5 REASONS TO VISIT JOGJA DURING RAMADAN
Low Season before Eid Al-Fitr
Updated on 16 September 2018
Many travelers in discussion forums mentioned that it's a bad idea to spend holidays in Jogja during Ramadan. Most eateries are closed during the day. When they finally open later in the evening, you'd be overwhelmed by the number of flooding customers that you wouldn't be able to find a seat. Bars and discotheques would also be closed for the whole month. Some tourists might also find themselves shocked by the sahur on the road parade.
Well, those might be true in some ways, but spending holidays in Jogja during Ramadan is not that bad. Not all eateries are closed; some continue to operate during the day. So, don't worry, it would still be easy for you to find something to eat.
Although Jogja would be flooded by numerous Eid Al-Fitr visitors homecoming to the city during the last week of Ramadan, making hotel room rates increase up to two-fold, the earlier weeks are indeed the low-season. Those would be the best time to spend holidays in Jogja.
1. Hotels and Airlines Offer Crazy Promo Tickets
The first two to three weeks of Ramadan are low-season, leaving many flight seats and hotel rooms unoccupied. It would be no surprise if hotels and airlines offer crazily reduced rates to meet their target of occupancy. The same goes for Homestays & Daily Boarding and Guest House & Villa in Jogja; although they might not openly offer discounts, you can directly bargain with the owner for reduced rates. You can also ask about any potential noise and other disturbances.
2. Rent Cars Would Attend "Flag Ceremony"
"Well, well, today all my cars are attending a 'flag ceremony'," a Jogja Rent A Car in Yogyakarta owner threw a joke describing how his cars are neatly parked in his pool, just like students standing in lines during a flag ceremony, as there have been no customers renting any of them. Los-season also impacts on the low number of customers renting vehicles in Jogja. While it is hard to find available rental cars during the Eid Al-Fitr holidays, the situation is totally different during Ramadan. "It's a low season for us," said Aman Amin Transport car rent owner when YogYes contacted him via WhatsApp chat. @Bening-Transport car rent owner also responded similarly. This kind of situation makes it easy for you to rent cars at far cheaper rates. YogYes have provided you with the contact, so you can directly bargain with the owner of these car rent.
3. Tourist Attractions Feel Like Private Property
Another main reason to spend holidays in Jogja in the holy month is that tourist attractions are far less crowded. It's understandable, considering that most people would feel less inclined to go out during the day. As a result, beaches would feel like private property—no more lengthy queue at selfie-worthy spots, no traffic jams during the trip to the attractions.
4. Culinary Festival All Along the Street
Every afternoon in Ramadan, many of Jogja's streets would transform into something much like Bangkok's Siloam Road. Food stall vendors would line neatly on roadsides, catering to customers around iftar time. You'd easily find hundreds of food and maybe even some rarely-found ones like kicak, corobikang cake, and many more.
5. Unusual Eatery's Open Hour
A friend from outside Java was once confused by Jogjanese's dining time. Some 5 late night eatings in jogja would have already sold out in no time. These eateries include Nasi Campur Demangan and Gudeg Pawon, to name a few. The thing is, this indeed is a particular blessing for fasting tourists. The eateries' open hour, somewhere around midnight, means it's close to sahur (pre-dawn meal) time. This means a two-in-one package of having sahur while also taking culinary tour, right?
Text Muhammad Dirgantara Esa Valentino AM
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