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Crazy place, and compared to Kuala Lumpur; like going back 20 years in time…

Jogjakarta

The traffic and pollution levels are enormous, which makes you wonder why the favoured transport around town is the trike/ rickshaw; you sit there with motorbike fumes being blown into your face most of the time…

Traffic Jam – with horses and rickshaws
Jogjakarta

The rickshaw is not just a tourist ride; they are used by everyone and also to move goods around town, a short video here gives a flavour, but does not manage to capture the full horror:

Amongst all the chaos and confusion that is the city centre, we managed to find a rather wonderful ‘Department Store’, which despite its limited proportions had aspirations to stock all good known to mankind… a few samples:

The Religious Icon Department
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The Wig and Feather Boa Department
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The Ashtrays That Look Like Knobs Department
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… amazing, and it was absolutely packed; probably because it was the only place in town under 35 deg centigrade.

The primary reason for staying in Jogjakarta are the 2 temple complexes nearby (Borobudur – see seperate page – and Parambanan), the town itself doesn’t have much to offer, but there is the Sultan’s Palace, which is worth a visit if you are already there:

Jogjakarta Sultan’s Palace

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amongst the exhibits was the following…

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no comment…

Just across the road from the Palace is Prince Joyokusumo’s House, which is a restaurant and cafe bar, you can wander round the house and have a look at all the fittings – there are some tables out back as well.

In places like this, tourists often complain about having to use ‘eastern’ toilets; seems the problem also goes the other way:

Jogjakarta

I can’t say that I will be planning to visit here again anytime soon – the people were charming and friendly and everyone was very helpful, but its just too busy to be restful…
We had this little oasis of calm at the Melia Purosani – very central, but quiet and peaceful.

Jogjakarta

The final hassle factor are the issues around getting in and out of Indonesia; you need a visa (which in some airports can be bought on arrival), you have to pay at one counter, then move to another to actually get the visa, then through immigration where they check it, then through customs.
The visa is only valid for 7 or 14 days (different prices, non extendible), but on departure you have to pay a departure tax stamp (Rp 100,000 – about £8), get that stamped, show it to the man at the entrance to emigration, show it to the finance desk just in side, move on to the emigration desk to get it all stamped again… and then you are out…
A lot of bother for a quite simple transaction…

Updated: January 2010

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