Yogyakarta: Borobudur Sunrise and Cycling Tour

Leaving Bandung behind, the trip brought 40 of us bloggers and influencers to Jogja, or more internationally known as Yogyakarta.

The itinerary got more intense with each passing day, waking up at 5:30am on a daily basis to pass our luggages down to the hotel lobby for check out, had breakfast, and it was time to leave for the airports/train ride/boat ride.

We had one day in Jogja and on this day I was woken up by a morning call at a monstrous hour of 2:30am. After sleeping in for a total of 5 hours (thank god for getting a cold, I got to bed early; some of the bloggers only had 1 hour of sleep, siao), I was up and down at the grand lobby of Royal Ambarrukmo (which btw is an 18th century royal palace reconstructed into a hotel) within half an hour to depart for the sunrise at Borobudur temple.

The sun rises at 5:30-5:45am in Jogja. By the time we get passed the entrance, walked the stretch of the garden and climbed the stone steps, it was 4:30am and it was pitch black but there were tons of tourists at the top of Borobudur already. It was quite the challenge to get a good spot for sunrise though not impossible.

Oh and I started playing with Lightroom. Spent most of last night grinding the app. Who knew photo editing can be this tough, and fun!

Behold, the sunrise at Borobudur.

Borobudur Yogyakarta

Borobudur Yogyakarta
photo credit to Febrian

Borobudur Yogyakarta
Misty morning

Borobudur Yogyakarta

Right after Borobudur, we adjourned to a cycling tour in the village nearby Borobudur. The cycling route was picturesque enough to be worth setting aside a full morning. I didn't take any photo, since you know, I was busy cycling, but I borrowed one from Febrian below. :p 

Borobudur Yogyakarta
photo credit to Febrian

The one hour cycling tour ended with a performance lunch at Pendopo Onthel Tingal, which I sadly did not join as I was feeling too ill so I slept through lunch on the bus. #fml 

Borobudur Entrance Fee
Local - IDR 25,000
Foreigner - USD 13

Borobudur Bike Tour
IDR 450,000 / pax (min 4 pax)
- bicycle rental 
- drinks and snacks
- make your own pottery or batik
- lunch 


3 kissed Nicole

  1. Its a worth 2.30am wake up call i guess.
    Good article and beautiful photos.

    1. Thank you Adi! Yes it was worth it but I still like sleeping a lot. lol

  2. Its a worth 2.30am wake up call i guess.
    Good article and beautiful photos.