Backpacking Indonesia Itinerary

Exploring strange new lands with just a backpack and a map in hand is beyond exciting and fun.  Here you’ll find the fundamental part of our adventure and what kept us busy for the last few weeks. Expect a lot of road trip stories and budget travel tips coming up.

Indonesia isn’t the world’s most popular route for independent travelers and backpackers, but surprise, we cannot underestimate the beauty of the road less traveled. And who can resist a $12 roundtrip air tickets for 2? Thanks to Cebu Pacific’s Piso fare, we got the most coveted airfare, that’s P544 in peso.


28-June { Monday }

18:00 NAIA Terminal 3 Check In at Cebu Pacific
21:25 ETD Flight Mla – Jakarta (delayed flight by 30mins.)
00:15 ETA Jakarta Soekarno Hatta International Airport Terminal 2
Take taxi to Terminal 3 Airport for Domestic Flight (airport shuttle is not available after midnight)

29-June { Tuesday }

04:00 Check in at Terminal 2
06:00 ETD Flight Jakarta to Yogyakarta by Air Asia
07:00 Arrival Yogyakarta
Take taxi from airport to Malioboro/ Jalan Sosrowijayan
07:45 Hunt for Accommodation along Gang I and Gang II backpackers area in Jalan Sosrowijayan
08:15 Check in at Rejeki Homestay
08:30 Breakfast at Superman Restaurant
09:00 Hunt for Bromo Tour and Package tour for Borobudur – Prambanan – City Tour – Ramayana Ballet
Bargain and Settled in with Sosro Tours
10:00 Start of Borobudur Tour
14:00 Drop by at Batik Shop
16:00 Start of Prambanan Tour
18:30 Dinner at Prambanan Garden Restaurant
19:30 Ramayana Ballet Show
21:30 End of Show
22:00 Back in Yogyakarta
Went around Malioboro to scout for souvenirs but stores are closing already and food stalls are being set up.

30-June { Wednesday }

07:00 Breakfast at Mc Donalds
07:30 Scour the market for souvenirs but its still too early and all shops are still closed.
08:10 Check out from Rejeki Homestay
08:15 Pick up at Sosro Tours office for Bromo Package
08:30 Leave for Cemoro Lawang in private van (10 pax including us with Austrians, Germans and Polish)
14:00 Lunch at local restaurant
14:30 Continue long trip to Probolinggo
21:30 Briefing and Registration at Probolinggo
23:00 Arrival Cemoro Lawang. Check In at Hotel Sion View

1-July { Thursday }

04:30 ETD Mt. Penanjakan – Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park
05:00 ETA Park. Start trek to Viewing deck.
05:15 Viewing Deck. Wait for Sunrise.
06:00 ETD to Mt. Bromo Crater
06:30 Start trek to the active volcano
08:00 ETD Hotel for Breakfast
08:30 Arrival at Hotel. Free Breakfast
10:00 ETD for Surabaya
15:30 Arrival at Surabaya Bus Station. Take taxi to Pasar Turi Train Station.
16:00 Pasar Turi Train Station. Purchase Tickets for Night trip to Jakarta
18:30 Leave for Jakarta via Sembrani Train

2-July { Friday }

08:30 ETA Jakarta – Gambir Station
Freshen up. Leave luggages at Locker center.
Explore Jakarta
Mangga Dua
Jalan Surabaya
17:00 Back at Gambir Station to pick up luggages and transfer via Damri Bus to Airport Terminal 2

3-July { Saturday }

00:30 Flight to Manila via Cebu Pacific
05:30 ETA Manila

Don’t missed out on my next posts for our adventures and misadventures in Indonesia and the rest of Java!

Terima Kasih.

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    yay! this is very useful! :D may i ask how much is the tour package for Bromo, tour for Borobudur – Prambanan – City Tour – Ramayana Ballet
    and the cab fare frm the airport to Jalan Sosrowijayan? thnx thnx :)

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      Reply havenhunter August 12, 2010 at 1:48 pm

      Hi Gael, Thanks for dropping by. I’m quoting from the brochure I got from the agent, Bromo Package Tour – Room 1 night, Breakfast and ferry to Bali – IDR. 320,000. But note that it doesn’t include the 4×4 jeep which I think is a must if you don’t want to missed the sunrise and won’t bother yourself with 4 hours of walking to the deck and to the crater. The jeep cost around 70,000 per person. Be sure to ask your agent about this. Otherwise, you can pay at the registration area, its around 90,000 from there. We haggle down the price to 350,000 per person, all in but changing “ferry to Bali” to “transport to Surabaya”. If you’re going back to Yogyakarta, it can also be arranged. For Borobudur -Prambanan – Ramayana Ballet, we paid 400,000 for our own service car – driver and gas included. Our package is from 10am-10pm, but the Ramayana show ends at 10:30, but no problem at that. If you’re early, you can join the couch tour which starts at 8, Borobudur-Kraton-Prambanan for 100,000 (9 hours) then join the separate couch for Ramayana at 6pm. (40,000 to and fro).

      Airport taxi is 50000 to Jalan Malioboro and Jalan Sosrowijayan.

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    super thank you! now i can start planning! thank you for this very helpful series! keep exploring! :)

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    hmmm etong eto ang plano namin for next year. meron na kami tickets for Manila to Jakarta. Jakarta to Yogyakarta nalang kulang. Pero Friday late night until Monday early morning lang kami. medyo amazing race ang sched. hehehe pero borobodur talaga ang gusto namin makita. :( doable kaya?

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      Hi Happysole,

      Medyo tight sked. Are you planning to book return flights Jakarta-Yogya-Jakarta? Probably same ang IT natin kasi late night din ang flight namin from Manila to Jakarta, then take kami ng earliest flight the next day to Yogya. Then from airport taxi na to Sosrowijayan. Walk in lang kami ng accommodation then hanap agad ng travel agency para magbook ng tour kaso di na kami umabot sa package tours for the day so rent na lang kami ng private car to borubudur, prambanan etc. Kung target nyo magBromo, hindi kakayanin since whole day ang travel time papunta dun by van. When are you going? Excited na ko to go back to Indonesia, but this time in Bali naman next month :) Have fun! you’ll love the culture scene in yogya.

  • Reply happysole October 23, 2011 at 8:42 am

    it’s actually a choice between Bali & Yogyakarta. pero madaming mas magandang beaches dito sa atin. hehehe March ang punta namin. magbo-book plang kami ng Jakarta-Yogya-Jakarta flight. anong oras usually ang start ng Borobodur tours? Di na kami mkakapag-Bromo. Borobodur lang talaga. which is fine with us. :)

    Good luck on your Bali tour! thanks!

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