Malang Travel Guide


Malang, an introduction


Malang is a city on the southern side of Java Island and part of East Java Province. The climate is mild and with temperatures at least 5 degrees lower than normal as Malang is located in highlands. The government tries hard to protect the nature and its colonial history, all this makes Malang a very comfortable and interesting place to visit.

Malang History

The name Malang itself still is a mystery for there is no valid information about it. But there are some hypothesis trying to explain the origin of “Malang”. One theory is that is derived from Malangkucecwara. This word Malangkucecwara is the name of a sacred building mentioned on two inscriptions of King Balitung’s: Mantyasih inscription in 907 and 908. Those inscriptions were found in an area between Surabaya and Malang, but the location of the sacred building remains a mystery. The word “Malangkucecwara” is a combination of three different words. “Mala” means something evil and dirty. “Angkuca” means to demolish. “Icwara” means God. So, “Malangkucecwara” means God demolishes Evil.

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Malang on the map

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things to see

Things to see

Many things you can see here, for example the sights at Sempu Island. An island called an hidden paradise as there’s a lagoon there. Also Jatim Park which is one of most popular places to visit in East Java Province. You can see many miniatures building and visit the biggest museum keeping hundreds of diorama. Don’t miss the BNS (Batu Night Spectacle ) for there are lots of colorful lamps giving you a romantic atmosphere.

things to do

Things to do

Many things you can do while having a trip in Malang. If you like sport you can visit Selecta, one destination in Batu, Malang. You can do both outbound sports and swimming. Malang is also known as city of fruit for the atmosphere is quite mild in Malang. Many kinds of fruit grown everywhere here. The icon of Malang is the apple, and although that is the fruit where the city is famous for you can at Kusuma pick and eat many kinds of fruit directly from the trees.

things to eat

Things to eat

Malang is well known for its special foods. The icon of the Malang Kichen is bakso (meatball soup). You will find food stalls selling bakso everywhere in Malang. And yes you can find bakso in almost all of Indonesia, but Bakso Malang is considered the best. Roasted bakso is also originally from Malang.

You can also find fruit chips here. You might usually enjoy fruit by eating it directly, but in Malang they make chips from fruit. Ragusa is also typically Malang although Ragusa is not originally from Malang, but Ragusa has been sold by Oen Store since 1930. Ragusa is a kind of hand-made ice cream.

Things to see and do near Malang

Airport at Malang

Malang is served by the Abdul Rachman Saleh Airport.

Malang's Abdul Rachman Saleh Airport (MLG) is a small airport with a few flights a day from Jakarta by Garuda Indonesia, Sriwijaya Air, and Lion Air. The airport is named after the Indonesian aviator and physiologist whose plane was shot down by the Dutch when landing in Maguwo Airfield (now Adisucipto International Airport) in Yogyakarta during the Indonesian independence war.

Entering the city from the airport

To get to Malang from the airport, your choice is limited between chartered vehicles and airport taxi. For a reliable taxi company try Citra. The Taxi counter is available near the arrival hall, and the fare is fixed depending your destination.