Sala, Surakarta, Solo – the ancient Mataram kingdom may have many names, but one heckuva charming personality! Just 65 kilometres away from the more popular Yogyakarta, this Central Java city is the epitome of authentic Indonesian experience. Travellers who want to get away from the tourist trail will be more than happy to explore Solo’s many charming atrractions such as Istana Mangkunegaran, Radya Pustaka Museum, Danar Hadi and Karaton Surakarta. The foodies will love savouring the delectable local cuisines such as Nasi Gudeg, Nasi Liwet, Timlo, Tengkleng, Selat Solo and Srabi Notosuman, whilst the history buffs will love visiting Sukuh, Cetho and other ancient temples. This unique Batik-land of many wonders has much to offer to the unassuming explorer.