Travel: Savvy traveller

THIS WEEK’S WINNER: SABRINA ANNE JACOB in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Must Do
Do not miss the two main attractions — Prambanan near the airport, and Borobudur, more than an hour’s drive from the city. It is recommended to hire a guide especially at Borobudur to learn more about its rich culture and history. You can also see Mount Merapi from this temple.
If you’re pressed for time and have to decide between the two temples, then I would recommend Borobudur instead of Prambanan as it is much more interesting and more worth it for the price.

Other places to visit are the Sultan’s Palace and Taman Sari Water Castle nearby.

After a long day, pamper yourself at Jogja House Of Beauty and get a four-hour package of a manicure-pedicure, facial, massage and hair treatment for just over RM100!
And before you leave, buy the famous brownies from Amanda Brownies. The marble chocolate brownie is simply amazing.

Avoid

Don’t wear shorts to the temple complexes. Also avoid going too late or on weekends as these places will be over crowded with tourists and picture-taking will be difficult.

Good Eats
Don’t miss Je Jamuran, a shop near Borobudur. It serves dishes made only from mushrooms and its mushroom satay is to die for!

Also don’t forget to try fried rice at any local shop. The fried rice is usually good and must be eaten with sambal. The recommended drink is Es Alpukat which is ice-blended fresh avocado.

Another must-try is gudeg — a rice meal with jackfruit curry. For this, go to Gudeg Sagan located opposite Alfamart on Prof. Johanes Street.

Top Shop

The main shopping street is Maliaboro Street. You can get anything from cheap T-shirts, artwork and other knick-knacks from stalls along the road. On the same street is Beringharjo old market where you can buy local fruit and aromatherapy stuff.

Insider Tips

Change your ringgit in Malaysia or at the airport as moneychangers in Jogja are difficult to find. Entrance fees to the temples are steep, about US$11 (RM33) and US$15 at Borobudur and Prambanan respectively.

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