Time to continue our adventure around Indonesia with the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia! (I know, it’s been forever since I updated about thist trip. Sorry!) After eating our way through Padang and seeing a few sights, we’ve finally come to the last leg of our trip: Yogyakarta and Bali. We will be spending a few days in Yogyakarta before finally arriving at our last stop in Bali. Yogyakarta is located in the island of Java. It is mostly known for arts and culture — and of course the famous temples surrounding the city! I’ve always wanted to come to Yogyakarta (or "Jogja") since I’ve heard a lot of good things about this place. I was told that there are a lot of interesting things around the city so I was pretty excited to visit!
We arrived around lunch time so we grabbed something to eat first before heading to one of the sights. After filling ourselves with yummy gudeg (a famous dish in Jogja that is made of young jackfruit stewed in sugar and coconut milk — one of my favorites from the trip actually!), we headed to Ratu Boko Temple (Bokoharjo, Prambanan, Sleman Regency, Special Region of Yogyakarta, Indonesia // Open daily from 6AM - 5PM) for sunset!
If you come at the right time & in perfect weather, the sun actually sets in the middle of the entrance to the temple which is pretty amazing! Sadly, during our visit, the sun was pretty shy and there were quite a lot of clouds so we weren’t able to see the sunset. Nevertheless, the complex was still gorgeous!
After our adventures around Ratu Boku, we called it a day and headed straight to Royal Ambarrukmo Yogyakarta (Jl. Laksda Adisucipto No.81, Caturtunggal, Kec. Depok, Kabupaten Sleman, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55281, Indonesia // Phone: +62 274 488488), our home for the next couple of nights in Jogja. We started the next day with a quick tour of the hotel. After the tour, we got to experience the Royal Tea Ceremony in the hotel.
After the tea ceremony, we got to try our archery skills! We tried out Javanese Archery! It was a fun experience but let's just say I need a lot more practice. Ha!
To continue our day around Yogyakarta, we attended a cooking class in Sasanti Restaurant (Jalan Palagan Tentara Pelajar No. 52 A, Sariharjo, Ngaglik, Sariharjo, Ngaglik, Kabupaten Sleman, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55582, Indonesia). I tried my best to participate but I failed to be of any help to my group (Sorry Riyanni and Akanksha! Haha!)
After everything and stuffing our faces with food, we headed to Prawirotaman & Tirtodipuran to go shopping! We also visited Lulu Lufti Labibi’s (Gg. Kp. Pekaten No.858A, Prenggan, Kotagede, Kota Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55172, Indonesia) gorgeous show room (pictured above and below)!
The morning after, we magically teleported to Bali! Just kidding we took an early morning flight. The weather when we arrived wasn’t that great. It was pretty gloomy but that doesn’t mean the yummy food stops! We arrived in Secret Garden Village Bedugul (Jl. Raya Denpasar Bedugul km. 36, Mekarsari, Baturiti, Mekarsari, Tabanan, Mekarsari, Baturiti, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 82191, Indonesia) around lunch time. By this point I was already starving because I didn’t eat much during breakfast. Lunch was great and we got to check out the area a bit before finally checking in at our hotel in Ubud. We stayed in Plataran Ubud (Jl. Raya Hanoman Pengosekan, Ubud, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia) for a couple of nights. This place might be one of my favorite hotels this trip. It looks so small on the outside but it’s actually pretty huge when you pass the lobby. The view you get during breakfast is amazing! It just sucks that it was really gloomy (even rainy) during our two nights here. Would’ve loved to lounge by the pool in the afternoon.
Coffee time during breakfast at Seniman Coffee Studio (Jalan Sriwedari No. 5, Banjar Taman Kelod, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80561, Indonesia)
The following morning we started early by going to a nearby cafe for breakfast and coffee. After that, we headed to Nusantara (Jl. Dewisita, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia) for another cooking class! We learned how to make coconut milk and another type of sambal! I decided to sit this one out and just take pictures because we all know I am not the best cook in the group haha!
Next, we headed our way to Nusantara’s sister restaurant, Restaurant Locavore (Jalan Dewisita No.10, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia). Out of all the meals we had in this trip, this was one of my favorites! The food was just amazing! It tasted as good as it looked! Locavore was actually named the best restaurant in Indonesia in 2016! So if ever you find yourself in Bali and want to try something interesting and amazing, check Locavore out! Here are photos of everything we consumed.
After our amazing meal in Locavore, we checked out this swing place everybody’s been sharing online. It’s actually an Airbnb you can rent. A friend of mine rented the place for a night so we’re lucky that we get to check it out. The view was amazing! It was overlooking a forest and a river. Everybody got on the swing expect me because I’m lame and a scaredy cat so I stayed and took pictures instead. Half of the time I was worried about the person on the swing because it’s not really safe. The only protection you have from falling was a small white rope tied around your waist — which does not sound reassuring at all! It’s doubly scary for me because it was muddy and the take off point was slippery! One of my friends actually slipped (mini heart attack moment!!!) but she was able to get back on the swing. We were able to pull her back so no one got hurt. Besides the Airbnb, there is a safer swing nearby called Bali Swing, I think. Those swings have actual safety belts and harness while you’re on the swing so if ever I would try the swing, I think I’d prefer to get on that one instead of the one in this Airbnb. Haha!
We finally decided to go back to our hotel and freshen up for dinner after spending most of the afternoon at the swing at the swing. Dinner was at BLANCO par Mandif (Kompleks Museum Blanco, Jl. Raya Tjampuhan, Ubud, Sayan, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia). It was a perfect way to end a tiring day. Although we were still quite full from our very yummy lunch, we were able to power through the whole meal easily. Everything the chefs prepared were amazing! I thought I couldn’t have another bite but every time they bring out the next course and start explaining to us the dish, I just feel that I can’t not try it. My favorite from this course was the lamb! Oh my gosh that was amazing. It was definitely a great day for food! I can’t believe I was able to eat through almost 25 courses (of amazing food) that day! No regrets at all though. Everything we ate that day was amazing.
Our last couple of days went by so fast! I can’t believe our trip was ending. We spent one day at the beach in Sunday’s Beach Club (Jalan Pantai Selatan Gau, Banjar Wijaya Kusuma, Ungasan, Kuta Selatan, Ungasan, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80362, Indonesia) in Uluwatu. It was such a beautiful day. After days of gloom and rain, we finally saw the sun! This day was definitely one of the best days during the trip. It was a nice way to just relax and rest after all the early wake up calls, hotel transfers, food, taking pictures, etc. We also got to see the sunset from Rock Bar which was an awesome experience! Glad we checked that place out.
This trip has been one of the best trips I’ve ever been to. I was pretty scared at first because I didn’t know anyone else who was joining the trip. I am glad that I agreed to join this trip with the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia. I got to meet so many talented and amazing people who I now call my friends. I am so thankful that I was able to learn so many new things throughout the whole trip. I will definitely cherish all the memories we’ve shared during this trip and I am hoping that in the near future, the universe will let us cross each other’s paths again.
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Disclosure: I was invited by the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia to be part of their blogger tour #TripOfWonders