Malang is a small city, with a population of fewer than 1 million, located in the hills two hours' south of Surabaya. Most people visit this lovely laidback town with an elevation of approximately 500m above sea level to relax and escape the heat of the surrounding lowlands, but Malang also boasts a number of attractions that make it a worthy visit on any trans-Java journey.
Of particular note are the Singosari temples, which are dotted around the countryside and date from the 14th century, the rolling hills around Batu and of course unmissable Gunung Bromo.
As with many Indonesian towns, the focal point in Malang is the alun-alun, which comes alive every night with vendors selling all manner of goods. The markets here reach a climax every Saturday night when the heaving masses descend to snap up a bargain and hang out with friends in the balmy evening air.