History, arts, culture and food. Explore this hidden gem just beside Yogyakarta
A two-hour drive away from the adventure ridden city of Yogyakarta, resides the quiet city of Surakarta— commonly known as Solo.
The hometown of the seventh president of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, Solo offers an abundance of sights and culinary adventure.
Great for history buffs that are always seeking to unravel the mysteries the city holds, as well as foodies that want to try some local goodies to spice up the trip.
Since it’s just a short drive from Yogyakarta, Solo has the makings of the perfect day trip. Though there are not much adventure sports in Solo, this quiet city charms visitors with its arts and culture.
Through the allure of batik, explore the art of crafting this specially made fabric in the various markets and shops that specialising in creating batik patterns by hand and discover the past of Indonesia through batik.
Speaking of the past, a trip to Surakarta is bound to give you a treat for your mind and soul. With its well-preserved palaces from way back, Solo gives you a clear peek at how Indonesian royals lived their everyday lives.
From the royal stomping grounds of Mangkunegaran Palace to the former sugar factory of De Tjolomadoe, Solo really has their way of conserving these historical and cultural landmarks.
Solo’s quiet yet eccentric city has made it known to be the Spirit of Java. It’s locals as friendly and laid back as they can be, Solo is truly a trip worth taking and a city worth discovering.
Unfortunately, there are no direct flights to Surakarta from Singapore. Travellers must book their FlyBy flights to Yogyakarta and must then take a two-hour drive from the Adisucipto International Airport. Fly to Yogyakarta with Airasia starting at $174, Singapore Airlines at $333 and/or Silkair from $503*.
*Flights and prices are subjected to change accordingly
Where to stay
Stay in Solo’s most luxurious and tallest sky rise in the city, Alila Solo. Catch stunning views of sunsets and sunrises at the top of the city and get a glimpse of the neighbouring city of Yogyakarta from the top of the hotel.