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Indonesia – Borobudur Waisak Day Lantern Festival

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5 Days
Availability : 17 May 2018
17 May 2018
21 May 2018
Min Age : 12+
Max People : 15
Tour Dates & Price

17th May 2019 to 21st May 2019



Duration is based on Land Tour.
International Flights are excluded.

Tour Details

An archipelago of over 17,000 islands of which only 6,000 are inhabited, Indonesia remains a destination that cannot be covered in one or two brief trips. There remains plenty of adventure in this diverse archipelago that lies within the Ring of Fire.


Thousands of Buddhist devotees in Indonesia will gather to celebrate Waisak Lantern Festival together. A walking procession to Borobudur Temple follow by the night activites of chanting and praying. The highlight moment of this festival comes when thousands of lanterns are released in the night sky.

UNUSUAL EXPEDITION’s trips are well known for accomplishing a lot in just a few days. We basically pack a lot of content with different themes in a single trip. This workshop will be no different. Locations shoots each day are dependant on daily weather and lighting conditions.

Suggested Departure Flight

Airasia Flight
Singapore – Yogyakarta
11:10AM – 12:25pm

Note: International Flights are excluded.

Suggested Return Flight

Airasia Flight
Yogyakarta – Singapore
07:25AM – 10:45AM

Note: International Flights are excluded.

Price Includes

  • Hotel Accomodation
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • All transportation in destination location
  • All meals as stated in Itinerary

Price Excludes

  • Return International Air Ticket
  • Return Domestic Air Ticket
  • Guide Service Fee - SGD10 per day
  • Driver Service Fee - SGD5 per day
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees
  • Porter Services
  • Visa Fees (If Applicable)
  • Beverages / Alcohol during meals
  • Personal Travel Insurance (Compulsory – Self Purchased)
  • Photography Setup Fee (If applicable)


  • Mineral Water
What to Expect

Around 20,000 Buddhists from all across Indonesia and abroad celebrate Waisak Day in the Borobudur Temple, at Central Java. Buddhist monks will join together to repeat mantras and meditate as they circuit the temple in a ritual. The peak of the procession would be held near midnight and would be marked by releasing 1,000 lanterns that light the night sky.

  • Borobudur Temple
  • Traditional Arts
  • Cultural Festival
  • Home Industries

Upon arrival at Yogyakarta, you will be greeted at the airport and directly transferred to Solo (about 1 hours drive) for an overnight stay. We will spend the afternoon nearby attractions and the lake until sunset.

Meals: (L,D)

We depart for the Kemuning tea plantation at around 4am for a sunrise shoot session. The plantation is managed by the PT. Agro Kemuning Tourism located in the Kemuning village, at a height of 1,540m above sea level. Located in an area that lies between the Sukuh Temple and Cetho Temple, the plantation offers spectacular natural mountainous views. You will be able to see not just miles of beautiful green, but also the tea pickers who labour in the refreshingly cool climate. They start work from dawn till dusk, carefully and patiently making their way through the plantation. It is a sight you will never be able to find in the city, and make for unique photo ops.

After this, we will make our way back to Solo, where we will be able to view lush rice terraces and locals going about their day. We will make a stop at a traditional gong maker, a Javanese musical instrument, before driving back to Borobodur for the Jatilan dance performance.

Meals: (B,L,D)

We rise early, and make our way to the Borobudur temple at around 4.30am for a sunrise shoot of the sprawling temple complex. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist temple, and is the world’s largest Buddhist temple, one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world.

After our morning session, we will visit some local handicraft makers around the area for some street photography, before joining the Waisek Day celebration that lasts until midnight.

Meals: (B,L,D)

It’s another early day! We depart at 4.30am for Semtubu hill for one of the most amazing sunrises this part of the world. We may stop at some local markets for photo shoots along the way, time permitting. After this, we will head to the Prambanan Hindu temple complex for a sunset photography session.  

Meals: (B,L,D)

You are free to explore the area in the morning on your own until it is time to head for the airport. This is the end of your expedition.

Meals: (B)

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