The temple of Borobudur draws loads of tourists each day. And well most people simple visit on a day trip from Yogyakarta, it is also very much possible to stay out in one of the many guesthouses out in the adjoining town. And well Borobudur might be a bit of a tourists trap, the town itself is alright. My recommendation is to spend a couple nights here. If you have the money for Borobudur, then have a visit. But if you don’t have the money, instead go and check out some of the smaller temples in the area. It might not be the most inspiring town in the world, but a couple days spent out here is worth your time.
Time Needed: 1-2 Days
Backpacker’s Budget: 30-60USD depending on if you visit Borobudur Temple or not
Things to Do in Borobudur
Obviously, the vast majority of people who come out here do it with the sole intention of visiting Borobudur. However, there are a few other options available as well.
- Borobudur: It costs foreigners about $25 to visit Borobudur. It costs locals about $3. It’s cool, but I’m not sure it’s worth that much. Still, it is quite impressive.
- Borobudur Sunset Tour: If you thought the day visit was expensive, it’s about $36 just for the luxury of watching the sunset here. Crazy. The tickets for the sunset tour are done through the Manohara Hotel.
- Visit Other Temples: You can rent a bike or a scooter here in town and cruise around to some of the other temples in the area. The best ones include Candi Mendut and Candi Pawon.
Where to Eat in Borobudur
Most of the best places to eat are in the hotels themselves. Thus, if you’re spending the night in Borobudur you’ll likely just eat there. There are some cheaper options near the temple as well as some food stalls in the parking area of Borobudur. My guess, though, is that the vast majority of people will just end up eating their meals at their hotels.
Where to Stay in Borobudur
There are quite a few good options in town. I urge you to try to do your best to stay somewhere locally owned. The people out here in Borobudur don’t seem to see much of the trickle down of that $25 entry fee and rely on visitors staying and eating in town. Below are some options.
- Pondok Tingal: At first, it seems like a grand hotel. Then you see your room and realize that it’s incredibly basic. The rooms are a bit musty, but they are decent value and there is free wifi and breakfast. Rooms start at about $15 a night.
- Lotus 1 Guesthouse: A truly local guesthouse, this place gets really good reviews and is nice and close to Borobudur temple. It’s a good option. Rooms start at about $10 a night.
Getting out of Town
Honestly, the best way to get out of town is to just suck it up and pay for a taxi. A private taxi to Yogyakarta will cost about 200,000RP ($18). If you’re on a tight budget, you can get here by taking the bus although it’s a bit complicated. You’ll have to catch a minibus to Muntilan and then catch another bus to Yogyakarta. The trip should cost about 30,000RP total.
If you’re just doing a day trip out here from Yogyakarta, the best thing to do is to book a tour through one of the guesthouses. It will cost about 70,o00 each and include transport to and from Borobudur. It’s the best value.
There are no trains to Borobudur.
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