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.
1. Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park
Gunung 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Museum Angkut
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.
Jl. Terusan Sultan Agung No. 2, Kota Batu, Jl. Sultan Agung, Kec. Batu, Jawa Timur
Hours: Open daily 12:00 – 8:00 PM