Friday, July 15, 2016

Jawa Timur Trip - Prologue

Indonesia has always been a country magnificent for travelling. The mountains, the hills, the beaches, the rivers, the cities, the villages, the people. Everything.

In recent years, Jawa Timur (East Java) has become one of the most popular tourist destinations with the followings as the highlights:
1. Gunung Bromo (Mount Bromo)
2. Kawah Ijen (Ijen Crater)
3. Surabaya
4. Malang & Batu

I have had my chance to visit Mount Bromo and watched the sun emerging from the horizon. However, I have yet to experience the other three,

So, this time round, we decided to have a city trip to Surabaya, Malang and Batu.

Surabaya, Malang and Batu
Surabaya is the capital of the province of Jawa Timur (East Java). It is located at the northern part of the province facing Madura Strait. Surabaya is the second largest city in Indonesia with population of approximately 3 million inhabitants.

Surabaya is known as the city of heroes due to the Battle of Surabaya on 10 November 1945. The battle was the biggest battle against the foreigners after the proclamation of the independence of Indonesia on 17 August 1945. It cost the lives of more than 6,000 Indonesian for fighting continuously for weeks until Surabaya was defeated by the British. Until now, 10 November is known as the day of heroes afterwards.

Malang is located approximately 100km south of Surabaya and can be reached with 2-hour drive from Surabaya. Malang was the capital of Singosari Empire in the past before it was transferred to the Dutch colony. Malang is well known for the mild climate and the production of green apples.

Batu is about 20km west of Malang and has similar climate and topography. Batu was previously a part of Malang before it became a town by itself in 2001. The Dutch called this town the little Switzerland in Java Island. Since long long time ago, Batu was a recreation and relaxation place for the royal and now Batu is one of the most visited tourist destination in Indonesia.

So we are following the hype. 9 girls from different cities finally gather for a fun trip in East Java.

Love is in the air,
Little Feet

Next - First Day Spent on the Road

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