Photo: Another day in the Javanese countryside.

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Several tour companies run Yogya village bike tours, which provide real insights into authentic Javanese village life. On first impressions, Yogyakarta may seem like a busy traffic-clogged modern city, but minutes out of town the paddy fields mature, farmers tend their crops and local industries produce traditional products, just as they have done for millennia.

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We have done trips with both Via Via and Satu Dunia, but others run similar trips—generally the itineraries are comparable, as what you see will really depend on what’s going on in the villages on the day you visit. They are “fluid”, as these are not contrived trips.

It gets crowded on the roads. Photo taken in or around Bike tours, Yogyakarta, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

It gets crowded on the roads. Photo: Sally Arnold

Our trips began in the Prawirotaman area, from where it’s a 15-minute ride though somewhat challenging traffic (for folk who are not used to Indonesian roads). If you have kids in tow, or are not confident, ask to arrange a way of avoiding the main roads. Once you’re in the countryside, flick your camera onto the panorama setting; it’s going to be hard to not want to make constant stops. Friendly guides have a good rapport with the local farmers, and you’ll be invited to join in whatever the current activity is, be it planting, harvesting or ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)


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