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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 18, 2012
Mar 23-25 : Ambarawa - Losari - Tawamangu - Salatiga - Kopeng  (2 Answers)


I need advice please.

The above trip is planned this Mar 23-25. We, a group of 6 pax, light budget travelers, will have Semarang as our basecamp. We'll skip major cities and planned an off-beaten path with rented car.

Please have a look and kindly advice following questions; we are passionate eaters/culinary and also photographers (so would be helpful if you can advise shooting spots :)

DAY 1 (Mar 23) :
Semarang - Ambarawa : visit the steam loco museum
Ambarawa - stop by Losari
Then off to Tawamangu - spend the night.

+ do we have to prebook the steam loco ride ? and we heard we have to book the whole cabin ? is that true
+ Losari plantation is overly expensive so we will spend time to eat/coffee break.
+ any suggestion where to stay in Tawamangu ?

DAY 2 (Mar 24)
Tawamangu - to Candi Sukuh + Cetho
Then off to spend nite at Salatiga

+ If we stayed in Tawamangu, how long is it by car to Candi complex ? Will half day sufficient to spend our time in both candi's ?
+ Any suggestion where to stay in Salatiga ?
+ Any other suggestion what to see during this DAY 2 ?

DAY 3 (Mar 25)
we go to Kopeng direction and see Treetop outbound (?)
end the day to Semarang and go back to Jakarta

+ there is limitd information about Kopeng (any recommended things to do/try asidethe outbound activities)

Thanking you all, cheers:)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 08, 2011
Ambarawa livestock market on 24 July?

On our trip through Java we would like to see the Ambarawa livestock market. According our information this market takes place on 'pon' days. According to my information 24 July is such a 'pon' day. Is that correct? And will the traditional livestock market take place on 24 July in Ambarawa? I guess this is a 'morning' event (which time more precisely?).

Thanks in advance for an answer!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 13, 2010
Brobudur trip  (2 Answers)

I am in the midst of planning the trip to Joyakarta on Nov 11 - Nov 14. I wanna to visit brobudur etc...

Any propose itinerary for my reference.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 12, 2008
Java island (West to East)  (6 Answers)

My friend and I are planning our trip to Java island. We plan to travel by train from West to East of Java, and cross over to Bali. We intend to spend slightly more than a week for the entire trip. I don't know how to start planning for it. Need help with it. Here are some basic ideas that I've been toying with.

We'll be flying in to Jakarta from Kuala Lumpur. Train from Jakarta to Bandung, Jogjakarta, Solo (Surakarta) and Surabaya. Travel eastward, take a ferry to Bali. Then fly back to KL, from Bali. We're both cultural tourists, and would also appreciate the nature.

Things we intend to see:
Borubudur, Prambanan, few other candis, keratons.

1. I intend to check out gamelan performances. Where would be the best to find it? I read, that there would be gamelan performances at the keratons at both Jogja & Solo.
2. Is there anything else that I've missed on things to see? How about events under the Visit Indonesia Year 2008.
3. Is the duration enough i.e. 10 days. I've been to Jakarta & Bandung, so I can skip those two cities if time do not permit so.
4. Is it safe to travel by train? I was told by a local that I should be travelling in a bigger group.
5. When is the best time to travel? I plan to go some time between June and September.

It would be good if anyone can suggest an itinerary. Thanks.

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