The Ultimate Dieng Plateau Travel Guide – It won’t be enough talking about Indonesian beauty, as an archipelago, Indonesia has always something to offer for wanderlusts. When you are in Central Java, spend your day or two to visit Dieng Plateau, the abode of the Gods.
For over 100 years, Dieng Plateau has stolen visitors’ attention from different walks of life, including Dutch tourists that dominated tourists in 20th century.
Not only does Dieng Plateau have spectacular view of nature, rich culture, appealing history – Dieng Plateau also has some interesting folklore to learn.
Here’s everything you need to know in the ultimate Dieng Plateau travel guide, Central Java, Indonesia
Climate: cold, with the averaging temperature between 12 – 20 degrees Celcius in the morning and 6 – 10 degrees Celcius at night. In dry season (July – August), Dieng Plateau temperature could reach 0 degrees Celcius in the morning.
Languange: mostly locals speak Javanese, but they also fluent in Bahasa Indonesia as it’s an official language. It’d be quite difficult for foreign tourist to communicate as only a couple of locals can speak a proper English.
Currency: Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)
Banks/Money changer: cash is a king! Local banks are limited and no money changers here. So prepare sufficient cash in Rupiah for your convenience.
How to get there?
One of the easiest and cheapest ways to get to Dieng Plateau is from Jakarta. If you are from Jakarta, you can take KAI train from Senen Train Station to Purwokerto, Central Java.
From Purwokerto, you need to pass Wonosobo Regency first then you finally arrive in Dieng Plateau. It takes approximately 4-5 hours by road/cars to reach Dieng Plateau from Purwokerto.
I strongly suggest you to join open trip so the team will fetch you either in Purwokerto or Wonosobo. But, if you are foreign tourists, you’d better have a private tour guide.
There are also some other alternatives – from Jogjakarta, Magelang, or Solo by chartered cars.
Where to stay?
Considering Dieng Plateau is a remote area, so you won’t find hotels/resorts. If you do, the numbers of them are limited. Tourists usually stay at a homestay. Even if it’s just a homestay, it’s so comfy and livable.
When I and my friends back in 2014 visited Dieng, we chose Arjuna Homestay for 4D3N stay. The homestay offered complete facilities and services including hot showers and meals for 3 times a day.
If you are willing to stay here during your holiday, here’s the details of the Arjuna Homestay.
Arjuna Homestay – Telaga Warna Street 2/1 Dieng Kejajar (+6281392329091/+6281228340737)
You can also find hotels through Agoda, it offers some options of hotel.
Where to find food?
When you are in Wonosobo, the mandatory food you should try is Mie Ongklok (noodles with thick sauce). You’ll easily find Mie Ongklok everywhere as it’s typical food of Wonosobo and tasty.
For the daily meals, find a homestay/hotel that provides all your meals during your stay as there aren’t many options of warung (outlets that sell food) in Dieng Plateau.
8 Important Tips Before Visiting Dieng Plateau, Central Java, Indonesia
Visiting Dieng Plateau requires good physical condition.
Besides that, there are some certain rules to obey as it’s still mystical area for tourists with its do’s and don’ts. Here are some tips for you:
- Considering Dieng Plateau weather is cold, bring your jacket, socks, scarfs, and gloves if you really want to stay comfortably there
- You’ll trek a lot in Dieng, so prepare your sport shoes/mountaineering boots/mountain slippers
- Bring your sunscreen and personal medicines
- For those who can’t stand cold, don’t visit in dry season (July – August) as the temperature can drop to 0 degrees Celcius in the morning and minus at night
- Watch your words and attitude especially in Telaga Warna, Telaga Pengilon, Semar Cave, Arjuna Complex, and some other mystical spots
- Prepare small change during your way to Sikunir Hill. There are usually local street singers that softly force you to give them some money along the way
- Cash is king, in case you want to buy some gifts for your loved ones such as carica or potato chips
- If you don’t get used to trekking, better hold yourself not to trek to Sikunir Hill. It seriously drains energy and tiring with its narrow and challenging tracks
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