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Borobudur Excursion

Semarang, Indonesia
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TJG214 wrote a review Dec 2018
Cedar Crest, New Mexico361 contributions165 helpful votes
This ancient Buddhist temple is well worth a visit. It is a little reminiscent of Chichen Itza, the way it rises out of a clearing in the rain forest, has steep steps with elaborate stone carvings, and has no space inside. There is some climbing involved to get to the top, and it was very hot and humid when we were there. So be prepared to sweat. The information offered on the tour is OK, though just experiencing the edifice is the primary draw.
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Date of experience: December 2018
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VancTraveller wrote a review Mar 2018
Vancouver1,171 contributions140 helpful votes
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We visited Borobudur by a private van tour arranged with our cruiseship when it docked in Semarang. It takes a little over 2 hours to reach Borobudur from Semarang so the tours typically will stop at a coffee shop on the way for a bathroom break and to allow a chance to taste Indonesian coffee. Borobudur is massive and is wider and less high than what I had in mind based on seeing pictures of Borobudur. It has 7 platforms and you climb from one level to the next and walk in a circle to see the intricate and beautiful scenes carved into the stone making up the monument. At the bottom levels, there are carvings of people and animals but at the top level, there are only stupas with statues of Budha nestled inside and no more carvings of people or animals. Many of the stupas no longer have a Budha statue inside so you have to walk around to find one that has one and then place your camera inside the diamond shaped holes in the stupa exterior and take a photo of the statue inside. It is truly an impressive monument and well worth the visit. We highly recommend arranging a private van tour instead of joining the ship's bus tours as we were able to beat the buses to the site and be mostly done with our pictures before the rest of the crowd from the ship showed up. We also had extra time to try the famous or rather infamous Indonesian Kopi Luwak made from coffee cherries eaten and excreted by the Asian palm civet and it was very smooth and low in acidity as commentators have claimed in articles I have read. We bought some of the coffee thinking it would make an interesting gift or after dinner surprise for friends back home.
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Date of experience: March 2018
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Sherilyn S wrote a review Mar 2018
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Tour Guide,Gagat, was excellent in his communication with us before we had even left on our cruise to Indonesia. The Tours By Locals guarantee, to reunite us with our cruise boat if our return to the ship is delayed causing us to miss the boat, encouraged us to step out independently of the HAL organized Shore Excursions. Four of us travelled with Gagat in his clean, comfortable and importantly air-conditioned vehicle, out to UNESCO site Borobudur Temple. The ride was very comfortable, chat was relaxed and informative. We were back well before sailing time having enjoyed such an intimate experience tailored to our small group needs. This was an excellent day and our guide was able to explain so much of the culture and answer our questions about daily life in Java. Thank you Gagat. A great day!
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Date of experience: February 2018
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cjcruzer2014 wrote a review Mar 2018
Canada68 contributions20 helpful votes
Arranged for 2 vans (10 pax in each vehicle) with police escort for private shore excursion to Borobudur. Antonie arranged a wonderful excursion including delicious buffet lunch, visit to another small temple. We arrived back to the ship well ahead of the cruiseline busses. Thank you for a memorable day in Semarang and Borobudur!
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Date of experience: February 2018
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Stewfamily3 wrote a review Aug 2017
Springfield, Illinois39 contributions8 helpful votes
It was interesting to see this ancient temple, but the climb to the top was difficult and the hot sun was another factor for us Seniors. They had a few other "attractions", but nothing really compekking. The drive from Salatiga was more enjoyable. Also swarming street vendors
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Date of experience: August 2017
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