am; Arrive in Jakarta
1:00 pm-lunch downtown Jakarta
2:00 pm –Check in Hotel Kempinski Jakarta
2:00-6:00 pm—Relax at the Hotel/ Gym / Swim
7:00 pm Dinner Downtown + look for souvenir
9:00 pm back at the Hotel
Then it was Jakarta's turn. Back to the big city. It was meant to be only an overnight stay but a very memorable one.
January marks the active rainy season in Indonesia and we saw the news of flooding in Jakarta a week before we flew in so I have already prepared myself for the worst. I was confident things will turn out great because we were booked in one of the most popular, strategically located and celebrated hotel in Jakarta.
It didn't disappoint. We stayed in a deluxe room at the 11th floor with an amazing view of the fountain and the Welcome Statue.
You know this is one proud hotel once you step in.The lobby is a balance between space, simplicity and freshness without leaving behind elegance.
At the 17th floor is pool beautifully nestled in the middle of a garden. You don't have to look up to notice the tall towers around. This garden in a city feel compliments a relaxing dip. We were here for a few hours at night to lie by the lounges around the intimately lit pool. On the other side is the Sky Pool Bar Cafe where you can order cocktails for a more pleasurable stay at the rooftop.
Also on the rooftop is the fitness gym which is a little more elevated than the pool such that it allows for an almost 360 degree view of Jakarta's skyline through its floor-to-ceiling glass walls. We were almost out of time the day of our checkout but I made it a point to at workout at least an hour here. Who wouldn't be motivated to workout in this kind of environment.
Speaking of the sauna, me and my wife loved it. I also find the floor area a little small but it is well kept with sufficient lockers, spotless tiles and two big saunas. The dry sauna is my favorite. There also two small pools, one cold and one hot for a relaxing dip. There are separate spas for both men and women. My wife went to the sauna at night and again in the morning.
The dry sauna is my favorite. There also two small pools, one cold and one hot for a relaxing dip. There are separate spas for men and women. My wife went to the sauna at night and again in the morning.
Grand Indonesia Shopping Town
Despite our packed schedule, we got to explore nearby places a bit, especially Grand Indonesia Mall and nearby shopping complex.
Grand Indonesia Shopping Town is a mixed-use complex including a shopping mall and the Hotel Indonesia Kempinski and Kempinski Residences covering an area of about 640,000 m2 located on the Welcome Monument Roundabout in Jakarta Indonesia.
It was easily accessible in our case since we stayed at Hotel Indonesia and so we were here a couple of times for window shopping and yeah, food. Comfort food that is.
Read: LITTLE YOKUZUNA at Food Louver Grand Indonesia
Jakarta Old Town a.k.a OLD BATAVIA
After the short conversation with two locals in the hotel sauna, we decided to give Old Kota District a try. Old Batavia is Jakarta's equivalent to Intramuros.
7:00 am –Breakfast at Hotel Restaurant
8:30 am –Swimming / Gym
12:00 Noon –check out
12:30-5:00 pm –Tour Jakarta Old District + shopping
8:00pm –leave for Airport
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Well, she had to do that because she over-stuffed herself over breakfast as Signatures Restaurant which is the main restaurant of the hotel and where breakfast for in-house guests is served. The selection at Signatures Restaurant is quite a feast. It was a good time for me to try local delicacies we missed prior to dining there. According to the local I talked to at the sauna the night before, Jakarta is a special case when it comes to local food. You need to know where to go so as to find good food as the usual things you see around are not really the good ones.
Read: SIGNATURES RESTAURANT at Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta
12:05am -ETD Jakarta
5:30 Am -ETA Manila
Shopping at Block M and Meeting a local friend
TransJakarta Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System, the first BRT system in Southern and Southeast Asia and now the current holder of having the world's longest BRT route , has its first corridor Blok M to Kota passing through our hotel along Selamat Datang Monument. Perfect because on our last day, we thought of a little shopping (for cheap clothes or accessories) and at the same time meet Acen who is a Jakarta-based blogger.
Read: TRANSJAKARTA Bus Rapid Transit to BLOCK M for a little Shopping + meetup w/ Acen, a local Blogger friend