Siapa menyangka kabupaten di wilayah selatan DIY yang dulunya sering dikabarkan kekurangan air kini ijo royo-royo, ramai, dan sangat berkembang. Perkembangan utama yang kasat mata adalah dalam bidang pariwisata. Jaman saya kecil dulu, pantai di Gunungkidul ya tahunya cuma Baron, Krakal, Kukup, lha sekarang kok buanyaaak banget yang baru. Kabarnya ada sekitar 48 pantai (and counting!), saya baru ke 13 pantai. Di bawah ini ringkasannya sesuai abjad:
Pantai Baron– Pantai lama yang menjadi gerbang masuk ke pantai-pantai di wilayah Gunungkidul.
Pantai Indrayanti– Nama resminya Pantai Pulang Syawal. Merupakan pantai paling populer saat ini. Pantainya bersih, indah, namun bibir pantai sempit. Selalu overcrowded saat liburan. Di sini banyak kafe-kafe dan payung-payung yang disewakan, meniru seperti di Bali atau Phuket. Pantai ini tepat di seberang jalan, saat pasang air bisa sampai ke jalan raya. Hindari Pantai Indrayanti saat libur sekolah, macet total.
Pantai Sadeng merupakan pantai nelayan yang terletak di Kecamatan Girisubo, Kabupaten Gunung Kidul. Pantai ini terletak paling timur diantara pantai-pantai yang menjadi tujuan wisata di Gunung Kidul. Sebagai pantai nelayan, pesona utama pantai ini tentu ikan laut segar hasil tangkapan nelayan. Anda bisa mendapatkan berbagai hasil laut segar dengan harga sangat miring.
Let say you are an expatriate working in Jakarta or having a business trip in Indonesia. You may consider to run away from Jakarta during long weekend. Yogyakarta or simply called Jogja is one of the most recommended place. Why? Because it is the second top destination after Bali. Known as student and cultural city, it is a place where modern city perfectly blends with traditional village. There are several flights daily from 6 in the morning to 9 in the night. It’s only an hour flight, but remember Soekarno Hatta International Airport is located outside of Jakarta which may take up to 2 hours from city center. You can also go by train which takes 9 hours.
Day 1 – Saturday
You shall catch a flight on Friday afternoon. Please consider crowded traffic to airport during long weekend, you should calculate the fastest time you can escape from office till reach the airport. Before 4 o’clock is the best time since you can arrive in airport within an hour from city center. If you board at 6 pm, you will arrive in Jogja at 7 pm. From Adisutjipto International Airport Jogja, you can go to your hotel by taxi or bus. Airport taxi is recommended transportation eventough more expensive than metered taxi outside. You can also go by TransJogja bus. Just for your info, you can also go by train from Maguwoharjo Railway Station. Adisutjipto International Airport is the one and only airport in Indonesia which have bus station and railway station located nearby.
Now it’s time to find a hotel. The best and most popular place is Sosrowijayan area, next to Tugu Railway Station and Malioboro street, the most famous street in Jogja. You can find wide range of accomodation from cheap hostel to 4 star hotel. It takes only half an hour by taxi from airport.
The first destination is Borobudur Temple, the biggest and the most famous buddhist temple in the world, one of UNESCO World Heritage. Borobudur is located in Magelang district, Central Java Province. It takes around one and a half hour by car from Jogja. I recommend you to rent a car for easy mobilization. It’s better to go early morning around 7 am. Borobudur Temple is built in 9th century during the reign of Syailendra Dynasty. Since it is the masterpiece of Jogja and Central Java tourism, Borobudur Temple shall be your first destination.
An Indonesian family backpacker, been to 25+ countries as a family. Yogyakarta native, now living in Crawley, UK. Author of several traveling books and travelogue. Owner of OmahSelo Family Guest House Jogja. Strongly support family traveling with kids.