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Written by Junanto Xu
Co-written by Matin Firas Harahap
Edited by Beverley Lennon and Candice Neo

Living in Indonesia, I have a very different view from my friends when it comes to picking a holiday destination – while most are looking forward to basking in the hot tropical sun of Bali, I’ve always wanted to escape the eternal summer of my home country.

But for a student like me, Europe or Japan are far too expe nsive. So you can imagine how glad I was to discover a secret winter destination in East Java that can finally free me from the tropical heat!

Introducing Batu, a magical mountain township that is only a mere two hours’ drive from Surabaya (direct flights available from Singapore and Malaysia too, so fellow Southeast Asians, here’s your chilly escape)! Not only does this city promise wonderful cool weather throughout the year, but you can also find exciting theme parks (kids will love them), well-maintained zoos and pristine nature — perfect for fulfilling your wanderlust with friends and family!

Our team and I spent a good four days in the highlands here and I completely fell in love with its chilly climate and laid-back vibes! Here’s our recommendations on some of the best places to eat, stay, and have fun while in Batu (with our tips and insights too)!

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1. Find a Little Japan in the tropical highlands – The Onsen Hot Spring Resort

We never expected to find a Little Japan right in Batu! This dreamy resort has brought us one step closer to the land of sashimi, ramen and sakura blossoms.

The resort owners’ close attention to details in replicating a mini Japanese town — such as the design of the ryokan homes, onsen (hot spring), architecture and overall vibes — almost made us forget that we were still in Indonesia.

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Most of us, especially the girls, were delighted to be able to dress up in the pretty yukatas (Japanese summer robes) with matching hairdo and geta (traditional Japanese sandals) to take pictures around the resort!

Our first stop was the resort’s iconic red bridge with a Torii gate (traditional Japanese gate commonly found at Shinto shrines) in the background. With the sakura replicas and majestic Mount Arjuna, you might almost feel as though you have been transported to a scene with Mount Fuji as the backdrop.

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We went for a traditional tea ceremony next, followed by a scrumptious lunch during which we feasted on delicious Japanese cuisine such as Tori Katsu Don, California Roll and Spicy Ramen.

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I must say that one of the main highlights was definitely the indoor onsen, where the sulphuric hot spring water was taken from natural springs nearby. As we dipped ourselves into the 40°C onsen water, our minds and muscles relaxed and we were able to enjoy a calming soak for a good 15 minutes (which was very much welcome considering that we were on a hectic two-week road trip!). The one-way floor-to-ceiling glass also meant that we could enjoy the view of the resort and surrounding landscape while privacy is ensured, as no one outside would be able to see us.

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If you’re considering a more immersive experience, why not opt for a night in one of their ryokans with a private outdoor onsen pool?

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The Onsen Hot Spring Resort

Rates: From USD $125 (Approximately Rp.1,762,375) for Deluxe Suite Twin
Address: Jl. Arumdalu No.98, Songgokerto, Batu City, East Java 65312
Contact: +62 341 510 1888
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Dine with a view at Batu’s scenic cafes!

Besides great food, we’re always on the lookout for unique eateries with stunning views to relish on. Here are Batu’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.

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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.

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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.

deKleine

Address: Jalibar, Batu City, East Java 65311 (Coordinates here)
Entrance fee: Rp. 10,000 (Approximately USD $0.70)
Price range: Food from Rp. 15,000 – Rp. 25,000 (Approximately USD $1 – $1.75). Drinks from Rp. 10,000 – Rp. 25,000 (Approximately USD $0.70 – $1.75)
Contact: +62 813 3333 2458 / +62 822 4466 9938
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 11am-10pm; Sat – Sun 11am-11pm

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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!

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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.

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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!

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15 Celsius The Skylounge

Address: Jalan Abdul Gani Atas, Ngaglik, Batu City, East Java 65311
Price range: Mains from Rp. 60,000 – Rp. 117,000 (Approximately USD $4.18 – $8.17). Drinks from Rp. 22,000 – Rp. 100,000 (Approximately USD $1.53 – $7)
Contact: +62 341 525 777 / +62 813 3005 5188
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 2pm-10pm

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4. Teatime with panoramic views of paddy fields and more – Cafe Sawah

This cafe is actually 45 minutes’ drive from Batu City, far from the popular attractions such as the Jawa Timur Parks and well-known hotels. But the magnificent green landscape is well worth the journey!

When we arrived, we were greeted by a spectacular sea of green that stretches to the majestic mountain ranges. Dotted among the fields were paddy fields and various vegetation in various hues, creating a stunning agricultural landscape.

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You can choose to have your afternoon tea in one of the bamboo terraces in the middle of the fields, or like us, chill at the high grounds where you can see the panoramic landscape beneath your feet.

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As this is a cafe for mainly snacks (and enjoying the view), the menu has limited selections. We opted for banana fritters, which while wasn’t impressive, reminded us to fresh homemade snacks.

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TripCanvas’ Tip: We were here at 3 pm so we couldn’t see the best mountain views. If you drop by from 4 to 5 pm, you will get a much clearer view of the mountains.

Cafe Sawah

Address: Desa Wisata Pujon Kidul, Krajan, Malang City, East Java 65391 (Coordinates here)
Entrance fee: Rp. 8,000 (Approximately USD $0.57), including Rp. 5,000 (Approximately USD $0.35) F&B voucher.
Price range: Food from Rp. 8,000 – Rp. 20,000 (Approximately USD $0.56 – $1.40). Drinks from Rp. 5,000 – Rp. 15,000 (Approximately USD $0.35 – $1.06)
Contact: +62 812 3257 7473
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 8am-8pm

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5. 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 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!

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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!

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Pupuk Bawang Cafe & Dining

Address: Jl. Panglima Sudirman No.116, Pesanggrahan, Batu City, East Java 55313
Price range: Food from Rp. 28,000 – Rp. 90,000 (Approximately USD $1.95 – $6.28). Drinks from Rp. 10,000 – Rp. 150,000 (Approximately USD $0.70 – $10.47)
Contact: +62 341 510 3488; +62 822 1777 7507
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 10am-12am

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6. The land of fantasy for Instagrammers – Batu Flower Garden, Batu

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!

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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!

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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!

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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).

Batu Flower Garden

Address: Oro-Oro Ombo, Kehutanan, Batu City, East Java 65151 (Coordinates here)
Entrance fee:  Rp. 25,000 (Approximately USD $1.75, including two photo spots). Additional spots cost Rp. 10,000 – Rp. 35,000 (Approximately USD $0.70 – USD $2.45 )
Parking fee: Rp. 2,000 (Approximately USD $0.14) for motorbikes and Rp. 10,000 (Approximately USD $0.70) for cars
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 8am-4pm; Sat – Sun 7am-4pm

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7. Go on a foodie journey at a hipster night market! – Alun-Alun Batu Night Market

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.

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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!

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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!

Alun-Alun Batu Night Market

Address: Jl. Diponegoro, Sisir, Batu City, East Java 65314
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 6pm-10pm

Jawa Timur Park

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!

8. 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.

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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: Jl. Kartika No.2, Sisir, Batu City, East Java 65315
Entrance: Rp. 75,000 (Approximately USD $5.23) on Mon – Thu; Rp. 120,000 (Approximately USD $8.36, including Museum Tubuh) on Fri – Sun. For ticket packages, click here.
Phone: +62 341 597 777
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 8.30am-4.30pm
Map of Jatim Park 1

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9. 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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Jawa Timur Park 2

Address: Jl. Oro-Oro Ombo No.9, Temas, Batu City, East Java 65315
Entrance: Rp. 90,000 (Approximately USD $6.27) on Mon – Thu; Rp. 120,000 (Approximately USD $8.36) on Fri – Sun . For ticket packages, click here.
Phone: +62 341 597 777
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 10am-6pm
Map of Jatim Park 2

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10. Meet dinosaurs, sign up into 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).

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

Jawa Timur Park 3

Address: Jl. Ir. Soekarno No.144, Beji, Junrejo, Batu City, East Java 65236
Entrance: Rp. 75,000 (Approximately USD $5.23) on Mon – Thu; Rp. 100,000 (Approximately USD $7) on Fri – Sun. For ticket packages, click here.
Phone: +62 341 510 3030; +62 344 510 3033
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 11am-6pm
Map of Jatim Park 3

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11. Our home in the chilly highlands – Jambuluwuk Convention Hall & Resort, Batu

If like some of us you’ve always dreamed about having that holiday home in the highlands, far away from the bustle of the city, Jambuluwuk Resort is a comfortable retreat that serves that need.

They only have villas here, not hotel rooms, and all of them come with either three or four bedrooms, so you can be sure it’s designed to fit the entire family with a spacious living room for everyone to come together. Every villa here is named after a region in Indonesia, such as Villa Bali, Villa Lombok, Villa Jogja and so on.

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We stayed at their three-bedroom Villa Semarang and loved it! The gorgeous two-storeyed villa is extremely spacious and decorated with artwork depicting the history of Semarang. We simply love how each room allowed us to have our own privacy, yet we could gather around in the living room to joke around and discuss our travel plans.

In the morning, I loved sitting at the balcony as the gentle rays of the rising sun filtered through the trees, casting a beautiful golden glow on the sweeping panorama of hills and valleys. It set the perfect mood for reflection as I watched the world go by.

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Before breakfast, head to the infinity pool just right outside their restaurant, where you can enjoy a quiet morning swim with the stunning panorama. We even woke up extra early on our last day here just for the view!

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Breakfast was buffet-style, and we enjoyed their wide selection of Western and Asian cuisine (I personally loved their chocolate milk!), but the highlight here is the epic view – imagine digging into your omelette with a view of the sea of green and the grand Mount Arjuna in the background. A feast for both your eyes and tummy!

The resort also offers many exciting activities such as Flying Fox, so you can be sure your teenagers will never be bored. If you are coming in a larger group, we highly recommend booking their 4-bedroom villa which comes with your very own private infinity pool!

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Jambuluwuk Convention Hall & Resort, Batu

Rates: From USD $89 (Approximately Rp. 1,255,000) for 3-Bedroom Superior Villa
Address: Jl. Trunojoyo No.99, Songgokerto, Kota City, East Java 65312
Contact: +62 341 512 999
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12. Meet Groot above the hill – Goa Pandawa

Remember “I am Groot!!” from the movie ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’? Now you’ve got a chance to meet one of his kind at Goa Pandawa!

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This gigantic wooden creature is always spotted lazing on the hill alone, solemnly gazing at the serene and scenic view of the city. Guess he wouldn’t mind a mate or two on his hand for company while appreciating the beauty of Batu.

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On the edge of the hill, you can also find many photo spots offering clearer views of the surrounding panorama, the perfect corners to step up your IG game

This place is also named Goa Pandawa (Pandawa Cave) not without a reason! Locals say that there are five caves nearby created by the Japanese army during WWII! So if you are feeling courageous enough, why not step off the beaten path and explore?

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Goa Pandawa

Address: Gunungsari, Bumiaji, Batu City, East Java 65337 (Coordinates here)
Entrance fee: Rp. 5,000 (Approximately USD $0.35)
Parking fee: Rp. 2,000 (Approximately USD $0.14) for motorbikes and Rp. 5,000 (Approximately USD $0.35) for cars
Contact: +62 813 3318 3380

13. Meet your new friends from another planet – UFO park

Warning! We’ve heard that a village in Batu has been invaded by aliens!!

Thankfully, there are no casualties yet. In fact, curious tourists have claimed that the aliens are extremely friendly and willing to take selfies with all visitors! 😉

Rumour has it that approximately 11 aliens from three different planets have been spotted in the area:  three resembling the chubby ET, two emerging from the movie ‘Alien’, and six with very typical cartoon alien features.

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The aliens are believed to have travelled to Planet Earth via their UFO, which now also open to the public as a dining spot! Don’t worry, the aliens have adapted to the local lifestyle, so they only offer delectable Indonesian cuisine.

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UFO Park

Address: Desa Pandesari, Jurangrejo, Pandesari, Pujon, Batu City, East Java 65391
Entrance fee: Rp. 10,000 (Approximately USD $0.70), including Rp. 5,000 (Approximately USD $0.35) F&B voucher
Contact: +62 341 666 777
Opening hours: Mon – Sun

14. Explore a picture-worthy Pine Forest in the hills – Goa Pinus, Batu

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.

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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.

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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 gives way to beautiful rice fields, making this the perfect relaxation spot.

Goa Pinus

Address: Gg. Mbah Ba’i, Gunungsari, Bumiaji, Batu City, East Java 65391
Entrance fee: Rp. 10,000 (Approximately USD $0.70). Photo spots from Rp. 10,000 (Approximately USD $0.70)
Parking fee: Rp. 3,000 (Approximately USD $0.20) for motorbikes and Rp. 5,000 (Approximately USD $0.35) for cars
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 7am-5.30pm

Relish Batu’s wealth of waterfalls

Rich in geographical features, it’s no surprise that Batu boasts a number of beautiful waterfalls. But with so many to explore, we’ve picked our favourite ones around:

15. Swing towards the 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.

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

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What’s more; you’ll also find 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.

Coban Putri

Address: Oro-Oro Ombo, Batu, Batu City, East Java 65316 (Coordinates here)
Entrance Fee: Rp. 20,000 (Approximately USD $1.40). Rp. 10,000 (Approximately USD $0.70) for photo spots.
Parking fee: Rp. 5,000 (Approximately USD $0.35) for motorbikes and Rp. 10,000 (Approximately USD $0.70) for cars.
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 7am-5pm

16. 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.

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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TripCanvas’ Tip: 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

Address: Dusun Wonorejo, Desa Tulungrejo, Bumiaji, Batu City, East Java 65336 (Coordinates here)
Entrance Fee: Rp. 10,000 (Approximately USD $0.70). Rp. 5,000 (Approximately USD $0.35) for photo spots.
Parking fee: Rp. 5,000 (Approximately USD $0.35) for motorbikes and Rp. 10,000 (Approximately USD $0.70) for cars.
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 7am-5pm

17. Get lost at 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. (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 breath after an hour’s hike, and a lovely preview of what’s coming ahead.

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: Desa Pujon Kidul, Krajan, Pandesari, Malang Regency, East Java 65391 (Coordinates here)
Entrance fee: Rp. 10,000 (Approximately USD $0.70)
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 7am-5pm

18. Become a vehicle connoisseur at Southeast Asia’s largest transportation museum – Museum Angkut

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!

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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!

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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!

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Museum Angkut

Address:  Jalan Sultan Agung 2, Ngaglik, Batu City, East Java, 65314
Entrance fee: Rp. 100,000 (Approximately USD $7)
Contact: +62 341 595 007
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 12pm-8pm

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19. Spend the night up on a tree! – 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 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.

Photo via kudratrahmadi, Ameilia-Sinarta

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.

Photo via missnovitakusuma, redhaqadiani

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.

Omah Kayu Paralayang, Batu

Rates: From Rp. 350,000 (Approximately USD $24.45) for tree house for two people.
Entrance fee: Rp. 10,000 (Approximately USD $0.70)
Address: Jl. Gn. Banyak, Gunungsari, Bumiaji, Batu City, East Java 65312
Contact: +62 838 4802 0407 | +62 813 3318 3380

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20. 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. 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!

Photo via bebepikasf, murnimuri, Ricky-Liew

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!

Coban Rondo Maze, Pujon

Address: Jl. Coban Rondo, Krajan, Pandesari, Pujon, Malang Regency, East Java 65391 (Coordinates here)
Entrance fee: Rp. 35,000 (Approximately USD $2.44) including parking and other outbound activities
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 7am-5pm

21. 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 as you sweep your hands through soft clouds?

For those looking for a sensational activity 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!

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 relish on a stunning landscape and dramatic Indonesian terrains.

Photo via cleinnn, michael_santosa

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: Jl, Songgokerto, Kec. Batu, Batu City, East Java 65312
Price range: From Rp. 450,000 for basic package (Approximately USD $31.37)
Contact: +62 8180 5054 063 (Bookings are recommended!)
Opening hours:  Mon – Fri 7am-5pm; Sat – Sun 24 hours

22. Sign up for an all-you-can-eat fruit picking! – Kusuma Agrowisata

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!

Photo via Tripcanvas

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!

Photo via Tripcanvas

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!

Photo via Tripcanvas

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.

Kusuma Agrowisata

Address: JL. Abdul Gani Atas PO. BOX 36, Batu City, East Java 65311
Price range: From Rp. 25,000 (Approximately USD $1.74) for guava picking tour (including all you can eat guava, fruit juice and access to water park)
Contact: +62 341 599 418/ +62 800 159 3333
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 8am-5pm

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23. 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!

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.

Photo Via Hendra Prabowo, Tamirahayu, Lkhlasul Amal, Arizbegh

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.

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.

Photo Via Tehkici, Lutfie_as

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: Jalan Hayam Wuruk 1, Oro-oro Ombo, Batu City, East Java 65316
Entrance fee: Rp. 40,000 (Approximately USD $2.84)
Contact: +62 341 502 5111
Opening hours: Mon-Sun, 3pm to 11pm

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24. Watch the sunrise with sea of clouds at Jalur Lingkar Barat

We know, it’s so tempting to stay longer in bed when you are vacationing in the chilly highlands! Most of us are not morning people but in Batu, watching the sun rise over the hilly landscape is worth missing sleep for.

This spot where you can best capture the golden glow is located along the roadside of Oro-Oro Ombo street, kind of in the middle of nowhere. There is no viewing post, no small warung, no parking area – just pure wilderness!

Photo via Tripcanvas, benniindo_nesia

We departed at 4.45 am sharp and drove only for 5 minutes as we were staying near the area. At this time, most of Batu City was still asleep and it was dark save a few city lights; all we could see was the shadow of Mount Arjuna with a little splash of orange at the side.

As the sun slowly rose in a fiery orange-red, the city is bathed in a magical glow as the Batu landscape gradually woke from its slumber.

Photo via Tripcanvas, haruta0311

If you visit during the wet season, you might actually even be able to witness a sea of clouds at sunrise (which we didn’t manage to as we came in May, when it was drier).

Sea of clouds at Jalur Lingkar Barat

Address: Jalur Lingkar Barat, Oro-Oro Ombo, Batu City, East Java (Coordinates here)

25. Gather over a bonfire at a cosy outdoor BBQ session – Campfire Outdoor Cuisine

Coming from hot tropical climates, most of us enjoyed the chilly weather of Batu. But when night falls, it could get down to 14°C, which was a little too cold for comfort. So what can be more (heart)warming than the lot of us gathering around a campfire while cooking our dinner over the flames?

We sought refuge at Campfire Outdoor Cuisine, an outdoor BBQ spot where we get to sit around a hot and cosy bonfire. And the best part was, unlike the usual troublesome BBQ, you will be served semi-cooked ingredients so you only need to cook the meat for a few minutes!

We opted for the 6 pax BBQ package which came with grilled chicken, shashlik beef, sausages, corn, beef steak and salad! Portions here are filling and tasted good too, mostly thanks to one of our friends who took care that the meat done just right. So if you accidentally burn your meat, don’t blame the chef! 😉

P.S. Since this is an outdoor dining spot, we highly recommend you to apply a thick layer of bug repellent. You don’t want to be attacked by mosquitoes nor let a cockroach take a detour under your sweater (yes, the latter happened to me!).

Photo via Tripcanvas

Campfire Outdoor Cuisine

Address: Jl. Ir. Soekarno No. 300, Mojorejo, Junrejo, Batu City, East Java 65233
Price Range: Food from Rp. 12,000 – Rp. 110,000 (Approximately USD $0.85 – $7.80). Drinks from Rp. 18,000 – Rp. 25,000 (Approximately USD $1.27 – 1.77)  BBQ package for 4 people from Rp. 245,000 (Approximately USD $17.30)
Contact: +62 859 3139 3926 (WhatsApp)
Opening hours: Tue – Sun, 4pm – 12am (Closed on Monday)

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26. Discover Batu’s very own Cameron Highlands – Puncak Brakseng

With rolling green hills and therapeutic mountain air, Puncak Brakseng is Batu’s answer to Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands.

Photo via ajuprasetyo, mbahyong, pokokemoto

To reach here requires a 40-minute drive north from Batu City, but as you approach, you will notice the gradual drop of temperature and reduction in noise pollution.

You will be greeted with a vast landscape of green paddy fields and beautiful hills. Park your vehicle and take a long stroll deep into the uneven farming topography. Graceful agriculture patterns dotted with lettuce, carrots, and other vegetation paints a masterpiece on the natural canvas here.

Photo via lndaprilia, ajuprasetyo

Puncak Brakseng

Address: Sumber Brantas, Bumiaji, Batu City, East Java 65336 (Coordinates here)

Now you know where to escape the heat in Indonesia! Share this story with your family and friends so they know where to go when it’s summer!

PLEASE NOTE: All the above information is correct at the date of publication. If you come across any changes or updates, please let us know and we will update the information accordingly. Thank you!
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