If you would like to see how the farmers in Indonesia harvesting their rice paddy than go to visit Yogyakarta,
It’s Imogiri district, a wonderful place 25 km in the south of Yogyakarta where you will see a humble social life where the Javanese live by, kids go to school, and for sure the beautiful rice paddy field in a misty morning scene.
If you never heard about Yogyakarta than this small city is located about 600km from Bali, you can simply get your direct flight to Yogyakarta for less than USD50/person and it takes only 1 hour 15 minutes joy flight from Ngurah Rai International Airport.
You can find your cheap flight ticket to Yogyakarta as soon as you have this city name under your travel itinerary. and before your journey is started than let me give you some introduction about Yogyakarta, by the way you will hear about this city from a guy who live over than 25 years in this town and for sure that guy is me.
Introduction of Yogyakarta
Visiting this city means you will see hundred of traditions that look truly Indonesia, from the Gunungan celebration in north alun-alun till rope pole sport that used to held in local people housing, after all if you expect for culture and traditions than you can bet on Yogyakarta. Just like today when I sit in front of my iMac than there is a FKY or Festival Kesenian Yogyakarta that still held, it’s an art exhibition, seminars, workshop, till an installation of art that will fulfill your tradition experience hunger.
Tours and Activity
In my opinion, spending up to 3 days in my town is quite enough, here you will see the Palace, temples, dance show, traditional market, till a magnificent carriage museum that owned by the King who called Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono, in case you want to see my other suggestion than you have to read my article about 7 things to do in Yogyakarta for less than 3 days.
You will see hundreds of hotel options in Yogyakarta, when you expect to stay in a budget place than Amaris Malioboro will be the one who suit on your need, it’s a budget hotel that located right in Malioboro city center but in case you expect to stay in a cozy hotels than Hyatt Regency or The 101 Tugu will be my best 2 recommendation.
Things to Consider
I share my rooms to all budget tourist and it’s called Boma House so during 5 years I hosted over than 400 guest than I see some of my guest bring some stuff that I need you to be considered. This travel essentials seems to be basic but it’s really helpful for all of my guest. For example, I’m not quite sure about the weather but I feel a lot of mosquitos in my house during this July so even not for everyday but I see my guest bring a mosquito nets when they come into my house. Go check my travel essential lists to see whole of suggestion to visit my town.
Rice Paddy Harvesting
Back few years ago I decided to wake up in very early, approx. at 4.30 am and I ride my scooter to some area called Imogiri in the south of Yogyakarta. I ever asked my friend who live in the village about where is the best spots to see the rice paddy harvesting than Imogiri just showin’ up at first. Just bring a cup of coffee and some little snack where you can find easily in Indomare convenient store and go eat it while you enjoying the misty scene morning in Imogiri. Don’t be so rush cause here you will see how people live, students goes to school, farmers on the field, or even an old lady bring a heavy stuff on her back on her way to traditional market.
I took some beautiful photos below about my journey to Imogiri, once you love it I also uploading in a high resolution that you can download on Shutterstock
Transportation to Imogiri
I don’t thing so you can go to this place by public transport so simply rent a scooter (used to be IDR70k/24 hour) or car to go to Imogiri. Just for your information, it’s gonna be a challenging to ride a scooter here in Yogyakarta cause other will so fast and used to be never stop. Just ride on the left and be aware with some traffic light sigh cause mostly you must go ahead for turning left in a junction. If you see the blue sign than you should go ahead but if there is no sigh than you must stop.
If you don’t find any transportation than you can download a Go-Jek apps in your phone it is available on android and IOS than make sure to be a light traveler. Bring a lot of water on your bag cause the weather is so humid, towel and sunglasses also worth it to bring cause the sun will shining so hot in the afternoon.
Thank you for read my story about see the rice paddy harvesting in Imogiri of Yogyakarta,
If you interesting in learning more about Yogyakarta, you may check my 44 things to do in Yogyakarta eBook, which include recommendation of attractions, hotel – budget accommodation, bets street food, and simple words to asking help or say greeting both in Bahasa and Javanese language.
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