Borobudur and Prambanan in a day!
Trip Start Oct 21, 2009
5Trip End Nov 07, 2009
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The following day, we took a bus to Prambanan and spent about an hour's time exploring the surroundings before taking a bus back to Yogyakarta's northern bus station to take a bus to Borobudur. While the locals usually paid under 2000 rupiahs, each bus conductor named his own price about 5-10 times higher, packed his cash back into his pocket and walked away with a smile. Nevertheless, it was much cheaper than engaging a private driver, which every taxi driver in the city will offer (one way to Borobudur - prices start at $20). Yes, you could tour Cologne, Germany in a taxi for less than that. So in the end, the bus is worth it and it brings you closer to the locals some of whom we got to know better. Borobudur was even more beautiful than Prambanan especially since we witnessed this monument in golden light at sunset.
Warning: Unless you've pre-arranged a ride back to town from Borobudur, you'll have trouble finding any buses after 5pm. Leftover taxis and minibus drivers will offer a ride back to town for no less than $50 :O. We just barely found a bus going elsewhere, which let us out in the dark on a major road where we just barely caught another bus 30 minutes later that brought us back to the city. It was a 3-hour ordeal to get home.