a VirtualTourist member from Kuala Lumpur asked on May 22, 2013
I am planning to fly to Jogja in the first week of June to visit Borobudur and Prambanan. I hope to be able to stay at the Princess Manohara Hotel (if room is available) and wonder if this is a good time of the year to visit both UNESCO World Heritage sites, re: weather wise and people wise (how busy it gets at this time of year)? Appreciate any relevant advice.
June is one of the driest months and the warmest too!!! and is an excellent time to visit the two sites. I myself visited the sites in June 1983, yes, a long time ago but i don't remember any rain and the heat was not too uncomfortable. I suggest you visit Borobudur early morning while it is less crowded, and don't go scrambling over the monuments as there are many guards who try to keep control of visitors.
i do not see a problem if you visit borobudur in june.
if possible, you can visit it at 25 may. it is vesak day. and there will be lantern festival there.
Thank you, David! Much appreciated! :-) Now, hope I can get a room in that hotel! Cheers!
Sorry I can't @[VT member 166a11], I can't take leave that week. BTW Wesak Day is celebrated in Malaysia, too, and 24th May is a public holiday. But thanks, anyway! Cheers!
June is indeed a great month, but as David suggests be sure to visit Borobudur very early as it gets hotter than a Dutch oven by 11 AM.
Yes, should visit Borobudur and Prambanan in the morning, less people and not hot.
I visited Prambanan in the noon, that day was really hot and the long queue to visit one of the temple.
I got very nice tan for two hours there..Haha..
Sheherezad, I followed the tour organised by the hotel for quite reasonable price to visit Borobudur, Mendut, Silver making shop and Prambanan.
As long as it's not 44C under the shade (as it was in Uluru on Xmas Eve 2008), I'll survive, I think @[VT member deec0]! ;-) Thanks [VT member deec0] the advice!
LOL! I don't think I need any more tan, @[VT member 150632]! Thanks [VT member 150632] the suggestions. BTW I will be staying at the Princess Manohara Hotel - they responded quickly to inform me rooms are still available for the period I'm looking! Now I have to look at AirAsia flights and decide on the flight times and dates: decision, decisions! ;-)
Hey, thanks for the pics, @AngMimi! What's with the sandals - I won't need to take mine off, too, will I? ;-)
Can any of you advise if these rate are reasonable:
> Sunrise Ticket: Staying guests of Manohara IDR 230.000 - I understand the wake up call for this is 4.30am or would it suffice if I just go there myself at 6.00am (using the "free entrance ticket to Borobudur Temple" included in the room rate) as the hotel is walking distance from Borobudur?
> Shuttle From Yogyakarta airport cost IDR 300.000,- per car per way, the car type is private car with air conditioner provide up to 5 seaters. if you would like go to Prambanan temple for 2 hours before go to Manohara hotel the cost would be IDR 450.000,-
Coming from KL, the latter prices seem somewhat steep..
Shuttle From Yogyakarta airport cost IDR 300.000,- per car per way, the car type is private car with air conditioner provide up to 5 seaters. if you would like go to Prambanan temple for 2 hours before go to Manohara hotel the cost would be IDR 450.000,-
really ? i think you can hire a car for a full day for that price.
Which price @cakur? 300K or 450K?
And perhaps I should just arrange for the arrival pick up car with the hotel and play by ear for the return trip? Especially since I plan to arrive at JOG and depart from it in the afternoon i.e. make the trip to Prambanan early morning of my departure day? And if that price can be for the whole day, also take in Ratu Bako or Jogja, itself? Now that I have a map of their locations vs one another? Appreciate your views! Thanks! :)
for 450k, you can hire a driver + car for about 12 hour. you can go anywhere you want in that time.
prambanan is nearer from yogyakarta. ratu boko also in same region. depending on your other destination, you can go to prambanan and return by taxi. cheaper.
If I decide on Prambanan and Ratu Bako on my departure day, I'll be checking out of Manohara (which is located in Borobudur) the same morning. Therefore, it'll be a trip to both places before going to JOG for my return flight..
NR, from Jogja City to Borobudur, its already a long distance about 40km and from borobudur to Prambanan is another longer distance, I remember the driver followed the other different route to Prambanan, a very long journey that I fall asleep. The airport is between Prambanan and Jogja city. Don't follow the tourist map, every place seems to be so near.
We hired a car to travel from Jogja to Solo for 550k for a day. May be you can still negotiate the price.
Thanks @[VT member 150632]! I've got the location map on the net plus distances. I think I'll just wait till I get to Manohara before making final plans e.g. do a day trip from there instead of on my departure date..
@[VT member 166a11], could you enlighten me when your were charged this price, so that I can know if it's current? I'm asking because the hotel has quoted 550k for a trip to Prambanan alone (with only two hours there) - seems a bit steep to me? Or are Borobudur prices comparable to Bali? Does anyone know?
the hotel maybe use other transport service, and get a small profit from them.
but the price also depends on what car you hire.
450k IDR is not a typical fee for hiring a private driver for a full 10 (or 12) hour day in either eastern Java or in Bali these days.
With recent gas hikes, (and assuming the driver has a vehicle other than an old volkswagen), you should expect to pay around 600k these days.
One can get lucky and find a driver willing to take less...he's headed that way anyway...but the norm these days is 600k for 10 hours, all expenses (like gas) included.
Thanks @[VT member deec0]! I'll let a friend (who recommended Manohara) know that's the current rate for Bali, too (which she hasn't been to because there was a bomb scare each time she and her husband planned to go! I told her I was there DURING the 2005 bombing and went back the following year!).
FYI 550K was the price quoted to go to Prambanan from Borobudur's Manohara hotel, with 2 hours at Prambanan, or, I was told I could do it for 450K en route to the airport on my day of departure (like you said: if it's on the way).
Thank you, all, for your great inputs! Will surely use them when I finally get there! Unfortunately, Manohara's websitejust when I was about to finally make the booking on Friday 31s5t May! So, here I am still stuck in MY! But I suppose someone up there had planned it? For, I came down with something last week and, so, had to cancel my travel plans at the last minute! :( Bummer!
Thank you, all, for your great inputs! Will surely use them when I finally get there! Unfortunately, Manohara's website expired just when I was about to finally make the booking on Friday 31st May! So, here I am still stuck in MY! But I suppose someone 'up there' had planned it? For, I came down with something last week and, so, had to cancel my travel plans at the last minute! :( Bummer!