After seeing Yogyakarta included in the New York Times list of the “52 Places to Go in 2014,” I knew I had to check it out. Going in without any real expectations (aside from it apparently being a “must-see”), I have to say I left satisfied.
It is hard to compare Yogyakarta (or as Indonesian’s call it, “Jogja”) to other places, but if I had to I’d say it was blend between Chiang Mai and maybe even a place like Hoi An in Vietnam. There is a laid-back feeling in Yogyakarta, similar to Chiang Mai. There is also this sense of discovery, for there are not all that many Westerners around. Which kind of makes you feel special. And like you’re traveling off the beaten path — like Hoi An. Actually, it may in fact be more off the path than a place Hoi An.
Looking forward, I hope to share more stories, photos and maybe even a video retelling my weekend in Yogyakarta. But until then, here are some photos recapturing my journey.
Going up the steps of the temple.
One of the several temples
Man and his pigeons at Pasty Market (basically a giant pet shop)
Street view by Malioboro, not far from the Sultan’s Palace and Water Castle