Borobudur Temple, Java, Indonesia


At its heart lies Borobudur, the greatest Buddhist temple in South East Asia, and one of the main attractions of this area.

It is best viewed during a majestic sunrise, as the sun slowly rises up over the surrounding hills glistening and lighting up the beautiful surrounding scenery. Amanjiwo is located close to Borobudur and is built in a natural amphitheatre and offers wonderful views of the temple at dusk and dawn.

The range of scenery within Java is interesting and volatile, there are a string of volcanoes that are dotted around the island and when active light up the region like blazing rubies. Java also has a number of beautiful beaches, its premier coastal resort, Pangandaran, is full of the type of luxury accommodation expected in the area.

Mount Bromo, Java, Indonesia
Mount Bromo, Java, Indonesia

A little more about Java

Traditional dance, music and puppet shows are to be found everywhere; an additional highlight is Yogjakarta, an important centre for contemporary art, silverware, batik and Indonesian furniture.

From the magnificent national parks including Purwo, the metropolis of Jakarta, the unpredictable volcanoes, to the wonderful people and their cultures Java really does deserve the admiration and sublime wonderment it has received from travellers.


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Buddha Statue in Stupa, Borobudur, Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

UNESCO Borobudur

Watch the sun rise or set at this the iconic UNESCO Buddhist temple.

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Red brick tomb of kings Mataram

Kota Gede

Travel by cycle rickshaw around the traditional village of Kota Gede, a historical neighbourhood of Yogyakarta that is home to remarkable silversmiths.

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Volcanoes, Bromo National Park, Java, Indonesia

Mount Bromo Experience

Rise early for views over the active crater of Mount Bromo in eastern Java. Enjoy spectacular views as the sun rises, before descending into the lush savannah below for a picnic breakfast al fresco, and time to circumnavigate the base of the volcano.

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View of the spires of Prambanan Temple against blue sky.

Ramayana Ballet at Prambanan Temple

Watch the Ramayana ballet at the 9th-century UNESCO Hindu temple of Prambanan on Java.

Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta £££££

  • Indonesia
  • City

Located in the heart of Yogyakarta, the Phoenix Hotel is a lovely colonial property dating back to 1918. Once a private residence the 144 rooms and suites are decorated with a mix of Asian and European styles, reminiscent of a bygone era. Additional facilities include a restaurant, swimming pool and small spa.

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Amanjiwo £££££

  • Indonesia
  • Boutique

Amanjiwo, overlooking the UNESCO site of Borobudur and set in the heart of central Java’s rainforest, is one of the most luxurious and beautifully designed hotels in Indonesia. Built to reflect 9th-century Buddhist style and set in two crescents, the 36 suites are home to beds on raised terrazzo platforms, sunken baths and thatched-roof pavilions, opening onto private terraces or private pools. Set amongst the rice paddies and banyan trees are tennis courts and an expansive 40-metre swimming pool. Two stylish restaurants and a large wellness spa complete this beautiful hotel.

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Clare Higginson

It was my passion for languages that first encouraged me to leave the UK behind and grab my rucksack. Since then, it’s been a mixture of intriguing cultures, jaw-dropping landscapes and the wonder of seeing animals in their natural habitat that sees me continuously extending my travel wish list.

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