Pentingsari Traditional Village, Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta is surprising in so many different ways. While Yogyakarta’s city life is young and contemporary, there is also traditional side to the city that cannot be overlooked. People have called the area home for hundreds and thousands of years, and there is a curious mix of Hindu, Muslim and European influences.


Pentingsari village is the place for Nature and culture enthusiasts located on the slope of mount Merapi, Yogyakarta. It is a remote village, surrounded by luscious tropical forest and rice paddies. The government has developed the concept of tourist villages, also known as desa wisata. These are usually not purpose-built villages but true original villages, lived in by local people who usually work predominantly in one trade or the other.

A visit to Pentingsari village offers rural atmosphere with a variety of activities, facilities, to learn the everyday activities of the villagers. Here, you can have a go at cultivating the ground on the back of a buffalo and even have a go at planting the rice. If you love the feeling of mud between your toes, you are in for a treat. If mud isn’t your thing, you can wander between the buildings and trees, and forget about the world you left behind.

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You can also opt for trekking, hiking, visiting historical sites, fruit picking, batik making, traditional puppet and handicraft, cooking traditional foods or experience home staying at one of the traditional houses with the locals.

Ride an andong (horse carriage), the clip clop of the horse’s hooves on the muddy roads, the refreshing wind, the lush landscape with a succession of rice paddies, pawpaw orchards and chilli fields. You get to see some real villages along the way, with weather hardened people, tiny convenience shops, chickens in the front yards. Farmers transporting their goats on their motorbikes, the cloud covered mountains in the distance.

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How to get to Yogyakarta

From Bali or Jakarta catch one of the many daily flights to Yogyakarta, the village is located at the Merapi Mountain slope.

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