My family like to go to Bali island by car. We’ve experienced this kind of road trip twice, first was on 2011, second was (and maybe the last) on 2016. Frankly speaking, it’s really exhausted to go to Bali Island from Bogor (West Java) by car. In my personal opinion, it’s better to take plane to Bali island instead of road trip. If we go there by car, we took 2 days to get into Bali island. But if we go there by plane (from Jakarta), it only takes 1 hour 40 minutes. But yeah, we can do some culinary and visit some places in Java. And it is an unforgettable experience to do a road trip. So, which one do you choose? If you are still considering about road trip to Bali island, please go ahead to read this 😉
Day 1: West Java – Central Java
Day 2: Central Java – East Java
Day 3: East Java – Bali
Day 4: Bali
Day 5: Bali – East Java
Day 6: East Java – Central Java
Day 7: Central Java – West Java
Total diesel: Rp880.000. We used our car, Toyota Avanza. Distance between Bogor and Bali using our car, 1141km. We spent around Rp7.000.000 (for 6 people, exclude souvenirs) in total. For those of you who want to know more about our trip, here is the detail of each day of the trip. But I’ll write it until the day 4. Because day 5, day 6, and day 7 was quite same with day 3, day 2, and day 1.
On the first day, we went out from our home in Bogor, West Java at 8am. We were 6 people in total (me, my parents, my uncles, and driver). Our first stop was in Central Java. We had lunch in a local Chinese restaurant, named “Bie Seng Brebes” in Brebes Regency, Central Java. Then, we continued to go to Sam Poo Kong, a must-visit temple in Semarang, Central Java.
According to Wikipedia, Sam Poo Kong is the oldest Chinese temple in Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia. Originally established by the Chinese Muslim explorer Zheng He, it is now shared by Indonesians of multiple religious denominations, including Muslims and Buddhists, and ethnicities, including Chinese and Javanese. The Sam Poo Kong temple complex includes five temples in a mixed Chinese and Javanese architectural style. The temples are Sam Poo Kong (the oldest), Tho Tee Kong, Kyai Juru Mudi Temple, Kyai Jangkar Temple, and Kyai Cundrik Bumi Temple. An additional worship site, Mbah Kyai Tumpeng, is also located within the complex. The buildings are spread over 3.2 hectares (7.9 acres).
We arrived at Sam Poo Kong around 5pm. It was cloudy and almost dark. If you want to take better picture, you need to arrive here earlier. We also did some pray at this temple. We took 1 hour to pray and stroll around here. This was our second visit to Sam Poo Kong. The temple was still the same as 5 years ago. One of the beautiful temple in Java.
FYI, parking fee at Sam Poo Kong is Rp5.000. If you want to pray, you also need to pay Rp20.000 per person. There’s also admission fee Rp3.000 per person for local people, and Rp15.000 per person for foreigners.
Sam Poo Kong
Jalan Simongan No.129, Bongsari, Semarang Barat, Kota Semarang, Jawa Tengah 50148Opening Hours06:00-23:00
It was 6pm already after we left Sam Poo Kong. It’s time to get some food around Semarang. We stopped at local restaurant, Ayam Goreng Lombok Idjo Semarang. Then we continued our journey to the temple in Ungaran, named Vihara Avalokitesvara.
Vihara Avalokitesvara is built upon a place that is believed to have been visited by the late Kyai Pandanaran (founder of Semarang). Many years later, Joyo Suprapto, came to meditate on the same spot, and had a premonition to build a Vihara (worship place for Buddhist). And so he did, and it still is standing as one of the most visited place for Buddhist religious events. This Vihara has set numerous national records for making replicas of giant dragon and golden roosters.
Because it is built on the hill, we enjoyed night city scene from Vihara Avalokitesvara. It’s so peaceful. We also did some pray at this temple. If you want to buy the incense to pray, it costs Rp12.000 per person.
Vihara Avalokitesvara Sri Kukus Redjo Gunung Kalong
Jl. Brigjen Katamso, Susukan, Ungaran Tim., Semarang, Jawa Tengah 50516
Tonight we stayed at a villa in Bandungan, named Citra Dewi Bandungan. It is really cheap. 1 cottage (2 rooms inside) for 6 people, Rp160.000. But, it’s quite dirty and we also found some cockroach inside the room.
That’s all for the first day of the road trip. On the next day, we’re gonna go to East Java 😀