Yogyakarta is one of the best cities on Java -- in between Sumatra and Bali –- in Indonesia. This is a very attractive city, really well preserved, and a major cultural center for Javanese arts of music, batik, and puppet shows. Although this is a touristic destination –- sometimes with tourist crowds -– it is well worth a stop. Ensure that you explore the temples of Borobudur and Prambanam and the traditional and old part of the city known as the Kraton. If you also like hiking, get up very early to go up Mount Merapi and enjoy the nice landscapes.
Kraton is definitely the main attraction in Yogyakarta, so head for the main square -– known as Alun-alun Utara -- in one of the sides you will easily identify the grand mosque of Mesjid Agung that you can visit (try to go outside praying time). The most impressive building is the Sultan's Palace, built in the typical Javanese style of architecture. There is a lot of symbolism in the disposition of every part of the palace. Nearby you have the water gardens known as Taman Sari but keep in mind that this place closes to the public very early in the afternoon. It's really nice, but unfortunately almost everything you see has been rebuilt recently and it won't really make you feel its magnificence.
It is really easy to arrive in Yogyakarta by shuttle bus, as there are connections to every city. The airport is also an easy way to move in and out. If you like Java's trains, they are also a good option.
There are many hostels in Yogyakarta but if you like the same vibe as Kao San Road in Bangkok, you can head to Jalan Sosrowijayan. Yogyakarta hostels are nice and full of fellow travelers to share experiences and a drink.
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