Malang hosts spectacular attractions for those who wish to admire historical Dutch buildings, explore nature, sample delicious food, and get their adrenaline pumping. Surrounded by active volcanoes, tall mountains, undulating rivers, and the rough Indian Ocean, Malang definitely has the potential to become the world’s top destination. Malang, one of the largest of East Java’s regencies, has tremendously covered every travelers’ needs. The followings are top 10 things to do in Malang.
1. Explore the natural beauty of Sempu Island
Visiting southern Malang truly gives you a new perspective about hidden natural beauty, particularly when you visit Sempu Island. This national park, located offshore, can be accessed by a small wooden boat crossing 800 m (0.5 mi) of ocean to reach Sendang Biru beach. The clear turquoise lagoon called Segara Anakan has beautiful hollow rocks blocking the strong waves. You also must visit Waru-Waru beach and Telaga Lele. To reach these beautiful destinations, you need to trek for two hours in a group accompanied by a local guide. You can also swim, camp, and sunbathe here.
Address: Desa Tambak Rejo, Kecamatan Sumbermanjing Wetan, Malang
Price: 1.5 USD (entrance ticket)
Opening Hours: 24 hours
2. Visit Jago Temple
Malang played the main role as the ruling seat of the Singhasari in the 13th century. The ruins of Jago Temple are authentic evidence of how the kingdom built its civilization. The main building is segmented into three parts (lower, middle, and upper terrace). You will be captivated by the temple’s architecture influenced by Buddhism and Hinduism. The Hindu tales showcased on the reliefs are the highlight of this stone temple. You can drive eastward from Malang city to a village named Tumpang, which requires one hour.
Candi Jago Malang
Address: Jl. Wisnuwardhana, Tumpang, Malang, Jawa Timur 65156
Opening Hours: 7 am to 4 pm
3. Pick fresh apples at Agro Tourism Poncokusumo
Enjoying Malang is seemingly a bit mundane without crunching on apple. Agro Tourism Poncokusumo, located in the highlands of Batu, will satisfy your apple craving. Green apples are the main commodity of the plantation where you can pick your own apples from the trees. The best time to pick apples is in March or September and the opening times are from 8 am to 5 pm. Additionally, you can harvest the best quality strawberries and enjoy the panoramic hills.
Agro Tourism Poncokusumo
Address: Centre of Poncokusumo village, on the main road facing Jami mosque, Batu-Malang
Price: from 3.74 USD for a kg of apples
Contact: +62 341 787 345
4. Paragliding from Mount Banyak
Are you an adrenaline junkie? Try paragliding from the top of Mount Banyak to enjoy the views of Swiss Java and Batu. A pilot will guide you during your exciting 15-minute flight. The cost of paragliding, including insurance and a participation certificate, is around 26 USD. It is incredible to feel the sensation of flying and have the chance to take some Instragrammable pictures from the sky. One of the requirements is that you must weight more than 40 kg (88 lbs).
Address: Jl. Songgokerto, Songgokerto, Kec. Batu, Kota Batu, Jawa Timur 65312
Price: from 26 USD
Opening Hours: 7 am - 5 pm. Closed on Sunday
Contact: +62 0812 1737 0035
5. Go camping at Kondang Merak beach
Lying on a hammock casually with the breeze touching your skin is heaven. Spend a couple of days and set up your tent at Kondang Merak beach facing the Indian Ocean. It’s the best spot to leisurely do beach activities and forget your hectic daily routines since it’s less crowded and offers pristine white sand beaches. Grilling some fish and chicken with friends or family is definitely a great way to enjoy a night at the beach.
Pantai Kondang Merak
Address: Desa Sumberbening, Kecamatan Bantur, Kabupaten Malang, Jawa Timur
Price: from 0.22 USD
Opening Hours: 24 hours
6. Have a big lunch at Burger Buto restaurant
Are you going to be hungry soon? Don’t forget to make a stop in a Dutch looking restaurant called Burger Buto in Jalan Sarngan. It serves unique western fast food to fill in your starving stomach. The unusual part lies in the huge portion of the restaurant’s specialities, which include burger buto (a gigantic sized green burger filled with meat, lettuce, and cheese) and burger keceng (very long hot dog). It’s open from 11.30 am to 9 pm.
Kedai 27 (Burger Buto)
Address: Jalan Sarangan No.27, Lowokwaru, Kec. Lowokwaru, Kota Malang, Jawa Timur 65141
Price: from 1 USD to 1.23 USD
Opening Hours: 11.30 am - 9 pm (Tuesday to Sunday except Friday), 12.30 - 9.30 pm. Closed on Mondays.
Contact: +62 0341 495438
7. Learn the history of transportation at Museum Angkut
Visiting a museum may seem uninteresting, especially for youngsters. However, Museum Angkut, situated on the slope of Mount Panderman, never bores its visitors since the building has a modern concept and is perfectly suitable for young people. It has 300 collections of modes of transport, from traditional to modern. The zones are divided into three sections: the Asian, European, and American zones. The museum is open to visitors from 12 to 8 pm and costs 60,000 IDR (4.5 USD) for an entrance ticket on weekdays and 80,000 IDR (6 USD) on weekends.
Address: Jl. Terusan Sultan Agung No. 2, Ngaglik, Kecamatan Batu, Kota Batu, Jawa Timur 65314
Contact: +62 0341 595007
Website: Museum Angkut
8. Chill out at Goa Cina beach
Goa Cina beach is another must visit attraction when you are in Malang. Located nearby Sendang Biru beach, Goa Cina beach is the best place for relaxing, sunbathing, or slurping a glass of coconut ice. Also, you can take pleasure in the exquisiteness of the three tiny islands named Bantengan, Goa Cina, and Nyonya while lying down on the white sand. Why is it called Goa Cina (Chinese cave)? Because it’s next to a cave that was once used by a Chinese Ascetic for meditation.
Pantai Goa Cina
Address: Dusun Tumpak Awu, Desa Sitiarjo, Kecamatan Sumbermanjing Wetan, Kabupaten Malang, …
Price: from 0.37 USD
Opening Hours: 24 hours.
9. Hike Mount Panderman, Batu
If you plan to do a short hiking activity, Mount Panderman in Batu with its height of 2,000 meters (6,561.68 ft) above sea level should be your solution. It’s a great place to watch the sunrise coming up over the tallest mountain of Semeru. To reach the top, you just need to take a two-hour hike from the starting point in Latar Ombo. Wild boars and black and grey monkeys are native to the site.
Address: Batu, Malang
Opening Hours: 24 hours
10. Sightsee in the city of Malang
Doing city tour in Malang is another must if you are visiting this region of Indonesia. You can start your journey from Ijen Boulevard where you can see Dutch houses, a historical museum, and an artistic church while taking a ride in a local pedicab called a becak. Continue your trip to the city square to take a stroll, greet the locals, and enjoy the beauty of adjacent mosque and church. Then, spend your time at the iconic Balai Kota Malang and take selfies at the colorful residential housing named Kampung Warna-Warni Jodipan.
Kampung Warna-Warni Jodipan
Address: Gang 1, Jodipan, Blimbing, Kota Malang, Jawa Timur 65126
Price: from 0.15 USD
Opening Hours: 6 am - 6 pm
Malang is truly a top destination in Indonesia
Speaking of Malang, it’s not all about how you spend your day going to the beach, exploring the city, visiting the museum, or enjoying a city tour, but also about how you interact with the locals. Malang is the right place to create an unforgettable memory. Book your flight and travel to the city of apples!
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