There are times when we need time to unwind from everyday monotony. Traveling is one way of introducing us to a world outside of our routine and comfort zone. As you go on adventures and open new doors to inspiration and change, MATOA will make your journey even more meaningful.
This time, MATOA invites you to take a trip to the Special Region of Yogyakarta. The first place we visited is Kilometer 0 and Malioboro. Here you can take a walk enjoying the atmosphere of the heart of the city, while tasting roadside snacks and shopping for local souvenirs as sweet souvenirs.
Next, we visited Kalluna Cafe. This cafe, which is located in the Kotabaru area, has a cozy Bohemian-style interior. The food and beverage menu here is quite diverse, ranging from western menus to local culinary variations. Friendly and helpful service is also a factor in the comfort of Kalluna Cafe.
After filling the stomach, MATOA visited Ratu Boko which is located in Gatak, Sleman. Ratu Boko was originally named Abhayagiri Vihara which means a monastery on a peaceful hill. Built by Rakai Panangkaran as a resting place and to focus on spiritualism, at Ratu Boko you can see the city of Yogyakarta and the Prambanan temple with Mount Merapi as the backdrop. The best time to visit Ratu Boko is before sunset, it is said that the amazingly beautiful scenery gives peace to anyone who is in Ratu Boko.
Yogyakarta is famous for its handicraft products. One of them is ceramic. Kaloka Pottery is a ceramic manufacturer that has a design that plays with colors and motifs. Its explorative shapes and motifs have made Kaloka penetrate the world ceramic market. Apart from that, the shop also has a very comfortable atmosphere.
Want to enjoy the Yogya atmosphere while drinking coffee? Sapulu Coffee is one of our recommendations. This coffee shop is relatively new because it only opened last February. The atmosphere here makes you feel like a local but also has a modern feel to the interior.
For adventurers or those who are just looking for a unique photo spot, Gumuk Pasir Parangkusumo is the answer. This sand dune comes from the eruption of Mount Merapi, whose sediment is carried by the Opak River and the Progo River. Gumuk Pasir Parangkusumo is a suitable location for sandboarding, and you only need to pay IDR 70,000 to be able to rent unlimited boards and sandboarding.
Finally, don’t forget to visit Parangkusumo Beach. This clean beach is perfect for ending the day. Sitting on the edge of a quiet beach while waiting for the sun to set, gives extraordinary peace.
Those are the Where To Travel recommendations from MATOA this time. Hopefully it can inspire your trip to Yogyakarta. By traveling, you have opened a new mystery about life, to feel alive. Always enjoy the process of traveling as a life lesson, and enrich your life by exploring things outside your comfort zone.