IO – The Lebaran holidays are almost here, and with the harried schedule of everyday life, most of us are ready to embrace the break. If, however, you want to spend your holidays relaxing while visiting some of the best tourist spots in Indonesia, Yogyakarta should be on your list. There is an Indonesian saying that goes “Yogya is made of memories”, which comes from the vast number of tourists who miss the city after visiting it, even if just for a day or two. Many begin to miss Yogya just as they step on the train taking them home. So, what exactly do they miss about Yogyakarta?
According to Secretary of the Yogyakarta City Tourism Office Yetti Martanti, there are five reasons why you should spend your holidays in Yogyakarta.
- Yogyakarta is a miniature Indonesia
Yogyakarta is known as the student city, as a result of the many universities in the city. The universities attract students from all over Indonesia, each bringing their own unique cultures and experiences. The melting pot of Indonesians in the city means it is one of the most diverse cities in the archipelago. The high population of youth also encourages many events such as music concerts, art exhibitions and many more. Events are often organized by students, who hold unique experiences at least once every month.
- The most complete tourist destination
The Yogyakarta government and its people are consistently creating new tourist attractions, meaning there is always something new when returning to Yogyakarta. Near Yogyakarta are also interesting tourist spots including in Bantul, Sleman, Mt. Kidul, and Kulonorog. There are tourist spots of every kind in Yogyakarta, among others being historical sites, educational facilities, museums, cultural experiences, natural beauties, and many more. Yogyakarta has beautiful beaches, and low lands to high lands to satisfy any adventurer’s needs. Those who love shopping also need not worry as Yogyakarta is complete, offering anything from cultural goods to fashion accessories for any type of style.
- Vast and unique culinary experience
Yogyakarta is known for its cheap but great food. You can find iced tea for Rp 2,000 at Yogya’s local food stalls or angkringan. Don’t forget to try Yogyakarta’s most famous cuisine, gudeg, starting from Rp 10,000; it is sold at a variety of places, at the side of the street or the fanciest of restaurants. You will always have a good experience dining in Yogya, if not for the food but for the merchants who are always kind and willing to extend a helping hand.
- The friendly city
Yogya is known for its smiles and friendliness. The locals will make you fall even more in love with the city which is clean, neat, and not as hot as other big cities in Indonesia. Yogya is also very safe and great for any new tourists whether they be local or international. Police stations can also be found easily if you need a helping hand.
- Good for those on a budget
There are hotels ranging from “no stars” to “five stars” in Yogyakarta, all with the facilities for your specific needs. It shouldn’t be hard to find a cheap but nice place to stay near wherever you are visiting. Yogyakarta accommodates everyone, from backpackers to luxury tourists.
So, how about staying a few days in Yogyakarta during the holidays?