Yogyakarta

Visiting Yogyakarta

 

Yogyakarta, or commonly people called "Jogja" is the capital city of Yogyakarta Special Region in the central of java island. This special status was a gratitude to the Sultanate of Hamengkubuwono, which has ruled the area since 1755 and steered the state through difficult times of occupation and revolution. It is one of the center for the Javanese cultures as the largest Indonesia's cultural and tradition.

Yogyakarta has one airport, The Adisucipto International Airport but only 2 international airlines flight fly direct to Yogyakarta, Air Asia (from Singapore & Kuala Lumpur) and Silk Air (from Singapore). Other International flights fly via Jakarta or Denpasar.

When plenty of time available, Train and Bus can also be another alternative to come to Yogyakarta from some major cities in Indonesia like Jakarta, Bandung, Semarang, Surabaya, Denpasar - within island of Java & Bali.

Links:
Online travel & Hotel bookings: https://www.traveloka.com/en/.

Language
The language spoken in Indonesia is Indonesian. English is 2nd language especially at the tourist area (or at least understand some English).

Currency
The currency is Indonesian Rupiah (in short: IDR or Rp). Banknotes ranging from 1,000; 2,000; 5,000; 10,000; 20,000; 50,000 and 100,000. And coin ranging from 100; 200; 500 and 1,000. Information of daily exchange rate can be found in newspapers or from the net. Some Indonesia banks provide this on their websites. Credit cards are acceptable in hotels, restaurants, shops and travel agencies.

Voltage
The electric voltage is 220 volts. A standard voltage converter and plug adapter should be sufficient for conversions. Normally, the electrical outlets in Indonesia require a two-prong plug with round prongs (technically known as Type C, E, and F). A plug adapter and phone jack adapter that can be easily purchased at an appliance store.

Office Hours
Business office hours are generally Monday-Friday 9 am to 5 pm. While larger stores and shops in shopping areas operate from 9:30 am to 9 pm, Monday-Sunday. Some minimart (shops) operate 24 hours.

Tax
A sales tax (VAT) of 10% is included in the price of almost all purchases, while service tax is vary, raging from 5% to 11% depend on the outlet. Getting tax refund is rare.

Telephone
Indonesia's country code is +62 and local code for Yogyakarta is 0274. If you want to call ambulance/first aids dial 118, the police 110; fire 113; Information 0274 108.

Time Zone
Indonesia has three time zones: ”Western Indonesia Time (WIB) which is GMT +7 (covering Sumatra, Java, Madura, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan), Central Indonesia Time (WITA) which is GMT +8 (covering East and South Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Bali, Nusa Tenggara) and Eastern Indonesia Time (WIT) which is GMT +9 (covering Maluku and Irian Jaya). Yogyakarta is GMT +8 or 17 hours ahead of US Pacific Standard Time.

Weather and Climate
November is usually in entering rain season. Even though nowadays weather is quite unpredictable. Climate in November around 28°C - 32°C

Tipping
A 11% service charge is included in most restaurant bills, but it's common to round up restaurant bills and taxi fares.