Amazing! Borobudur Sunrise tour the best way

The morning charm at Punthuk Setumbu hill Borobudur

Amazing! Borobudur Sunrise tour the best way – I spent a quick weekend in Yogyakarta before going to Jakarta for work and made a list minute decision to do the sunrise visit to Borobudur. If you have the time I would suggest staying closer to the temple so you don’t have to get up SUPER early.

I was picked up from my hotel at 3:30 AM, arrived at the Manohara hotel (where you buy tickets) around 4:30 AM. And then made my way over to the temple. It was raining (they provide ponchos). While the weather was a bit upsetting at first it added to the ambiance of walking up the temple in the early hours of the day. The sunrise was at 5:40, but I strongly suggest heading over to the temple site earlier as the east facing side of the temple gets crowded.

My only regret is not better planning where I wanted to be for the sunrise. Loads of people were everywhere and it made it hard to get a picture/enjoy the moment.

Borobudur Sunrise Pros :

– get in before public (made my experience much better than my visit the day before at Prambanan)
– get to explore in early sunlight. Gets very hot during mid day.
– head back to the Manohara after (& avoid the market) for snacks. Refreshment area has a nice view of the temple from far away.

Borobudur Sunrise Cons :

– costs
– have to get up very early

Borobudur Sunrise Cost :

–  sunrise ticket
– driver for 5 hrs from Yogyakarta

Overall: you will be happy you went. Feels a bit touristy at times, but sunrise experience is very unique. A local guide isn’t necessary. The pamphlets provided give a nice run down (diagram, map, explanations of mudras)

our guests’ reviews at TripAdvisor

  •   Bersama Pak Tugi!! Best boleh berkomunikasi dengan baik. Sedia melayani kehendak perut kami. Menepati masa dan banyak memberi pesanan2 khas..sangat baik dan peramah.

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    9/17/2018

      Terima kasih kepada BANG BUDI yang sangat ramah kepada saya dan isteri...Dan Bang Budi juga pandai mengatur jadual semasa saya di jogja Gua Pindul, Timang Beach, Borobudur ,Gunung Berapi, Gumuk... read more

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    4/12/2019
  •   Percutian selama 4 hari di Jogja sangat bermakna untuk kami. Dengan bantuan tourguide, Supri dari Java Heritage kami dibawa ke lokasi2 yang menarik serta rumah-rumah makan yang enak-enak. Dengan harga... read more

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    11/27/2018

      Percutian yg menyeronokkan. Tempat² yang menarik. Pemandu yg baik, peramah, penyabar. Tq mas Adi dan pak Agus. Semoga ketemu lg di lain waktu.

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    11/09/2018


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