8 reasons to visit Malang
Malang is one of East Java’s most attractive cities, with a cooler climate than its neighboring cities like the busier and bigger Surabaya. The city was established by the Dutch in the 18th century as a center of coffee plantations, although now there are more apple and tobacco plantations. To get to Malang, you can either drive from Surabaya, or catch the short 1.5 hour flight from Jakarta
Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park
Mount Bromo is an active volcano that lies at the centre of the Tengger Massif and remains as one of the most iconic and impressive sight in Indonesia. Although there are two other mountains that emerge within the caldera of the ancient Tengger volcano, Batok (2440m) and Kursi (2581m), Bromo is the most known peak. The taller Mt. Semeru (3678m) lies further south, creating the Bromo Tengger Semeru National park. Going from Malang through Ngadas village is not the most popular approach and can be rougher, but is also more rewarding.
Malang City Tour
Malang’s major attractions are located outside of town, but there are some attractions worth visiting in the city. Noted for its colonial architecture, you can go to the Balai Kota at Jalan Tugu Circle which is surrounded by a few dutch architecture mansions. You could also dine at the legendary Toko Oen that has been around since the 1920s, as one of the first restaurants in the country that serves western (dutch) food. Other recommended attractions include the Traditional Museum (Museum Topeng), the Brawijaya Museum (Indonesian Army Museum), and the Tugu roundabout.
Hotel Tugu Malang
Tugu Malang is located at the heart of the old town, looking out to the main monument of Indonesia’s struggle for independence and a beautiful lotus pond park. Tugu Malang houses a vast, priceless collection of antiques influenced by the Javanese Babah Peranakan (the hundreds-years-old mixed culture between the Chinese migrants in Java and the native Javanese). Tugu Malang is more than just a hotel; it has become most indigenous, most essential in experiencing the beautiful richness of the history of Java.
One of the better kept museums of the area that educate the visitors about the different types of vehicles divided in different zones; from the Batavia, Japan, Europe, etc. This Museum also sports an extensive mask museum, (D’Topeng Museum) and manmade floating market that houses different kinds of food stalls.
Temples that were dedicated to the kings of the Singosari dynasty (the precursors of the Majapahit empire) and consist of Candi Singosari, Candi Sumberawan, Candi Jago, Candi Kidal and a number of other candis or temples. The main temple, Candi Singosari, is located about 12 km off Malang and was built around 1300 AD. Candi Sumberawan lies about 5km off Singosari while Jago and Kidal is located further southeast.
Batu is where the people of Malang and Surabaya’s leisure town; it offers a beautiful mountain scenery and a pleasantly cool climate. It is particularly famous among locals for its agrotourism, where visitors can pick their own Apel Malang (popular green Apple from the region), or stay in one of the many hotels around the area. Nowadays, it is particularly more popular because of the Jatim Parks.
Jatim Park I & II
The Jawa Timur Park 1 is heavier on the recreational side which features a massive swimming pool and amusement rides, while the second Jawa Timur Park is more of a hands-on educational park. The latter is very popular for its animal museum, zoo with natural habitats and the interactive attractions such as a walk among the free-roaming birds, water track obstacle course, eco-science centre and up close encounters with farm animals. At night, the Batu Night Spectacular is also recommended, especially if you’re traveling with kids. Here you can see beautiful lanterns, light displays, and some amusing rides.
Beach life is probably the last thing people think of, but actually the south coast of Malang has sBeach that has a Hindu Temple off on the small Ismoyo island, connected by a small bridge. Very similar to Bali’s Tanah Lot. Other than that, there is also the Pulau Sempu natural reserve, which is actually only accessible for research but somehow has been visited by tourists for the last 2009, rendering the area dirty and unkempt. Alternately, you can try going to Sendangbiru, a fishing village near Sempu.