Versi Bahasa Indonesia: https://indonesia.tripcanvas.co/id/malang/tempat-wisata-di-malang/
Written by Junanto Xu
Co-written by Matin Firas Harahap, Madhurima Dutta, Soma Dutta, Matt Ho
Edited by Beverley Lennon
What are you looking for on your next holiday? Pristine nature for an adrenaline-pumping adventure? Exciting theme parks for a perfect family getaway? Or a culturally rich city that will take you on a magical journey through time? Well, if you can’t decide, why not find them all in one place; head over to Malang and uncover some hidden gems just 2 hours’ drive from Surabaya!
Nestled between four mountain ranges, Malang is blessed with chilly weathers and stunning scenery – it is the ultimate place to seek refuge from the bustling city life but what’s more is that it also offers a selection of exciting attractions; known to be the ideal stopover before heading off to the magnificent Mount Bromo!
And since we’ve been craving for cooler climates, we decided to spend two weeks around East Java to explore the region. Besides ticking off the must-visit attractions, we’ve also explored some secret places and are ready to share them with you!
Our 2D1N adventure itinerary to Mount Bromo: Things to do, where to stay and how to reach this active volcano!
Getting to Malang
Best time to travel
If you wish to visit the natural attractions around Malang like Mount Bromo or the surrounding waterfalls, we recommend you to come during the dry season which falls between June to October. Throughout the wet season (December – April), it will be gloomy on most days and terrains at natural attractions can get very slippery.
TripCanvas’ Tip: We were there during the Ramadan season and thoroughly enjoyed visiting around with no crowd!
1. The land of fantasy for Instagrammers – Batu Flower Garden, Batu (1 hour from Malang)
We did not have much expectations from this spot. In fact, we thought it was merely just a flower garden (blame it on its name) but the venue is much more than that. There are various photo-spots around (more than 35 in total) and you’re set in a beautiful scenery, surrounded by magical hill views. Of course, they do have a big collection of flowers too and to our utmost surprise, the garden seems to be extremely well-maintained!
Our favourite photo spot here has to be the gigantic “I ❤ U” platform, where couples can create ultimate #couplegoals pictures with an endless lush backdrop. Also, don’t miss their snowland and hobbit houses where you get to pretend to be in Europe or New Zealand!
And if you are looking for a bit of an adrenaline rush, why not challenge yourself and ride a bicycle in the air! Or embark on a trekking adventure to discover a waterfall hidden deep in a pristine forest!
TripCanvas’ Tip: To go to Batu Flower Garden from the parking area, you will need to either walk up for 5km or take a motorbike (Rp.10,000 per person per way). And besides two photo spots included in the entrance fee, take note that every photo spot requires additional fees per person (around Rp.10,000 onwards per spot).
Dine with a view at Malang’s scenic cafes!
Besides great food, we’re always on the lookout for unique eateries with stunning views to relish on. Here are Malang’s best cafes and restaurants where you can bask in sweeping views of lush green nature!2. Dine in a pyramid-shaped glass house! – deKleine
Hidden in the forest of Oro Oro Ombo is a unique cafe that has received much attention on social media – thanks to its intense Instagram bragging rights!
Once there, we had the choice to settle down in their garden area, pyramid glass house, or on the rooftop. We first decided to sit down in the pyramid glass house but it was very humid and stuffy so we decided to go on the rooftop area to enjoy a nice breeze and endless views of the garden and beyond.
There’s nothing much to rave about the food offerings and quality, they were rather basic but we also heard they have some Korean BBQ dishes. Other than that, we thoroughly enjoyed the views and atmosphere.
But the best part yet has to be their bunny house – they have tons of adorable fluffy balls hopping around and they’re super cuddly! Sitting across the cafe is a horse farm where you can witness majestic horses galloping in a vast field too.
3. Come for sunset drinks with magical city views! – 15 Celsius The Skylounge
There sure is a reason for this place’s name. Indeed, we did feel the 15°C temperature at the rooftop skylounge as it got quite chilly once the sun dropped, but the views are beyond amazing!
If you make it in time for the golden hour, you’ll also be able to spot on the last sights of the surrounding mountain ranges and vast plantations as the sky slowly gets swallowed by darkness, replacing the scenery with sparkling stars and city lights.
We could barely take in the cold so we opted to dine at the indoor area which also offers amazing views as it features floor-to-ceiling windows. While dishes are reasonably priced and tasty, we’d strongly recommend you to try their apple strudel and BBQ chicken wings! On our first visit, we also enjoyed a groovy live-band that set quite a nice ambience to the place!
4. An almost Bali-like cafe with magical views! – Pupuk Bawang Cafe & Dining
Imagine sitting at the foot of the mountain, surrounded by green rice paddies and emerald green forests in the background while enjoying some local snacks with your friends.
Located away from the hubbub of the city, this cafe is worth visiting for a refreshing and relaxing afternoon where you can invite your friends or make new ones!
If you come during the day, you can sit at the tables facing the landscape of green as it merges with the clear blue sky. In the evening, the atmosphere changes into a lively spot with sparkling light decorations. Fresh cool air and tons of good vibes are what you will get at Pupuk Bawang Coffee!
Pickup a new hobby and go museum-hopping in Malang!
With its vibrant history, Malang is home to a number of not-so-boring museums, including some of the most unusual ones! These are the three you can’t miss:
5. Become a vehicle connoisseur at Southeast Asia’s largest transportation museum – Museum Angkut (1 hour from Malang)
What comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘museum’? If just like us you assume that all museums are boring; you’ll be surprised by Museum Angkut! We had so much fun here!
Known to be South East Asia’s largest transportation museum, this is where we had the chance to check out over 300 collections of modes of transport from all over the world!
Yes, that includes coming up close to a real 66 Ford Mustang, stepping into a real size Indonesian presidential plane (the best part, if you ask us!), standing next to a gigantic rocket replica and so much more!
You’ll go through zones/countries as you explore all collections, so get ready to take a journey back to ancient Batavia and Chinatown or be transported to England, America and France!
At the end of the day, come and join in their incredible showtime! We thoroughly enjoyed their ‘Special Car and Costume Parade’ where superheroes made an epic entrance aboard a collection of antique cars to surprise us with a flash mob in an 80’s New York setting!
6. 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!
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*
7. This is not for the faint-hearted! – 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. Located 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.
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 materials, and even a brain surgery kit!
8. Fall in awe with nature’s masterpiece – Mount Bromo (3 hours from Malang)
Words can’t simply describe the beauty of this natural masterpiece! From relishing on a group of volcanoes floating above the sea of clouds to walking on the edge of the active volcanic crater, Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park is truly a magical once-in-a-lifetime destination!
Our journey started at 3 am as our jeep drove through mountainous roads under the pitch dark sky. After a 45-minute ride, we finally stepped off from the jeep at Bukit Penanjakan and man, was it cold! No joke, we were literally shaking and some of us had to rent coats!
It was almost 10°C at the viewpoint but the cold weather didn’t stop us! We made sure to secure the best spot to catch the spectacular sunrise views so we were there as early was 5.30am after warming ourselves at a local coffee shop.
As the sun rose, we were in complete awe – the majestic volcanoes slowly revealed themselves under the warm orange rays, as the surrounding sea of fluffy clouds turned into rugged sand dunes!
After sunrise, hop back on your jeep and enjoy a ride through the vast savannah and sea of sand as you make your way to the ultimate spot – Bromo Crater. Once your jeep stops at the foot of the crater, you’ll have to walk for some 15 minutes before reaching the set of stairs that’ll lead you to the crater. From there, you’ll relish on magical views of the surrounding dunes and tick off getting up close to an active volcano crater!
And while you’re there, we’d personally recommend you to opt for a comfortable stay Plataran Bromo. In here, you don’t only get below 20°C temperatures but also a magical experience by staying in the clouds. We’ve been here twice and it keeps getting better!
Jawa Timur Park (1 hour from Malang)
Indonesia’s most fascinating family theme 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 is split into three expansive grounds, each magical in their own way so you might want to spare two or three full days to cover them all.
TripCanvas’ Tip: We recommend you to avoid weekends, local public holidays and school holidays while planning your visit to the theme parks, so as to avoid the crowd!
9. 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 a good bunch of attractions ranging from the usual stomach-churning amusement parks, to science and history exhibitions that are fully interactive.
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).
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.
10. In here, it’s more than just an animal kingdom – Jawa Timur Park 2
Roooooar! Welcome to a magical animal kingdom – Jawa Timur Park 2! This theme park is divided into 3 main parts: Museum Satwa – Indonesia’s largest wildlife museum; Batu Secret Zoo – home to hundreds of exotic animals and; Eco Green Park – a green sanctuary and birds’ paradise.
We kicked off our visit from Museum Satwa and it was a scene straight out of “Night at the Museum!”! Not only did we find more than 1,000 species of preserved wildlife in their real size, but we also luckily made it in time for their educational play – one that reminded us that there’s no planet B!
Next, we headed over to Batu Secret Zoo to see the animals come to life! We got to interact with some of the most exotic animals from all over the world (to name a few; black panthers, penguins, and alpaca)! They have different animal zones and we signed up for an exciting safari ride too (the highlight of our visit)! Hear us; the secret zoo is very well-maintained with lots of space for the animals, which seem to be well-taken care of – no poor treatment in sight!
Last but not least, make your way to the Eco Green Park and learn how to turn waste and trash into interesting exhibits (one of them even made it to 9gag). The venue also serves as a home to several hundreds of bird species! And although we missed the super Instagramable shot at Pigeon World, we did have the chance to feed the birds and penguins!
11. Meet dinosaurs, sign up for Hogwarts, enter a futuristic house and more!! – Jawa Timur Park 3
Bring along your magnifying glass and put on your green vest, my friends! Because today we are going to take a journey back to the era of dinosaurs!
Our first stop? A magical ride through the Dinosaur eras! Though not particularly long, this ride introduced us to different species of dinosaurs in the various eras! We personally think that this activity would entertain young kids, but note that the presentation at the beginning is in Bahasa Indonesia (the local language).
After stepping off the car, we got to explore more of the Dino Park from the ice age era, as well as the dino cloning house, baby dino ride and so much more!
For the next attraction at the Legend Stars Park, you might want to change into something fancy as we are going to meet some superstars! From Hollywood top actors to world-renowned politicians and activists, we were lucky enough to meet some of our celebrity crushes and pose next to them. If you’ve been to a ‘Madame Tussauds” wax museum; you know what we’re talking about!
And if you’ve been thinking of a round-the-world trip, here’s where you can hop from one continent to the next within a few minutes. Their newest addition in the world tour is the ‘Diagon Alley’, where we got to dress like Harry Potter and friends to battle Voldemort!! Being real Harry Potter fans, we found it to be so much fun!
Still got some energy to spare? Head to their World Music Museum to witness unique instruments from all over the world or enter their Fun Tech and Infinity World to play with futuristic technologies! And if like us, you like a good scream, their zombie house is here to freak you out!
12. Will you make it through this abandoned mansion?! – Wisma Erni, Lawang, Malang (40 minutes from Malang)
40 minutes from Malang, you’ll get to explore one of Indonesia’s most haunted venues!
Resting majestically on top of 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.
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 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.
13. Plunge into an ocean of endless green – Wonosari Tea Plantation (or Wisata Agro Wonosari)
A 30 minutes drive north from Malang City will take you to Wonosari tea plantation, a sprawling 950-hectares tea plantation that sits peacefully on the chilly slopes of Mount Arjuna – now is where you’ll feel like in Cameron Highlands!
This green oasis is a perfect spot for travellers to rejuvenate their tired mind and soul after a long and intense travelling. After all, what can be more therapeutic than breathing in refreshing crisp air and gazing at such magical endless ocean of green?!
You can drive around the plantation, or take a tour but we truly recommend you to walk down to Bukit Kuneer, where you’ll find a long wooden bridge overlooking the vast tea plantations. It is quite a rugged landscape so be ready to jump up and down as you drive.
14. Sign up for an all-you-can-eat fruit picking! – Kusuma Agrowisata (1 hour from Malang)
Known as the country’s largest apple producer, one simply shouldn’t miss out on picking fresh apples from the trees at Kusuma Agrowisata while in Malang – they’re one of the pioneers of agrotourism in Indonesia and have opened their orchards to the public since the early 90’s.
In here, the air is fresh and crisp – you get to happily connect with nature and spend some fund good times outdoor and eat as many fruits as you want!
But since it wasn’t the season for apples when we visited, we were welcome to pick enormous juicy guavas instead. Depending on the harvesting season, you’ll also find oranges, dragon fruits, and strawberries. The best part about this place is that a single ticket will grant you access to an all-you-can-eat fruit day and unlimited fun for the kids at the on-site water park!
The property also features cottages so we stayed the night and we were glad we did as we were one of the very firsts to arrive at the orchard for the fruit picking session! The cottages categories differ but most of them are ideal for families. They also have a honeymoon suite which seems quite romantic too. We stayed at the hotel compounds and woke up to magical views of the surrounding mountains!
TripCanvas’ Tip: We recommend you to check on the harvesting season directly with management so you can plan your trip better. Normally, apples and strawberries are harvested from December to February.
Take your taste buds on a tickling journey around Malang’s unique cafes!
Apples aren’t the only delicacies you’ll get to enjoy during your trip around Malang. It also has a history of being a city of leisure – Malang offers a truly unique culinary experience.
Take your tastebuds on a journey and indulge in sweet and savoury dishes. We never got hungry there! Here are some of the most fascinating eateries around the city:
15. Settle down at this lavish dining spot with exclusive golf course views – Djati Lounge
A traditional Javanese house (Joglo) upgraded with a touch of contemporary and romance – Djati Lounge is an elegant dining spot perfect both your dinner dates and casual hangout moments. The venue is beautifully set against endless views of the nearby Araya Golf Course.
Enjoy the moment with some of their signature dishes such as their Premium Kobe Beef or Grilled Salmon Herb Butter. At times, you’ll also get to enjoy a live-band and the pool view at night doesn’t do justice! However it can get crowded and there’s apparently no reservation system so make sure you drop by slightly before lunch/dinner time!
16. Where gypsies meet artists and Alice – Madam Wang Secret Garden
Once we stepped in, it was as though we had wandered into a whimsical Wonderland, someone’s secret hideout.
We entered a lovely greenhouse framed by vines and leaves, strolled through a walkway intricately lined with garden greenery from ceiling to pillars, before entering a colourful indoor seating area decorated with encouraging quotes and gypsy trinkets.
And along the way from the greenhouse, tables and seats were scattered and tucked into little spaces, so when you find your spot, you know it’s time to settle down with your book and order one of their refreshing fresh juices (we loved them, some of us even had double servings!). It’s the perfect place to while away the afternoon in that secret spot.
We ordered their Sate Lilit, Sego Ijo Empal (green-chilli fried beef with rice), Ayam Srundeng (chicken with spicy fried coconut flakes), and finished off with a red velvet mille crepe cake and an apple strudel (which was delicious, no surprises since Malang is famous for its apples, and it’s also the most popular item on their menu!). Food was overall good, not to mention affordable for an Instagrammable cafe.
You can even purchase batik garments at their boutique shop. If you too love everything quirky, intricate secret gardens, and gypsy colours, you will find your inspiration at your little corner 😉
17. Embark on a historical culinary experience – Inggil Restaurant
From the colonial architecture of the building, to every minutely detailed ornament that brings life to Inggil Restaurant – the only thing modern about this place is the wifi and air-conditioning.
No burgers or spaghetti here, this is the real and authentic Malang. Inggil Restaurant serves only the best Javanese dishes, rich in flavour and spices. One item to look out for is the Grilled Gourami Fish – a favourite from across the country, and refined by chefs of the Inggil Restaurant.
18. A colonial dessert rendezvous – Toko “Oen”
As you enter this parlour, you will be instantly greeted by the smell of old rattan furniture and in fact, the building itself will bring you through time!
We dropped by in the early evening and settled for their iconic ice cream and really liked the old-fashioned flavours that reminded us of our childhood! Since it is homemade, the ice cream seemed to melt quicker as there’s likely no additives and preservatives – so you know you’re eating the good!
Our favourite was the Peach Melba that is served with slices of canned peaches – personally for me it felt like when I am at home taking dessert on the couch with the family! If you’re on the lookout for something extravagant, give a try to their Fancy Sundaes that are served generously!
19. Enter a century-old Chinese house! – Loe Mien Toe Café
For the history-buffs; if you want to know what a century-old Chinese Babah Peranakan house looks like, you can step right in one at Loe Mien Toe Cafe! Needless to say, the cafe has turned into a hipster hangout spot among teenagers. We dropped by for an early dinner and it was packed to the brim with youngsters.
The cafe is adorned by stunning sets of whimsical antiques as you walk through the old house and settle at what seems to be your grand-mother’s dining table. We had higher expectations for the food – none of what we ordered was exceptional and it took quite some time to come to our table but the ambience alone was quite unique. If you want to check it out – maybe just consider dropping by for a drink and some snacks.
20. Come in here for real puppy cuddles!- Pawvillion Dog Café
While in Malang, we got a cuddly floof fix at Pawvillion Dog Café! Being real dog lovers, we were more than thrilled to meet Angelo and Pepper the Goldens, Loki the husky, Paddy the Bedlington Terrier, Buby the Beagle and all of their other cute furry friends! It’s almost as if we stepped into ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ movie scene!
To be able to play with the dogs, you’ll have to spend a minimum of Rp. 30,000 per person. But since we were quite a big group, we needed to spend a minimum of Rp. 150,000 and the best part yet is that we secured the VIP table and sofas. We were happy to see that the dogs were well-taken care of and the cafe was clean too!
21. Take a glimpse at the ancient Hindu Dynasty – Lembah Tumpang Resort
Take a glimpse and step into ancient empires at Lembah Tumpang Resort – this is where you get to immerse in the glorious Majapahit and Sriwijaya dynasties.
Aiming to revive the former glory of the ancient Hindu dynasty, the attraction displays a wide collection of ancient relic replicas such as a massive temple in the middle of a lake, or yet some old-looking buildings and more than 1,800 statues!
If you wish to spend more time to explore this majestic kingdom, Lembah Tumpang Resorts also offers cottages with various categories and prices! Now, here’s the chance to live just like a royal in the ancient dynasty!
22. Take a step through time at this living museum – Hotel Tugu Malang
Right in the heart of Malang City, Hotel Tugu Malang is where artsy souls and antique lovers find their delight. This venue is truly more than just a hotel – It’s a living museum where you can immerse in the history of the traditional Javanese Babah Peranakan!
In fact, the owner – Mr Anhar Setjadibrata is an antique collector and only built hotels around Indonesia to place in his collection (which was getting to big for his house). His soul and passion for art and heritage is perfectly illustrated around the property – from rooms to restaurants!
We visited the hotel and it was as if we were walking around a museum – every corner of the property was unique in its own way, mystical and magical all at the same time – it was a voyage through time! We truly recommend you to sign up for a hotel tour package that comes with a dining voucher at their on-site Melati Tugu Restaurant.
Besides, Mr Anhar’s passions aren’t limited to art, but also to culinary! You’ll get a taste of it at the hotel’s restaurants. We personally tried, tasted and approved their Asian fusion restaurant – Saigon San!
With a throwback to the Khmer Angkorian Empire, we indulged in an exotic Indochina culinary experience set in a one-of-a-kind ambiance. The menu here boasts a wide selection of Thai and Vietnamese delicacies with recipes straight from the origin countries.
We tasted some of their menu here but the Green Curry Patin and Cha Ca La Vong (Hanoi turmeric fish) were clearly the show stealer – the tender fish had perfectly soaked up their special sauce so it was an explosion of flavours! For a sweet ending, don’t miss out their delectable ‘Torched Ginger Flower Sorbet’ – it is reasonably sweet but also a little spicy; something out of the ordinary!
23. Take a trip down to Istanbul at this blue mosque – Masjid Tiban (1 hour from Malang)
We had seen this Instagrammable religious place on social media and although located 1 hour from Malang, we made sure to check it out! We were actually surprised that it was in a remote village, in the middle of nowhere!
Masjid Tiban is a hidden architectural gem located in the lesser known region of Turen. Rumour has it that the mosque was built by spirits in just one night. But this is just a myth as during our visit, our guide explained that this mosque actually served as an Islamic boarding school under the name of Syalafiyah Bihaaru Bahri’ Asali Fadlaairil Rahmah – built in 1978 by Romo Kiai Ahmad! We highly recommend you to opt for a guide to get the story of the location and to bring you around the different storeys of the mosque.
With vibrant blue exteriors and perfectly-detailed interiors, this ten-floor mosque will remind you of a Persian Kingdom – this is why tourists from different religious backgrounds have been swarming here to take photos.
Mind you, it will take some time to explore the building as you have to take several staircases to visit floor by floor – each storey has a different interior design, purpose and story!
24. Go on a foodie journey at a hipster night market! – Alun-Alun Batu Night Market (1 hour from Malang)
Packed with nostalgic childhood treats and trendy hipster stalls, Alun-Alun Batu is where you can find Batu’s unique version of Bangkok’s bustling night markets.
This is easily one of the best night markets we found in Indonesia – a place where you can immerse in the lively local nightlife and hunt for unique street food! Our greatest finds here are their delicious Telur Gulung (omelette skewer), crazy spicy Indomie, and jumbo crepes that were actually bigger than my face.
Join in the longest queue at the night market – you don’t want to miss the most legendary dessert stall in town – Pos Ketan Leganda, opened in the late 60’s – their sticky glutinous rice that comes with wide variations of toppings is truly one of a kind; make sure you order the durian and cheese version!
The night market was bigger than we thought and there are tons of stalls to discover in small alleys, you’ll also find healthier options like fresh fruit juice and yogurt drinks. A trip there might well be the highlight of your visit around Malang!
25. Explore a picture-worthy pine forest in the hills – Goa Pinus, Batu (1 hour from Malang)
Imagine a beautiful pine forest in the hills leading all the way to a cave! Welcome to Goa Pinus.
Goa Pinus has been making the buzz on social media because of its distinct pine forest and panoramic view of Batu city. With the cool fresh air refreshing your mind and body, the walk to Goa Pinus itself is actually pretty enjoyable.
Although this place was initially known for its sand-mining activities, it has morphed into a dreamy tourist spot for Instagrammers and photographers. The entrance itself is so photogenic – the branches have curved in an admirable frame.
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 gives way to beautiful rice fields, making this the perfect relaxation spot.
26. Wander through the iconic rainbow village of Malang – Kampung Jodipan, Tridi, and Biru Arema
Before 2016, Kampung Jodipan and Tridi were nothing more than a dull slum area. But the fate of this village changed after a group of students from the local university proposed to paint the village with murals and colourful hues.
Now, almost every part of these villages have turned into a perfect frame for photographers. The best way to start exploring Kampung Jodipan is from Brantas road bridge, where you can see the colourful rainbow village on one side and the blue village on the other side. And if you’re lucky like us, you may even catch a sight of the local trains departing from the nearby station on the Brantas bridge.
As we made our way down to the village, we found colourful props for more pictures – umbrellas, masks street, and a 3D painting area. A short stroll from the 3D painting area also brought us to the highlight of this village where a glass suspension bridge rests above the river. Across the bridge is where we found Kampung Tridi – yet another rainbow village.
27. Spend the night up a tree! – Omah Kayu Paralayang, Batu (1 hour 15 minutes from Malang)
The biggest attraction of Omah Kayu has to be the stunning views in the morning and evening. This is where inspiration will hit you hardest. Located at Kota Batu Malang, a beautiful hilltop 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? Here’s where your dream comes true! There are 6 treehouses (equipped with proper fencing), and each has the capacity to comfortably sleep three people – perfect for small families and gatherings with friends. However, the bathrooms are outdoors (not in the room), but they’re equipped with hot water.
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 hiking location.
28. Get lost in a labyrinth! – Coban Rondo Maze, Pujon (1 hour 30 minutes from Malang)
One of the more unique places to visit in Malang is the maze at Coban Rondo Leisure Park. Challenge your friends and family by figuring out how to reach the fountain garden in the middle of the labyrinth the fastest possible. Mind you, don’t underestimate the size of the maze, as it is pretty challenging!
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.)
Apart from the maze, the park is also home to Coban Rondo Waterfall which stands at almost 90 metres. Regular outbound activities are also available on premises, including ziplines and even a paintball arena!
29. Enjoy a view of galactic proportions – Metingen Hill (3 hours from Malang)
Still under the tourist radar, Metingen Hill is the best spot for travellers to gaze at the striking Milky Way in Bromo. Accompanied by singing bugs and the soothing smell of grass, the view here will surely help you obtain a good night’s sleep. Just make sure you get down before you doze off (unless you have a tent with you)!