Borobudur, Java, Indonesia
Trip Start Dec 25, 2008
141Trip End Dec 25, 2009
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We had really amazing views from Borobudur to Dieng Plateau. The ride with two additionnal passengers started to be quite uncomfortable as I was in the last seat in the back where you feel every bump on the road and the stomach can start to churn especially on winding roads!!! To add to this the seat was broken and the back was at a perfect recline so you had to work your abs all the time to stay more or less in a sitting position!!!! (At least we had a group where everyone had their turn in the back and it kind of gave everyone a break!!! - I also noticed that nobody had booked the following day's tour through this company!!!!)
Dieng Plateau is at 2093m high and holds the oldest Hindu temples in Java although most have been destroyed and the small temples that remain have all been reconstructed (like all the other ruins in central Java). We visited the Arjuna Complex containing smaller Shiva temples. They were also other temples but really not very impressive unless your a temple specialist and need to see every single one of them!!!!!! What was more interesting for me this afternoon was the visit to Kawah Sikidang simply because I had never visited a volcanic crater before. It was quite impressive as well as the whole area with "bubbling sulphuric mud holes" and lakes.. Someone should really come and develop this area into amazing "hot springs"!!!!!! (Maybe something like Poring Hot Springs in Sabah, Malaysia!!!!) The afternoon ended with a stop for lunch on the way back to Jogya.
Had a wonderful day and definitely recommend this tour as doing the whole circuit by public transport would be quite complicated and time consuming.
Kresna Tourist Office Jl. Prawirotaman No. 5 (phone 0274 375 912 also offers several different options and this office is close to Ministry of Coffee Hotel as well as the Ibis Hotel. Although I did not use this office they staff was very informative and helpful.