Java Hotels and Travel Guide

Java Travel Information

Java, Indonesia's fifth biggest island, is the country’s social, political and economic centre. Formed almost entirely by volcanic events, a total of 38 mountains – all have been active volcanoes at one point or another – span the island from east to west. West Java is home to the capital city, Jakarta, while Central Java, East Java, Banten and Jogyakarta make up the rest of the island.

Historically, Java played an important role during the 17th Century, when the Dutch arrived on its shores and established the Dutch East India Company. Today, wet rice cultivation continues to dominate the island’s countryside, while business and commerce flourish in the island’s major cities.

Jogyakarta is the cultural capital renowned for traditional Javanese art, including the Wayang Kulit or shadow puppets, music, ballet, drama, poetry and batik. It is also home to two ancient Hindu temples, Borobudur and Prambanan, both are UNESCO Heritage Sites.


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Java Hotels

Java caters to a diverse range of styles, budgets and preferences. Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Bandung, Semarang and Surabaya are the most popular destinations. Read More...

 
Anyer

Anyer, a beach resort town in Banten, West Java, is becoming a popular weekend escape for city-weary Jakartans seeking fresh sea breezes and sunshine. Read More...

Bandung

Bandung is a charming tourist spot that serves as the capital city of West Java, in addition to being the third largest city in Indonesia after Jakarta and Surabaya. Read More...

 
Bogor

Bogor, former capital of the ancient Sunda Kingdom and home to one of the world's largest botanical gardens, is about 60km south of Jakarta and up in the highlands of Priangan. Read More...

Karawang

Karawang city is the capital of the Karawang Regency in West Java, about 50km east of Jakarta. This city has developed from an agricultural heartland to an industrial centre. Read More...

 
Magelang

Magelang serves as a launching point for visits to the sacred 8th-century Borobudur Buddhist temple located in Central Java and has a rich history as a military post. Read More...


 

Malang

Malang, the second largest city in East Java, is known for its cooler temperatures, beautiful surrounding countryside and attractive streets lined with historical buildings. Read More...

 
Puncak

Puncak, located in West Java between Bandung and Bogor, is a mountain resort area about 100km south of Jakarta - a cool retreat offering fresh air and spectacular views. Read More...

Semarang

Semarang, the capital of Central Java, offers a showcase of Indonesia's past and present. This coastal city has long attracted explorers and fortune seekers from far and wide. Read More...

 
Solo

Solo has been an important centre of Javanese culture and tradition since its founding as the heart of the Mataram kingdom in 1745. It is lesser travelled than nearby Yogyakarta. Read More...

Surabaya

Surabaya, the hectic capital city of East Java and home to some 3 million people, is not at the top of most people's "must-see" list but its vibrant streets do reveal some places of interest for those willing to linger and explore. Read More...


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