Yogyakarta (Jogja) backpacker's guide

TRANSPORT to Dieng

Dieng plateau located between Wonosobo regency and Banjarnegara regency in Central Java, Indonesia. It has 2093 meter above sea level and it’s a complex of ancient volcano. In hindus era Dieng believed as Abode of the Gods. Maybe that’s why Dieng plateau has spectacular view such as scenic sunrise, active crater, beautiful lake and heritage temple. Here some sights at Dieng highlands:

  1. Sikunir sunrise
  2. Batu pandang ratapan angin (view point)
  3. Sikidang crater
  4. Telaga warna (coloured lake) & Telaga Pengilon (mirror lake)
  5. Arjuna temple complex

SIKUNIR SUNRISE

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Photo source: http://xplorea.com

The scenic sunrise on the top of Sikunir hill. You will need 30 minutes to reach the summit. Prepare your camera and capture this moment.

BATU PANDANG VIEW POINT

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Photo source: http://www.indonesia-tourism.com/

The best view point to watch both Telaga warna (colored lake) on the top of a rock.

SIKIDANG CRATER

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One of three active crater in Dieng produce vapor & sulfuric smoke. You can try boil the egg in this crater. What interesting experience.

TELAGA WARNA (COLORED LAKE)

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Photo source: http://goindonet.com/

The color lake changing every year. It can change from green to blue, grey and even red. It depend on the seismic activity and variety of gas that goes out from under the water.

ARJUNA TEMPLE

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Photo source: http://dieng.org/en/

The hindus heritage temple in Dieng plateau. Local hindus people believed that Dieng plateau is abode of the gods.

WHERE IS IT?

LOCATION:
Dieng plateau.

Village (Desa): Dieng
Sub-district (Kecamatan): Batur
Regency (Kabupaten): Banjarnegara
Province (Provinsi): Central Java (Jawa Tengah)

DISTANCE:
About  115 km or  3.5 – 4.5 hours northwest of downtown Yogyakarta.

MAP:

HOW TO GET TO THE DIENG?

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
There is a cheap public transport to get there. First, take a Trans Jogja Bus. Ticket only IDR 3,600. First, you must go to halte bus/bus stop of Trans Jogja. Then, you must reach to Jombor Bus Station halte/shelter (halte Jombor), and then change bus to Wonosobo and pay about IDR xx,000. From Wonosobo bus station you can take a Microbus to the temple/Dieng.  Ask to the operator if you still confused. Operator will glad to give information. :-)

From Adi Sutjipto Airport :
please take Route 3A – Stop in Condongcatur Shelter,
then please take Route 2A – Stop in Jombor Bus Station
then please take a bus direct to Wonosobo bus station.
Take a Microbus or small transport to Dieng.
From Tugu Railway Station :
please take Route 3A (at Malioboro Shelter) – Stop in Ngabean Shelter,
then please take Route 2B – Stop in Jombor Bus Station
please take a bus direct to Wonosobo bus station.
Take a Microbus or small transport to Dieng.
From Giwangan Bus Station :
please take Route 3B – Stop in Ngabean Shelter,
then please take Route 2B – Stop in Jombor Bus Station
please take a bus direct to Wonosobo bus station.
Take a Microbus or small transport to Dieng.
From Jombor Bus Station :
please take a bus direct to Wonosobo bus station.
Take a Microbus or small transport to Dieng.

*) Trans Jogja operates from 5:30 am until 9:30 pm.

**) There is no bus direct to Wonosobo after 6.00 pm. You can rent a scooter or a car or maybe join the tours for comfort reason.

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT?

SIKUNIR SUNRISE, THEN CONTINUE TO OTHER SIGHTS
It mean you have to start on 11.30 PM from Yogyakarta and arrive Dieng at 3.00 AM. Then you can take a rest for sometime or get some snacks and prepare for hiking. Start hiking at 4 AM.

*) Don’t forget to bring your warm jacket, headlamp for hiking Sikunir hill. Raincoat needed on the wet season only.

HOW MUCH IS THE ENTRANCE FEE?

ENTRY FEE:
Sikunir sunrise: IDR 10K.
Batu pandang ratapan angin: IDR 30K.
Telaga warna (coloured lake) & Telaga Pengilon (mirror lake): IDR 150K.
Sikidang crater & Arjuna temple complex: IDR 30K.

OTHER FEE:

PARKING FEE:
Car: IDR 5K per sight.

If you need transport, you can contact me.

DIENG TOURS:

(WATCH SUNRISE AT SIKUNIR HILL, BATU PANDANG VIEW POINT, SIKIDANG CRATER, TELAGA WARNA & ARJUNA TEMPLE COMPLEX)

Cost         :  IDR 900K per car
Passenger    :  Max 5 persons
Pick up      :  11.30 PM (Hotel or meeting point)
Drop off     :  06.00 PM (Hotel)
Duration     :  more than 12 hours 
Destination  :  Sikunir sunrise 
                Batu Pandang view point
                Sikidang crater
                Telaga warna (coloured lake)
                Arjuna temple complex
Includes     :  Car, Gasoline & Driver
                Pick up and drop off (Hotel)
Excludes     :  Entrance fee of the sights
                Parking fee
                Drinks, Snacks, Breakfast, Lunch 
                Tour guide
Tour code    :  Dieng tour

ITINERARY:

– Pick up from hotel at 11.30 PM.
– Arrive in Dieng at 3.00 AM.
- Take a rest for sometime or get some snacks.
- Prepare for hiking
- Start hiking at 4.00 AM. 
– Visit Batu Pandang Viewpoint 
– Visit Sikidang Crater
– Visit Telaga Warna (Colored Lake)
– Visit Arjuna Temple Complex
– Return to Yogyakarta at 1.00 PM.

Please send these data to me via Whatsapp (+6281 2277 0029) for booking transport:

Date of visit                             :
Name                                        :
Country                                    :
Number of traveler                  :
Hotel/hostel + room number  :
Tour code                                 : Dieng tour

*) Your name should match with booking name in your hotel/hostel cause the driver will ask to the receptionist. Not calling or texting you.

Check the schedule to get more cheap by join and share the tour with other traveler:

Schedule of Custom Yogya-Backpacker Tour 2017.xlsx

*) Click tabs of the month that you want to check. 
*) If the schedule did not show on your phone, you need to update your browser that compatible to Google spreadsheet or Google Docs.

GET MORE CHEAP BY JOIN  AND SHARE THE CUSTOM TOUR WITH OTHER TRAVELER!

HERE MY NUMBER: +6281 2277 0029 (WHATSAPP)

 

*) All tours not include entrance fee of the sights.
**) Please, be ready in 15 minutes before pick up time.

10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN IN ‘CUSTOM & SHARED COST’ TOURS

DON’T BE SCAMMED BY CHEAP TOURS

*) a tours and backpacker seems mismatch, but it just an option since there is no public transport in the early morning (catching sunrise) and also it is the way that you will spend your time efficiently in your short day visiting Dieng plateau.