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Mini Travel Guide : Batu, East Java, Indonesia

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.

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Batu Secret Zoo

Batu Secret Zoo – Best Zoo in Indonesia!

As I promised earlier on my post about Museum Satwa, I’m gonna write a brief review about what it is inside Batu Secret Zoo.

So.. Batu Secret Zoo is actually located in the same area with Museum Satwa, which is Jawa Timur Park 2 in Batu, Malang. It’s probably one of the biggest recreation park in Indonesia! There are museum (Museum Satwa / Museum of Wildlife), zoo (Batu Secret Zoo), hotel (Pohon Inn) and Eco Park. And believe me, all of them are interesting! If you happen to visit Batu, you should (or you’ll regret later) spend a day in Jawa Timur Park 2. 

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Museum Satwa Diorama

A Day at the Wildlife Museum! – Museum Satwa, Batu

You know what? I am a fans of Dinosaurs – not a fanatic one, although I don’t remember each of it. But by watching their movies, their fossils, make me feel so… amazed. As a child, I often caught my self wondering and imagining that I’m living in a world where dinosaurs are still alive. Well, that’s probably why I got too excited when we visit Jin Shan Park in Bejing where the Dinosaurs Exhibition was being held.

Then, years ago, one of my friends from college told me about Jawa Timur Park 2 in Batu, Malang, Indonesia. It’s a huge recreation park which has a Museum (Museum Satwa / Museum of Wildlife), a Zoo (Batu Secret Zoo), a hotel (Pohon Inn) and Eco Park.

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Sunrise Mount Penanjakan

Catching Sunrise at Mount Bromo

In the mid of August, Fred, Cindy and I went for our first hiking at Mount Bromo, East Java, Indonesia. Mount Bromo is quite popular among tourists both local and foreigner for its ‘easy’ hiking track. The highlights of the area are Mount Bromo (with its smoking crater), Mount Penanjakan (the favorite sunrise spot), and Cemoro Lawang (where most visitors stay). There’s also Mount Semeru, the highest mountain in Java. Locals say, it took 2 days straight to hike Mount Semeru. It will never be on my list!

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