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Exploring the greater Dieng Plateau

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Sitting at some 2,000 metres about sea level, the Dieng Plateau is ringed by a series of peaks and ancient crater rims which are patchworked by hundreds of plots of potato farms running down the slopes to geothermal stations, steaming mud pits and cute little villages—and one of the best ways to explore the greater plateau is by scooter.

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While the mainstay of Dieng’s attractions including the Arjuna Complex, Candi Bima and Kawah Sikidang which can easily be explored on foot from Dieng village, the more far flung spots are, well, too far flung to reach on foot, but with a scooter (either self-ridden or with a driver) the outer highlights can be visited in as little as a few hours.

You can’t miss the geo-thermal plants. Photo taken in or around Exploring the greater Dieng Plateau, Dieng Plateau, Indonesia by Stuart McDonald.

You can’t miss the geo-thermal plants. Photo: Stuart McDonald

The key attractions all lie to the west of Dieng, and our route takes you in an easy to follow clockwise circle to the west of town. Scooters can be rented at both Tani Jiwo and Losmen Bu Djono and other places will probably be able to arrange an informal rental. If you do not have a valid license for riding, please familiarise yourself with the small print on your travel insurance, take care and always wear a helmet!

Starting from in front of Tani Jiwo, ride west on the main road (Jalan Raya Dieng) out of town, and after around about one kilometre, you’ll reach a Y-intersection and you want to take the left (southern) option (you’ll return via the right one—if you want to do the loop in reverse, take the right option) continue along this road to the south for about a kilometre and you’ll reach the first of a number of small villages you will be passing through. Keep your eyes peeled for a signpost on your left to Telaga Merdada, when you see it, take it and follow the road till you can go ... Travelfish members only (Around 800 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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