Have you ever heard about Batu? It’s a small city in East Java, Indonesia I never even imagined myself going to. So how did I get there?
Here’s the story.
Last summer, Fred & I spent our 2 months internship in Bali. And during our way back to Bandung, we stopped by Batu city and thought it would be great to explore Batu a lil bit more since the city looks so interesting.
So, here I am, picking out the highlights of Batu city and sharing them to you guys. I hope this travel guide helps you.
Where to Go?
Alun – Alun Batu
Most city have a central park where people could take a walk or just sit around at night. We call it ‘Alun – Alun‘ in Indonesia. Alun-Alun Batu is probably the best alun-alun I’ve found so far in Indonesia. It’s VERY clean and well decorated compared to any other parks here. There are statues, lanterns, kids playground, fountains, fruit-shaped toilets, and even a Ferris wheel! So, I suggest you to come at night and enjoy the view of Batu city from up there. Psst. It cost only Rp 3,000 / person (around US$ 0,3).
Jawa Timur Park 2
Jawa Timur Park 2 is the most well-known recreation park in East Java. It has a Museum (Museum Satwa / Museum of Wildlife), a Zoo (Batu Secret Zoo), a hotel (Pohon Inn) and Eco Park. I highly recommend you to spend a day in Jawa Timur Park 2! Trust me, you’ll never regret going to this place. I’m even thinking of coming back next time.
The best time to go to Jawa Timur Park is early at 8 or 9 am. Eco Park is open for business at 9, while the rest opens at 10. So, I suggest you to explore Eco Park first, and the museum comes next. Just make sure to leave the zoo for the last! And make sure you buy a one day pass tix for all of them since it’s only Rp 90,000 for 3. It will cost you a lil bit higher if you buy the ticket separately.
Sneak peak of the Eco Park
There’s so much to see in Eco Park, don’t you think? I even spent around 3 to 4 hours strolling around. Anyway, there’s also a cafeteria you can easily found near the exit of Eco Park. You can probably had your lunch there.
Sneak peak of Museum Satwa
What best comes next is the Wildlife Museum (Museum Satwa). You can read the complete story here. After having my lunch at Eco Park cafeteria, I spend around 1 – 2 hours in the museum. The animal stuffs looks so real!
Sneak peak of Batu Secret Zoo
And.. the last one you should never miss in Jawa Timur Park 2 is… Batu Secret Zoo! Check out the story here. It’s huge, clean, and surprisingly awesome. All the animals look so healthy. They must be treated very well. Anyway, there is also this Fantasy Land you’ll find in the zoo. It’s a small theme park with some vehicles you can ride for free!
Batu Night Spectacular
After spending a day exploring Jawa Timur Park 2, the best thing to do to end the night is to take a walk at Batu Night Spectacular (BNS). There are dozens of rides here, including the Haunted House, the coaster, rodeo ride, etc. But…. my favorite was the Lanterns Garden. I just couldn’t believe my eyes. Can you?
BNS entrance fee : Rp 20,000
Lanterns Garden entrance fee : Rp 12,500
What to Eat?
There are 2 kind of food you better not miss here in Batu : Bakso Malang (Malang Meatball) and Ketan (sticky rice).
We found this Bakso Malang just across the Alun-Alun. There are so many street vendors selling Bakso Malang and we didn’t know which one is the best among all. So we just randomly chose one. Glad that it tasted so good!
Price : approximately Rp 12,000 / bowl
Pos Ketan Legenda – 1967
“Don’t you ever miss eating Ketan in Pos Ketan Legenda!”. Well, that’s what some of my friends said when I’m staying in Batu. So, we decided to check what the hype is all about.
We ordered a plate of warm sticky rice served with sweetened condensed milk and grated cheese, plus a big cup of whole milk with honey. We love it! I mean, it tasted so unique and we found that it was just perfect for mid-night snack.
Pos Ketan Legenda 1967 is located at the west of Alun-Alun Kota Batu. It’s open for business starting from 16.00 to 04.00 in the morning. Make sure you stop by.
Where to Sleep?
Remember the Jawa Timur Park 2 I talked about? Well, there’s this Pohon Inn Hotel you can find inside the park. In Bahasa Indonesia, Pohon stands for Tree. The hotel was name after tree as it looks like a giant tree.
What’s even more interesting is that there’s this white tigers behind the receptionist counter. It’s perfectly alive!
You can also find a mini mart and a gift shop beside the hotel. We bought a cute photo frame for Rp 45,000.
For rates and availability info, check out their website.
Well, the list pretty much sums up of what you shouldn’t miss when you’re staying in Batu city. I hope it helps you. Happy travelling!
Please note that Batu is located in the highland area, so it’s better for you to bring along your jacket at night.