If you find yourself on a Yogyakarta - Jakarta road trip, you'll probably pass through Wonosobo regency along the way.
But the region is not content with being a stopping-place en route to more famous destinations to either side, and is in the middle of a frenetic drive to strengthen and promote its tourist attractions.
Landlocked Wonosobo is devoid of beautiful beaches, but its dramatic highlands more than compensate.
We've put together a little list of spots worth stopping at on your way through - better yet, arrange a special trip to visit them.
The iconic tourist destination of Wonosobo is the Dieng plateau, an active multi-crater volcanic towering at 2,000 meters.
Besides offering a vast and beautiful area for trekkers to roam around, the plateau is also home to the ancient Dieng temple complex thought to have been built in the seventh century.
The plateau is also home to a museum offering information on the geological and archaeological studies of Dieng.
Wadaslintang reservoir and Erorejo caves
This huge man-made lake serves as a reservoir for the area and is home to a stream-powered electric generator.
Visiting Wadaslintang requires a little more effort, as it lies off the beaten track in the south of the regency.
Around the lake, sightseeing platforms are available for visitors to marvel at the natural beauty. You can also visit the generator.
The underwater caves of Erorejo can be seen when the lake dries up a little. It is home to a complex fish ecosystem.
The waterfall is a must-see destination for sunrise hunters, as it offers the best place to see the golden sunrise of Dieng.
As for the waterfall itself, a visit during the dry season is preferable, as the stream turns rather muddy and brownish on rainy days.
Menjer Lake and Seroja Hill
Located side-by-side, Menjer Lake and Seroja Hill compliment each other in providing stunning scenery. The view of the lake from the top of Seroja is just magnificent.
Seroja offers as unforgettable a sunrise experience as Sikarim waterfall. However, instead of watching the sunrise from between the hills, from this perspective the golden orb appears to be emerging from the unknowable deeps of Menjer.
In clear weather, the view extends as far as Wonosobo city.