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Java

A journey to Java can be the trip of a lifetime, taken without foresaking the comforts of home. Young or old, Louis Vuitton luggage in hand or a pack on your back, visitors to Java will come away with an immensely rich and rewarding experience of a profoundly exotic land and culture. Java is more than a feast for the eyes it is food for the soul.

When travelling across Java, every day will bring a new experience for the intrepid voyager. Geography, climate and culture change every few kilometres, the only constant the smiles of the people who place hospitality above all other concerns. Brooding volcanoes and verdant rice fields, regal splendor and captivating dance are all apart of Java. An endless tropical garden on the shore of an azure sea, Java is an incredible mosaic of sights, sounds and impressions: a pleasurable form of sensory overload.

Indonesia is a full participant in Southeast Asia's economic boom, modernization and a burgeoning affluence have brought the highest standards of accommodation, transportation, communication, health and hygiene to Java's shores. Facilities in Jakarta rival those of any world city, while a dense network of road, rail and air connections bring all of Java within easy reach. Although the modern world has come to Java, it has not conquered the Garden of the East. A few steps away from any hotel lies all the charm and enchantment of Java. Dance, art, drama and the ageless rhythms of daily life are unchanged or adapted to the contemporary world in new and interesting ways.

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Jakarta

Contemporary and dynamic, Jakarta is Indonesia's capital, the cosmopolitan heart of a growing economic power. But Jakarta is also one of Asia's oldest cities, for centuries an important crossroad of commerce and a centre of political influence. The city was originally Sunda Kelapa, a trading port at the mouth of a major river leading from the populated highlands. Renamed Jayakarta - 'glorious victory' -when conquered by a neighbouring coastal state, this settlement attracted the attention of the Dutch who were looking to consolidate their monopoly of the spice trade. The Dutch soon conquered the settlement, renaming it Batavia and establishing an important way station on the long haul between the Spice Islands of the eastern archipelago and Europe.

This commercial and military stronghold attracted settlers from throughout Asia. Indonesia declared independence from the Dutch in 1945. Now, as the Indonesian economy booms, Jakarta is once again attracting fortune seekers from around the world, giving rise to the complex polyglot culture of this fascinating city. The National Monument (MONAS), with its pure gold flame, is the symbolic hub of Jakarta. Built in the Soekarno era in the afterglow of Independence, it rises above the clamour and congestion of the city into the unbounded skies, capturing the aspirations and dynamism of a newly emerging nation.

The harbour area, with the remains of old Sunda Kelapa located at the mouth of the Ciliwung River, is the location for standard sightseeing. Though the main harbour has moved several kilometres east to Tanjung Priok, Sunda Kelapa is still a major port of call to sight the remnants of the once great sailing fleet that connected the remote islands of the archipelago.

A short walk to the south, the city Centre of old Batavia, Taman Fatahillah, has been converted into a museum complex showcasing both the history of Jakarta and the aspects of Java's sophisticated artistic culture. As a break from the sombre didacticism of the museums, Cafe Batavia, a faithful reproduction of a 1930s chic cafe, has become a popular Jakarta nightspot, open 24 hours. Continuing southward, Jakarta becomes a city of spacious, traffic-choked boulevards and striking monuments. The best way for short-stay visitors to appreciate Jakarta's many attractions is to take a city tour; longer staying guests will also benefit from a quick orientation before setting out to discover Jakarta's idiosyncratic charms in detail.

This 120-hectare (300-acre) open-air cultural/amusement park, 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) south of Jakarta, is a window on the cultural and environmental complexity of Indonesia. Pavilions built in traditional style exhibit artifacts, customs and lifestyles of the peoples of each of Indonesia's provinces. You could spend half a day in the Riau pavilion alone, and it would take a week to see everything. In fact, Indonesians will proudly tell you that there will be no need to see the rest of Indonesia if you visit the park, which they compare to Disneyland. Constructed after a 1971 visit to Disneyland by Madame Suharto, the sprawling complex is an instant, Albert superficial, introduction to Indonesia. A number of souvenir stalls and Indonesian-style restaurants dot the grounds, and there is a friendly warung complex. On Sundays there are free traditional dance performances, films and cultural shows. A calendar of events can bee picked up at hotels of from any Garuda or VIC office. Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm, but most of the pavilions close at 4 pm. They close the gates at around 10 pm. To get to Taman Mini, take a bus marked 'Mini Indonesia' from Terminal Kampung Rambutan.


WHERE TO EAT IN JAKARTA
Jakarta offers a glorious melange of cuisine. Settlers and visitors through the centuries have left a culinary legacy of astounding variety; a delicate blending of Chinese, Arabic, Dutch and native Javanese cooking. Dining experiences range from hearty plantation feasts in recreated colonial splendour to simple, delicious snacks in roadside stalls. All five-star hotels offer top-quality continental or oriental food in their grill rooms. More local flavour is available at the Caf้ Batavia, a recreated 1930s caf้, or the Oasis Restaurant, which serves a modern version of the 20-course rijsttafel banquets beloved by Dutch colonials. Chinese restaurants such as the Nyun Yen and Ratu Bahari serve superb seafood dishes in cavernous dining rooms. For authentic Indonesian food, the Sarinah Food Court consists of two dozen-food stalls serving local cuisine in air-conditioned comfort.

 AMERICAN CUISINE

 Clipper’s American
 Seafood
 Wisma Kyoei lt. 26
 Jl. Jend. Sudirman
 Kav. 3
 Jakarta 10220
 Phone: (021) 5723288

 Country Kitchen
 JL. Arteri Pondok
 Indah
 Jakarta Selatan
 Phone: (021) 7397086

 B.A.T.S
 Shangri- La Jakarta
 Kota BNI
 Jl. Jend. Sudirman
 Kav. 1
 Jakarta 10220
 Phone: 557007440
 Ext.6400

 CARL’S Jr Restaurant
 Jakarta Stock
 Exchange Building
 1st Floor
 Jl. Jenderal Sudirman
 Kav 52-53
 Jakarta 12910
 Phone: 5151675,
 5153172, 5151674

 Mario's Place
 Ground Floor,Menteng
 Plaza
 Phone: 3917301

 CHINESE CUISINE

 Forum Shark's Fin &
 Seafood
 Mulia Tower Lt-03
 JL. Gatot Subroto
 Kav. 9-11 Jakarta
 Phone: (021) 5257310

 Golden Island Bird's
 Nest Chiu-Chau
 BRI Center Park
 JL. Jend. Sudirman
 Kav 44-46 Jakarta
 Phone: (021) 5713388

 Ming Seafood
 Gedung Setiabudi I,
 Lt. I Blok B1-8
 JL. Rasuna Said
 Kav.62 Jakarta
 Selatan
 Phone: (021) 5210505

 Summer Palace
 Gedung Tedja Buana
 Lt. 7
 Jl. Menteng Raya
 No.29 Jakarta Pusat
 Phone: (021) 3142970

 Mangkok Putih
 JL. Lamandau 18
 Kebayoran Baru
 Phone: (021) 7237948

 CONTINENTAL CUISINE

Marquee Menara BNI Lt. 32
JL. Jend. Sudirman Kav.1
Jakarta Pusat
Phone: (021) 5701813

Red Lobster
Wisma Metropolitan II, Lt.16
JL. Jend. Sudirman Kav.31
Jakarta Pusat 12929
Phone: (021) 5711659
 

Pete's Tavern
Plaza ATD, Basement
JL. M.H. Thamrin Kav.3
Jakarta Pusat
Phone: (021) 6012944

Oasis
JL. Raden Saleh No.47
Jakarta 10330
Phone: (021) 3150646
 

Cappellini Cafe & Pub Gedung BRI Center Park Lt.9
JL Jend. Sudirman Kav.44-46
Jakarta Selatan
Phone: (021) 5713411
 

 JAPANESE CUISINE

 Bushido
 Hotel Sahid Jaya &
 Tower Ground Floor
 JL. Jend. Sudirman
 Jakarta Pusat
 Phone: (021) 5700723

 Shima
 The Aryaduta Jakarta
 Main Lobby Floor
 JL. Prapatan 44 48,
 Jakarta Pusat
 Phone: (021) 3844825

 Le Matsuzaka Grilled
 Steak House
 Gedung BRI II Center
 Park Lt.9
 JL. Jend. Sudirman
 Kav.44-46
 Jakarta Selatan
 Phone: (021) 5713295

 Restaurant Suntory
 BCD Tower Lt, 20
 JL. Jend. Sudirman
 Kav.26
 Jakarta 12920
 Phone: (021) 2506201

 Kirishfina Atria Square
 Standard Chartered
 Bank
 JL. Jend. Sudirman
 Kav. 33A LT.25,
 Jakarta 10220
 Phone: (021) 5704851

 ITALIAN CUISINE

 Zigolini Italian
 Mandarin Oriental
 JL. M.H. Thamrin
 Jakarta 10310
 Phone: (021) 3141307

 Va Bene
 Mulia Tower
 JL. Jend. Gatot
 Subroto Kav.9-11
 Lower Ground 9
 Jakarta 12930
 Phone: (021) 5222550

 Cafe Mareo
 Wisma Metropolitan I
 Top Floor
 JL. Jend. Sudirman
 Kav.29
 Jakarta Selatan
 Phone: (021) 5254736

 II Punto
 Lobby World Trade
 Centre
 JL. Jend. Sudirman
 Kav.29-31
 Jakarta 12920
 Phone: (021) 5211818

 Italianni's
 Taman Ria Senayan,
 Jalan Gerbang
 Pemuda
 Phone (021) 251 1990
 

 INDONESIAN CUISINE

 Anai Restuarant
 Jalan Letjen
 S,Parman  Kav. 93-94
 Slipi, Jakarta 11420
 Phone: (021) 5696
 0888

 Waroeng Kemang
 Jalan Kemang Raya,
 No. 12-16A
 Phone (021) 719
 0371-74

 Bumbu
 GF Landmark Centre,
 Jalan Sudirman no.1
 Phone (021) 574 9025

 Bebek Bali
 Taman Ria Senayan
 Jalan Gerbang
 Pemuda
 Phone (021) 574 7224

 Rasso
 Jalan Kemang Raya 9i
 Phone (021) 7193826


GETTING AROUND IN JAKARTA
By Air:

Flights between Jakarta and all major towns are frequent, departing at least once a day. However, flights between two provincial destinations can be infrequent or non-existent. All flight services in Java are made by late-model jet or turbo-prop.

 Air Travel

 Thai Airways
 Phone (021) 330 943

 Singapore Airlines Phone
 (021)520 6933

 Garuda Airlines
 Phone (021)2300925
 2311801

 Cathay Pacific
 Phone (021) 5151747

By Rail:
Train services are available throughout Java, a more scenic alternative to flying. Fast, comfortable trains run from Jakarta through Yogyakarta to Surabaya and along the northern route through Semarang to Surabaya. Most trains between major destination offer first or executive class service, which includes air-conditioning, airline-style seats and complimentary beverage and meal service. Contact your nearest station for travel details.

By Buses and Other Public Transport:
A dense network of bus routes serves Jakarta. Air-conditioned express buses link all major cities. Several tour operators offer all-inclusive overland excursions to all major tourist destinations in Java. Jakarta’s public transport systems are over-loaded and often uncomfortable. Air-conditioned Patas buses offer an express service with no standing passengers allowed. Otherwise buses are better avoided. The Bajaj is an orange coloured, three-wheeled vehicle, which serves short distance runs within limited areas. Fares are negotiated before the journey.

 Bus Services

 Lorena - Karina
 JL. K.H. Hasyim Ashari
 No. 15C Jakarta 10130
 Phone (021) 634-1166;
 633-8866

 PT Suryaputra Adipradana
 Pusat Niaga Roxy Mas
 Blok C3/No. 1-2-3 Jakarta
 Phone: (021) 633-0161

 Kramatdjati
 JL. Letjen. T.B. Simatupang
 Stadion Sanggraha Pelita
 Jaya, Jakarta Selatan
 Phone: (021) 750-8323

 Continental
 JL. Raya Pondok Kelapa
 No. 86 Jakarta Timur
 Phone: (021)864-9846

Car Rental:
Chauffeur-driven rented cars are available in all large towns. Self-driven vehicles are also available, though not recommended, for intricate travel. Established taxi services and car rental companies offer fixed rates for hourly or specific routes. If you choose to drive your self, a valid International Driving License is required. Most International road conventions are observed in Jakarta, although right-of-way tends to go to the larger vehicle and turns are not always signalled. Remember to drive on the left and overtake only on the right. Turning left at a red light is allowed only when indicated. Do not expect other drivers to obey traffic laws or conventions, including traffic lights.

Taxis

Taxis are plentiful and comparatively cheap in Jakarta. Most are air-conditioned. Make sure the driver is willing to use the metre. If not, get out and find another taxi. Blue bird Taxi Company also offers a superior taxi service called Silverbird, and the Golden Bird limousine service.

 Taxi Companies

 Silver Bird
 Phone (021) 794234
 7981001

 Blue Bird Phone
 (021) 7941234
 798 1234

 Golden Bird
 Phone (021)794 444

 Citra
 Phone (021) 845 9797

FROM THE AIRPORT
Most large hotels operate free shuttles from Soekarno – Hatta airport. Buses and Taxis are also available. Bluebird and Silverbird have a Taxi reservation stand inside the international arrival hall. Otherwise take a metre taxi from the stand outside. An airport surcharge, plus toll road fees will be added to the metre fare.


WHERE TO STAY IN JAKARTA
Jakarta is a modern city with facilities for travellers of every budget and preference. Top-of-the-market Jakarta hotels are managed by the standard international chains including Hilton, Regent and Hyatt, or by regional and local chains such as Sahid, Shangri-La, Hotel Indonesia International and Mandarin Oriental. Mid-market chain such as Ibis and Holiday Inn, and local private hotels like the Kartika Plaza or Hotel Sabang offer good value for money. Large residences converted into European-style mansions, which go by the name of guesthouses in Jakarta, can be a pleasant and much cheaper alternative to standard hotels.


ACTIVITIES
The Marina Jaya Ancol
This is a special port for yachts, motor and sailboats to Pulau Seribu. This is also the place for marine recreation: jet skis canoes, sailboats, wind surfers and fishing gear are all for hire here. Stalls along the beach serve drinks and snacks while tents are available for sunbathers and sea-lovers.

Wind Surfing and Sailing at Ancol Dreamland
Jakarta’s all-in-one recreation park located on the waterfront in north Jakarta,features a selection of cultural performances, a fun park (Dunia Fantasi), an art market, golf course, restaurants, a marina, discos and an oceanarium. Ancol is also home to the city’s only appreciable beachfront, and options like windsurfing and sailing are available at the Horison Hotel. Dunia Fantasi is open Monday to Saturday 2.00 p.m. until 9.00 p.m. and Sunday 10.00 p.m. until 9.00 p.m. (tends to be crowded on Sundays). The main gate to the Ancol complex is open 24 hours.

Diving and Snorkelling at Pulau Seribu
The Thousand Islands (Pulau Seribu) lie in the South China Sea, around three hours by jet boat from Jakarta’s Marina Ancol. Diving and snorkelling are probably the most popular attractions at the islands, followed by lounging around on the beach with a refreshing drink in hand, of course. Accommodation on the islands ranges from air-conditioned resorts to thatched-roof bungalows or you can camp under the stars. All arrangements for such a trip can be made through any Jakarta travel agent.

 PULAU PUTRI

 PT. Buana Bintang Samudra

 JL. Sultan Agung 21Jakarta 12980

 PULAU PELANGI

 PT. Pulau Seribu Paradise

 JL. Wahid Hasyim 69 Jakarta 10350

 PULAU MATAHARI

 PT. Jakarta International Hotel Management
 Hotel Borobudur Inter-Cont' Suite 103

 JL. Lapangan Banteng SelatanJakarta 10710

 PULAU BIDADARI

 Marina Ancol  

 Taman Impian Jaya Ancol Jakarta 14430
 Telex. 42843 TIJA

 PULAU AYER

 PT. Sarotama Prima Perkasa

 JL. Ir. H. Juanda III/6 Jakarta 10120TLL 45578
 ASTEN

 PULAU KOTOK

 Kotok Island Resort Duta Merlin Shopping
 Arcade 3rd floor

 JL. Gajah Mada 3-5 Jakarta 10130Tlx. 46035
 MERLIN

 PULAU SEPA

 PT. Pulau Sepa Permai

 JL. Kali Besar Barat 29 2nd floorJakarta
 11230

 PULAU LAKI

 PT. Fadent Gema Scorpio Wisma Fadent

 JL. HOS Cokroaminoto 116 Jakarta 10310

 
The Jakarta Convention Centre (JCC)
This Convention Centre can accommodate three conferences and three public functions simultaneously. The main hall has a seating capacity of 3300, and is equipped with a giant video-wall, and a hi-tech lighting and sound system. It has a VIP lounge, a speaker's waiting room, 3 boardrooms, 3 meeting rooms, 10 translation booths, and an administration office. The Exhibition Hall measures 6,120 square metres with a 14-foot ceiling and 350 square metre lobby. The ballroom can seat 3.000 or can be divided into 3 separate areas for 1000 persons each. There are 7 multi-function-meeting rooms, which can seat 220 people each. The main lobby can be utilised as a pre-cocktail area or for a coffee break for 3.500 persons. The car park can accommodate 10.000 cars.

Shopping
Jakarta is filled with shopping centers, catering for both the haute couture clothes enthusiast and for the hard-core artifact hunter, bargaining for antiques. While these are too numerous to all show, here is some information on shopping in Jakarta.

Shopping Centres & Supermarkets

 Aldiron Plaza
 Jl. Melawai, Blok M
 Kebayoran Baru

 Blok M Plaza
 JL. Bulungan No.76
 Kebayoran Baru
 Phone: (021) 7209324

 Duta Merlin
 Jl. Gajah Mada 3-5

 Gajah Mada Plaza
 JL. Gajah Mada

 Atrium
 JL. Senen Raya

Antiques and Curios

 Djody Art & Curious
 Jl. Kebon Sirih Timur
 Dalam
 Phone: (021) 327730

 NV Lee Cheong
 Jl. Majapahit 32
 Phone: (021) 348570

 Nasrun Antique Art &
 Curios
 Jl. Kebon Sirih Timur
 Dalam 37-39
 Phone: (021) 326719

 Toko Serba Antik
 Jl. Pintu Air Raya 45
 Phone: (021) 361857

 Garuda Arts and
 Curious
 Jl. Majapahit 12
 Phone: (021) 342712

Golf Courses

 Halim Golf Club
 Jl. Skwadron
 Halim Perdana
 Kusumah
 Jakarta Timur
 Phone: Halim I - (021)
 8080697
 Halim II (021) 8090729
 Head Office - (021)
 8090723

 Fatmawati Golf
 Course Kompleks
 R.S. Fatmawati
 Cilandak Barat
 Jakarta Selatan 12430
 Phone: (021) 7696867

 Pondok Indah Golf
 and Country Club
 Jl. Metro Kebayoran
 Baru
 Jakarta Selatan
 Phone: (021) 7464906

 Senayan Golf Club
 Jl. Asia Africa, pintu 9
 Senayan
 Jakarta Pusat
 Phone: (0221)
 5710181, 5710182
 Fax: (021) 571018

 Jakarta Golf Club
 Jalan Rawamangun
 Muka Raya
 Jakarta 13320
 Phone: (021) 4891208,
 4985107
 Fax: (021) 4895298


ATTRACTIONS

  • Wayang Orang (Dance Drama)
    Performance of the Javanese Wayang Wong or Wayang Orang dance drama can be seen every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evening at the Bharata Theatre starting at 8.15 p.m. And lasting till about midnight. The stories of the Wayang Wong usually relate episode of the Mahabharata and Ramayana Hindu Epics.

  • Ketoprak Dance
    An offshoot of the Wayang Wong dance drama is the modern popular Javanese theatre, which takes its stories from popular folk legends and from history. Like the Wayang Wong, the Ketoprak show is accompanied by gamelan music but is simpler in costumes and dialogue. Performances can be seen in Jakarta at the Bharata Theatre every Monday and Thursday evening, beginning at 8.00 p.m.

  • Traditional Indonesian Dances
    Performances of traditional Indonesian dances from the various regions are staged in Jakarta at Taman Mini (Indonesia in Miniature Park) every Sunday from 9.00 to 14.00 p.m. and at the Ancol Art Market every Saturday evening or Sunday morning.

  • Wayang Kulit (Leather Puppet Shadow Play)
    Wayang Kulit (Leather Puppet) shows are performed every second and last Saturday night of the month at the Central Museum in Jakarta. Abbreviated versions, lasting for about an hour, are also presented every Sunday morning at the Wayang Museum Fatahillah Square in downtown Jakarta.

  • Gamelan Music
    Every Sunday morning Sundanese gamelan music of West Java is presented at the Central Museum in Jakarta.

  • Pameran Seni Rupa (Art Exhibition)
    Permanent exhibitions at Balai Seni Rupa, Jl. Taman Fatahillah Jakarta, open daily.

  • Underwater Tunnel at Sea World
    Stroll through Freshwater World and Microworld. See the beautiful tropical fish and coral reefs. Get friendly with marine life at the Touch Pool. A theatre screens movies about underwater world and a must is the Antasena Tunnel, a walk through an acrylic tube that gives first hand experience of life under the sea. Open every day from 9.00 am until 8.00 p.m.

  • Wild Safari Park at Taman Safari
    High in the mountains on the way to Puncak (75 km Southeast of Jakarta along the Jakarta-Bandung route) sprawls Taman Safari, a drive-through nature park that allows visitors to mingle with everything from docile llamas, anoas, giraffes, European, American, Asian bears to savage Sumatran tigers, and a rare glimpse of Java’s white rhino. Adjacent to the park are recreational grounds with swimming pool, tennis courts, an artificial lake, waterfall and children’s playground and amusement park. There are also restaurants and cafeterias.

  • Taman Mini Indonesia Indah
    Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature Park, IMAX theatre, Bird Park and Handicraft Museum at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII) Only 15 minutes from the city centre by toll road, the ‘Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature Park’ is the perfect venue for time-conscious explorers. Pavilions representing each of Indonesia’s provinces provide a glimpse of the art and architecture of the archipelago’s diverse ethnic mosaic. There is also an IMAX theatre, bird park and handicraft museums. You can enjoy the whole of Indonesia at a single location, with dance and music performances on Sunday.

  • The First Market
    Old Fish Market and Bugis Schooners at Sunda Kelapa, also known as Pasar Ikan (Fish Market), is located in the far north of the city at the mouth of the Ciliwung river. This is where the Portuguese traded with the Hindu Kingdom of Pajajaran in the early 16th century. The fish catch of the day was auctioned in the early morning at the old fish market. The street leading to it was lined with shops selling all sort of shells, dehydrated turtles, lobsters and everything else the seafarer might need.Sunda Kelapa is at present a fisherman's wharf and an inter-island port. Tall masted Bugis Schooners from South Sulawesi anchoring there offer one of the finest sights Jakarta has to offer. They belong to one of the last fleets of sailboats in the world and still ply the seas between the islands, as they did centuries ago, carrying merchandise.

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Solo

A pleasant city with a lively character, Solo is also called 'The City That Never Sleeps'. One can always find something to eat or buy, as vendors of all kinds and small foodstuffs remain open 24 hours. Home of two royal houses with centuries of power and influence over the city, Solo today remains distinctly Central Javanese with an elegance all its own. It is one of the major centres of batik and other Javanese fabrics, and souvenir hunters may find exquisite "objects d'art" and ornate trinkets in the local markets. Those interested in old Javanese culture and art should visit Solo for a wonderful cultural experience.


WHERE TO EAT IN SOLO
Countless 'Warung' street stalls and restaurants frequent the streets of Solo, a lot serving excellent Chinese food. However, one of the more popular destinations for those seeking an 'authentic' experience, the night market at Jalan Teuku Umar provides authentic Solonese food such as nasi liwet, a delicious speciality of chicken and rice in a spicy coconut sauce.

 Chinese Cuisine

 Diamond
 J1 Slamet Riyadi No.394
 Solo 57142
 Phone: (0271) 45007

 Lian Nam
 JL. RE. Martadinata 31 Solo

 European Cuisine

 La Tansa
 Jl. Imam Bonjol 17 Solo

 Orient
 JL. Slamet Riyadi 337 Solo



GETTING AROUND IN SOLO
There are several daily flights from Jakarta and Surabaya and a new direct service form Singapore. All train services to Yogyakarta pass through or continue on to Solo. Several taxi and mini-bus operators do hourly runs from Yogyakarta, 60 km away, with door-to-door service.

Transport
Pedicabs are the preferred method of transport in stately, elegant Solo, a good choice for touring the kraton and batik shops. Otherwise, chauffeur-driven rental automobiles are readily available.


WHERE TO STAY IN SOLO
While a diverse range of hotels exist in Solo, it is not as popular as it's larger brother, Yogyakarta; while Solo is worth a visit, its facilities are not as complete, but more than luxurious for visitors to the area.


ATTRACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES

  • Radya Pustaka Museum
    This is a small museum located on Jalan Slamet Riyadi that has good wayang puppet and gamelan instrument exhibits.

  • Mangku Negara Kraton
    The centre of Solo is home to the Kraton- the palace of the second ruling house, dating back to 1757. It currently still houses the Prince and Princess of Mangkunegara, and houses many interesting and exciting artifacts.

  • Wayang Performances
    Wayang orang perfomances of the Ramayana has proved a popular distraction for tourists, be sure to catch a show at the Sriwidari Amusement park, starting at 8pm until Midnight.

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