Sunday, 5 August 2012

Malang - the perfect base for exploring East Java

A 'Welcome to Malang' poster at the airport
An old Dutch colonial camera shop
We decided to base ourselves in Malang for our visit to East Java because of the transport links and because my guidebook (Lonely Planet Indonesia) described it as having ‘leafy, colonial-era boulevards and a leisurely pace’.  I have to say that little remains of the Dutch colonial architecture that was once a feature of the city, though an elderly resident did take pride in pointing out an old camera shop, complete with Agfa and Kodak advertising signs, and insisted I take a picture of it.  Nowadays, the town centre is dominated by huge branches of KFC and McDonalds.

24-hour KFC
Nevertheless, we found Malang to be a very pleasant place to walk around.  The people were smiling and helpful.  It was very easy to arrange our trip to Bromo and our onward travel to Yogyakarta.  We enjoyed shopping for bargains in the ‘alun-alun’ and amongst the impromptu market stalls set up in the park in front of the mosque.  Our hotel, the Regent's Park, was comfortable and had a pool which was perfect for a refreshing swim after our excursion to the national park.  All in all, Malang proved to be the perfect base for our exploration of East Java.
Malang's main mosque

See more of my photos of Malang here.

1 comment:

  1. Hi! Malang is indeed a very good place to visit. I am happy to read how you're having a good time back in Malang. But next time you visit again, I suggest you to come to this little cultural restaurant, I bet you're going to like it! :D

    Nice post :)