Being one of the largest city in East Java, Malang serves as an important hub at this side of Indonesia. Malang tourism is quite popular for both the local Indonesians as well as international travelers. Locals love to come here for a respite from everyday bustle finding this place quaint and relaxing yet offering a lot as a city. It is also a place for many universities.
It is located at East Java Indonesia, in between two mountains – Mount Semeru, the highest mountain in Java and Mount Bromo, the famous volcanic mountain.
Come to Malang as a pitstop to any of the two mountains – Mount Semeru or Mount Bromo, but you may also find it interesting itself with beautiful landscape and some cultural attractions like temples.
What to seeIjen Boulevard
A nice place to walk down while enjoying the beautiful well tended bougainvillea along the road of old colonial structers. You will also find an old Catholic Church at the end of the road here. A truly historic part of the city Malang.
An ancient temple located just about 12km north of Malang, you may get here with a local mirkrolet (minivan) that would take you around with just 3,000Rp one way. this well-preserved Hindu temple dates back to 1300AD and is worth a visit.
Also, visit other temples like Jago temple, Badut temple and Kidal temple.
What to do
Go to Batu for a walk around the highlands, dip in hot springs or pick your own apples (petik apel) at Agrowisata.
Walk around and get lost in Malang to discover the real unseen sights and unbeaten path.
Check out the beautiful beaches
The most popular are the Balekambang beaches, which include Balekambang beach, Ngliyep beach, Goa Cina Beach and Sendang Biru beach. Also nearby there is Pulau Sempu (Sempu Island), which is an offshore island that can be reached by boat.
Where to stay
I have stayed in Hotel Santika in Malang * and it was a pleasant experience. There are also many other good options to stay in Malang, despite it not being one of the most popular tourist cities. You will definitely find more locals visiting here and thus get a good dose of Indonesian hospitality. There are budget choices from guesthouses to the most famous unique and luxurious hotel in Malang – Tugu Malang Hotel *.
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What and where to eat
Your trip here will not be complete without trying out the famous Inggil restaurant that serves authentic and delicious local food!
How to get there
Airport in Malang is the Abdul Rachman Saleh Airport, serving flights from Jakarta everyday with Garuda Indonesia, Sriwijaya Airt and Batavia Air. There is also flights from Denpasar, Bali on Wings Air.
You may also fly into Surabaya Juanda Airport that is not too far from Malang, where you can take a train or bus, and the journey is only about 2-3 hours via the Surabaya-Gempol highway.
You may get buses from various points nearby or overnight trains from Jakarta or Bandung and day trains from Surabaya and the rest of the Java. The train station in Malang is central and a good choice if heading there.
How to get around
Malang city is relatively small to cover, you may walk some of the places but mostly you can get a becak for a slow ride around the city or take the many mikrolets (minivan) that covers everywhere for just 3,000 Rp one way.
Where to go nearby
Head to Mount Bromo from here, via Tumpat route. you would need to take a bus and then a 4WD to get to Ngadas, where you can after that head to Mount Bromo.
You can also visit Surabaya, an interesting city just 2-3 hours drive away.
Or take to the hills at Batu, for a refreshing and cooling getaway.
Ride a 4×4 truck to Mount Bromo and hike this famous volcanic mountain.
Head back west to Yogyakarta, for cultural dose of ancient temples, castles and local delicacies.