Malang is a city in East Java.
Malang is the second largest city in East Java with a rapidly growing population of about 1.2 million.
This is a city of great historical significance. The oldest existing record of Malang as a regency is from the 8th century when it was the seat of government of the ancient Kanjuruhan and Singhasari kingdoms. The city officially became part of the all encompassing Javanese Mataram kingdom in the 17th century which by that time was controlled by the Dutch colonialists. Unsurprisingly given that history, there are several interesting Hindu relics in this area. The city quickly became very popular with the Dutch due to its cool climate, very attractive rural surrounds and easy reach from the main trading port city of Surabaya.
Modern day Malang, although significantly urbanised, has retained much of its historical character, remains vibrant and is regarded as by far the most attractive large city in the East Java region.
Malang Regency is located between two groups of mountains with Mount Semeru, the highest mountain on Java, and Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park to the east. The biggest attraction here must be the beautiful landscape, in addition to which there are some temples not far away.
Tourist information Centres
- East Java Tourist Office, Jl Jendral Basuki Rachmat 6. ☎ +62 341 323966.
- Indonesian Guides Association, Jl Semeru 4. ☎ +62 341 366852.
- Malang City Tourist Office, Jl Tugu 1. ☎ +62 341 327661.
Malang's Abdul Rachman Saleh Airport (MLG) is a small airport with a few flights everyday from Jakarta on Garuda Indonesia , Sriwijaya Air , and Batavia Air . Regional airline Wings Air  have launched a new route, serving Malang, East Java, and Denpasar, Bali
In addition to MLG Airport,Malang can also be reached through Surabaya Juanda Airport (SUB),and take a train or bus service to Malang.
Malang is about 100 km south of Surabaya; 2-3 hr via the Surabaya-Gempol highway.
There are frequent bus services into Malang's Arjosari bus station from Bungarasih bus terminal in Surabaya.
Non AC from Probolinggo 14,000.
Overnight train services link Jakarta and Bandung, to Malang. There are several train services a day from Surabaya. One advantage to arriving in Malang by train is that the station is much more central than the long-distance bus terminals.
Becaks (pedicabs) are a great way to see the city and are easy to find.
Formal and informal taxis are available in the city. The two biggest firms offer telephone advance booking and instant ordering: Argo Perdana. ☎+62 341 49044 and Citra Kendedes ☎ +62 341 490555.
Local mini van in Malang which is called " mikrolet" by local tend to be blue and can be hailed at random. Short city journeys priced at Rp 2,500.
With its relatively cool climate and wide colonial streets, Malang is a great walking city.
In a city of such great cultural and historical significance there are lots of cultural attractions and any visitor to Malang should dedicate some time to exploring these.
There are also a number of beautiful sights in the rural areas surrounding the city.
Balekambang Beach, south of Malang
- Balekambang Beaches, (about 60 km south of Malang). There are actually three beaches here: Balekambang, Ngliyep and Sendang Biru. All three are quite beautiful, are close by to each other and locals most often refer to all 3 as just Balekambang. It is best to visit on weekdays as this is a very popular weekend escape and it can get get crowded. It is not safe to swim here but these are great relaxation beaches which offer some stunning coastal scenery. There is an offshore island called Pulau Sempu which can be visited by chartering a boat from Sedang Biru beach. At Balekambang beach there are three little islets just offshore which are attached to the beach by walkways. Of the three beaches, Balekambang itself is perhaps the most attractive but all three are worth visiting. The beaches are easily day-tripped from Malang in a car but for the adventurous there are basic places to stay at and around all three. Rp 10,000.
- Ijen Boulevard, Malang. This is a quite beautiful street in the city. It is lined with well tended bougainvillea against a backdrop of old colonial structures. The street houses a number of interesting buildings including the Brawijaya Army Museum, Catholic Church and the city library. You should take in this area as part of a becak or walking tour of the historic downtown area.
- Padepokan Seni Mangun Dharma (Mangun Dharma Art Center), Desa Tulus Besar Tumpang, ([email protected]). Arts centre dedicated to the research, promotion and performance of traditional East Javanese artforms including dance, batik, shadow puppetry and carving. Superb place. Dance performances can be arranged on demand and are of excellent quality as the dancers are trained from childhood. Their motto is Rescuing the Arts of East Java.
- Purwodadi Botanical Gardens (Kebun Raya Purwodadi, Pasuruan), Jl Raya Purwodadi (about 20 km north of Malang), ([email protected]), . Opened in 1941, This is one of the four official botanical gardens in Indonesia (the others being the headquarters at Bogor, Bedugul in Bali and Cibodas in West Java. The 85 hectares of gardens house an impressive collection and the splendid Baung waterfall.
Singosari Temple near Malang
- Singosari Temple (Candi Singosari), Singosari, Malang (about 12km north from Malang). This well preserved Hindu temple dates from 1300AD and is a reminder of the great Hindu kingdoms that ruled East Java before the arrival of Islam. A visit to the nearby bathing pools at Ken Dedes combines perfectly with Singosari Temple. Ken Dedes was the wife of the first King of Singhasari (later Singosari) and these bathing pools are believed to have been part of the royal court. There are some quite wonderful statues here. The whole area has some other fine relics from the early Hindu kingdoms including Candi Jago and Candi Kidal. Ask your guide or at Singosari Temple for further directions.
- Taman Rekreasi Senaputra (Senaputra Park), Jalan Brawijaya, Malang. Traditional East Java dances every Sunday morning at 10AM in the park during the dry season only. Every last Wednesday of the month there is a Wayang Kulit shadow puppet show starting at 10PM.
- Take a tour of this fine old city by becak.
Malang has some large shopping malls but you are better off in Surabaya for those.
Local textiles and handicrafts can be found at Batik Keris, Jl Merdeka Timur 2d.
- Fabulous Spa & Salon, Jl Panderman 1A Malang, ☎ +62 341 9600080. Offers professional massage and spa treatments in clean and relaxing ambience including body spa, body scrub, balinese touch massage, manicure and pedicure spa. There is also a hair salon which offers haircuts and styling. Supplies are ordered in small and selected batches to ensure freshness when they are used, fresh new towels are provided for each guest.
Eating is a highly rated experience here. Local specialities are best sought out at street stalls and simple warungs and include:
- Ayam Goreng Kampung (fried village chicken).
- Bakso Malang. The city's own unique and delicious take on the Indonesian meat ball soup staple. Try Bakso Bakar, literally means "grilled meat ball". The famous one will be the one in Jl Pahlawan Trip, in the corner of the junction with Jl Ijen
- Jagung Bakar (grilled young corn on the cob) is everywhere. Best eaten at a streetside stalls fresh from the coals. Some of them congegrate in Pulosari Stalls.
- Apples (Apel). The highlands around Malang are the apple growing centre of Indonesia and the small green beauties (manalagi) are very highly prized. Eat them here and they are sure to be fresh from the tree.
- Malang's night market on Jalan Merdeka operates every Saturday. A riot of flavours and smells will assault your senses. A must do for any visitor to Malang.
- Bakmi Gajah Mada, Jl Pasar Besar 21. East Javanese noodle dishes at their very best.
- Inggil, Jl Gajah Mada no4, ☎ +62 341 332110. Highly rated restaurant specialising in Javanese cuisine.
- Warung Pojok, Jl Pejajeran 25. Very well known for rujak (salad with spicy sweet peanut sauce).
- Martabak Cairo. The kopi jahe is infused with cloves for a powerful and simply decadent taste. Serving martabak, sate kambing and nasi goreng cairo.
- Warung Subuh. Dizzying array of foods, incredibly cheap, fresh and delicious. This place is booming with locals, so you know it's good. A great place to try some new and interesting food and drink.
- Harmoni Restaurant, Jl. Bromo 44, ☎ +62 341 352911, .
Malang offers a full range of accommodation through from simple homestays to star-rated hotels.
- Ardjuno, Jl Brigjen Slamet Riadi No122, Malang, ☎ +62 341 326929 ([email protected]). A bit distant from the city center but closer to shopping mall Town Square. Free WiFi. From Rp 45,000-110,000.
- Bamboe Denn, Jl Arjuna No1, Malang, ☎ +62 341 366256. A bit of legend on the backpacker circuit, this dorm is attached to an English language school and you will be asked to talk to the kids. From Rp 30,000.
- Gress Homestay, Jl Kahayan no.6, Malang, ☎ +62 341 491386 ([email protected]), . A nice budget option. Stay in a family house owned by the charming Mrs Grace Marten who speaks English, Dutch and Indonesian. Rp 100,000-110,000.
- Hotel Helios, Jl Patimura No37, Malang, ☎ +62 341 362741 ([email protected]), . Great value place aimed at backpackers. Very new and clean rooms, but cheap ones are really small and have a shared (also very clean) bathroom. Free wifi. English, Dutch and Indonesian speaking. Tours can also be booked here which are not overpriced. Rp. 85,000 to 175,000. (-7.9732,112.6348)
- Hotel Menara, Jl. Pajajaran no.5, Malang, ☎ +62 341 362871 ([email protected]). Same area as Helios, a few minutes walk from the train station. Rooms are slightly worn but large. The restaurant serves cheap and delicious Indonesian food. From Rp 90,000 (incl. breakfast). (-7.9749,112.6349)
- Citihub Hotel, Jl Jaksa Agung Suprapto No11, Malang, ☎ +62 341 369385, . . Rp. 210,000.
- Hotel Pelangi, Jl Merdeka Selatan 3, Malang 65119, ☎ +62 341 365156 ([email protected], fax: +62 341 365466). Centrally located mid range hotel in the city. From about Rp 400,000. (-7.983689,112.629776)
- Graha Cakra Hotel, Jl Cerme No16, ☎ +62 341 324989 ([email protected]), . A converted colonial building that dates from 1930s. Designed by Dutch architect Ir Mueller. Has been operating as a hotel since 1994. 52 rooms, large swimming pool and restaurant. From €50.
- Regent's Park Hotel, Jl Jaksa Agung Suprapto 12-16, Malang 65111, ☎ +62 341 363 888 ([email protected]), . Large 100 room modern hotel which is a little lacking in character but offers good value and service. From Rp 430,000.
- Tugu Hotel, Jl. Tugu No3, Malang, East Java, Indonesia, ☎ +62 341 363891 ([email protected]), . The sister hotel of the famous Tugu Hotel in Canggu, Bali and a similar type of property. It is fitted and furnished with a range of fine Javanese antiquities. The owners of the Tugu rescued and relocated many splendid old trees here when property developers razed the old Malang botanical gardens. Located in the heart of the old town and looks out on the Tugu Monument which commemorates the independence struggle in Indonesia. A four star property but it feels better than that. Highly recommended From US$105 for a deluxe room up to US$1,000 for the Apsara suite.
The telephone area code for Malang is 0341
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