Sightseeing in Java - what to see. Complete travel guide

Prambanan 1. The most popular souvenirs are made of gold and silver; it’s recommended to buy them only at large shopping malls and specialty stores. It’s better to visit jewelry markets with an experienced guide, as locals can sell products of mediocre quality.
2. Buses represent the cheapest and the most common form of public transport in Java. You can travel by them to all major cities, as well as between settlements, but remote areas of the island can be reached only by car.
3. Vacationers who are planning to use public transport have to remember that there are lots of passengers in rush hours. There are often heavy traffic jams in the morning and in the evening.
4. Guests of the island have an opportunity to rent a car. Almost all roads of the island are free. Drivers accustomed to disciplined behavior on the road should bear in mind that the driving style of locals is quite aggressive.
5. Most precipitation falls between November and February, so sudden downpours can disrupt a recreation program. The temperature remains virtually unchanged throughout the year; at the daytime air warms up +26C +29C. Copyright
6. In order not to aggravate the acclimatization process, foreign visitors are advised to refrain from drinking tap water. It’s better to drink purified bottled water that is sold in almost all supermarkets. For this reason, it’s recommended not to take cocktails with ice.
7. Prices in local dining places will amaze even the most budget-conscious travelers; fashionable restaurants are found only in central areas of large cities. In restaurants and cafes it is required to leave a tip for a good service; it is usually received gratefully.
The picturesque island of Java has more than 1500 accommodation places. Fans of upscale vacations are sure to be impressed with a decent selection of luxury hotels. Some of the most famous … Open
8. Small monetary reward would be appropriate not only at dining places, it’s required to leave it literally for any services. In spas, health centers and other institutions the standard tip is 10 % of the amount of services rendered. It would be appropriate to leave 1-1.5 USD for guides, taxi drivers and a maid at a hotel.
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What to visit being in Java - unique sights

Merapi Volcano

From the series “Sleeping Super-Volcanoes Capable of Destroying Whole Regions”
Locals live there for the fruitful volcanic soils. The agricultural industry is quite popular and profitable. Farmers reap the harvest several times per year. Tourists like the picturesque nature and the unique archaeological areas where were found ruins of the ancient towns. Every eruption of Merapi Volcano puts in jeopardy of existence not only natural and historical monuments but also the existence of the Java island. … Read further

Borobudur Temple

From the series “The Most Iconic Temples in the World”
In total there are more than 500 statues of Buddha, as well as 1 460 unique bas-reliefs in the temple. According to a legend, all the visitors of the temple who reach its peaks and touch every statue of Buddha will find eternal happiness. Every year, thousands of pilgrims are patiently studying all the steps of the building, looking at the beautiful bas-reliefs and learning the important events in the life of Buddha. … Read further

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