MALANG: not only volcanoes but also waterfalls and hot-springs.
Dear explorers, after quite some time spent I am back again to write the first article of my new registered blog!
Malang is the name of the town as well as the region which is situated in the hearth of east Java land, this region like Banyuwangi offers a variety of nature from volcanoes to plenty of waterfalls as well as some hot-springs, most of them are not known by any foreign traveler (perhaps I was the first brave guy getting there :-D).
Briefly, I summarize below what I have experienced over three and half days spent there:
- Night-Morning hiking trip to Bromo National park
- Waterfalls: Coban Putri , Coban Rais , Coban Talun and Coban Rondo
- Cangar (Hot-springs).
As first I made decision to start my challenge with the touristy night-morning hiking to Bromo volcano, here you have two choices to get there:
- Rent a proper off-road motor-cycle
- Book a basic package tour through your accommodation provider
I went for the second option since I just arrived in Malang exhausted after a no-sleep night spent on the train I had no time to look straightaway for a motorbike. What I could recommend is that if you want ride a motorbike to Bromo, get a motorbike with off-road tires and be with a travel companion; secondly, ride very carefully especially at night-time since you will get to ride through a steep hilly narrow road and then you will be passing through a Savana, the scenery will look like a desert at your eyes, once you arrive at the top viewpoint it will be very tricky to park your motorbike because of thousands of visitor will be getting there!
Even Bromo is very popular, it is worthy to go for it and practice your photo-shooting skills! Look at the pictures and a video below:
After the night-morning challenge at Bromo national park, I was back in Malang and I just hang around some noodles restaurant and cafeterias to chill-out and get ready for the next adventures.
The following day as a first thing I decided to rent a motorbike from a rental point which was recommended by a local CS guy Makki, here below you have the google-link: https://g.co/kgs/iCHqQV
The name of the lady owner is Ibu Larasati and her whatsapp contact is +62 822-4040-1929 , she was kind as well as funny, since I ran a bit late with the time she came to my accommodation to deliver the motorbike, she greeted me with a warm hand-shake and then asked me for a picture with her (as usual in Indonesia) to cunningly promote her local business whose the link is mentioned below:
(for more details just check out https://wuzz-rental-motor-malang.business.site/ )
The motorbike itself was a brand-new Yamaha Aerox 150cc which was comfortable and powerful powerful to deal with the hills.
When I was all set, I started off the waterfalls mission which I listed before, in my opinion the most challenging one was Coban Rais because the path was really wild with rocks and flowing water streams in-between, so because all of that, a good practice would be to hike through the path with bare feet as most of Indonesian people do otherwise if you are picky with the waterproof shoes then you will get water inside and the result for your feet will be a way worse! So next time just bare feet 🙂
The second thing was that here I was just the only European alien, all the others were either locals or few guys from Singapore, when I reached the bottom of the waterfalls to record the scenery, some members of a numerous family approached me for few group-photos, YES, still here the alien is a news for them!
Finally, the last half-day I visited Coban Talun and the Cangar hot-springs, none of those places were touristically touched, apparently only Bromo attracts the burden of foreigners and locals from Jakarta who come there for the weekend only for that purpose. I am not going to drill down into much details on those attractions, just you need to experience it personally, however here below you can check out few pictures taken by my Sony alpha 6000 camera:
In conclusion, I spent in Malang three and half days, however I ensure you it would be worthy to spend there even five days because I hadn’t much time to check for some spots in the town of Malang suggested by Ibu Larasati such as Kampung Warna which is a kind of street artist.
A special thank to Ibu, Makki and Iik who assisted me as local advisers and I wish I will travel there back soon in the future!
Every comment and remark is welcomed!
Thank you in advance for your contributions 🙂