We made it to the island of Java! Our first stop was to the city of Yogyakarta, which is known as the cultural center of Java. Eh. We weren’t that impressed with the city itself, I definitely would not recommend spending a lot of time exploring the city. We went to the Sultan’s House, not great. Though we did see a golden goose, but IIII want it nowwww.
What takes this city to another level is the Borobudur and Prambanan temples. We had a driver for the day (we’re turning into celebs, nbd) and he took us to both.
Borobudur is a Buddhist temple, which has these crazy bells all over the place. It’s similar to the temples in Burma, but not anywhere else we visited this trip. Very cool, very hot.
That’s a volcano in the background!
Prambanan is a Hindu temple, and George realllllly liked it. It’s the biggest Hindu Compound in SE Asia. Note that India is not in SE Asia.
Each of the towers had a statue of a god inside. In other temples, there’s multiple entries or small windows for light. These had none… Sort of spooky.
That completes Yogyakarta! Today we’re heading to Pangandaran to hit the beach one last time and visit the green canyon… Very excited.
Our hotel is $10 a night there, so I’m not too sold on the wifi. Catch you in a few!
Man! The Internet really got us good this time. All of this talk about beautiful black sand swimmable beaches that are not blown out with tourists…
It was covered in trash, the locals harassed us every step we took. There was a very small area between fishing boats to swim, but it was right next to the shops so you couldn’t get away from the hustle. Very disappointing.
So instead, we rented a motorbike and got the f off the beach. It ended up to be one our favorite days actually, yay!
First we went to the buddist temple Brahma Vihara Arama that was pretty much deserted. It was beautiful.
Then we motorbiked through the mountains to get to the sea goddesses temple Pura Ulun Danu Beratan on Lake Beratan. This was the view from our lunch pitstop.
The temple itself was a little blown out, but still really nice and the temperature was much more comfortable because of the elevation.
Then we biked down the winding roads to our hotel to get ready for our trek BACK down to the south where apparently the beautiful beaches live. Time will tell!
While we were on the road, we saw some sort of parade, not sure what it was for but it looked fun!
And here’s a video of the winding roads.