We’ve been traveling to Malang for a family visit on May 26 – 29, 2018. It was my second visit to Willy’s house after the Easter holiday last year. During this period, there was a public holiday for Vesak Day on Tuesday, May 29, so Willy took a day leave from his office on Monday.
Well, because it was a family visit, we didn’t have many plans for all day exploring. Most of the times, we spent our day at Willy’s parent’s house.
DAY 1 | Saturday, May 26, 2018
We departed from Ngurah Rai Airport with Citilink at 4 P.M. and arrived at Juanda Airport, Surabaya… at 4:05 P.M., because Surabaya is an hour earlier than Bali.
There was actually a direct flight from Bali to Malang, but it would be a little bit pricey for us to choose that flight. So, we decided to enjoy the trip from Surabaya to Malang by bus.
Outside of the airport, we took a bus to Purabaya Bus Station (or Bungurasih Terminal). Bus ticket price from Juanda Airport to Purabaya Bus Station is IDR 25,000/person, and you can pay it by cash once you are on the bus.
After arriving at Purabaya, just follow the sign, or asked the man in uniform (whatever uniform it is), which direction to go to Malang. You will find it easy. We stopped at Arjosari Bus Station Malang after 2 hours from Surabaya, and the bus ticket price from Purabaya to Arjosari was IDR 25,000/person (cash only).
We arrived at Willy’s house around 9 P.M. so we didn’t go anywhere, just took a rest, and prepared for tomorrow’s trip to Batu.
DAY 2 | Sunday, May 27, 2018
We planned to go to Batu today, so we had to wake up early in the morning because it was usually traffic jam everywhere when it comes to a weekend.
We had our breakfast at Warung Soto that opened that day because it is Ramadan month, which rarely restaurant opened in the morning. We intended to have breakfast at Bubur Ayam Glory (chicken porridge restaurant) but we didn’t know why it was already sold out even it’s still 9 o’clock in the morning. So yeah. Soto is the most reliable menu when we are in Java.
We went to Coban Talun, one of the tourist destination in Batu, Malang. It has a waterfall, but we didn’t go there. Instead, we enjoyed the view of the dam (full post here), pretty flower garden (full post here), and nice & cute houses (full post here). The price for entrance ticket at Coban Talun area is IDR 5,000/person and IDR 10,000/car.
We already took nice photos at Coban Talun, next we were heading to the city to buy our lunch.
Before that, we recommend you to buy a bottle of flavored milk at Rumah Susu Ganesha, KUD Batu. It was really refreshing and really really really cheap. Not only milk, they have bottles of flavored yogurt also.
For lunch, we had Hot Cui Mie that located at Kawi Street. It’s kind of chicken noodle, but with extra toppings and wonton. Beside soto, try to have cui mie when you are in Malang.
Rest of the day, we spent our times at church and we had dinner at home, so that’s all for our day 2!
DAY 3 | Monday, May 28, 2018
It was Monday and our off day! But, Willy had to renew his driver license today, so he had to go to the police station, while I was waiting at home. 🙂
We were heading to Batu again today. We went to Museum Angkut (Transport Museum), that presented almost all modes of transportation, both traditional and modern.
You can check our trip in the museum: Museum Angkut Malang – Museum Of Transportation All Modes, Early Indonesia at Transportation Museum, Malang, It’s A Movie Studio in A Museum, It’s A Movie Studio in A Museum, Europe Is Just One Step Away, Museum of Masks: Indonesia Heritage Collections from Thousand Years Ago.
We spent our times from 1 P.M. until almost 5 P.M. in the museum, then we went to City Park in Batu.
It was a nice thing to hang out at the city park because there was a lot of food stall to buy. If you have a sensitive or weak stomach, we didn’t recommend you to buy this kind of food/snacks: Sempol ayam and cilok. Both are our favorite, and sometimes it contains MSG.
The temperature in Batu was quite cold, so if you are living in some tropical places with sun shines every year, better to wear a jacket.
DAY 4 | Tuesday, May 29, 2018
So sad… It was our last day. We were going back to Juanda Airport, Surabaya to catch a flight at 5:30 P.M. but we had to leave Malang from 11 A.M. due to the traffic jam that usually unexpected.
We bought the train ticket for our trip from Malang Train Station to Sidoarjo Train Station, then we ordered an online taxi from the station to go the airport. Train ticket price from Malang to Sidoarjo was IDR 35,000/person (excluded tax), and we paid the online taxi from Sidoarjo Train Station to Juanda Airport as IDR 65,000. Train ticket can be booked online through Tiket.com, and Gojek or Grab application for the online taxi.
Before we left off Malang, we stopped by at Lai Lai Supermarket that has a huge (really huge) amount of Indonesia traditional snacks. It also sells groceries, fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and imported F&B products. No wonder this place is always full of people with a mountain of stuff in their cart. So, please be careful.
Why we choose the train over a bus like we did on our first day because with a train, it has less possibility to be stuck in a traffic. We also considered that it was a public holiday, which increases people’s willingness to go outside with cars.
We arrived at airport 5 hours earlier from our flight schedule, anw 😀