Friday, October 2, 2009

2009-08-24 (1) Arriving at Yogyakarta

Early in the morning, we need to take domestic flight from Denpasar airport to Yogyakarta.

We'd chosen Mandala Airline over Lion Air, as the online review seems to be better :p I am satisfied with this flight experience. It is similar to Air Asia. In general, domestic flight in Indonesia is quite costly. Flying from Bali to Yogyakarta costs around RM200 per person, which is double of my Air Asia return trip air fair(Kuala Lumpur -> Denpasar, Yogyakarta -> Kuala Lumper) :p

After checked-in, we need to pay domestic flight airport tax, which is IDR 30K (~RM 10) per person.

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A glance of the waiting room:

The free internet service is not in service until we board the plane...

After we claimed luggage at Yogyakarta airport, there was an airport officer came and requested us to show our ticket, he then took away our luggage tag after we confirmed we had all the luggages with us. According to him, this is to prevent passenger from claiming they lost their luggage after they collected it. Maybe there were cases before...

Referring to chinese travel forum in, I pre-booked a driver to Manohara hotel. In my opinion, Balinese Malay language is much more easier to be understand. I was having hard time to communicate to Yogyakarta locals using Malay. First is because of the term, secondly is due to the slang. On the other hand, if they understand English, I found out English works much better, e.g. hotel receptionist will usually understand English, luckily. After spending some effort to talk to the driver through phone, finally we met and started our journey to Manohara Hotel.

Because of the communication problem also, the pre-agree fair price of by meter was somehow then became IDR 175K (~RM 62) for around 1.5 hours ride. If you requested the hotel transportation service, it is then IDR 250K. So we decided to hire the same driver for our journey from Borobudur to Yogyakarta on the next day, at price IDR 150K (~RM 53). Lesson learnt, confirm the expenses before enter the cab.

Borobudur, here I come! :D

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