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Is ViaVia a franchise?

What does ViaVia mean?

Why in Jogja?

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ViaVia are meeting places for world travelers, crossroads between east and west, north and south

In 1994, a group of Belgian travelers met to share experiences from the road. They worried about the negative impact of mass tourism on the environment and local people, and shared ideas of sustainable tourism respectful of nature and culture. The dream to set up cafes around the world to implement their ideas developed. The first ViaVia opened in 1995. Today the ViaVia family stretches across 15 establishments on 4 continents.
Each ViaVia is set up in synch with its unique local environment. There is no such thing as a McViaVia with fries. Instead ViaVia offers the best of World Kitchen and local delicacies. Whereas ViaVia in Argentina offers Tango lessons, ViaVia in Jogja offers trips to a Javanese village, city walks or a taste of traditional medicine, Jamu. Whereas ViaVia in Senegal works together with street children, ViaVia in Jogja offers art space to young local artists. ViaVia is also often the venue of concerts, Friday night Jazz, performance art, film festivals and debates. Parts of the ViaVia profits go to support educational, social and cultural projects in and around Jogjakarta.

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ViaVia Jogja, Jl. Prawirotaman 30, Jogjakarta. Phone: +62 274 386557
OPEN: every day 7.30am - 11.00pm - www.viaviajogja.com - 2012
 

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What is ViaVia?
In 1994, a group of Belgian travelers met to share experiences from the road. They worried about the negative impact of mass tourism on the environment and local people, and shared ideas of sustainable tourism respectful of nature and culture. The dream to set up cafes around the world to implement their ideas developed. The first ViaVia opened in 1995.
ViaVia Traveler's Cafes are meeting places for world travelers.
People visit ViaVia to rinse off the dust of the road and meet fellow travelers as well as local people. Food, drinks, music, art, trips and tours, cultural and social projects, all bring people and cultures together in an open-minded spirit based on respect and amazement.
In most ViaVia's you can stay overnight.
ViaVia Traveler's Cafes are heavens of travel information. Locally embedded and involved in local daily life, they give an extra dimension to your discovery of the country, the culture and the people.
ViaVia inspires to travel, to discover and to broaden your horizon.

How many ViaVia's are there? Are they all the same?
Today the ViaVia family stretches across 16 establishments on 4 continents. ViaVia Chengdu in China being the youngest of them all. Each ViaVia is different and set up in synch with its unique local environment. It is not a franchise, which means there is no such thing as a McViaVia with fries.
ViaVia's offer the best of World Kitchen and local delicacies. Whereas ViaVia in Argentina offers Tango lessons, ViaVia in Jogja offers trips to a Javanese village, city walks or a taste of traditional medicine, Jamu. Whereas ViaVia in Senegal works together with street children, ViaVia in Jogja offers art space to young local artists. ViaVia is also often the venue of concerts, Friday night Jazz, performance art, film festivals and debates. Parts of the ViaVia profits go to support educational, social and cultural projects in and around Jogjakarta.

Who is the founder of ViaVia?
Mie was part of a group of tour-leaders for a Belgian travel agency known for its adventurous tours and expeditions and its standpoint on responsible tourism. She also took part in giving training to new tour-leaders and regularly got together to discuss training techniques and philosophy on traveling. Some of them had come up with the idea to set up a traveler's cafe in Belgium, which could be promoting a different way of looking at the world and through all kinds of activities. It inspired her and some others to think more globally and they saw a similar concept in different places in the world. It could become a hub for travelers, for local communities and a place to learn about contemporary daily life. In other words, they aspired to be cross-cultural meeting spots and implement the ideas of sustainable tourism. She came to Jogjakarta in 1995 with the Goal of setting up ViaVia here.

What does ViaVia mean?
Via is very common word in many languages. "I heard about Jogja VIA my travel agent." Or "I know about jazz night via-via my friends." In Latin VIA also means road. In Indonesian it translates to JALAN. And JALAN-JALAN stands for traveling.

Is ViaVia a franchise?
Every ViaVia has a different organizational structure according to the local rules and restrictions. One thing we all have in common is that we belong to the big Living Stone group and all the ViaVia's share the same philosophy and logo. The ViaVia cooperative in Belgium structures and binds us all together.
Since last year a Belgian coordinator has been assigned for all ViaVia's.

How long has ViaVia been here in Jogja?
We opened our doors on the 18th of December in 1995 as the first international ViaVia. ViaVia Leuven was the first one starting in May 1995.

Why Jogja?
Back in the 90's Indonesia was a very popular travel destination well known as being a good introduction to travel the rest of Asia. On the Java - Bali route, Jogjakarta usually is one of the first stops for travelers. We thought that by offering alternatives besides the traditional tours, at the start of people's travels through Indonesia, we could somehow contribute to bringing the daily local culture and the sensitivity to sustainable and community based tourism a bit closer to them. Maybe we could even have a tiny small impact on looking at this culture and at traveling with a different pair of spectacles. We thought that if just one or two travelers would go home with a tiny itsy bitsy bit of inter-cultural awareness and pass it on to others, we would be happy. Moreover Jogja is a pleasant town with lots of traditional and contemporary art, music and culture.

Why is there no ViaVia in Bali?
It's hard enough in Jogja!

Why are there so many women working in ViaVia?
ViaVia Jogja has from the beginning practiced affirmative action of women to even out the fact the men are overly represented in the tourism industry and in management positions. As a result the majority of our staff are women, and all our managers are women. By challenging and changing the role of women, we have seen through the years that the stereotypes about women in the tourism industry have changed, which again has made ViaVia Jogja a safe workplace for women.
We want to show to the world that Indonesian women are professional and competent. We also want to provide travelers with an opportunity to get alternative perspectives on life, culture, values and religion as most other tour guides and people offering their opinions are men.
Through the years we have recruited brave and strong women, who dare to speak up, question things and share their ideas. They have become the heart and soul of ViaVia Jogja.

Is ViaVia really planting trees with Trees4Tours or is it just marketing?
We really plant trees! Every time you join a tour with motorbike or car, ViaVia supports the planting of trees by local farmers through Trees4Tours. You receive a Trees4Tours card with a unique World Identification Number assigned to the tree that has been planted for your tour. You can see where your tree is planted on www.trees4tours.org by entering your WIN number. Here you find more information about the program as well as on our website
www.viaviajogja.com
So by joining our tours you help to make our world greener.

Is the art on the wall of the ViaVia's restaurant permanent?
The walls of the ViaVia Restaurant serve as space for young local artists to exhibit their art. It's a place where young contemporary artists can experiment, try, fail and succeed. In 2013, we counted that we have organized 145 exhibitions through the years! Many successful local artists have started their careers in ViaVia.
Approximately every 3 to 4 weeks the walls go through a metamorphosis. With a coat of paint the walls are restored to their original color, making space for new artists to play freely and use the space to express their creative ideas. Because the art is shown in a public space visited by many travelers, cultural exchange happens. The artists are made to reflect on how their work will be viewed by an international audience of people who might not otherwise be interested in art. The restaurant guests are given insight into the minds of young and creative locals. Hopefully this helps to bring different people closer together. We also believe that contemporary art shows how people, society and culture are dynamic and constantly in flux. This challenges the notion of 'the exotic' and 'traditional' Indonesia, so often promoted in mainstream tourism. So for us, working with contemporary artists is a part of our philosophy of sustainable tourism.

We owe who we are to our artist friends. As a tribute we published a book in 2013 called "Sweet Seventeen. A Celebration of Contemporary Art in ViaVia Jogja". The book is found in ViaVia.

Where can I find art museums?
There is a contemporary art map displayed at our library. Take a look there or visit the following websites: www.ycam.info and www.indoartnow.com
What time does Kraton open and close?
The Sultan Palace is open from 08:00 to 14:00 pm

We have already done the city tour, Borobodur and Prambanan, what else can we do?
Have a look at our brochure or talk to us at travel!

Do you have walking and bicycle routes I can do by myself?
There is a walking application available. Ask the travel for more information.

There are also a few bicycle routes for those who dare to get lost and have more adventure. Sometimes when you get lost you come across unique spots you wouldn't see if you'd follow the beaten track. In each main street there is a sign pointing to an alley or a smaller road. The sign says: "JALUR ALTERNATIF SEPEDA MANUJU JALAN..." or "bike route to ...street". Have you ever seen it? Follow these signs; they will take you to alternative streets and rat run alleys.


Which bus do I take to Parangtritis?
Go to the corner of Jalan Parangtritis, wave at the buses called 'Parangtritis' and it will stop to pick you up. Cost is 20.000 Rupiah. Don't forget that the last bus from Parangtritis to Jogjakarta leaves at 17.30!

What time does Kraton open and close?
The Sultan Palace is open from 08:00 to 14:00 pm

What are the less visited sites in and around Jogja?
There is a lot more Jogjakarta has to offer than the Sultan palace and Malioboro Street. We would like to give you some alternatives.

We suggest you do the SPIRITUAL JAVA TOUR in the Gunung Kidul area. This tour is a spiritual journey through Javanese ethical and spiritual values
(Kejawen). You will also learn some meditation methods and exercises (Kebatinan) to achieve more insight. The Spiritual Java tour offers more than that, so feel free to ask us at travel to give you more information.

There are a lot of caves to visit in the area around Jogjakarta. One of them is called the CIREMAI CAVE. We take you in the cave by following the underground river. Slowly you discover interesting rock forms, eerie bats, crystal-clear wells and crickets with immense antennas. The Ciramai Cave is situated at the south beaches of Jogjakarta, where the Queen of the South Sea's spirit reigns.

Our RELIGION TOUR is another alternative. As you know we have different kinds of religion here: Islam, Hinduism, Protestantism, Catholicism, Buddhism and Confucianism. These religions have been intertwined with animism, the ancient Javanese faith. This tour will introduce you to all these different belief systems and gives you the chance to ask questions about... anything actually! We like to set aside taboos and discuss about the difference (and who knows the similarities) between western and eastern beliefs.

Other sites are the EROTIC TEMPLES of Candi Ceto and Candi Sukuh, both an archaeological mystery. The temples, strangely enough, remind us of the ruins of ancient Mexico...Something you would not expect in Indonesia.

KETOPRAK TOBONG is one of the last remaining nomadic theatre troupes in Yogyakarta. The theatre settled in Sleman, but before they used to travel through villages, starting from East Java. Today about 15 players remain and do performances every Wednesday and Saturday. You get the chance to go back stage and sneak a peek at how the artists prepare themselves for the play.
As Ketoprak Tobong is a rare art these days, going to this theatre helps them sustain their way of life and their ancient art. If you're looking for more information about what Tobong Kotoprak is, you can visit the website of Project Tobong: http://ketopraktobong.com/. The website is in Bahasa Indonesian and English.

Besides these we offer A WIDE RANGE OF TOURS AND COURSES, have a look at our brochure. Our tours can be modified and tailor made according to your preferences.

How do the silver and batik courses work? Is it suitable for a beginner? Can children participate? How to get there?
The silver course lets you create a piece of jewelry of choice, whether it is a ring, a pendant or earrings. This course is open for people of all ages and abilities and range from absolute beginners to professionals. Note that the course is less advised for smaller children because fire is used to shape the silver. The course can be done with children from 10 years old.
As for the batik course you don't need to be an expert to participate. During the course you will learn the basic principles of creating batik. You can let your creativity flow and create a batik painting of 50 by 50 cm. It is possible to do this course with small children (5 years old) without any risk.

Here is how the courses work. You can book the course at ViaVia's travel agency and you pay for the course only. Transport is not included so that is something you will have to organize yourself. The batik workshop is a 20 minute walk from ViaVia. If you're not in the mood to walk in these stifling hot temperatures, the becak is the best pick. It will cost you around 10.000 to 15.000 Rupiah.

The silver course workshop, named STUDIO 76 is not within walking distance from Prawirotaman. You can either go by becak or by taxi. Going by becak will take you about 30 minutes and cost you around 25.000 to 30.000 Rupiah. The taxi to STUDIO 76 is about 20 minutes (depending on the traffic) and the prices are fixed with a meter around 30.000 Rupiah. Starting price for the taxi (minimum payment) is 15.000 Rupiah.

Is the cooking course for children too?
Yes, children from 6 years old and older can participate with the cooking course.

The Ring Of Fire, a cookbook with the best of Indonesian cooking, by ViaVia Jogja and Ibu Made. Available in ViaVia for 125.000 Rp


Which island should I go to after Java?
All islands are worth visiting, it depends on how much time you have and which budget. The most important thing not to do when you want to visit Indonesian islands is rush! Take your time.

Where can I get ferry tickets to Sulawesi?
Ferry tickets to Sulawesi can be bought in travel agencies that offer Pelni ferry services. The ferry leaves from Surabaya to Makassar, Sulawesi and takes one night. Makassar is located south of South Sulawesi. On the website of Pelni you can look up the schedule and prices. Unfortunately you cannot make a reservation. For that you need to go to one of the following agencies in Jogjakarta:
The travel agency Haromas Jaya on Jalan Gowongan Kidul provides a ticketing service for ferries to Saluwasi. Tel: 0274-516413
Where can I get a good massage?
Our Jamu and Massage tour offers you the better of two worlds: Jamu, traditional Indonesian medicine and a good massage. We introduce you to the wonders of exotic spices, the main ingredients of Jamu. The tour ends with a relaxing massage. The massage is given by blind people. Since their other senses are strengthened due to their lack of sight, they are particularly good at their profession.

If you are looking for a massage only following places are nearby and offer good quality:
Jari Menari - Reflexology & SPA
Offers the following treatments: Javanese massage, aromatherapy massage, body scrub
Address: Jalan Prawirotaman 15, Jogjakarta
Sari Kartika Spa
This beauty spa offers massages, manicure, pedicure and hair care. It's a bit more expensive than Jari Menari, but worth it. Note that they only accept couples (no men alone).
Address: Jalan Tirtotipuran (cross Jalan Parangtritis from Prawirotaman, walk about 100m and the spa will be at your right side)
Other addresses in Prawirotaman are R, Tirta and Sayana.

Where can I get train tickets?
You can get train tickets at the station and at Handya Travel Agency. Note that Handya charges 10.000 Rupiah to make you reservation. Our map shows its' location

Furthermore you can also make train reservations online on the following website: http://kereta-api.co.id/ . The website is in Indonesian, but the following list gives you a translation, to make your booking easier:
pilih perjalanan anda: choose your itinerary
tanggal: date
stasiun asal: Departure station (= Gambir)
stasiun tujuan: terminal station (= Jogjakarta)
dewasa: number of adults
anak: number of children
kode verifikasi: verification code

What do I need to do to extend my Tourist Visa on Arrival?
Please make sure that you are updated on the Visa Policies issued by the Indonesian Immigration Authorities. ViaVia Jogja is not responsible for any changes to this policy.

! Be sure to start your visa application 1 week before your visa expires.

In June 2013, the following procedure was valid:

Extending your visa by yourself:
1. You go to the Immigration Office
Address: Jalan Solo, Jogjakarta (a big blue building, very close to the airport). You can find the location of the immigration office on our map.
2. Bring the following items
- Passport
- Passport pictures (4x)
- A flight ticket stating you are leaving Indonesia.
- Bring 350.000 IDR
- A black pen! The forms have to be written in black ink.
3. Fill in the application form
4. Buy the materai tax stamp: costs 7.000 to 8.000 IDR (can be found at the immigration Office)
5. You will get a receipt that says when you have to return to pay and get your passport with the new visa in. Normally you pay the 350.000 IDR then.
6. The whole process takes 5 working days.

Extending your visa via an agent:
1. ViaVia has a contact, but unfortunately he doesn't speak English. Feel free to ask us at ViaVia travel for his contact information.
2. Extending your visa through an agent will cost you 500.000 IDR.


How do I get to Borobudur?
PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Option 1: You take the Trans Jogja Bus number 2A or 2B to Jombor terminal north of the city. Then take a bus to Borobudur. The staff of Trans Jogja can help you point which bus is going to Borobudur (60 to 90 min). Please notice that the last bus from Borobudur leaves at 4 pm.
Option 2: Catch the bus at the intersection of the South Ring Road and Jalan Parangtritis, about 3 km south of ViaVia. From Prawirotaman you can take a becak to this intersection or you can catch a bus in front of Tante Lies direction Parangtritis beach and get off at the south ring road. There you have to cross the street and catch the bus to Borobudur. This bus won't drop you at the temple; you will have to walk another 10 minutes to get there. A bus ticket to Borobudur costs 15.000 Rp.

SHUTTLE BUS
Travel Agencies in Prawirotaman have shuttle buses going to Borobudur. ViaVia does not offer the shuttle bus service because we want to guarantee quality.

PRIVATE TRANSPORT:
You can also hire private transport. ViaVia provides a car with driver.

ALTERNATIVE TOUR TO BOROBUDUR. We take you through small village roads where you will enjoy the beautiful scenery. This tour can be done either by car or on the back of a motorbike.

How do I get to Prambanan?
PUBLIC TRANSPORT
From Jalan Kol. Sugiyono take the TransJogja number 2A.
Get off at Kehutanan and change to 3A
Get off at JEC and change to 1A, this bus will take you directly to Prambanan.

SHUTTLE
Travel Agencies in Prawirotaman have shuttles buses going to Prambanan. ViaVia does not offer the shuttle bus service because we want to guarantee quality.

PRIVATE TRANSPORT
You can also hire private transport. ViaVia provides a car with driver.

VIAVIA PRAMBANAN TOURS
We have two tours to Prambanan. We offer a tour on the back of a motorbike via bustling small city roads and village paths to Prambanan. Another tour combines Prambanan and the hidden temples. These temples, jewels set in beautiful surroundings, are mostly unvisited and stand in the shadows of Prambanan.
These two tours can also be arranged by car.

Where can I find which cultural events are going on in Jogja?
You can find information of on-going events on the following websites
http://jogjanews.com/ Features cultural and arts events in Jogja. This page is in Bahasa Indonesian, but you search the website via Google and translate the page.

http://www.yogyes.com/ Features content about Jogjakarta and it's events.

http://www.insideindonesia.org/ Is a non-profit, online magazine about Indonesia by Indonesians and others who traveled or did research in Indonesia. It focuses on human rights, environmental, social and cultural issues.

JogjaAd & JogMag (provide a small picture of the magazines?) are also good sources of information.

We will gladly help you look for upcoming events through our Facebook page, so please ask us at ViaVia Travel.

How do I get to Bromo?
There are different ways to get to Bromo: public transport, shuttle bus and private car. We also offer 2 overland tours to Bali.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Via Surabaya:
Option 1:
Take a train from Jogja to Surabaya, take a taxi (look for a reliable Blue Bird using a meter) to Purabaya Bus Terminal and from there a bus to Probolinggo. From Surabaya to Probolingo takes about 2-3 hours depending on the traffic. Get off the bus in the terminal. From Probolinggo, just outside the terminal, there are public minivans to Bromo, Cemoro Lawang.

There are different trains to Surabaya; you can find the train operation times and train names on the following schedule. Always double check this schedule as things might change 'overnight'.
Jogjakarta - Surabaya
Train number 82 6 84 34
Classes Eks, Bis Eks Eks, Bis Eks
Depart Jogjakarta 17:15 14:00 16:00 01:00
Arrival Surabaya Gubeng 12:00 18:25 20:47 05:44

Option 2:
Instead of a train take a public bus from Jogjakarta to Surabaya. Start from Terminal Giwangan in Jogja. Bus companies: Eka, Mira, Sumber Selamat can be found at the terminal with very regular leaving schedules. A trip by bus to Surabaya takes approximately 8 to 9 hours

Option 3:
Fly from Jogja to Surabaya, take a taxi to Purabaya Bus Terminal and continue as described above. The following airlines fly from Jogjakarta to Surabaya: Garuda, Lion Air and Sriwijaya Air.

If you want to go to Bali after Bromo, there are shuttle buses leaving from Probolingo and they drop you off at Denpasar Port in Bali. The buses are quite comfortable and air-conditioned.

Via Malang
Option 1:
By train to Malang. There are two trains from Jogjakarta to Malang:
. Gajayana train leaves at around 01:30 AM and arrives in Malang at 08:45 AM. There is executive class and economy class.
. Malabar train departure is at 23.38 PM and arrival at 07.04 AM. This train only has executive and business class.
Note that the times of departure may vary, because the original departure points are Jakarta and Bandung, and because train schedules in Indonesia change regularly. Always check up to date departure times before planning your trip.
Option 2:
By 'Travel' to Malang. A Travel is a minibus which picks up people at their homes and drops them off at the destination. A Travel to Malang is faster than a public bus and takes about 10 hours. There are many 'Travel' in Jogja: Rama Sakti Travel, Surya Travel, Rosalia Indah Travel, Pesona Travel, Traveline. Phone numbers are available online or ask in ViaVia Travel.

Option 3:
By public bus from Jogjakarta Giwangan terminal: Bus Safari Dharma, Bus Rosin, Bus Zena, Bus Handoyo are full AC buses. Buses take 10 to 12 hours.

From Malang you can take a public bus to Probolinggo and from there follow the above instructions.

SHUTTLE BUS
A lot of travel agencies in the Prawirotaman Area offer shuttle bus services to Bromo. ViaVia does not offer the shuttle bus service, because we want to guarantee quality.

PRIVATE CAR + DRIVER
ViaVia can arrange transport to Bromo by private car with driver. The trip takes 10 to 12 hours.

We also offer 2 East Java Overland Tours:
Our classic 5 days East Java Overland Tour offers a visit of Bromo followed by an adventure to the National Park of Meru Betiri.

A new East Java Overland Tour, breaks the long ride of 10 hours to Bromo by making a stop at the tea plantations of Ngawi where we stay with locals and visit the local tea factory. From here you travel on to Bromo and Kawah Ijen. This tour takes 4 days.
Please feel free to ask us for more information. We can organize the trip to Bromo according to your own preferences.

Attention! Bromo is a popular destination for high school groups who camp in the area. So if you are seeking a quiet appreciation of Bromo and its surroundings, it is best to avoid visiting during major domestic holiday periods and weekends. Be sure to check it before you decide to go.

What types of transport are there in Jogjakarta?
The becak, an Indonesian cycle rickshaw. You will find becaks nearly everywhere in Jogja and it is a pleasant way of discovering parts of the city.

The motorbike. Previous to the motorbike era, Jogjakarta was known as the bicycle city. Nowadays it's difficult not to see a motorbike in the bustling streets of Jogja. Driving a motorbike gives you the ability to weave through the ever-increasing congestions. Motorbikes are easy to park and take less space. Motorbikes are also used to transfer all kinds of goods (it is an art to stack as much as possible on one motorbike). You can easily rent a motorbike for a day, a week and even longer. Driving in this traffic may seem scary at first, but once you do it you'll soon realize the traffic in Jogjakarta is organized chaos.
Walk around in Prawirotaman and you will find that there are a lot of places where you can rent a motorbike.

Public transport and the Trans Jogja. The Trans Jogja is a bus transit system that operates in Jogjakarta City. The Trans Jogja has 8 different routes and generally operates from 5.30 AM until 9.30 PM, although this is not always the case. The last bus from Parangtritis to Yogyakarta for example is at 5.30 PM. (Map on next page)

The Taxi. The fair for the taxi depends on your destination. Generally taxis use their meter, so you cannot bargain.

Car. It is also possible to rent a car with a driver. Ask us at ViaVia travel for more information.

Bicycle: If you're not prepared yet to jump on that motorbike, but want to have a faster means of transport then your own feet, you can ask us to rent a bicycle. We maintain our bikes regularly.

Is it advised to use a Becak?
Exploring the city by becak is not dangerous. At first it may seem a bit crazy in this fast-pace traffic whirlwindbut soon you will find that the becak driver knows how to handle it. Be friendly, smile, and you will get a lot in return! Becak drivers are usually stationed near a hotel. They have great knowledge of their city and often speak multiple languages. It is very hard to give you an idea of how much to pay for a becak. It depends on many factors (distance, weather, amount of people, uphill, downhill, ). You will have to discuss the price and make sure to have an agreement before taking a ride.

Are there any traffic rules?
Yes there are some rules.

Drive on the left side. The bigger the vehicle you come across the more powerful it is, so respect it, or be careful.
At a traffic light, depending on the sign, you can turn left even if the light is red.

General rule: 'primacy to the left'.

General rule: drive defensive, don't get aggressive and look at everything that happens in front of you.

Where can I buy souvenirs?
Take a look in our Fair Trade Shop. Along Malioboro Street there are a lot of shops too, although you will have to use your best bargaining skills there! If you want to avoid the hassle of bargaining, try Mirota Batik for souvenirs with a fixed price.

What are the shopping areas around Jogjakarta?
It all depends on what you are looking for.

For vegetables, fruits and other foods
The closest place to go is the traditional covered market of Prawirotaman located on Jalan Parangtritis. Find the location of the market on our map.

Pasar Beringharjo is Jogja's main market, 800m north of the Sultan Palace. There you can find batik, cheap clothes and shoes. Towards the back are stalls and warungs selling a huge variety of fruit and vegetables. You can also find spices and herbs here.

Malls
There are two main shopping malls in Jogjakarta. First there is Malioboro Mall, located in Jalan Malioboro. Then there is Ambarukmo Plaza which is on Jalan Laksda Adisucipto on the way to the airport. Trans Jogja Bus A1 goes there. Ambarukmo also has a cinema. Jogja has several more shopping malls. But generally these 2 will cover your needs best.

Jamu Market
You can also visit a traditional Jamu market via our Jamu and massage tour. This market sells a wide range of spices, some you might have never heard of before! Ask us at travel for more information.

Where can I buy cigarettes?
Turn left from ViaVia and walk a few meters, cross the street and you will find a small shop.

What is fairtrade?
Fair Trade promotes more equitable relations between producers and consumers. ViaVia defines Fair Trade as a trading partnership based on dialogue, transparency and mutual respect, with high social and environmental standards.
You can ask us at the Fair Trade Shop for more information or read through the brochure found in the shop. If you are interested in certain products, it's possible to visit the workplace. Furthermore we act as a hub for transferring products from Indonesia to abroad.

Where do the products from the Fair Trade Shop come from?
ViaVia works with groups and individuals across Central Java who create the diverse products found in the shop. The established partnerships are based upon our philosophy and values: fairness, respect and creativity.
Partners are selected based on the following criteria.
Social and economic empowerment groups and individuals that work to develop skills and economic opportunities for the marginalized.
Creativity - groups and individuals with unique designs and concepts, and/or novel use of materials and technologies.
Environment - groups and individuals with innovative approaches to recycling, reuse and development of organic and environmentally friendly materials and designs.
Local trade - groups and individuals that use local materials true to Indonesia in order to stimulate sustainable local development.

Take the time to see what lies in the shelves of the Fair Trade shop because every product has its' own story. The paper Wayang puppets for example are made by a mother-daughter duo, aged 104 and 86. For decades they have made toys, refusing to give in to the modern types of toys. Don't hesitate to ask one of the shopkeepers what the story behind the product is or flip through the Fair Trade brochure.

What are the products made of?
Generally the products are made from local, recycled and organic materials to make artwork, handicrafts, health products, spices and drinks.

We do not support the trading in wildlife (products made from endangered species). We do not support the use of palm oil and the spread of oil palm plantations. We do not trade in historical or archaeological artifacts.

Where can I find a good money changer?
Prawirotaman has a lot of moneychangers. We suggest you shop and check which one has the best rates. The moneychangers Mulia and Barumun in the Inna Garuda Hotel at Malioboro Street are well known for their good exchange rates.
There are a few things to take into account when changing money. Moneychangers and banks can be very particular about the condition of cash: torn or marked notes are often refused, as are notes of more than five years old. When changing cash dollars, bigger notes are better a US$100 note will attract a better exchange rate than a US$20 note.

How much does my bank charge when I withdraw from the ATM machine?
You can either withdraw money with a debit card or with a credit card. Charges when withdrawing with your debit card however are much lower than when withdrawing with your visa. So when you get money from an ATM it is advised to use your debit card.
Besides that, every bank has its' own policies, so be sure to ask your bank what charges apply on your transactions.

Where is the nearest ATM machine?
There are a lot of ATM's in the Prawirotaman area.
The maximum amount you can withdraw is 3 million Rupiah in the BII Bank, on Jalan Katamso, where you get notes of 100.000 Rupiah.

Can I pay with Visa?
In tourist areas such as Prawirotaman and Sosrowijayan you can pay with visa. A lot of places charge an additional 2-3% cost, no matter the amount.
In ViaVia we do not charge this percentage except when for flight tickets, we have to charge 2,5%, otherwise we lose money on it.

Where are the bars located in Jogjakarta?
The two famous tourist kampongs (or neighborhoods) in Yogyakarta are Prawirotaman and Sosrowijayan. Here you can find all kinds of bars, as well as lodgings.

Prawirotaman is the area where ViaVia Travelers' Caf is located. This kampong (or neighborhood) is well known for its unique lodgings, art shops, travel agencies, cafes, restaurants, motorbike rentals and a traditional covered market. The lodging rates are around 100.000 to 500.000 Rupiah.

Sosrowijayan is the second famous tourist kampong in Yogyakarta. It is near Jalan Malioboro, Jogjakartas' shopping district. You will find a lot of guesthouses mixed with local people's houses. The rates are similar to those in Prawirotaman.

Where can I go out dancing? (as in discotheques)
Liquid on Jalan Magelang
Boshe Jogja on Jalan Magelang
Republic Caf & Lounge at Inna Garuda Hotel Malioboro
Oxen Free (sometimes) in Jalan Sosrowijayan

Which bars stay open late in this neighborhood?
The bars on Jalan Parangtritis.

What are travelers' favorite dishes and drinks?
Our travelers are always happy to have some fresh, healthy juices. As for the meals they love to try the Indonesian daily menus. People who have been traveling for a long time are happy to have western food.

If there are dishes you really enjoyed and want to learn to cook you can always ask Bu Made to teach you to prepare it during our cooking course.

Is the Indonesian food served at ViaVia spicy?
Our Indonesian meals are generally mild. You can always let the waiter or waitress know if you want your Indonesian dish to be spicier or not.

Are the ice-cubes safe everywhere?
Yes they are in ViaVia, but not everywhere. Most tourist restaurants make ice-cubes from boiled water, but always double check.

What is MSG?
MSG or Monosodium glutamate is a flavour-enhancing food additive used in Asian cooking and also commonly found in fast foods as well as commercially packaged food products such as chips, crackers, soups and soup mixes, lunch meats, salad dressings and many others. Some people find that consuming MSG in food can trigger side effects and symptoms including headaches, nausea and others.
It is safe to know that we refuse to use MSG in ViaVia.

Where can I eat good - spicy - local food?
You can have some good local food at the warungs along Jalan Parangtritis. There are a few Padang restaurants there too. Here bowls of food are laid out in front of you. You only pay for whatever bowl you eat from.

Where can I eat vegetarian food?
ViaVia has a big choice of vegetarian food. For an all vegetarian restaurant, go to Milas. It is set up in lesehan-style; low tables with mats on the floor, in outdoor individual huts around a garden. They have a kids' corner, organic shop and a small library. The location of Milas can be found on our detailed map of the Prawirotaman area.
Open:Tue to Fri: 3pm-10pm, Sat & Sun: 12pm-10pm

IN VIAVIA
- we do not use MSG
- we wash all vegetables in boiled water
- we make all drinks and ice cubes with boiled water
- we use organic rice
- where possible we use organic vegetables
- our krupuk is MSG free and made of vegetables only
- to reduce our carbon footprint we only serve straws on request
- we avoid using palm oil and products containing palm oil
- we only use homemade artisan bread

Where is ViaVia Guesthouse?
The guesthouse is centrally located in Jalan Prawirotaman, 50 meters from the ViaVia restaurant and Travel agency. It has 7 charming rooms, adorned with photography from different parts of Indonesia and a lovely garden for breakfast, afternoon rest and quiet evening chats.
Room rates and other accommodation can be found on the website. http://www.viaviajogja.com/guesthouse.php
Facilities: Simple breakfast & tax included, free Internet, AC or fan, private bathrooms, tourist information, alternative tours and travel services, bicycle and vehicle rental.

Do you have other accommodation besides the Guesthouse?
Rumah Ayam, a newly renovated studio for rent with a spacious air-conditioned room, kitchen and terrace. Located right behind ViaVia Restaurant close to the Yoga studio. For more information visit
www.viaviajogja.com
Facilities: Breakfast & tax included, bathroom with hot water, AC, fully equipped kitchen, drinking water gallon and gas included, free internet and cleaning service, tourist information, alternative tours and travel services, bicycle and vehicle rental.

Rumah Nangka, a traditional Javanese house in a typical neighborhood of South Jogjakarta. Centrally located near Jalan Prawirotaman, close to restaurants, galleries, antique shops and the trendy art scene. Family friendly. Ideal for those who want to stay longer. For more information visit www.viaviajogja.com
Facilities: 1 big space with 2 double beds with mosquito nets, fan, hygienic bathroom with hot shower, equipped kitchen, terrace and garden, cleaning service 5 days a week, aqua, gas and electricity, free internet.

Do we need to take malaria prevention?
We are 50 people in ViaVia, coming from different parts of the country and none of us have ever suffered from malaria. If you travel through Java and Bali, we strongly believe it is enough to use mosquito repellent especially at night. More so in order to have a sound sleep.

What exactly is Dengue fever?
Dengue fever, also known as break bone fever, is an infectious tropical disease caused by the dengue virus. The virus is spread by the bite of mosquitoes, most commonly the mosquito 'aedes aegypti, which is found in tropic and subtropic regions, including parts of the Indonesian archipelago into north-eastern Australia.
Dengue is a problem every year during the raining season, for all locals. If you have a fever that lasts for 3 days, you should see a doctor. There is no cure for dengue. Rest, food and drinks are important. In a few cases, blood plasma transfusion and hospitalization is necessary.
It is important to prevent dengue by protecting yourself from mosquitoes, especially in the morning when the dengue mosquitoes are most active.

What do I do if I have diarrhea?
We are all familiar with it. Suddenly having this terrible woozy, weak and sinking feeling. Not passing out but feeling like you're almost going to; very unsettling. Everyone who has experienced travelers' diarrhea knows you only have a few seconds to find a toilet. Making it to the toilet is a victory in itself, but what happens while sitting on it is absolutely horrific.

When you have diarrhea treatment is pretty basic: you can either treat it with natural cures or by medication.

The basic principle is to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Start with adding a package of Oralyte to your water (a salt and sugar solution) to help you hydrated. A natural local cure is strong black tea with sugar. Pochai, Chinese herbs, usually work well as well. Norit or activated carbon helps to normalize the activity of the intestines too. Stay away from greasy foods because these are harder for you to digest. You need softer foods such as nasi putih or white rice, soup, bananas, potatoes, toast, cooked carrots and boneless white-meat chicken.
Of all the medication to stop diarrhea Imodium is the most well-known. It is definitely recommended to take it, when you are booked for a long travel and have no way to stay home and rest in your hotel. Know though that it is not curing your problem, it only slows down muscle movements in your intestines.

Get well soon, and see a doctor if the condition prevails!

Hospitals and doctors?
The best hospital in Jogjakarta is Rumah Sakit Panti Rapih.
Jalan Cik Ditiro No.30, Phone: +62 274 514845
What is the dress code when traveling in Indonesia? Why can't I wear singlets?
It is advised not to wear singlets, hot pants or revealing clothes when traveling in Indonesia as a mark of respect to the country's predominantly Muslim values. Beach attire is tolerated around the resort areas but outside these regions bearing flesh is considered immodest. To put it bluntly women wearing singlets are often regarded as street workers.
When visiting a holy place such as a mosque or sacred temple it is advised for women to make sure that their arms and head are covered before entering.
When on a tour with ViaVia it is also advised to at least wear short sleeves since most of the tours bring you to alternative places such as Javanese villages and old slums where people are not used to see tourists.

Is it OK to kiss my partner in public?
Public displays of affection are frowned upon. Couples in Indonesia show their affection when away from public.

What are the does and don'ts in Indonesia?
Do's!
Introducing yourself. When introducing yourself to Indonesian people you shake hands. The handshake is limp and if you pay attention you will notice Indonesians always touch their chest after shaking hands. This demonstrates respect to the other person, as in taking your greeting into your heart. It's also sign of friendship. We advise you copy this gesture because it will be highly appreciated.
Always rise when your host/hostess enters the room.
Use your right hand for everything, your left hand you use when rinsing yourself on the toilet.
Take off your shoes when entering someone's home.
Smile a lot.
Don'ts!
Tapping somebody you don't know on the head is impolite, especially when the person is older then you. The head is where the spirit resides and is considered sacred.
Blowing your nose in public.
Cross armed, arms on the side.
Pointing with your finger. Usually local people 'point' with their thumb or use their hand with the hand palm facing upward while 'pointing' to an object.
For men: eating without a shirt in a restaurant

Why do Indonesians always want to take my picture?
Cause you look like a movie star.
Because we are proud to show the photo at home, to tell them we met you.
If we ask your Facebook and you don't want to share it, just say you don't have one ☺
Because you are my friend. We have a different concept of friendship here.

Is it common to give a tip? How much?
Major hotels: Although service charges are already included in the bill, tips are given to the porter as a sign of appreciation: 5.000 to 10.000 Rupiah.
Restaurants: Only when restaurants charge services tax, we don't give a tip. For restaurants that don't charge service fee, tips are more than welcome. We don't tip at local warungs.
Taxi: It is not usual to give tips in a taxi.
Car drivers: It is totally up to you but tips usually start from 20.000 Rupiah per day.
Guides: It's up to you, according to your satisfaction.

Will I find any alcohol here?
Generally you can find different kinds of beer such as Bintang, Anker, Heineken, San Miguel, Some restaurants serve other alcohols such as wine, champagne and hard liquor. Imported alcohol is expensive in Indonesia, with the government imposing taxes of up to 400%. That's why local brews have become increasingly popular, although it's better to watch out what kinds of local brews your drink.
You can find beer in all supermarkets and at Circle K.

Why do Indonesians giggle so much?
It's in our blood.
Because we don't know the answer to your question.
Even if we know the answer we giggle.
When something is not clear.
When we are nervous.
When we are happy.
Cause we have fun.
(So you make fun of me?
Sometimes yes, sometimes no. It's not a big deal for us.
Please don't be offended. Laugh with us! We do it with Indonesians too. )

The squatting toilet issuehow to use them?
This is not something you will be able to find out in travel guides, so read carefully.
Let's be honest, every traveler ever encountering a squatting toilet has been puzzled with the same questions. How do I do my business in a hole in the ground with NO toilet paper? Do I take off my pants beforehand? Don't I risk peeing on my pants and shoes? How am I supposed to clean my behind with no toilet paper? Do I really have to use my hand and that bucket of water? And will using my own toilet paper cause a plumbing problem, because every toilet I go to has a sign says 'don't put toilet paper or tissue in the toilet'. Could I try and sit on the squat toilet and aim? No we wouldn't advise it.
In most of the world people don't sit on a toilet, even old people are able to squat. They consider it to be more hygienic than sitting on a toilet some other naked butt just sat on But westerners aren't accustomed to use it.
Actually it's pretty simple, it's just that some of us have never done it before, so it seems like 'mission impossible'. Remember practice makes perfect and it's OK to make a mess out of it sometimes. The thing is you will laugh about it in the future!
Remember to use your right hand to take the little pot with water and your left hand to rinse.
Wikihow has an OK manual online: http://www.wikihow.com/Use-a-Squat-Toilet

Why do people wear a jacket when it is so hot?
Well, it is just because it is hot that we wear a jacket. The thicker the jackets the less chance the sun will reach our skin and make us feel hot. Besides, we don't like to tan and become black. White is our beauty ideal, just the opposite of many tourists who want to get tanned. At night we wear a jacket because we are afraid the wind will come into our bodies and make us sick.

Why do people throw their garbage anywhere and everywhere?
The awareness of the impact of throwing garbage around is slowly growing but it will need time. In Europe it is also a fairly new concept introduced in the early seventies. In Indonesia the transition from natural materials to plastic was a very sudden one, with the big commercial multinationals seeing a huge market for plastic in Asia. Where people were used to throw banana leaves (plates), terracotta containers and bags from natural fibers away, now they do the same with plastic. To raise awareness will be a time consuming process, which has to start at basic school level. But it will come for sure.

Is Islam here different than in the Middle East?
We have Indonesian Islam here, mingled with past religions and traditions
Moreover, Animism, the ancient Indonesian beliefs, still lives in our hearts. Animists believe that a soul or a spirit exists in every object. We do offerings (with flowers and incense) for our ancestors asking to extend their power to us. Animism is a part of our roots and so it also intertwined with the Islamic traditions. Examples of this can still be seen today. A good example are the 'selamatans', rituals we organize whenever we move into a new house, or when we start a new business, before and after birth, marriage or whatever special occurrence, to ask the blessings of the Gods.
There is another example of merged religious traditions and principles. In some Muslim communities when we celebrate the sacrificial feast after Ramadan, we will not slaughter cows nor eat them. This is a remnant of the Hindu belief that cows are sacred.

Keep your eyes open and observe, we are sure you will see a lot more examples of fused religions.

Why don't some Indonesians wear a veil?
- because many Indonesians are not Muslim
Other answers one can expect to get from Indonesian Muslim women, who choose not to wear a veil include:
- because I am not ready
- because it is not a part of my culture
- because I am free to choose
- because there are many interpretations

Why is it impossible for Indonesians to have no religion?
All Indonesians must by law report to belong to one of the six officially recognized religions, namely Islam, Protestantism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism. Along with the official religions, many people also practice traditional rituals and ceremonies such as Kejawen in Java.

The state ideology, called Pancasila, begins with The belief in the one and only God. To recognize diversity it is believed that God is the same in all religions, and that the rest are different means to achieve the same goal. We might argue that Indonesia is not a secular state as religion is not seen as a private matter. However, the state aims not to side with any of the official religions in particular.

Historically, from Suharto's era it was dangerous to say you didn't have a religion. Having no religion meant your were an atheist, which in turn was labeled as being a communist, something, which was unacceptable back then (and now sometimes). If you want to go deeper into this subject you can read about the 1965 anti-communist purge.

ViaVia Jogja Sustainability Policy

ViaVia Jogja is a meeting place between people with the aim to foster inter-cultural understanding. All our activities are rooted in principles on sustainable tourism. These principles are developed to protect people and the planet, while at the same time allowing for a pleasure and fair profit. Unique to ViaVia Jogja we also place creativity high on our list of principles, in the belief that communities have the right to adapt, evolve and develop.

ViaVia Jogja commits to work for gender equity, women empowerment and child protection.

We believe in the provision of healthy food options, free of MSG and palm oil. We support local, organic farmers and producers and use local services. Our aim is to promote the best of Indonesian Cooking, while at the same time also introducing the best of the World Kitchen. Our menu is created to inspire traveling and exploration.

Our tours are developed to bring people together, travelers and communities, for mutual reward. The core principle is to build cross cultural understanding through communication and joint experiences. To ensure this ViaVia Jogja commits to develop the skills of our guides, both theoretical knowledge and practical guiding and communications skills. We also commit to providing our customers with dos and don'ts and accurate information, which enables the traveler to have positive cultural experiences. Local communities shall be involved in the development of our tours, and are provided with regular opportunities to provide feedback.

ViaVia commits to capacity building and training of local communities, and local economic benefits from tourism activities, by choosing local services and products. We also commit to ensuring that cultural heritage is protected and that local people have access to heritage and nature.

Parts of our profit shall go to support local community development and, as we operate in a high risk area, support to humanitarian response.

Our partners are selected based on principles of fair trade. We make it known to our partners that we emphasize environmental sustainability, creativity, health and economic opportunities for the most marginal. Our partners shall be supported in meeting our principles. Profit sharing shall be based on principles of fairness and transparency.

ViaVia Jogja is committed to minimize the negative environmental impacts of our activities, by developing environmental strategies to reduce use of energy and water. We aim to recycle and reduce our non-recyclable waste. We also commit to support protection and preservation of wildlife and nature in all our activities.

ViaVia Jogja is committed to provide fair working conditions for our staff and support their growth and career developments.

ViaVia Jogja is committed to set in place management systems for the implementation of sustainable activities, which includes monitoring and review processes.

ViaVia Jogja will strive to be generous with our knowledge and share our ideas and experience with others through proactive participation in the tourism and development dialogue and training programs for staff and communities.

ViaVia Jogja Sustainability Policy

ViaVia Jogja is a meeting place between people with the aim to foster inter-cultural understanding. All our activities are rooted in principles on sustainable tourism. These principles are developed to protect people and the planet, while at the same time allowing for a pleasure and fair profit. Unique to ViaVia Jogja we also place creativity high on our list of principles, in the belief that communities have the right to adapt, evolve and develop.

ViaVia Jogja commits to work for gender equity, women empowerment and child protection.

We believe in the provision of healthy food options, free of MSG and palm oil. We support local, organic farmers and producers and use local services. Our aim is to promote the best of Indonesian Cooking, while at the same time also introducing the best of the World Kitchen. Our menu is created to inspire traveling and exploration.

Our tours are developed to bring people together, travelers and communities, for mutual reward. The core principle is to build cross cultural understanding through communication and joint experiences. To ensure this ViaVia Jogja commits to develop the skills of our guides, both theoretical knowledge and practical guiding and communications skills. We also commit to providing our customers with dos and don'ts and accurate information, which enables the traveler to have positive cultural experiences. Local communities shall be involved in the development of our tours, and are provided with regular opportunities to provide feedback.

ViaVia commits to capacity building and training of local communities, and local economic benefits from tourism activities, by choosing local services and products. We also commit to ensuring that cultural heritage is protected and that local people have access to heritage and nature.

Parts of our profit shall go to support local community development and, as we operate in a high risk area, support to humanitarian response.

Our partners are selected based on principles of fair trade. We make it known to our partners that we emphasize environmental sustainability, creativity, health and economic opportunities for the most marginal. Our partners shall be supported in meeting our principles. Profit sharing shall be based on principles of fairness and transparency.

ViaVia Jogja is committed to minimize the negative environmental impacts of our activities, by developing environmental strategies to reduce use of energy and water. We aim to recycle and reduce our non-recyclable waste. We also commit to support protection and preservation of wildlife and nature in all our activities.

ViaVia Jogja is committed to provide fair working conditions for our staff and support their growth and career developments.

ViaVia Jogja is committed to set in place management systems for the implementation of sustainable activities, which includes monitoring and review processes.

ViaVia Jogja will strive to be generous with our knowledge and share our ideas and experience with others through proactive participation in the tourism and development dialogue and training programs for staff and communities.


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1. Apa arti ViaVia?
ViaVia berasal darikata "Via", yang dalam bahasa Latin berarti "jalan", sementara dalam bahasa Inggris, Belanda, Indonesia, berarti "melalui/melewati/lewat". "Jalan" ada hubungannya dengan travelling/berwisata, "lewat" ada hubungannya dengan orang yang bertukar informasi. Dengan demikian, kata ViaVia sangat sesuai dengan konsep dari Cafe itu sendiri, yaitu sebagai tempat bertemunya budaya barat dan budaya timur (East meets West) sekaligus sebagai tempat bertukar informasi antar budaya.

2. Apa ViaVia itu sebuah waralaba?
Setiap ViaVia memiliki struktur organisasi yang berbeda sesuai dengan aturan-aturan dan kaidah-kaidah dimana ViaVia tersebut berada. Ada satu hal yang membuat kita serupa, yaitu setiap ViaVia merupakan bagian dari grup Living Stone dan setiap ViaVia memiliki filsafat dan logo yang sama. Koperasi ViaVia di Belgia mengatur dan menyatukan kita bersama.

3. Sudah berapa lama ViaVia ada di Jogja?
Pada tanggal 18 Desember tahun 1995 kita membuka ViaVia sebagai ViaVia Internasional pertama. ViaVia Leuven merupakan ViaVia yang pertama kali dibuka pada bulan Mei tahun 1995.

4. Kenapa Jogja?
Dulu di tahun 90 an, Indonesia masih merupakan tempat tujuan wisata yang sangat terkenal, yaitu sebagai tempat pertama yang dikunjungi sebelum wisatawan berkunjung ke negara-negara dikawasan Asia lainnya. Dan Jogja merupakan tempat persinggahan dalam rute wisata Jawa-Bali.
Kita tidak hanya menawarkan wisata tradisional, namun kita menawarkan pula wisata-wisata alternative. Dengan cara ini kita sudah mengenalkan budaya setempat pada para wisatawan, selain itu juga membawatamu untuk ikut terlibat dalam kepariwisataan yang berkesinambungan dan kepariwisataan yang berbasis pada masyarakat. Kita mungkin telah perperan pula membuat para wisatawan memiliki cara pandang yang berbeda mengenai budaya setempat dan pendapat mereka setelah melihat suatu tempat.
Kita sudah amat senang apabila ada satu atau dua wisatawan yang setelah pulang dari negaranya, mereka bisa menceriterakan pengalamannya kepada saudara ataupun teman.

5. Kenapa tidak ada ViaVia di Bali?
Di Jogja saja sudah cukup sulit

6.Kenapa ada begitu banyak wanita bekerja di ViaVia?
Di restaurant:
- karena wanita bias melakukan banyak pekerjaan dalam waktu yang bersamaan
- karena kita mau memberikan kesempatan kepada wanita untuk menunjukkan kemampuannya
- karena ada banyak laki-laki yang takut pada beberapa wanita yang bekerja di ViaVia
- karena diskriminasi yang positif

Di ViaViatravel:
-karena kita mau memberikan kesempatan pada wisatawan untuk mendapatkan pendapat tentang kehidupan, tentang budaya, kebiasaan, dan nilai-nilai dari sudut pandang wanita muda kita yang berpendidikan (biasanya pemandu wisata di Indonesia adalah laki-laki)

7. Apa es batu aman untuk dikonsumsi?
Di ViaVia semua es batu dibuat dari air matang. Di tempat-tempat wisata lainnya mungkin aman untuk dikonsumsi.Di jalan-jalan mungkin aman, mungkin tidak.