Kalibiru, The Viral Destination

Kalibiru National Park is about 1.5 hour drive from Jogja or a 30min. drive from Borobudur Temple managed by a local citizen to be a tourism destination in Kulonprogo, Yogyakarta. When this attraction became popular in social media, it grew too busy and crowded especially during weekend and holiday season.IMG_5384-01IMG_5386-01 This tourism destination provides the tourists 3 great things:
1.) Breathtaking view of vast vegetation, Menoreh Hills and Waduk Sermo from heights.
2.) Long but thrilling queue to get that Instagrammable photo spots.
3.) Exciting journey to reach the destination. It is true that the best view comes after the hardest climb. Drove past the steep and narrow road before reaching Kalibiru definitely gives you a fun ride. IMG_5397-02IMG_5388-01-01IMG_5396-01To be honest, the main attraction is taking a picture on the tree stage. There is 1 big stage and 3 tree stage spots. But don’t be sad, they offer fun adventures too such as flyingfox, canopy walk and adrenaline bridge so you won’t be too bored with nature. If you just want to take a picture on the area and don’t mind some trees in your background, you can also skip the lines and find your own spot. But since you’ve travelled quite a distance then better take that Tree top shot. You have to pay Rp. 15.000 per person to get up to the tree stage and take a picture. You pay additional Rp. 20.000 for 4 pictures taken by their photographers. The wait is pretty long since they allow about 5 minutes per person to take pictures. I suggest you come early so you don’t have to wait too long. Otherwise, the waiting game is about 1 to 1.5 hours. As per my Yogyakarta Itinerary, went first for a Borobudur Sunrise tour then head straight to kalibiru national park around 7am. Mind you, it’s the best timing.IMG_5390-01IMG_5391-01IMG_5393-01IMG_5394-01Despite its remote location, Kalibiru offers amenities to facilitate the tourists: guiding staffs, warungs, toilet, prayer room, outbound facilities, homestay, parking area and reasonable price. Kudos to local villager who manage Kalibiru. Very recommended!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESYour safest and convenient way of getting around this area is through hiring a personal tour driver. Lucky that throughout our Yogyakarta trip we had the best Jogja tour driver. Click www.jogjatourdriver.com for booking. And so my simple tip before you go is to avoid using slippery footwear as you still have to walk through a slope heading to the main area and of course do not ever forget to bring camera to capture your best instagram photos! Have fun!

Now take that Instagram selfie! :p

Borobudur Sunrise Tour, Central Java

20160211_055026-01The Borobudur temple is a majestic piece of architecture located in Central Java. The temple sits majestically on a top of hill overlooking lush greenery and cultivated fields. This famous Buddhist temple allows you to travel back in time to enjoy an unrivalled combination of history, culture, spirituality and natural beauty.20160211_054406-0120160211_054405-01-0120160211_054415-01-0120160211_053940-0120160211_054027-0120160211_054427-0120160211_054424-0120160211_053902-01 (1)The magnificent Borobudur temple is one of Indonesia’s spectacular site and is widely considered to be one of the world’s seven wonders. An ancient site dating from the 8th and 9th centuries decorated with stone carvings in bas-relief representing images from the life of Buddha. The structure is like a set of massive interconnecting Lego blocks held together without any glue making its stonework has no equal. This awe inspiring monument is truly a wonder.20160211_061319-0120160211_061323-0120160211_061317-0120160211_061316-0120160211_061314-0120160211_061308-01 (1)20160211_061255-01Went for a sunrise tour. It was quite misty and the experience began from absolute darkness. Armed with a small electric torch and an adventurous standpoint, you start from walking up steep steps to get to the peak of the temple, find a cosy spot that gives you the best view of the emerging sunrise, watch the sky bit by bit change colours, and keeping your eyes peeled just so you won’t miss a single moment.20160211_051941-01SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES20160211_053440-01 (1)20160211_055310-0120160211_055305-0120160211_054848-0120160211_054613-0220160211_055045-0120160211_055051-01-0120160211_055029-01Describing the view as spectacular is totally an understatement. I’ll let the pictures do the talking.20160211_055646-01 (1)20160211_060950-0120160211_060948-0120160211_060314-0120160211_060946-0120160211_060750-0120160211_060754-0120160211_060616-0120160211_060625-02SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESIt is absolutely worth visiting.20160211_061058-0120160211_061805-0120160211_061736-0120160211_061734-01

“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”



The Dancing Clouds of Imogiri, Yogyakarta

A scenery that can make you feel at one with nature. A peak that has breathtaking panoramic view. A spot where the clouds appear below where you would be standing.
Indisputably! – A PERFECT PICTURE!20160212_054231-0120160212_054241-0120160212_054234-01Mangunan fruit garden is located in the district of Imogiri, Yogyakarta. However during the time of our visit I didn’t see any fruit at all. Might not be in season for bearing fruit I still find myself favoured to witness such natural beauty. The hike up the hill is quite tough but the view is definitely worth it! The struggle from the rugged terrain to get up the hill will be paid off when you reach the mountain top. And you will see nothing but the beauty of real nature.20160212_053710-0120160212_054212-0120160212_053705-0120160212_053655-01The best time to visit is at dawn where the clouds is dancing in front of you at the terrace right on top of the hill. I was speechless. A scene where heaven meets earth. Savour the moment and wait as the rising sun shoots beams of light through cracks and holes in the clouds. I was totally in awe. I couldn’t be more grateful for witnessing the pastoral scene.20160212_053533-0120160212_053633-0120160212_053624-0120160212_053501-0120160212_053600-01-0120160212_053810-0120160212_054926-0120160212_054920-0120160212_054438-01

Definitely one of my fave when in Yogyakarta.

Meet Mr. Jogja Tour Driver , His name is Wahyu. Lucky to have crossed his website on the night before our flight to Jogja. He was not just our tour driver throughout our trip but became our local friend too. Our day by day tour was definitely smooth. He even arranged my Itineraries and made it possible to visit all in my list.

You may visit his site www.jogjatourdriver.com and see all what he can offer!


Wearing online goodies, all black suit and a pop of pink boots.
Scarf from tokichoi