Wonosobo is a small regency and city in Central Java, Indonesia. Wonosobo lies between 2 mountains, Mount Sindoro and Mount Sumbing, and enjoys cool and humid weather all the time. Like any other small cities in Central Java, Wonosobo is very quiet, peaceful city, and the city life is practically ended at 6-7 pm.
The city's name is derived from Sanskrit Vanasabha, which means "gathering place in the forest". Wonosobo, as well as the other nearest city, Temanggung, is well-known for its tobacco and tea plantation. The view of tobacco and tea plantation will greet you upon entering the city. Situated in 270 m to 2250 m above sea level, Wonosobo region is also a perfect place for vegetables farming, with almost every vegetables known in groceries store are planted here.
in July and August, farmers in the outskirts of Wonosobo, especially Wonosobo-Temanggung border, will begin harvesting tobacco leaf. They will use street along the way to Wonosobo extensively to dry the tobacco leaf, and then transport it to the city. You will encounter slight traffic when you enter the city from Magelang.
The main bus station is Mendolo, approximately 8 km to the east of the city center. There are regular services to and from Jakarta, mainly Sinar Jaya bus network, with costs around Rp 60,000 (non A/C) - Rp 75,000 (A/C).
If you are planning to go to Wonosobo from Yogyakarta, you need to go to Giwangan Bus Terminal, and hop on to the bus to Magelang. It will cost you around Rp 15,000 (depends on the bus, A/C or without A/C). In Magelang Bus Terminal, find a small bus to go to Wonosobo, the bus is without A/C. It will cost you around Rp 15,000.
You can get to the city center from Mendolo bus station using yellow Angkot. Just tell the driver to get to Plasa, the city center.
There are several travel agents in Yogyakarta providing minivan (Mitsubishi L300, Isuzu Panther) to go to Wonosobo. the cost is Rp 36,000 - Rp 40,000.
Take this one with caution. Sometimes, if you're unlucky, you will get a driver who will take a break for more than 30 minutes without asking his passengers how long they need to stop, plus he's cranky. If you're lucky, you will get a friendly and understanding driver. The cars are quite old and uncomfortable. They said full-AC, but the fact is the driver couldn't bother to turn the AC on. The trip from Yogyakarta to Wonosobo takes 4 hours, longer than the 3-hour normal travel time by car. Watch out for bedbugs on the car seat too. This one costs Rp 40,000.
If you're willing to take a bit of an adventurous journey, take this one. They take a different route and the road is narrower and curvier, but it cuts the traveling time to half. They use new APV's, like Suzuki APV, which is far more comfortable than the old Mitsubishi L300 and faster too. This one costs Rp 45,000 from Yogyakarta to Wonosobo and Rp 50,000 from Wonosobo to Yogyakarta. Make sure you reserve a seat first a day before your travel date.
The main public transportation in the city are Angkot and Dokar (horse-pulled cart with 2 wheels). Angkot are centralized in Pasar Induk Wonosobo (Wonosobo major traditional marketplace), near Plasa. The fare is around Rp 1,500 (short distance) - 4,000 (long distance).
Air pollution is scarce, however the smell of horse manure will certainly be part of your travel around Wonosobo. Do haggle when you intend to ride a Dokar. Usually for a short distance trip, they will go for Rp 5,000.
Wonosobo is well-known for its mountaineous scenery. The view of Mount Sindoro and Sumbing itself from the city will draw amazement.
You can get different types of chips, made locally in Wonosobo. Ranging from cassava-based chips to mushroom chips, the varieties of chips would entertain your taste buds. You can find them in any "oleh-oleh" (gift) shops in the city. There is one shop, called Tri Rasa, located in front of Hotel Surya Asia (Jl. Jenderal Ahmad Yani) that offers several interesting options.
Wonosobo is well known for its traditional snacks and appetizers.
Several budget hotels ("losmen") are available and mostly located on the main street.
The local area code for Wonosobo is 286