Waisak Lantern Festival Photo Tour – Borobudur Indonesia

from $1,500


Thousands of Buddhist devotees in Indonesia will gather to celebrate Waisak Lantern Festival in Borobudur together. A walking procession to Borobudur Temple follow by the night activities of chanting and praying. The highlight moment of this festival comes when thousands of lanterns are released in the night sky. We will guide you in our photo tour workshop to capture these beautiful moments.


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.

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.

  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided Tours, Short Breaks
  • Activity Level Fairly Easy
  • Group Size Medium Group
All about the Waisak Lantern Festival Photo Tour – Borobudur Indonesia.


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)

(Exact photography locations will depend on weather conditions.)

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

Hotel accommodation

Tour guide

Entrance fees

Land transportation in destination

Group transfer to airport

All meals as stated in itinerary

What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

Return International Air Ticket

Return Domestic Air Ticket (If Any)

Guide Tips – S$10 per day

Driver Tips

Any Private Expenses

Room Service Expenses

Porter Services

Visa Fees (If Applicable)

Beverages / Alcohol Drinks during Meals

Personal Travel Insurance (Compulsory – Self Purchased)

Photography Setup Fee (If applicable)