In this post I will show several spot for best sunrise and sunset around Yogyakarta and also Dieng Plateau. The first one would be to see sea of clouds early morning before sunrise at Taman Buah Mangunan, near Yogyakarta.
As for sunset, there is Puncak Becici.
After a long ride north, you will arrive at Wonosobo near Dieng Plateau. This is a good base for you if you want to climb Sikunir to witness one of the best Sunrise in Indonesia. Because the sky will appear yellow and golden which gave the name Sikunir. Stay at Hotel Kresna to experience the old Dutch Architecture style building and also some historical event inside the hotel.
If you feel like local food, you can just walk 3 blocks outside the hotel to try the ‘Mie Ongklok‘.
To reach Sikunir, you need a car to arrive at the parking lot or the base camp of the mountain. It took around 2 hours from hotel, so make sure you start early especially if it is weekend. Oh, make sure to wear layers to stay warm while up on the mountain. During the weekend, the traffic will be heavy and sometimes to climb the mountain, it will get congested half way. So start early. The hike was not so so hard, since most of the tracks are paved and most part is just stairs. There are several look out point, I decided to just go for the top. But, make sure to pace yourself, since the last part of the climb is not paved yet. The sunrise is spectacular. I was lucky to capture the lenticular clouds over the mountain. Here are some from the sunrise.
I went down to the place where my car was parked. I saw several stall which sell some snacks. Since potato is famous here, I decided to try their steam mini potato and some fried potato. It was delicious and a nice mini breakfast to stay warm.
Make sure to explore the area, there are many attractions and things to see and experience around the plateau. From the multi colored lake, Arjuna Temple, flying fox, the theater to learn more about the history of Dieng Plateau and also several different view of the plateau.
Hope you have fun there!