A winding 3-hour drive from Yogyakarta, the Dieng Plateau is a lush, cloud-swept caldera at an altitude of 2,000m (6,600ft). Encircled by dramatic volcanic peaks (including some that remain active), the steep sides of the crater are sculpted with twisting terraces of potato and cabbages. Over one-thousand years ago, the floor of the plateau was carpeted with tiny Hindu temples, of which a scattering survive.
Whether gilded by the early morning sunlight or wreathed in mist, they’re a beautiful sight, as is the nearby jade-green mineral lake. Accommodation options around Dieng itself are limited to basic homestays, but you can base yourself in one of the comfortable hotels down the mountain Wonosobo, half an hour away, and travel up before dawn for the sunrise.