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Written by Matin Firas Harahap
Co-written by Madhurima Dutta

If Bandung is the weekend destination of Jakarta’s residents, then the same could be said for Malang to the people of Surabaya. Surrounded by 4 mountain ranges, Malang is where Surabaya’s residents would come to retreat away from the heat of the city.

Often associated with apples, Malang is one of the country’s largest producers of apples, ranging from private gardens to big time corporations. Don’t forget to try out all the different ways these apples are processed – making for sweet and savoury delicacies native to the city.

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Besides an abundance of family-friendly destinations, Malang hosts some of the best natural sights on the island of Java. Towards the East is Mount Bromo, a national icon which portrays Indonesia’s volcanic roots, popular in geography textbooks and off-road television commercials.

Getting there

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1. Take Lion Air, AirAsiaGaruda IndonesiaSilk Air or Singapore Airlines from Singapore Changi Airport to Surabaya (Juanda International Airport). (Flight time: ~2h 45min, total return cost from SGD 200)

2. From Surabaya:

a) By bus – Take a bus from the airport to Bungurasih Bus terminal. Buses depart every 3 minutes (for economy buses), or 15 minutes (for air-conditioned buses). Do note that there is an entrance fare to the terminal at Rp 200, and bus tickets to Malang go for Rp 15,000 (for air-conditioned buses). Additionally, try to take the Patus Bus, the express bus!

b) By train – If you’d like a comfortable ride by train to Malang, head to Surabaya’s Gubeng Station. We recommend taking the Penataran Express trains. They are air-conditioned, and stop at lesser stations compared to the regular Penataran trains. This means the time taken to reach Malang will be less than 2 hours! For more information on train schedules, click here.

Getting Around:

If you’re looking to rent a car to get around Malang, click here to check out car rental options!

1. Take AirAsia, Tigerair from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Surabaya (Juanda International Airport). (Flight time: ~2h 45min, total return cost from RM 400)

2. From Surabaya:

a) By bus – Take a bus from the airport to Bungurasih Bus terminal. Buses depart every 3 minutes (for economy buses), or 15 minutes (for air-conditioned buses). Do note that there is an entrance fare to the terminal at Rp 200, and bus tickets to Malang go for Rp 15,000 (for air-conditioned buses). Additionally, try to take the Patus Bus, the express bus!

b) By train – If you’d like a comfortable ride by train to Malang, head to Surabaya’s Gubeng Station. We recommend taking the Penataran Express trains. They are air-conditioned, and stop at lesser stations compared to the regular Penataran trains. This means the time taken to reach Malang will be less than 2 hours! For more information on train schedules, click here.

Getting Around:

If you’re looking to rent a car to get around Malang, click here to check out car rental options!

Getting to Malang from Jakarta:

1. Take Lion AirBatik Air, CitilinkSriwijaya Air or Garuda Indonesia from Jakarta to Malang (Abdul Rachman Saleh Airport). (Flight time: ~1h 30min, total cost from Rp. 1.2 million)

Getting to Malang from Surabaya:

1) By bus – Take a bus from the airport to Bungurasih Bus terminal. Buses depart every 3 minutes (for economy buses), or 15 minutes (for air-conditioned buses). Do note that there is an entrance fare to the terminal at Rp 200, and bus tickets to Malang go for Rp 15,000 (for air-conditioned buses). Additionally, try to take the Patus Bus, the express bus!

2) By train – If you’d like a comfortable ride by train to Malang, head to Surabaya’s Gubeng Station. We recommend taking the Penataran Express trains. They are air-conditioned, and stop at lesser stations compared to the regular Penataran trains. This means the time taken to reach Malang will be less than 2 hours! For more information on train schedules, click here.

Getting Around:

If you’re looking to rent a car to get around Malang, click here to check out car rental options!

And to the South are some of the best beaches in the region, including Sempu Island, which has rapidly gained reputation in recent years amongst youngsters as a must-visit camp site.

Before we give out any more spoilers, here are the 17 things you should not miss on your next trip to Malang.

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1. Cycle in the air at Coban Rais

One of the coolest things to do in Malang is to ride a bicycle in the air while soaking in the view of the charming hills around Coban Rais waterfall.

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Located around 16 kilometres away from Malang, Coban Rais is a 20-metre-high waterfall flowing through green hills filled with shrubs. Not only is the landscape a treat for the eyes, the entrance to the waterfall presents cute photo opportunities.

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Ride a bicycle in the air or pose on a heart-shaped wooden platform overlooking the forest and snap pictures worthy of more than a thousand words! There’s also a flower garden within a few kilometres!

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Do visit on a sunny day, as the road to the waterfall can get dark and muddy otherwise. The terrain can be slightly challenging but the beautiful scenery all around will motivate you along the way. Food is not readily available here, so remember to bring your own snacks.

Note: You have to walk approximately 5km from the parking lot to reach the waterfall.

Coban Rais

Entrance Fee: Rp 10,000 (approximately USD 0.75)
Parking fee: Rp 2,500 (approximately USD 0.18)
Selfie Spot fee: Rp 10,000/ spot (approximately USD 0.75)
Address: Jalur Lkr. Bar. No.8, Oro-Oro Ombo, Kec. Batu, Kota Batu, Jawa Timur 65316, Indonesia
Getting There:This place is located in the city of Batu, Oro-oro Ombo village, approximately ± 20 km from the city of Malang. Coordinates here.


2. Explore an Instagrammable Pine Forest in the hills – Goa Pinus

Imagine a beautiful pine forest in the hills leading all the way to a cave! Welcome to Goa Pinus.

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Goa Pinus has been making the buzz in social media because of its distinct pine forest and panoramic view of Batu city. With the cool fresh air refreshing your mind and body with every step, the walk to Goa Pinus itself is actually pretty enjoyable.

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Although this place was initially known for its sand-mining, it has morphed into a dream tourist spot for Instagrammers and photographers. The entrance itself is so photogenic – the branches have curved in an admirable fashion to create a magnificent frame.

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As you walk in, you’ll be on your way to the 1-metre-high cave. The best part is the viewing platform, which takes your eyes across acres of breathtaking greenery. The pleasant sight of the hills give way to beautiful rice fields, making this the perfect relaxation spot.

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As you pamper your eyes with scenic views and fall in love with this magical place, you may not want to return to reality, at least for a while. So guess what – there are actually camping facilities as well as accommodation options available.

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Let nature spoil you in the most wonderful way possible!

Goa Pinus

Entrance fees: Rp. 5,000 (approximately USD 0.37)
Address: Gunungsari, Bumiaji, Batu City, East Java 65391, Indonesia
Coordinates here.

3. Stroll around the colourful slums of Kampung Warna Warni

Jodipan village, a dull slum area, has been converted to an attractive tourist spot, in an initiative by some students from Muhammadiyah University of Malang who wanted to change the face of the slums by painting murals and adding colour to the facade of the houses.

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Now, almost every part of Jodipan village is a perfect frame for photographers and selfie addicts. The most famous ones are:

3-a. Panorama from Embong Brantas Bridge

Embong Brantas Bridge is located around 500 metres south of New Town Railway Station. From the station, follow the path southwards and you will reach Brantas bridge.

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Here, you can see the rainbow houses of Warna Warni and take panoramic shots of this colourful landscape.

Editor’s Note: As this bridge is a working bridge where trains still cross regularly, please check train schedules as walking on the bridge can be potentially dangerous.

3-b. Where umbrellas float in the air – Umbrella Halls

Umbrella halls is located in the main complex Juanda. This is often crowded with tourists, as it’s the perfect spot for photographs.

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3-c. Art comes to life – 3D Paintings

Besides the colorful walls, you can find an area where there are 3D murals of sharks, gorillas, T-Rex, and other animals!

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Beautifully painted, these staircases are decorated to create alluring photo spots. Take a stroll down these stairs and enjoy the colourful vibes of this village.

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Kampung Warna Warni

Address: Jodipan, District. Blimbing, Malang City
Getting There: Kampung Warna Warni Jodipan is situated at Jalan Temenggungan Ledok, Kesatrian, Blimbing sub-district, Malang, East Java. It is around 400 metres south of Kota Malang train station. You can take Angkutan Kota (Angkot), which are basically small minivans used for public transport, with codes ABG/ABH, AJG/AJH, AMG/AMH or MT from the station. You can stop near Brantas Bridge at Jalan Gatot Subroto. Kampung Warna Warni Jodipan can be seen from the bridge, and it takes around 5 minutes to walk from there to the village. Coordinates here.

4. Relish Malang’s Wealth of Waterfalls

Rich in geographical features, it’s only normal that Malang boasts a number of beautiful waterfalls, With so many waterfalls to explore, here’s our pick of the 3 best and most gorgeous waterfalls in Malang,

4-a. Swing towards a waterfall: Coban Putri

Fancy swinging high in the air with a waterfall in the background?

Coban Putri is your dream come true. Bring your family and friends for a fun outing or go solo to enjoy a relaxing trip.

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Located in Tlekung Village of Junrejo Sub-District, Coban Putri boasts of clear and uncontaminated water, which makes it perfect for taking a dip. You can even sit on a swing right beside the waterfalls!

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Don’t forget to bring your camera! Fun photo spots such as the “Hand of God” and decorated swings with a backdrop of dense forests and hills provide fantastic opportunities for photographers.

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Coban Putri

Entry Fee: Rp. 8,000 (approximately USD 0.67). Rp. 5,000 (approximately USD 0.37) for photo-taking
Address: Perhutani Oro oro Ombo, Coban Putri, Kehutanan, Kec. Batu, Kota Batu, Jawa Timur 65321, Indonesia
Getting there: Coordinates here.

4-b. Where the rainbow falls over the waterfall – Coban Talun

Located on the slopes of Mount Arjuna, at a height of 75 metres, Coban Talun is nothing short of an exotic destination.

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About 15 kilometres away from the city of Malang, in the village of Tulungrejo, lies this mysterious waterfall which appears as though it’s out of a movie set. If you are in luck and the weather is sunny, you may even be able to catch a rainbow!

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Your journey starts from a dam where the water flows down uniformly like a sheet. Take a dip and freshen up here if you like. Then, continue your journey to reach the main waterfall, which gushes down amidst tall cliffs and rocks. For the more daring souls, you can even organize a camping trip here.

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And guess what, that’s not all!

There are some amazing photo spots such as a sunflower platform with mesmerizing hills as the backdrop, a heart-shaped frame behind a swing, and many more. The refreshing cool air combined with the vast stretch of hills all around will surely leave you hypnotized.

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Note: Make sure you choose a bright and sunny day for this trip and wear comfortable shoes as you will need to hike on a challenging terrain that is rocky and slippery. You will also need to cross a river to reach the waterfall.

Coban Talun

Entry Fee: Rp. 7,500 (approximately USD 0.56)
Address: Dusun Wonorejo, Desa Tulungrejo, Kec. Batu, Tulungrejo, Bumiaji, Malang, Jawa Timur 65336, Indonesia
Getting There: The waterfall is located in Junggo sub-village, Tulungrejo village, Bumiaji district. The location is about 15 km from the city of Malang. Coordinates here.
Public Transport: If using public transport, from the city of Malang, take the blue bus with code AL (Arjosari-Landungsari) or ADL (Arjosari-Dinoyo-Landungsari) at a cost of Rp. 3,000 from Terminal Landungsari. From Landungsari, take the pink /purple bus to Terminal Batu which costs Rp. 4,000. Upon arriving at Terminal Batu, take the orange bus that indicates Coban Talun as the destination at a cost of Rp. 4,000.
Opening hours: 08.00 – 16.00

4-c. Visit the Niagara falls of Indonesia: Air Terjun Tumpak Sewu

Why visit one waterfall when you can be completely surrounded by countless ones?

Flowing down from lush green cliffs 180 metres high, Tempat Sewu is truly majestic and second to none. It’s no surprise that locals lovingly call it the Niagara Falls of Indonesia.

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If you have been craving to travel and spend some time with nature, this myriad of waterfalls will surely satisfy all your wanderlust. For the more adventurous souls, you can hike all the way to the bottom of the waterfall.

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But be warned, this is only for seasoned hikers. The road is very slippery and rocky and includes steep bamboo ladders. You will also need to cross rivers with strong currents, so make sure you pack your belongings in a waterproof bag.

When you reach the bottom, you will be surrounded by mighty cliffs towering all over you. Let the cool splashes of water refresh your senses as you breathe in the fresh air.

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Isn’t this one of nature’s most spectacular creations?

Air Terjun Tumpak Sewu

Price/Entrance fees: Rp.5,000 (approximately USD 0.37)
Address: Sidomulyo, Pronojiwo, Lumajang Regency, East Java 65183, Indonesia
Getting there: From Malang, go to Lumajang. About 100 metres from the border monument between Lumajang and Malang, there is a small road on the side of the main road. Follow the road to the river. You can park your vehicle in the sand miners’ hut. Continue walking down the river for about 200 metres, and you will arrive at this waterfall.
Coordinates here.
Opening hours: 07.00 – 16.00

4-d. Majapahit’s mesmerising sanctuary – Madakaripura Waterfall, Probolinggo

Towering 200 meters above ground, Madakaripura waterfall holds the title of Java’s tallest waterfall.

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Make your way up the river stream into a series of narrow gorges with moss covered walls, and you’ll feel like you’re entering a completely different world.

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As you enter, you’ll be greeted with a statue of General Majapahit, one of Indonesia’s most celebrated leaders – of what was once the most powerful kingdom in the region.

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Madakaripura Waterfall acts as natural liquid curtains, decorating the walls of the circular gorge at the end of the upriver trail. And just like a curtain, the waterfall also acts as a veil, shrouding a cave located right behind the waterfall – believed to be the site where Majapahit once meditated.

Note: Since the area is a major tourism destination that has not received government supervision, it is usually guarded by local villagers. There have been reports of incidents where visitors were indirectly forced to pay, in the form of a seemingly friendly tour guide, to getting their car/motorcycle washed for a sum of money.

Madakaripura Waterfall, Probolinggo

Address: Madakaripura Waterfall, Sapeh, Lumbang, Probolinggo, East Java
Opening hours: 24 hours
Entrance: Rp. 3,000 IDR (USD$ 0.20)
Getting there: Since the Madakaripura waterfall is located far from Malang, it is best to visit during a trip to Mount Bromo, only 5km away from the Bromo trail. From Jl. Raya Bromo, head Northeast towards Lumbang. Turn left at the end of the road and continue straight. Coordinates here.

4-e. Lose yourself in one of the largest and most exotic waterfalls – Sumber Pitu Waterfall, Pujon

Hidden deep in the rainforest of the Pujon district, is a collection of 14 waterfalls, including the Sumber Pitu waterfall, or Grojogan Pitu waterfall, as some would call it.

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(Not to be mistaken with the Sumber Pitu waterfall in the Tumpang District, East of the city)

Known to be one of the largest and the most exotic in the area – getting to Sumber Pitu waterfall is no easy task. It involves some heavy trekking through a slippery jungle floor, with trenches right beside the trail in some places!

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It isn’t all bad though; before getting to Sumber Pitu waterfall, visitors will come across Tunggal waterfall. A great place to catch their breaths after an hour’s hike, and a lovely preview of what’s coming ahead.

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Once you reach Sumber Pitu Waterfall, you’ll see a layer of moss and fern coating an entire rock wall of the waterfall, perfectly complementing the blue waters and the brownish-red clay soil.

Take a moment to soak in the views, or better yet, literally soak in Sumber Pitu’s refreshing water. It certainly looks and feels like a scene right out of Jurassic Park!

Sumber Pitu Waterfall, Pujon

Address: Sumber Pitu Waterfall, Desa Pujon Kidul, Pujon, East Java Coordinates here
Opening hours: 24 hours
Entrance: Rp. 15,000(USD$ 1)

4-f. South Malang’s hidden charm – Coban Tundo Waterfall, Sumbermanjing Wetan

Not quite as popular as the other waterfalls in Malang (yet), the Coban Tundo waterfall has only been talked about in adventure communities, until recent years.

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At almost 3 hours away from the city center, it is clear why most people have not been there – especially since it is an hour of trekking from the nearest car park. However, that won’t be a problem with the charming view keeping you entertained along the way.

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‘Coban Tundo II’ is the favourite out of the three waterfalls in the vicinity. Scale up the rocks, and take a leap of faith into the emerald green waters to pay off the tiring journey.

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And if swimming in a 7-meter deep waterfall pool isn’t your thing, have a taste of the coffee, locally grown and roasted in the village of Tambaksari.

Coban Tundo Waterfall, Sumbermanjing Wetan

Address: Coban Tundo, Desa Tambaksari, Sidosari, Sumbermanjing Wetan, Malang
Opening hours: 24 hours
Entrance: Free
Getting there: From Malang, head South towards Bululawang, Turen and finally Sumbermanjing Wetan towards Sendang Biru. Park your vehicle in the Village of Tambaksari, the Coban Tundo is approximately 1 hour of hiking away. Coordinates of parking area here.

5. Feel the rumbling of the Earth beneath your feet! – Mount Semeru, Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park

Soaring 3,676 meters above sea level, Mount Semeru, (also known as ‘Mahameru’ to locals)  meaning ‘The Great Mountain’, is the highest peak on the island of Java.
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Popularised by the 2012 blockbuster 5cm, Mount Semeru is considered the benchmark for intermediate hikers, requiring at least three days to climb up and back down on average, as well as proper physical conditions.

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The hike begins at Ranupane Village, where visitors can stack up on supplies and rest before taking on the ‘Great Mountain’ the next day. The first leg of the journey ends at Ranukumbolo, a mesmerizing lake 2400 meters above sea level, and surrounded by hills of green. Most hikers will set up camp for the day, and those brave enough to challenge the cold are welcome to take a dip in its refreshing waters.

Right after Ranukumbolo, hikers will come across ‘Tanjakan Cinta’ hill, where it is believed that climbing the hill in one go (without stopping to rest) will bring eternal love.

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At the end of the tiring climb, hikers will be instantly rewarded by the Oro-oro Ombo meadow, decorated with Edelweiss flowers – the symbol for eternity, as well as the Verbana Barisliensis Vell, a Lavender look-alike only found here in Indonesia.

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Since Mount Semeru is currently an active volcano, camping around the summit is prohibited as its gaseous fumes are proven to be lethal. To conquer the Mahameru, Hikers will have to camp at Kalimati and start climbing at 2am in total darkness. And if this isn’t intimidating enough, on the final leg of the ‘summit attack’, large falling boulders are known to injure many hikers.

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Is the danger of conquering the ‘Great Mountain’ worth the achievement? You decide!

Note: Unless you are familiar with mountain climbing, it is advisable to hire a guide since hiking Mount Semeru is serious business and requires preparation – from transportation, to permits, and of course supplies and physical health.

Mount Semeru, Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park

Address: Mount Semeru, Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, East Java
Contact: (0341) 491828
Entrance fees: Rp. 22,500 (locals), USD$ 22 (foreigners)
Getting there: From Malang, head Eastwards towards Pasar Tumpang. Arrange a jeep ride to Ranu Pane Village, which will cost around IDR 30,000 (USD$ 2). The first checkpoint of the hike is at the village of Ranu Pane. A simpler alternative to catching public transportation and hiring a freelance guide would be to book with a travel agent. Make sure to ask lots of questions before confirming the booking, and look for recommendations. Lintang Buana Tours offer great customer support and also allows you to personalize your trip down to the details. Bromo Adventrueland offers the reliability and comfort of an established tour company with prices starting at 4600,000 IDR (35 USD) per person.

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6. Pickup a new hobby and go museum-hopping in Malang!

The picturesque sights are not the only things you can set your eyes on in Malang. Abundant in rivers, the city has been home to civilisations dating back to prehistoric times as a fertile patch of land.

With its vibrant history, Malang is home to a number of museums, including some of the most bizarre collections you’ve probably never heard of.

Find out about all the museums Malang has to offer, and make your own list of museums, starting with these three that you shouldn’t miss.

6-a. From cars, to bikes, and even rockets! – Museum Angkut

Without a doubt, Museum Angkut will capture the hearts of boys and girls of all ages with a collection of over 300 vehicles from different times and different countries of origin. 3.8ha in size, Museum Angkut is the biggest museum in Southeast Asia.

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Make your way through eight exhibition zones, from the main hall where a collection of legendary vehicles are grandly displayed; to the educational hall where the the history of transportation is visualized; and even the euro zone where cars from their respective countries are displayed – including a range rover once used by the Queen of England!

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Just outside the building is ‘Pasar Apung’, a replica of a traditional floating market where an assortment of delicacies are sold.

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Take a ride on a miniature gondola while you munch on some fritters, – or better yet, visit the Museum D’Topeng Kingdom and observe a collection of traditional masks from all over the country!

Museum Angkut

Address: Museum Angkut, Jl. Terusan Sultan Agung No. 2, Kota Batu, Jl. Sultan Agung, Kec. Batu, Jawa Timur
Contact: (0341) 595007
Opening hours: 12pm to 8pm
Entrance: Weekdays Rp. 60,000 / USD$4 | Weekends Rp. 80,000 / USD$ 5

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6-b. Big Guns and even bigger rides – Museum Brawijaya

Named after one of the most prominent army forces during Indonesia’s fight for independence, Brawijaya Museum displays some of the artillery used in the many battles fought in the 1940’s – including the battle of Surabaya on November 10th 1945.

Hosting a collection of armoured vehicles from tanks to personal cars used by army generals, this museum will definitely pull the strings of any military geek. Especially with an artillery collection from small firearms to huge anti-air missiles!

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One of the most interesting pieces of history lies in the center courtyard of the museum. Known as ‘ Gerbong Maut’ or ‘Death Train’, this seemingly harmless train car has claimed more lives than you could possibly imagine.

During the war, 100 captives were ‘sardined’ in this very train from Bondowoso, but only 12 walked out upon arrival in Surabaya! *yikes*

Museum Brawijaya

Address: Museum Brawijaya, jl. Ijen no. 25 A, Malang
Contact: (0341) 562394
Opening hours: 8am to 4pm
Entrance: Rp. 3,000 / USD$ 2

6-c. Not for the faint of heart – Mental health museum, Dr. Radjiman Wediodiningrat Mental Asylum

Established in mid 2009, Mental Health Museum in Malang is the first and only museum of its kind in Indonesia.

Situated at Dr.Radjiman Wediodiningrat Lawang Mental Hospital, what used to be a storage warehouse – has now been opened to the public in hopes of increasing awareness, as well as research in mental health.

As the size of the museum is considerably small, only 700 items are on display at Mental Health Museum as of now – more than enough to raise the hair on your back.

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What’s on display? Gut twisting documentation in the form of text and pictures that show how much mental health has changed in the past decades. There’s even a collection of straight jackets, shackles of different material, and even a brain surgery kit!

Is this a rare find, or is it simply straight up creepy? Let us know what you think!

Mental health museum, Dr. Radjiman Wediodiningrat Mental Asylum

Address: Rumah Sakit Jiwa Dr. Radjiman Wediodiningrat, Jl. Jend A Yani, Lawang, Kab. Malang, Lawang, Jawa Timur 65208
Contact: (0341) 426015
Opening hours: Monday – Friday | 8am to 3pm
Entrance: Free

7. Camp in the untouched hills of Budug Asu

Want to beat the tourist trail and venture out into the unknown? Why not pack your camping gear and head out? If you’re not a camper, take a day trip instead – the hills are calling!

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Located on the foot of Mount Arjuna, Budug Asu (or Budukasu) used to be the perfect adventure trail for mountain bikers. But with the addition of a few photo platforms, it has become a new selfie spot for Instagrammers. Despite so, it is still relatively untouched by tourists due to its remote location.

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Indulge your eyes in a double treat as picturesque tea gardens stretch out for miles on one side and the mighty Mount Arjuna stands high on the other.

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Other than travelling via mountain bikes and off-road cars, hiking is a good option. The best way to reach Agrowisata Tea Garden (Malang) from Budug Asu is a two-hour hike. The road is unpaved and rocky, but the view from the hilltop is worth the struggle. You’ll love the pine trees along the way.

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Budug As

Address: Budug Asu, Wonosari, Lawang, Jawa Timur, Indonesia.
Getting there: The best option is to find the nearby Agrowisata Tea Garden (Malang Regency) and ask the locals to guide you to Budug Asu.

8. Wake up to an inspirational sunrise – Omah Kayu Paralayang, Batu

The biggest attraction of Omah Kayu has to be the stunning views in the morning and evening. This is where inspiration can and will hit you hardest.
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Located at Kota Batu Malang, a beautiful hill top 1,340 metres above sea level, the air is clean and fresh, and the weather isn’t as humid as in the city.

Ever wanted to sleep in a treehouse? Good news! There are 6 treehouses, and each has the capacity to comfortably sleep three people – perfect for small families and gatherings with friends. You can even sit on the wooden chair by the balcony, and gaze at the wonders of the natural world all day.

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You’ll have 1 bed, a thin but comfy blanket and tableware in case you need it. The 2 bathrooms are outdoors (not in the room), and equipped with hot water. The place serves a simple breakfast too, if necessary.

This hideaway is pretty far from the busy streets of downtown Malang and Batu (approximately 25km away), but it is situated near Hill Para, a beautiful location for a hike. You might also get a great view of Batu town while you’re here.

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Omah Kayu is relatively new, having opened their doors in February 2014, so rest assured that nothing is rundown.

For parents wondering about safety issues, fret not! Good fencing makes the treehouses secure, with walls made of pine wood – an incredibly durable wood – while the roof is made of palm fiber which allows you to be as close to nature as possible. (When rain hits the roof, it’s music to the ears!)

This portion on Omah Kayu is written by Stephanie Leong, check out her full article on Treehouse Accommodations.

Omah Kayu Paralayang, Batu

From Rp. 350,000 (USD 24)

Address: Omah Kayu Paralayang, Songgokerto, Batu Sub-District, Batu City. Coordinates here
Contact: Deddy at +628384 8020407 or Nanang at +628193 1843858

Website 

9. Get lost in a labyrinth! – Coban Rondo Maze, Pujon

One of the more unique places to visit in Malang, is the maze at Coban Rondo Leisure Park. Ever since its soft opening early last year, it is now one of the latest popular spots to visit!

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Challenge your friends and family by figuring out how to reach the fountain garden in the middle of the labyrinth fastest. Don’t underestimate the size of the maze!

The maze garden might not seem like much at first glance, but it certainly is not as easy as it looks – at least if you don’t know the simple trick behind it.

Of course, there is always the option of having a friend stand on the watchtower to guide you through, while looking from the perfect vantage point with a bird’s eye view from above.

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The symmetric hedge walls are 2 metres tall, and will surely bring out the enthusiasm of any Instagrammer. Do keep in mind that the park is known to become quite crowded, especially during weekends – to the point where it is difficult to get a decent picture without being photobombed! (Get there before 10am to avoid the crowd.)

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Apart from the maze, the park is also home to Coban Rondo Waterfall which stands at almost 90 meters. Regular outbound activities are also available in the premises, including ziplines and even a 3 on 3 paintball arena!

Coban Rondo Maze, Pujon

Address: Jl. Coban Rondo, Batu, East Java 65391. Coordinates here
Opening hours: 9am to 5pm
Entrance: Rp. 7,500 (USD$ 0.54)

10. East Java’s #1 Family Destination – Jawa Timur Park

Dubbed as East Java’s most iconic amusement park, and possibly one of the best in the country as of now – Jawa Timur Park, or ‘Jatim Park’ for short ranks up to international standards in attractions and maintenance.

With so much to show, this amusement park has to be split in two to contain all there is to offer! And with so many things to do, you might need more than a day to really enjoy the Jawa Timur Parks. Just a short walk from the Jawa Timur Park 2, the Pohon Inn offers guests a view of surrounding mountains.

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Pohon Inn (Photos via rachdian, andiismo)

You can even dine with a herd of leopards!

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Jungle fast food

PS: Swarming with families from all across the country, you might want to avoid come here on a weekend.

10-a. Enjoy the endless attractions and hop in the giant pool at Jawa Timur Park 1

First of the many destinations under the Jawa Timur Park Group, Jawa Timur Park 1 offers 55 attractions ranging from the usual stomach-churning amusement parks, to science and history exhibitions that are fully interactive.

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Educative recreation is what the Jawa Timur Park 1 promotes. The attractions in the premises are often linked to either culture, the sciences, or history. An extensive exhibition room called the ‘Galeri Nusantara’ is dedicated to showcasing Indonesia’s variety of ethnicities from Sabang to Merauke. Even its biggest attraction – a gigantic swimming pool is in the theme of the cunning Ken Arok, the king of Singosari (present day Malang)

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Stretching over 11 hectares on the hill of Malang, you might need a whole day just to try out all the Jawa Timur Park 1’s attractions. You won’t have to worry about not getting enough energy to burn, there are various eateries to choose from spread all over the park.

Jawa Timur Park 1

Address: Jalan Kartika 2 Kota Wisata Batu, Kota Batu, Jawa Timur
Phone: (0341) 597777
Opening hours: 8.30 – 16.30
Entrance: Weekday – Rp. 60,000 (USD$ 4) | Weekend – Rp. 80,000 (USD$ 5)
Map of Jatim Park 1

Website 

10-b. Delve into the world of wildlife: Jawa Timur Park 2

For even more educational amusements, Jawa Timur Park 2 dedicates itself to increasing the public’s awareness on ecology and protecting its inhabitants. If you aren’t so much into running around a theme park swarming with screaming children, the Jawa Timur Park 2 would suit you.

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Most visitors would start from the Museum Satwa, displaying various exhibitions of preserved wildlife in their native environments. There is even a life size model of tyrannosaurus rex and other prehistoric creatures, providing visitors plenty of spots for one-of-a-kind photographs.

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Next, watch the animals come to life at the Batu Secret Zoo home to several hundred species of birds from all over the world – visitors have a chance to interact with some of the world’s rarest, and even endangered birds. get up close and personal with a collection of big cats, such as different types of lions, tigers, and leopards. A variety of snakes can also be found in the park, behind the safety of thick glass panels of course!

Jawa Timur Park 2

Address: Jawa Timur Park, Jl. Oro Oro Ombo No. 9, Batu, East Java
Contact: +62 341 59777
Opening hours: 10am to 6pm
Entrannce: Weekday – Rp. 75,000 (USD$ 5) |  Weekend – Rp. 105,000 (USD$ 7)
Map of Jatim Park 2

Website 

10-c. Interactive Educational Playground: Eco Green Park

Seeing animals in a zoo is one thing, walking amongst them in their habitats is on a different level. The Eco Green Park aims to preserve the nature it was built on, which was once an orange plantation. Many of the surrounding trees and bushes were left intact in the building of the venue.

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Besides its extensive collection of birds, ranging from flamingos to eagles, the eco green park educates visitors on sustainable living, starting with farming or herding animals, as well as hydroponics to farm at home. Many of the park’s ornaments are even made out of recycled material.

One of the park’s latest attractions, the Rumah Terbalik has gained a lot of buzz in the airwaves lately. A pink upside-down house with furniture on the ceiling makes for one of a kind family vacation photos!

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Eco Green Park

Address: Jawa Timur Park, Jl. Oro Oro Ombo No. 9, Batu, East Java
Contact: +62 341512525
Opening hours: 9am to 5pm
Entrance: Weekday – Rp. 40,000 (USD$ 2) | Weekend Rp. 60,000 (USD$ 4)
Map of Eco Green Park

Website 

11. Test your courage at an abandoned mansion – Wisma Erni, Lawang, Malang

40-minutes north of the city lies a piece of dark history that has become a household name to the residents of Lawang.

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Rumours attempting to explain how such a lavishly built mansion was completely abandoned has spread thoroughly, but even then, nobody is really sure of its origins or how it got there in the first place.

Resting majestically on top a hill, it is easy to pick out the colonial influence on the building’s architecture that inspired its construction in the 1990s. In fact, the building was so magnificent that during its time, it was often rented as a hall for weddings and expensive gatherings, but now serves as a makeshift gallery of graffiti.

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The name ‘Erni’ is believed to come from the owner of the mansion who mysteriously died not long after the building was completed. Some say she took her own life, while many insist that she was murdered along with the mansion’s caretakers. Whatever the cause, it left her husband devastated, which made him return to his country (China), leaving the building to a series of sketchy caretakers.

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In addition to its already gruesome past, the Wisma Erni was actually built above what used to be a graveyard – and Bu Erni’s ghost has been reported to appear occasionally at the top floor’s balcony!

Check out more hair-raising stories behind some of Indonesia’s most haunted places.

Wisma Erni, Lawang, Malang

Address: Wisma Erni, Jl. Dr. Soetomo 16, Lawang, Malang
Getting there: From Malang, head North on the Jl. Raya Malang Surabaya, turn right under the flyover at the town of Lawang, and turn left right after that. The mansion can also be seen from the flyover. Coordinates here.

12. Abode of the Gods – Mount Bromo

The epicenter of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, Mount Bromo is certainly one of the best sights mother nature has produced in this part of the world.

Mount Bromo stands at 2,392 meters in the middle of a vast sea of sand, nowhere close to Indonesia’s highest peak – but definitely a majestic spectacle for the tens of thousands who flock from far away just to witness its beauty.

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Drivers will warm up their Jeeps by 3am, ready to scale the narrow winding trails of the nearby Mount Penanjakan, the favoured spot to catch the sunrise over Mount Bromo.

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Be wary of the freezing mountain air that will instantly chill you to the bone, right as you hop out of your jeep at the final checkpoint. (One interesting way to counter the cold, is with a glass of Bandrek – a traditional herbal brew best served with a plate of fritters!)

Make your way up the set of stairs to the vantage point at Mount Penanjakan right at the brink of dawn, just when that first break of violet lights up the horizon.

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Gaze into spellbinding beauty, as the sun rises behind Mount Bromo with Mount Semeru towering gloriously in the background.

Roam around the barren sands below and wander through the landmarks of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. The savannah grassland east of Bromo, often called ‘Teletubbies Hill’ due to its resemblance – is a popular spot that reminds you of the diverse ecology of the Bromo Tengger National Park.

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Lastly, visit Pura Luhur Poten, temple of the local Tenggerese people, or get on a horseback and climb the Bromo Crater, and make an offering to the guardians of the mountains.

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Mount Bromo

Address: Mount Bromo, Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, East Java
Contact: (0341) 490885
Opening hours: 24 hours
Entrance: Rp. 27,500 (locals) | $14 (foreigners)
Getting there: Access to the roads surrounding Bromo Tengger National Park is rough and requires a special permit. Unless you have arranged a visit with the park officials and own a capable offroader of your own, a jeep driver for the Bromo Tour is required. Sunrise Holidays and Mujur Surya are to recommended operators. (Prices vary between Rp. 300,000 – 500,000 / USD$ 21 – 36)

Website 

13. Find calm in the serenity of the mountains – Wonosari Tea Plantations, Singosari

Situated on the slopes of Mount Arjuna and half an hour north of Malang, lies the peaceful hills where tea plantations sprawl, owned and run by PT Perkebunan Nusantara.

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Opened to the public as an ‘Agrotourism Park’, the Wonosari Tea Plantation is not only where the world renowned beverages are produced, but is also a great place to take the family for some private quality time.

Activities available range from outbound obstacle courses, including wall climbing,
ziplines (flying fox) and paintball.

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And if you’re looking for something that’s both entertaining and educational at the same time, you may also go for a complete tour of tea production – from leaf selection at the plantation, to the process of turning them into dry packaged tea at the factories!

Not ready to leave the serenity of the mountains just yet? Why not stay at the recently renovated accommodations at the Wonosari Tea Plantations! Choose from Rollaas Hotel, or the many choices of cottages (from $16) per night.

After spending the day roaming around tea plantations, another spot to enjoy the panorama of Malang’s countryside is Sumber Krabyakan lagoon. This natural swimming pool offers the best ‘seat’ to view Mount Arjuno and Arjuna from a distance. Truly a splendid way to end your day.

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Wonosari Tea Plantations, Singosari

Address: Wonosari Tea Plantation, Lawang, Malang
Contact:
(0341) 426032 / 082895250682
Opening hours: 7am to 5pm
Entrance: Rp. 10,000 (USD$ 0.70)

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Wisata Air Krabyakan, Desa Sumber Ngepoh, Lawang, Malang

Opening hours: 6am to 6pm
Entrance: Rp. 5,000 (USD$ 0.36)
Getting there: From Malang, head towards Lawang Market in the town of Lawang. Then head eastwards on Jl Pandawa, your destination will be within 3km. There are not many road signs currently, so do ask around a lot, coordinates here.

14. Never run out of activities – Oro Oro Ombo Tourism Village, Batu

We have all heard of tourist destinations, but the city of Malang takes it up a notch with a whole village dedicated to tourism.

Roughly translating to ‘a vast grassland’, the Oro Oro Ombo (not to be mistaken with Oro Oro Ombo in Mount Semeru) started out as a city garden during the colonial era. With a variety of plants and flowers cultivated in the area, it soon became a landmark of the city.

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At 700 meters above sea level, the view and temperature, as well as the sight of a colourful collection of flowers of all shapes and sizes, is the perfect place to get lost!

Get hands-on experience at milking a cow, or grooming a horse before trotting along the hillside, or if you’re into it… even partake in the breeding of mealworms as bird food!

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You will never run out of things to do at Oro Oro Ombo Village, even after the sun goes down. The Batu Night Spectacular opens as late as 11pm, and the list goes on!

Oro Oro Ombo Village is also home to Jawa Timur Park 2, along with Museum Satwa, as well as the Eco Green Park.

Since day trips won’t be enough to fully enjoy Oro Oro Ombo Village, you might want to find a place to spend the night. Thankfully, this won’t be a problem (unless it is during the peak holiday season).

Hotels and guest houses start from $21 – but for a truly authentic experience, do a homestay at the local villager’s home and get a chance to follow them as they go about their unique everyday routine.

Oro Oro Ombo Tourism Village, Batu

Address: Desa Wisata Oro Oro Ombo, Batu, East Java. Coordinates here

15. Take your taste buds on a journey – Check out Malang’s unique cafes

Apples aren’t Malang’s only noteworthy delicacies to enjoy during your stay. They also have a history of being a city of leisure – Malang offers a truly unique culinary experience.

Take your tastebuds on a journey through Malang’s traditional sweetly savoury dishes, and wash it down with a bowl of ice cream – here are some of the most fascinating eateries you can find in Malang.

15-a. Quirky and charming! – Madam Wang Secret Garden

Madam Wang Secret Garden cafe is the kind of place you would want to have a look around before choosing a place to sit. And even then, it would be a tough decision to make between the outdoor vine garden, or the incredibly cosy indoors that somehow reminds you of your grandparents’ house.

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If you’re looking for something heavy, Chicken Gudeg, native dish of Yogyakarta, will certainly keep your appetite full and happy. On the other hand, the most popular item on the menu has to be the apple strudel – to remind you that you are in Malang in case you’ve forgotten!

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Not just a cafe, Madam Wang Secret Garden hosts a small boutique, with its own collection of batik garments, as well as raw materials such as threads and weaved cloth.

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Madam Wang Secret Garden

Address: Madam Wang Secret Garden, Jl Ijen, Klojen, Kota Malang
Contact: +62 341 566786
Opening hours: 10am to 11pm

15-b. A historical culinary experience – Inggil Restaurant

Apparently, the management behind this one-of-a-kind restaurant has followed the motto ‘if we can do it, we can overdo it’ to a tee, and gone all out.

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From the colonial architecture of the building, to every minutely detailed ornament that brings life to the Inggil Restaurant – the only thing modern about this place is the wifi and air-conditioning.

No burgers or spaghetti here, this is Malang. Inggil Restaurant serves only the best Javanese dishes, rich in flavour and spices. One item to look out for is the Grilled Gourame Fish, a favourite from across the country, and refined by chefs of the Inggil Restaurant.

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Want to bring home an intricate piece of Malang history? Right next to the restaurant is Museum Malang Tempoe Doeloe, a recently opened museum showcasing the atmosphere of Malang in the 20th century. There’s a great collection of antiques and dioramas – and best of all, you can even take home a piece of history displayed at the gift shop!

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Inggil Restaurant

Address: Inggil Restaurant, Jl. Gajahmada no. 4, Malang
Contact: (0341) 332110
Opening hours: 10:00 – 22:00

15-c. Colonial dessert rendezvous – Toko Oen Ice cream Parlour

Since we are in the mood for nostalgia, why not go all the way with dessert right out of the colonial era? You can tell right from the face of the the building that this place has been around before your parents were born – and you would be right. 10c-TokoOen-Front-Side

Established in 1930, it came into existence even before Indonesia did!

As you enter the parlor, you will instantly be greeted by the smell of old rattan furniture and a sign that says “ Welkom in Malang, Toko Oen Die Sinds 1930 Ann De Gasten Gezelligheid Geeft ”. (Welcome to Malang. Toko Oen opened since 1930…)

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There’s a piano at a corner of the room and checkered tablecloth that nicely compliment the black and white pictures of Malang and President Soekarno.
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On to the food, a unique delicacy found on the menu is the Corn Ice-Cream, which happens to be surprisingly delicious. Apart from dessert, there are main courses available in a variety of Indonesian and Dutch dishes, from steaks to nasi goreng too!

Toko Oen Ice cream Parlour

Address: Toko Oen, Jl. Basuki Rahmat no. 5, Klojen, Malang
Contact: (0341) 3640521
Opening hours: 8am to 9pm

Website 

16. Your home by the hills – Jambuluwuk Resort, Batu

There is nothing more serene than a hillside vacation – the cooling ambiance will set the tone for you to be at peace and relax, as time slows down during your stay.

The surrounding mountains, like seas of green, with little patches of villages seen from afar, also provide the perfect backdrop for you to forget your troubles and leave them far, far behind.

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Only a 10 minute drive from Oro Oro Ombo Village, Jambuluwuk Resort offers traditional wooden villas, equipped with all the modern amenities you would need. Sip a cup of coffee in the morning with a view of the mountains, all in the privacy of your own villa – sounds good?

During your stay, make sure to stroll along the beautifully decorated gardens of the resort and stop by the clubhouse, where you can get an afternoon drink while lounging on a deck chair by the infinity pool.

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Jumbulwuluk resort is designed in such a way that every spot allows you to really appreciate the breathtaking visual feast of nature that’s all around – even while you’re swimming in the infinity pool!

Jambuluwuk Resort, Batu

Rate: From $86 (Rp. 1,200,000)
Address: Jambuluwuk Resort Batu, Jl. Trunojoyo no. 99, Batu, East Java
Contact: (0341) 512999
Website

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17. Bask in the afternoon sun by an island lagoon – Segara Anakan Lagoon, Sempu Island

White sandy beach meets a huge lagoon – Segara Anakan Lagoon is hidden behind a jungle, and boasts kilometers in radius. The very sight of it radiates a sense of serenity, that provides a pretty incredible break from your everyday routine.

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Unlike most beaches on the southern seas, Segara Anakan Lagoon is perfectly safe to swim in, as long as you stay clear off the rocks. The system of caves, above and below the ground, feed seawater into the lagoon and dampens hazardous waves!

12-Sempu-Lagoon-bumb2kidAs an official National Nature Reserve, the ecosystem boasts hundreds of species ranging from tropical to coastal vegetation, including mangroves and its inhabitants. Watch out for the wildlife around, from primates to deers, and even crabs scattered on the island’s many beaches, lakes and forests.

Paradise happens to come at a price though – the tedious paperwork, and 2.5km trek that could take up anywhere between 1-5 hours, depending on the route and weather – gives the Sempu Island its own charm.

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Note: Sempu Islands became super popular among local tourists in recent years, and the authorities have not successfully controlled the bypassing of permits, resulting in too many visitors during holiday seasons. As a result of its popularity, trash has now slightly eroded its beauty – so do be a responsible traveler. 😉

More photos of Sempu islands:

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Segara Anakan Lagoon, Sempu Island

Address: Sempu Island, Malang, East Java
Getting there: From Malang, head south towards the port of Sendang Biru. There should be a post for Sempu Island where you can arrange for permits (Rp. 20,000  / USD $1), and transportation (Rp. 100,000 / USD$ 7). Don’t forget to arrange for a trip home!
Coordinates to Sendang Biru here.

18. Explore the coastline – Malang’s exquisite beaches

The volcanic mountains of Bromo Tengger National Park isn’t the only reason Malang is a traveller’s utopia. Stretching all the way down to the southern sea, Malang displays a fair share of exotic beaches along its coastline.

Beautiful but dangerous, the waves are so powerful that they have sculpted coral rocks on the fringes of the shore naturally! Among the dozens of beaches laid out in Southern Malang, here are a few that you shouldn’t miss.

18-a. Malang’s very own Tanah Lot – Balekambang Beach

It isn’t hard to understand why Balekambang Beach is often called Malang’s ‘Tanah Lot’ by the locals – with its very own gorgeous temple, Amerta Jati. Sitting gracefully on Ismoyo Island, Amerta Jati was built to accommodate the Hindu ceremony of ‘Suroan’, an offering to commemorate the Javanese/Islamic new year.

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Sunsets aren’t the only time to enjoy the Balekambang Beach. During low tide, the sea retreats, unveiling the coral stones that extend beyond the sand, flaunting the colours of its coral flora. Go ahead and do a little exploration, and let brightly coloured fish tickle your feet, as they weave in and out of the coral garden!

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Stretching 2km over mostly flat sand, Balekambang Beach provides an excellent panoramic view of the 3 beaches off its shore – named after the famous Wayang leather puppets, Anoman, Wisanggeni, and Ismoyo.

Balekambang Beach

Address: Balekambang Beach, Balekambang, Malang, East Java
Contact: 085764556423
Entrance: Rp. 5000 / USD$ 0.30

18-b. Prove it for yourself: Pantai Tiga Warna (Three Colour Beach)

Opened to the public only recently, Pantai Tiga Warna (Three Colour Beach) has created a major buzz across travel communities all over the country.

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Located in a nature conservation, reservations have to be made at least a week before (a month if you are planning a weekend trip) to ensure not too many visitors crowd the area.

The clear gradation of the water’s blue, green and white colours from the sandy beaches is not the only fascinating sight in this part of Malang. The journey is a pleasure of its own.

Start at Clungup Mangrove Conservation, a mangrove forest located right at the mouth of a river. Apart from protecting waves from eroding the beaches, they also provide welcome protection against the sun.

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After a short walk southwards, visitors can choose to rest their legs, grab a snack from the canteen, or even set up camp. Don’t get too caught up though – there is still an hour’s trek to the main attraction, but that won’t be too much trouble since the stroll along the coastline will keep you in great spirits with the sand and sea on the right and lush greenery on the left.

After an uphill climb, you will finally set eyes on the tricoloured beach. The irresistible shade of mermaid turquoise (bluish green) waters will make you want to jump right in!

But before that, do take a moment to soak in this bizarre phenomenon of nature. With crystal clear waters, the coral reefs can be seen more vividly if you decide to snorkel. (You may rent a snorkel mask with optional life vest at only Rp. 15,000 / USD$ 1!)

Pantai Tiga Warna (Three Colour Beach)

Address: Clunggup and Tiga Warna Mangrove Conservational Center
Contact:: 081232677713 (SMS) | 08123339889 (Call)
Entrance: Rp. 100,000 / USD$ 7 (for a max. group of 10)
Opening hours: 8am to 4pm

18-c. The beach with an eerie history – Pantai Rowo Indah / Pantai Goa China (Chinese Cave Beach)

With 3 islands decorating the horizon, the sight of the setting sun from Rowo Indah Beach is quite a view to take in. It’s so breathtaking that many forget the chilling history behind this small patch of sand, 90 minutes from the Malang.

Rowo Indah Beach (which means Chinese Cave Beach) was popularised as ‘Pantai Goa Cina’ after an eerie discovery some twenty years ago. A corpse was found with Chinese inscriptions on the walls of a cave, believed to be the remains of a monk who meditated to his death.

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Another strange occurrence on Rowo Indah Beach is that for some reason, not far from the shore, a junction of strong waves coming from the East, South, and West, creates dangerous undertows making this beach unsafe to swim.

If you won’t go to the beach if you can’t take a dip however, don’t worry! Ngliyep Beach (located in the same area) provides far more calmer waters with its crescent bay, and trees that provide shelter,perfect for an afternoon siesta at the beach!

Pantai Rowo Indah / Pantai Goa China (Chinese Cave Beach)

Address: Pantai Rowo Indah (Goa Cina), Dusun Tumpak Awu, Desa Sitiarjo, Sumbermanjing Wetan, Malang, East Java
Entrance: Rp. 10,000 / USD$ 0.70
Getting there: From Malang, head south on Jl Sudanco and Jl. Supriadi,. Rowo Indah Beach is located in the Ngliyep Beach complex. From the locket, directions will be given.
Coordinates here.

19. Sugar rush, dazzling lights, and everything nice – Batu Night Spectacular

When the sun goes down, most tourist attractions wind up for the day – except Batu Night Spectacular, often referred to as ‘BNS’ for short. They open their gates from midnoon hours to the later hours of the night!

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Brought about by the people behind Jawa Timur Park, Batu Night Spectacular is a night carnival hosting 25 zones of attractions, with some far more challenging than the next, surprisingly.

Attractions range from a Go-Kart track, to a haunted house, and even a trampoline playground. This fun fair in Oro Oro Ombo Village is designed to keep those nocturnal travelers occupied – at least until 11pm.

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Driving down Jalan Raya Oro Oro Ombo, it is impossible to miss the kaleidoscope of brightly coloured lanterns and floating bicycles on the side of the road. For the photos, the vibrant lighting of Batu Night Spectacular, combined with a tuned down shutter speed will make for gorgeous warm ambient photos.

When you have finally finished roaming around the 3000sqm carnival – fill up on energy at the 2 food courts in the vicinity. Try the wide variety of local and international favourites, while entertained by a ‘dancing fountain’ show! (How very Las Vegas. :p)

Batu Night Spectacular

Address: Batu Night Spectacular, Jl. Raya Oro-oro Ombo No 200, Batu, East Java 65316
Contact: (0341) 5025111
Opening hours: 3pm to 11pm
Entrance: Weekdays Rp. 20,000 / USD$ 1 | Weekends Rp. 30,000 / USD$ 2

20. Soar with the eagles – Paragliding at Gunung Banyak, Batu

Ever wondered how it feels to fly like a bird above mountains? To glide in the open air, and sweeping your hands through soft clouds?

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For those looking for a sensation that is quite out of the ordinary, a rush of adrenaline, or vacation photos that will impress your friends – paragliding might just be the answer.

Ayokitakemon! Outdoor Activities provides a variety of flight packages daily, ranging from first time beginner tandem sessions, to extreme expert levels. The only gear you will need is a set of snug clothes, and you are ready to fly!

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Rigged with equipment sponsored by international manufacturers, safety is always the priority at Ayokitakemon – so all you have to think about, is the view of the city below.

From up above, not only will you feel a rush of freedom, you’ll also begin to understand the overwhelming landscape and the dramatic Indonesian terrain.

Stationed at Gunung Banyak in Pujon Village, wind conditions are ideal for paragliding, since the area is somewhat sheltered by a series of hills and mountains. Over farmlands and small towns, paragliding truly is a way to see the city of Malang from a different angle.

Paragliding at Gunung Banyak, Batu

Address: Ayokitakemon, Jl. Arumdalu, No. 20, 65312, Songgoriti, 65312
Contact: (0341) 593225
Opening hours: 9am to 5pm
Entrance: Packages from Rp. 300,000 / USD$ 21

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21. Harvest honey right off a beehive – Rimba Raya Bee Farm

Besides picking apples in Malang, there are several other crops you can harvest yourself, including honey right from the hive!

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Located in the town of Lawang, this beekeeper’s farm is open to the public as an educational and recreational facility. The taste of honey may be familiar to the tongue, but the fascinating process behind extracting the sweet nectar from the hives of bees and similar insects – can be experienced hands on at Rimba Raya Bee Farm.

Chew honey off the comb right after you have pulled it out from the wood framed hives, but don’t throw away the remains of the comb once the honey is finished. At this beekeeper’s farm, nothing goes to waste.

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The remains are recycled into wax which can be stamped to make beehives, accelerating the honey making process for bees. Otherwise, try dipping your fingers in the warm wax to make finger sculptures! (We definitely suggest bringing your kids along for this fun experience!)

There are several products you can take home too, fresh off the farm. Apart from regular honey and traditional products such as propolis and royal jelly, the restaurant serves everyday dishes with a special ingredient – honey!

PS: The honey guava juice and honey grilled chicken come highly recommended.

Rimba Raya Bee Farm

Address: Peternakan Tawon Rimba Raya, Jl. DR. Wahidin No.8, Lawang, Malang, Jawa Timur 65215
Contact: (0341) 420749
Entrance: Free
Opening hours: 10am to 8pm

Phew, we’re finally done sharing all you ever need to know about things to do in Malang.

What do you think? Let us know which attractions caught your eye!

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