|Maps, tickets, passes etc from our 6 days.|
- Google Translate,
- Go Jek (has a motor bike in the middle of the words) and
- WhatsApp (commonly referred to as WA).
All of our accommodation was booked using Booking.com
We also enjoy being in charge of what we are seeing and when. If you join a tour group or allow a guide to organise your day you risk not having the luxury of doing things at your own pace. Some things you will tire of quickly and others things you will want to spend more time on - these are just our thoughts after having been caught in this situation before.
|This little butterfly landed on tree leaf beside me, so I took a quick shot.|
|Deb on Hasim's water taxi - ready to go!|
|Entry to the ferry terminal - Karimunjawa|
|Our fast ferry waiting at the dock.|
|These two beauties are in the foyer of The Manohara.|
|Taken from the car window, check out the load on the truck in front.|
|So glad this sirloin was on the menu. It was so good after eating endless amounts of noodles and chicken.|
- Hasim – phone 0853 2507 1626
- Joe can be contacted by Mobile / WA (WhatsApp) 081326221157 and by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Bahari Express ferry phone number: 0291 592 999
- Note there are 3 ferrys. 2hour express, 4 hour and 6 hour ferry's. None of them run every day.
- Information on ferry times: http://www.jogjakartatouristinformation.com/karimunjawa.html
- Click here for The Manohara Hotel
- You could also use Pipit at email@example.com for transport. Pipit can arrange car, bus, etc
- Pipit can book you on the coach which picks up the ferry terminal in Jepara and goes directly to the Artos Mall in Magelang. This journey takes around 6 hours, dependent on road conditions.
- There are loads of various accommodations to choose from in Magelang.
- Magelang is very close to the Borobudur Temple and is a very populated township
- You do not have to be a guest of The Manohara Hotel to enter the grounds for sunset/sunrise. Your hotel, home-stay, agent whatever can arrange your entry in to the grounds.
- Buy your ferry tickets the day before travel and don't forget your passport for identification
|One section of the many steps we had to climb at 0'dark 30.|
|Here comes the sun right beside the volcano in the distance - spectacular.|
- It is the largest Buddhist temple in the world and one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world
- Borobudur is still used annually as a place of worship during Vesak in May or June
- It is Indonesia’s most visited tourist attraction
- In total there are 9 stacked platforms - 6 square and 3 round
- The base square is 118 meters on each side, covering 123m x 123m with 4 meter high walls.
- From ground level the highest point is 35 meters
- On the very top is the largest Buddha and he is surrounded by 72 smaller Buddhas all seated in stupa's (domes)
- In total there are 504 Buddha statues on the temple
- It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site during 1975 - 1982, with its final listing upon a completed restoration in 1991
- Constructed circa 760 – 830 (9th century), reportedly taking 75 years to build
- The temple was abandoned during the 14th century due to the decline of Hindu kingdoms in Jawa
- 1814 Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles who was then the British ruler of Jawa, revived the site which was reportedly totally covered in layers of ash and jungle growth
- The preservation of Borobudur commenced 1814. This included removing over 1 million stones during 1975 to stabilize the sagging ground underneath the temple, which was successful, after which the 1 million stones where returned to their positions
- Borobudur has survived 9 bomb attacks in 1985 and in the mid 1980's the temple was bombed again by Islamic Extremist Group, several earthquakes, in particular one during 2006 reaching 6.2 magnitude
- Its greatest threat now is its visitors defacing it, wearing it out by walking on it and sadly the public wanting ‘momentos’.
- Sadly loads of the Buddha's have no heads and no hands due to people wanting souvenirs including back in 1896 by Saim's King who took 8 massive cart loads away with the consent of the Indonesian colonial government!
|The giant gold Buddha.|
The grounds surrounding the temple also are home to various other displays. We were keen to visit the replica ship: Kapal Samudra Raksa (which means ‘Defender of the Seas’) display. Here we saw a replica of the very same ships which sailed trade routes between the 7th – 13th centuries. It’s mind boggling to think they sailed in these outriggers all those years ago for trade with other countries. Just how far did these vessels travel for trade? No one is totally sure but the vessel on display had traveled from Jawa across the Indian Ocean around Cape Horn then up the West Coast of Africa.
|A copy of the rock drawing dated 3000 BC.|
|Another copy of a drawing dating back 500 BC.|
|The route the replica followed in 2003|
|The pick in his hand is how they control the elephants.|
|These poor little horses are every where, carting people around. They are like a taxi. We just couldn't understand why they were not resting in the shade which was right beside them (to the right of the photo).|
- Don't forget to take your sunglasses and water at sunrise
- Wear good walking shoes
- Take a hat and or umbrella, it gets very hot quickly here
- You can have breakfast at the Manohara hotel even if you are not a guest
- Don't forget to walk around the back of the temple during sunrise for some photo's as the views are incredible.
|One of many present Palace guards. Note his Kris tucked into his belt ready for action.|
|This is a life painting in oil. Every single Sultan had his portrait done many times. Lots of paintings we couldn't photograph. So we were happy when we saw this painting with 'no photography allowed' on it.|
|What a big padlock you have|
|Musical instruments, packed away neatly until the next performance.|
|Batik print in the making (Borobudur circled with a dragon)|
|A finished framed batik, very cool|
|Handmade puppets, there is an enormous amount of work in making them|
After all this excitement we headed back to our room to freshen up and then headed back to The Legion for dinner. Finishing the night off a little earlier to watch a movie in our hotel room. Its lovely chilling out on a huge bed!
None this day.
- Take water with you, it gets very hot here
- Research The Kraton before you head out, there is little to no information on offer once your there, unless you pay for a guide
|Never missing an opportunity to celebrate their 72nd year of Independence.|
|These were the two guards into the temple. Everyone is always up for a quick happy snap!|
Once finished we jumped back in Go Jek hire car and returned to the hotel for a hot bath, a snooze for Bruce and then off in another rickshaw to Malioboro Street for dinner at Legion. Deb enjoyed a foot rub from a mobile massage lady on a seat in the street while a mobile band played hits from The Beatles and The Bee Gees after Bruce gave them a generous $5 tip.
|This lovely lady rubbed Debs feet, arms, hands and neck for about 45 minutes and couldn't believe we paid her $5. In Rupiah that was 50, 000.|
- Walking around the temple is very hot, take water, hats and an umbrella if you have one
- Use the Go Jek app quick and easy car travel.
- Rickshaws make travel around town cheap and easy
- Candi is the local word for temple (in Bali it is Pura)
DAY FIVE – August 20, 2017
|These were our guides. Extremely nice people and very informative.|
|Misty mountain pass|
|A local truck taking his produce to market.|
|Farmers on the side of the road preparing their cabbages for transport to market.|
|Thanks to Google, this is the street view of Beatrice's.|
|Deb's chicken club sandwich & fries. These fries where the best fries we have eaten in years.|
|Bruce's burger. Absolutely delicious.|
|Sunset over the rice paddy at the back of the hotel|
|On Guard duty, Dvarapala|
|Breakfast bar at the Jepah Indah Hotel.|
- If going on a long road trip, ensure the petrol and tolls are included in your price
- Take water and a snack
- Don’t be worried about asking to stop for a meal, your guides will know the best places
- Ask the driver to stop if you see something you wish to take a photo of, they dont mind
The ferrys here run right on time.
|Bruce in the que chatting with a local agent.|
The home was a bit rough as a strong low was over the Java Sea creating a decent swell with the easterly winds. Some poor souls found it to much and we could hear lots of vomiting going on.
|Vendors outside the ticket terminal.|
|The ferry terminal at Jepara.|