Malang

Malang

Well worth a stop

With its attractive wide tree-lined boulevards, colonial architecture and easy-going atmosphere, Malang, a small city in the tropical highlands of East Java some 90 kilometres south of Surabaya, feels somewhat European and more “middle-class” than many of Indonesia’s cities.

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Of course that’s not entirely true, while this city does have a cultured air and a local reputation as a centre for education, the streets can get as traffic clogged as any of its larger siblings and like any city, an urban underclass prevails, although in Malang the city’s less-privileged kampungs have themselves been transformed into colourful tourist attractions.

Broad boulevards. : Sally Arnold.
Broad boulevards. Photo: Sally Arnold

Malang enjoys a coolish climate with averages in the mid-twenties (although days can be hot and evenings cooler) and rises to an elevation of around 450 metres. Established along the banks of the Brantas River, the mountain resorts of Batu and Tretes lay to the northwest on the slopes the nearby mountains of Gunung Kawi and Gunung Arjuno and the spectacular Gunung Bromo is 50 kilometres by road to the east. The southern beaches 60 kilometres from Malang are popular local weekend ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 1,000 words.)

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