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Tretes

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Tretes is a mountainous resort in East Java, about 1.5 hours by car from Surabaya (the capital) and approximately 10 km from Trawas and Pacet.

Understand[edit]

Tretes is one of the nearest mountainous resorts from Surabaya. It is a very popular weekend destination - mostly to escape from a bustling and polluted city.

Get in[edit]

The best way to go to Tretes is by car.

  • From Surabaya: Go to the Waru highway entrance and take the "Malang/Pasuruan" direction. Exit the highway/ toll road at the Sidoarjo checkpoint and continue to drive until you reach a junction (at Porong). Turn right and follow the sign to Gempol and keep driving until you see a sign on the right, stating "Tretes". The road will start to climb, rather steeply in some points. Drive up until the road turns to the left - this is the main street of Tretes.

Get around[edit]

There is little (if any) public transport here. The best idea is going by car.

You can also take a horse ride (there are some around the market, which is also on the main street).


See[edit][add listing]

  • On the way to Tretes (at Prigen, about 15 minutes before you reach Tretes' main road) you will see an orchid nursery on the right.
  • Beautiful scenery with the view of Mount Welirang, pine trees and flowers
  • Kakek Bodo waterfall (beware: the road to this waterfall is extremely steep)

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Sightseeing: view of Welirang mountain, pine trees, flowers.
  • Ride a horse to get around Tretes


Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Fruit and vegetables at the market (be sure to bargain)

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Rabbit satay foodstalls near the market
  • Grilled corn-on-the cob
  • sweet fermented glutinous rice

Drink[edit][add listing]

There is a Chinese restaurant at the corner of the main street (near Inna Tretes) but it is not certain whether it serves alcoholic drinks.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

There are many villas for rent, including on (and near) the main street. There are also some budget hotels along the main street.

Mid-range[edit]

Splurge[edit]

3-star hotels and above

Contact[edit]

The telephone area code for Tretes is 0343. (+62-343)

Get out[edit]

  • Taman Safari II, a large national park-cum-zoo, is less than half an hour away (by car).
  • Trawas, another mountainous resort (10-15 minutes from Tretes)
  • Pacet, a mountain resort with some hot springs (10-15 minutes from Tretes)




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