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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 1:42 pm 
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I thought that I would put in a link to a very useful post by Chris Buckley on the 'Tribal textile shopping...' section of the forum following his visit to Yogjakarta (Java, Indonesia). Although much of his post is about textile shopping in Yogja he does make some comments with a wider significance i.e. a thumbs up for the art and architecture at Borobudur and where you can see batik being made. I think his comments at the end of his post about taking care when shopping to spot whether a 'batik' is wax resist or a good machine printed copy are well made. ... php?t=1489

I really appreciated Chris taking the trouble to post on his return. I had felt guilty that we had not been able to help him with an answer to the question he posed before he set off on this trip.

Now, if everyone came back from a trip and posted as helpfully on their experiences as Chris and one or two other forum members have done what a fantastic resource we would have!!! (Sorry, couldn't resist that!)

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 10:12 am 

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It was a pleasure, Pamela

Always worth asking if anyone has been before ... and not the least discouraging if no-one has!

Yes, Borobodur is an outstanding site, whether you are interested in Buddhist art or just want to appreciate a beautiful ancient monument. I attach a couple of pics, one of the monument at sunrise, one of it in the rain in late afternoon. It was the rainy season and generally raining cats and dogs, stair-rods etc by 4pm most days. Not that I am complaining in the least: I liked it in the rain.

We stayed (my wife and I) at the Hotel Manohara at Borobodur, and I would recommend this hotel to anyone who is thinking of making a trip. It's situated right in the parkland surrounding the monument, which is just a 5 minute stroll away. You can eat breakfast on the veranda and look at the monument, and also see it at sunrise which is lovely (as well as cooler than later in the day).

I don't like crowds particularly, which is why we picked the rainy season midweek to go there, and it was a good choice I think.

Thoroughly recommended and whetted my appetite for more trips to Indonesia.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 8:38 am 

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Lovely photos Chris! It's great that you can now find a nice hotel close by the monument. We went ages ago and had to drive out from Yogya. A nice place to visit (or stay, if you feel like splurging) is the Amanjiwa hotel a few minutes away- it is very Zen-like in decor and the terrace overlooks rice fields with Borobudur in the distance- a nice retreat for sundowners or a meal.

Susan Stem

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