One of the great things about Indonesia is the diversity of the landscape. One of the great things about the Dieng Plateau is that it looks and feels completely different to almost anywhere else in ... Read more about Java's Dieng Plateau .
A very short stroll up the hill along the road that leads to Wonosobo is Tuk Bimo Lukar, the site of an ancient spring and some old stonework, which transforms the muddy creek into a holy bath. It's said that bathing in these icy spring waters preserves youthful looks and may even lead to eternal life. It's a relatively minor attraction in Dieng and is indeed skipped by almost all visitors ... Read more about Tuk Bimo Lukar .
This temple complex is the main attraction in Dieng due to its close proximity to Dieng's hotels, guesthouses and homestays and what can be considered to be the centre of town. Built in the eighth and ninth centuries, these Shiva temples are reputedly the oldest remaining Hindu temples in all of Java. Discovered in 1814, these five temples stand 10 to 15 metres tall, are well preserved with ... Read more about Komplek Candi Arjuna .
A path from Komplek Candi Arjuna leads 400 metres straight to Candi Gatokaca, the next natural stop on the inner circuit. The temple here is much like those at Komplek Candi Arjuna, but from this location there are great views across the surrounding farmland to the centre of town. As far as temples go, it's a fairly mediocre affair – a flat-topped number with some stairs leading inside. ... Read more about Candi Gatokaca .
A further 800 metres down the road from Candi Gatokaca away from Komplek Candi Arjuna and on the way to Kawah Sikidang is the solitary Candi Bima. This temple sitting atop a hill is the largest in the Dieng area and shuns some of the design aspects of the other temples and therefore looks slightly different; the main difference, besides its impressive size, is its tiered roof. Human figures ... Read more about Candi Bima .
The crater here is a geothermal complex containing a series of bubbling pools of mud and water, steam vents, warm streams and hot earth. Many of the less dangerous areas here are unfenced, giving visitors the opportunity to test out whether that bubbling water really is hot (it is) and the opportunity to grab a stick and dig around in the ground to open up patches of hot earth. The fenced ... Read more about Kawah Sikidang .
The surrounding mist-shrouded hills provide a great backdrop to the vibrant lake especially as the day rolls on and light changes from stark to diffuse. You'll usually find locals hanging around the front side of the lake taking photos with their new cameras as is the trend nowadays at beautiful spots in Java. Walk further around the lake to the right and you reach some old Hindu caves, some ... Read more about Telaga Warna .
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. ... Read more about Sembungan .
The best part of the temple is that it does afford some decent views across the town of Dieng, which are difficult to find elsewhere. From the main Dieng intersection, head 150 metres past the entrance to Komplek Candi Arjuna and turn right into the kampung. Continue along this road for 150 metres and at the intersection turn right and then immediately left. From here it is a further 400 ... Read more about Candi Dwarawati .
The setting here is beautiful with the lake at the bottom of a large vegetable garden-lined valley and it makes a great location for eerie photos. This particular mud pit has a tragic history of eruptions with one particular event in 1944 responsible for more than 100 deaths – most died from being struck by large hot rocks and masses of boiling mud even though the victims were up to a ... Read more about Kawah Seleri .
Inside the crater are two boiling pits of water with the biggest pit boiling so vigorously that it ejects hot water about a metre into the air. It's pretty interesting stuff. The journey from the main road to the crater should be undertaken on foot due to the terrible condition of the road, but cars and bikes can make it to the top, albeit very slowly and at the expense of shock absorbers, a ... Read more about Kawah Candradimuka .
But if you're in the area visiting Kawah Candradimuka anyway and you have a spare 10 minutes, you can have some fun by paying a local man for a handful of rocks which he will urge you to throw into the pond – the aim being to hit the opposite wall of the crater. Other than that, it's a fairly boring attraction. The entrance to Sumur Jalatunda is a mere 400 metres to the west of the Kawah ... Read more about Sumur Jalatunda .
Telaga Merdada is a large lake sitting at the base of an even larger kilometre-wide, steep-sided crater which is often shrouded in mist and rain. The usual array of farms is present here too, but after having come from the stunning views around Condongcampur, it's hard to get excited about this scenery. It is however a very peaceful area and taking a rest under a tree by the side of the lake is a ... Read more about Telaga Merdada .