THE BEST WAY TO BOROBUDUR, INDONESIA
From LAX, connecting service (change of planes) to Yogyakarta is offered on Singapore, Thai, Air China, China Southern, Korean, Qantas, Philippine, Asiana and All Nippon, connecting to Garuda. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $1,299, excluding taxes and fees.
To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 62 (country code for Indonesia) and the local number.
WHERE TO STAY
Manohara Center for Borobudur Study, Jalan Badrawati, Borobudur, Magelang 56553; 293-788-680, http://www.borobudurpark.co.id. A small, charming guest house originally built for archaeologists and researchers on the grounds of Borobudur with a good restaurant, introductory video and sunrise tours; doubles start around $76, including temple admission, breakfast and tea.
Amanjiwo, 293-788-333, http://www.amanresorts.com/amanjiwo/home.aspx. A luxurious Aman resort hidden above Borobudur with a silver leaf-covered ceiling in the restaurant, graceful limestone pool and other-worldly suite; rates start around $750 a night.
Yogyakarta has a variety of hotels, including a ritzy Sheraton and Hyatt on its outskirts. In the center, I liked the stylish, new Whiz Hotel, 8 Jalan Dagen, Malioboro, 274 583328, http://www.whizhotels.com. Doubles start about $50, including breakfast.
WHERE TO EAT
Bale Raos, 1 Jalan Magangan Kulon, Yogyakarta 55131; 274-415-550. A restaurant in the Yogyakarta palace serving Javanese dishes favored by Sultan Hamengkubuwono, $7-$10.
Sosrowijayan Street has lots of inexpensive, tourist-friendly choices, including FM Café (14 Jalan Sosrowijayan, dishes around $2) for Western breakfasts, fried rice and noodles; also check out the excellent food court in Malioboro Mall, 52-58 Jalan Malioboro, Yogyakarta.
TO LEARN MORE
Indonesia's official tourism website is http://www.indonesia.travel.
Information on Borobudur and Prambanan is available at http://www.borobudurpark.co.id.
Borobudur Tour & Travel, the agency that booked my trip, is at http://www.borobudurtourandtravel.com; my guided, three-day visit cost less than $400, including van transportation and accommodations.