Sweeping views

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What we say: 4 stars

Some 5.5 kilometres from the main Dieng intersection and four kilometres past Telaga Warna is the village of Sembungan.

It's high up in the hills at 2,150 metres above sea level on the very edge of the plateau, which affords it sweeping views across the farm plots to the valleys below and on clear days, some impressive volcanoes.

Often mist-bound, this village is home to picturesque Telaga Cebong, a lake bounded by mountains on all sides and worth a visit in its own right should you have your own transport.

One of these mountains is a top spot for watching sunrise over some nearby volcanoes. Sunrise tours can be arranged for 40,000 rupiah per motorbike – if you can fit three on a motorbike, you save money. Otherwise, local farmers will simple take one passenger each for 40,000 rupiah to the top of the mountain for the sunrise.

The walk to the top only takes 15 minutes and the views are worth the effort of getting out of bed for, even though the temperatures at this time of day are often around freezing point.

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