For those wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of Jakarta the attractions of Malang in East Java, Indonesia may prove irresistible. Although the ‘City of Apples’ may not have the electric nightlife of Indonesia’s capital city it does offer a cool, green sanctuary from big city life – and there are plenty of attractions for the family to enjoy.
One of the greatest attractions of Malang, the second largest city in East Java is the fact that although it has become increasingly urbanized it still retains much of the character that caused it to be known as the ‘Paris of East Java’. Visitors to the city will enjoy cultural and historical attractions, as well as a city that has a number of fabulous natural attractions. You have not yet heard of this because other cities like Bali and Yogyakarta overshadow this one. But spend some time researching this area and you will begin daydreaming at the office for your first visit.
Some of the most popular attractions for visitors are as follows:
#1 The Batu Night Spectacular.
This popular attraction is ideal for families with young children. With a carnival like atmosphere the younger members of the family can enjoy fairground rides illuminated by an enchanting array of lights, while parents and other adults will be enchanted by local foods and handicrafts at the night market. Imagine strolling around this area with loved ones-it makes for an extremely pleasant atmosphere with lights, good food, and company.
#2 The Balekambang Beaches.
Travel around 60km’s from central Malang and you will find some of the most beautiful beaches in Indonesia. The three Balekambang Beaches (Balekambang, Ngliyep and Sendang Biru) are visually stunning and provide a great day out for adventurous travelers. Swimming can be dangerous – but for sunbathing and taking in the local atmosphere these beaches have a lot to offer.
#3 The Singosari Temple.
Only 12km’s from the center of Malang one finds the Singosari Temple. This is one of the prime cultural and historical destinations in the area. The Hindu temple hasbeen dated to approximately 1300AD and is still remarkably preserved. A day out to visit the temples would not be complete without spending some time at the nearby Ken Dedes pools. These pools are thought to have once been a central part of the royal court and are also home to some excellent examples of Hindu statuary.
#4 Taman Rekreasi Senaputra.
Also known as Senaputra Park visitors can enjoy traditional Javanese dance on a Sunday morning with traditional puppet shows on the last Wednesday of every month. This will be a unique experience you will not have the chance to see elsewhere. This is great way to have some fun in the sun and take in local flavors and sounds.
A visit to Malang is a chance to take in both the modern Indonesia and experience a cultural and historical tour de force. Recommended accommodation is hotel santika malang but there are plenty of others you can find on booking sites like Traveloka.com. It should not be missed by any visitor to this fascinating country.