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5 alternative places in East Java worth visiting

The year-end holidays are around the corner and if you are fretting on where to go for your next trip, you’ve come to the right place!

Just last month, 8 of our Bloggeratis headed over to East Java, Indonesia for an out-of-this-world experience! You can head over to NuffnangSG’s Official Social Media account to take a look at our photos! :)

  1.   Discover the magnificent view at Kawah Ijen / Ijen Crater

To the locals, Kwah Ijen is believed to be one of the easiest mountains to climb in Indonesia. Think: easy climb for well seasoned locals but probably not for most city dwellers. Unless you’re into regular hiking activities, the climb will actually be challenging, especially for first-time climbers.

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We recommend some pre-trip work out sessions to better prep one for the climb!

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(Photo: Purple Light Visuals)

At the halfway mark of our trek, we were already covered in dusty volcanic ash from top to toe. The strong gusts of wind brought gathered chunks of ash which were blown constantly in our direction. It was difficult trekking against the grain, but this did not stop us from continuing on our expedition.

All the effort immediately became worth it when we greeted by the sight of the renowned blue volcano flame and the spectacular turquoise sulfur lake.

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(Photo: Andy, Sengkangbabies)

“Kawah Ijen is best known for its blue fire. This blue glow, unusual for a volcano, isn’t the lava itself, but is due to the combustion of sulfuric gases in contact with air at temperatures above 360°C.”

Bloggerati boggers Sheila, Charlene and Evonne also shared their insights as rookie climbers at Kawah Ijen. Check out their posts!

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Here’re some of our quick tips on climbing Kawah Ijen:

  •         Bring/rent a gas mask as sulphuric gas might be blowing right in your face! Otherwise, at least use a N95 mask.
  •         Wear clothes and shoes you don’t mind dirtying because it’ll be tough getting everything clean after the climb
  •         Bring along a backpack and use headlamps- you’ll need your hands free while you’re climbing to feel around rocks and ensure you don’t fall

Despite having to climb treacherous terrains, we had little to worry about because we were all covered by ACE Insurance.

For your benefit, we’ve worked out a deal with them and they now have a promotion for all travel enthusiasts! You can get 20% off Single Trip Plan* and 10% off Annual Plan at www.acetravelinsurance.com.sg/nuffnang, valid from now till 13 October 2015! (*Not applicable to Basic Plan for Malaysia/ Batam/ Bintan)

  1.   Catch the Sunrise and Crater at Mount Pernajakan (better known as Mt Bromo).

“Mount Bromo is part of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park covering a massive area of 800sq kilometres. The views there are spectacular with the pictureque landscape surrounding the vantage point on Mount Pernajakan (2,770 meters above sea level).“

It was a short drive from Jiwa Jawa Resort (our hotel for the night) to Mount Pernajakan but we left as early as 2.30am. We headed for our secret spot (as told by our guides), away from the main crowd at the observatory shelter and camped for the sunrise from 4.30am.

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As the vantage point is usually overcrowded, our guides gave us tips on other good spots to catch the sunrise too!

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After the beautiful sunrise, we were brought to the other end of Mr Bromo. It was where we hopped onto a pony tagged to their guides and were brought across Tengger Caldera, Java’s largest barren desert-like sea of sand that is almost 10km long. We sat on the ponies to the foot of the stairs to see the crater of Mount Bromo.

Catch Zoe‘s travelogue for her personal experience and tips on beating the cold while watching the breathtaking sunrise at Mount Pernajakan, and Randy’s picture perfect journey in East Java!

Quick tips on watching the sunrise at Mount Pernajakan:

  •         Have a good wind breaker, wear some heat tech and bring some heat packs because it’s cold all year round, and particularly so during the end of the year
  •         Have protective gear against sand in your face i.e. face mask/scarf, glasses/sunnies
  •         Bring a tripod to capture picturesque landscape photos (the sunrise lasts about 30mins and more)
  1.   Uncover the truth behind Teletubbies Hill and Whispering sand

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Teletubbies Hill is inspired from the children’s show, Telebubbies! They have hills similar to where the Telebubbies stayed. And we definitely agree how uncanny the similarities were!

Television programme: "TELETUBBIES" Picture Shows: The Teletubbies on top of the Tubbytronic Superdrome in Teletubbyland TX:BBC-2 Weekdays and Sunday omnibus edition COPYRIGHTED IMAGE FROM BBC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED...0181 225 8399 Unmanipulated picture Weekdays and Sunday

(Photo: Google, BBC)

“The Savana, (also known as Teletubbies Hill) is a place out of the world. If you go at the right time of the year, you’ll be amazed by the green landscape that greets you. It’s the best place for poetic photographs of you and the scenic background.”

Next up!

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(Photo: Jessica, Tippytapp)

The fine grains of the volcanic ash make up the whispering sand – black shimmery powder that glitters in the sun. The whispering sand gets its name from the swooshing, whispering sound when gusts of wind pick up the sand. How interesting is that!

Quick tip for the 2 places:

  •         Have protective gear against sand in your face i.e. face mask/scarf, glasses/sunnies

Our bloggerati,  Jessica also shared her experience at the Savana and Whispering sand, check out what she love about the places!

  1.   Rekindle the inner child in you at Jatim Park 2, Malang City!

Jatim Park 2 is a one-stop-attraction for both recreation and education, where we explored the wildlife kingdom at The Batu Secret Zoo.

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The Batu Secret Zoo is not your typical zoo as it presents a unique collection of animals such as endangered white tigers, white lions and rare reptiles. The best part of it all is that you get be up close and personal with the animals through feeding and intimate photo taking sessions.

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How often do you get to feed a giraffe?

Jatim Park 2 is an all-in-one combination of a zoo, a bird park as well as an underwater aquarium! It definitely brought out the inner child in us as we all had a great time exploring and learning about the wildlife.

Being a father of 4, Andy ranked Jatim Park 2 as one of the TOP places to go in East Java. Shenny on the other hand enjoyed her chance to get up-close and personal with the many animals in the zoo. Check out their upcoming posts!

Quick tips on a day out at Jatim Park 2:

  •         Apply generous sunscreen on your face, neck and body to avoid sunburn
  •         Keep your hands free and have a go at petting the animals or feeding them
  •         Jatim Park 2 is H U G E so be sure to spare a full day to cover this wildlife park
  1.   Explore Museum Angkut

Museum Angkut is a modern transportation museum, first of its kind in Indonesia and Asia, that is a fair mix of art and culture. For all transportation lovers (be it air, land or water), be prepared to be wowed by the scale of the museum and and kinds of transportation they have!

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We felt like we time travelled from the beginning of time as we saw old transportation devices and watched them evolve as we walked through the museum to recent motor vehicles.

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The attraction also includes a Museum Angkut Plus Movie Star Studio which showcases various landscapes and exotic building models replicated from across continental Europe to the Americas.

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One can look forward to settings from Las Vegas, Hollywood, London and even the United States White House!

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Quick tips for a visit at Museum Angkut:

  •         There is a fee of 30,000RP for per camera (DSLR, digital camera and even gopro or action camera equivalent) in Museum Angkut. To save cost, just use 1 camera among everyone visiting! Just be sure to have enough battery to last the whole day
  •         Allocate at least a day to complete the place as there are many things to explore

Our adventure in Indonesia was such a memorable one as we ventured to off-the-beaten-track locations in East Java. If you would like to go on the same trip with us, we have some good news!

Garuda Indonesia 

Garuda Indonesia has extended this wonderful Indonesia air ticket promotion to all our readers. At only SGD$350 (all inclusive), you get to travel via Garuda Indonesia like we did.

The flight to Indonesia will be as follows: Singapore – Denpasar (Bali) – Banyuwangi, and the return flight will depart from Surabaya – Singapore. Booking period is from now till 31 October 2015 and travel dates run from now till March 2016!

Here’s how! Simply quote, “GANuffnang” when booking at Garuda ticketing office (101 Thomson Road #12-03 United Square) or via the reservation hotline 6250 2888 J Be sure to book your tickets before the promotion ends!

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We had an enjoyable flight experience thanks to the seamless transit and the pleasant in-flight comfort and service. Garuda Indonesia is an award winning airline with the World’s Best Airline Cabin Staff’ in 2015 and 2014, ‘World’s Best Economy Class’ in 2013.

Of course, you might be skeptical in travelling alone with no prior experience in climbing mountains. We got that covered for you! :)

Ministry of Tourism, Republic of Indonesia 

On top of the flight promos, you can get a full land tour package like ours, sit back and relax leave your worries to the guides, you can get them by contacting Trisno from Diorama Travel Management at trisno@dioramagroup.net.

Finally, we would like to thank everyone who made this memorable and amazing trip possible for us.

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Madeline Chin
Nuffnang Community Team

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