solo city travel guide

solo city travel guide

Solo City travel guide

When you heard the word "Solo", you might guess that I'm going for a solo travelling again, but no, this time it's a city name. A while ago me and my friends took a road trip to the city. We started off in Semarang, visited Ambarawa, then Solo. The city's full name is Surakarta, but a lot people is calling it as "Solo" for brief. I visited Solo some time ago but haven't got a chance to write about it until now. This quaint city in Central Java is notably one of the most emerging city. It has a combination of old and new, traditional and modern, making it having its own charm.

Things to do in Solo

Triwindu Market
We went there out of curiosity to see if we could find an antique camera. Apparently there are quite a lot of stalls but mostly selling homewares, knick-knacks and furniture. The place is quite old and if you really want to get a good find, you need to really look through entirely.

Kraton Solo or Surakarta Hadiningrat Palace
The famous Keraton Palace is a historical building featuring sculptures, weapons, and history of the city monarchy. The javanese empire has an interesting history of the bygone era before Indonesia's indpendence. Unfortunately, some part of the Kraton is not open for public as it serves as the residence of the suntan / prince of Solo and his family.

Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa

Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa is a Javanese Spa founded by the granddaughter of Solo's King Susuhunan PakoeBoewono X, Dr, BRA Mooryati Soedibyo. She is born and raised at the Javanese Keraton, she is knowledgeable of Royal Javanese tradition like the jamu and other traditional beauty treatment. With the expertise she founded PT.MUSTIKA RATU a company which manufactures jamu and traditional cosmetics from natural ingredient, which then expands to Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa. The spa treatment that we tried was the 90 minutes Taman Sari Massage which is a deep tissue massage with essential oil.

Shop for batik
Going to Solo won't be complete without shopping for batik. Batik is an Indonesian technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to whole cloth. . One of the famous batik shop is Batik omah Laweyan located on Dr Radjiman Road. You can shop a range of batik from the affordable to the exquisite ones. They also have a batik class where you can learn to colour the fabric.

Omah Selat
One of the famous food in Solo is Selat which is a meal  consisting of a combination of steak, vegetable, and fries. We tried Omah Selat, one of the well known restaurants located in a neighbourhood area. The place is filled with Javanese decoration, knick knacks, and sculptures. The food was great and we love the meat. Unfortunately the sauce was a bit too sweet to our liking.

Where to Stay

Rumah Batu Villa and Spa
One thing I like about Solo is that the city is so tranquil. Houses and hotels are located a bit far from each other and there is minimal noise. We tried this boutique hotel called Rumah Batu that is located among rice fields. It has a sparkling outdoor pool, perfect for relaxing and spending the day on the hotel. The room was quite nice and has complete amenities. 
Address:Jl. Ovensari Raya No.8, Dusun I, Kadilangu.

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