I can’t believe it’s been 2 months since my last post. The boy and I had just came back from Jakarta a few days ago. We were there for a month (longer than expected because I had to take care of my mother who fell down in the kitchen and broke her arm. She had surgery for 3 hours and is now still in the recovery process which is doing very well. Anyway, I’m glad that I had the chance to take care for here even though for just a short while).
Before the accident happened, we had a trip to Malang in East Java which has been one of the most recommended place to visit for travellers. The idea just came to my mind and instead of going to Bandung as what we usually did, I recommended to my mom that we should try another place to visit and I suggested Malang. After my mom and sister did some research aka. brwosing in the internet, they were agreed and thankfully my sister could take leave from her office.
The plan was to go from 7 December from 5 days, but after some considerations and some arguments, we were agreed to go from 31 November to 5 December, and it was the best decision ever although the flight ticket was not as cheap as if we go on the following week………….because the week after we went to Malang, we read in the newspaper that Abdulrachman Saleh Airport in Malang was closed for more than a week because of Mount Bromo or Panderman (not so sure) eruption. Luckily our holiday was over when that happened.
We took the earliest flight of the day by Sriwijaya Air (one of our favorite airline) and although we just arrived in Jakarta 2 days before and I wasn’t feeling very well, but the boy and I were in high spirit and we woke up very early in the morning. The flight was in time and we reached Malang Airport in 1.5 hours.
We were quite surprised to finally see how small the airport was, hahaha……………..with only 2 very short baggage belts and also a small lobby. We rent a car plus the driver during out stay in Malang (recommended by our cousin who stayed near Malang and the owner of the car rental and the driver were her friends too). Since we booked quite late, the only car left was Ertiga (almost the sama like Avanza) and we didn’t have any problems with the car since we had comfortable journeys during our trip.
We went straight to Batu from the airport (about 1 hour drive from Malang) as most of the tourist attarctions were there. There were Jatim Park 1, Jatim Park 2, Selecta, and Coban Rondo waterfall in our list, but finally we skipped Jatim Park 1 as it was a theme park with rides and since most of the rides were too extreme for us, we decided not to visit this place.
The journey from Malang to Batu was like a journey from Jakarta to Puncak……….except with less crowd and almost no traffic jam………..
The entire area of Batu is surrounded by mountains and hills with cool and freh air. That was why it reminded us of Puncak. With the rapid development of this city, Batu weather is not as cold as it used to be and this place can be super crowded on weekends and public holidays, so plan your trip carefully before visiting this place.
We arrived in Jatim Park 2 before 10 am and had early lunch (my mom already prepared our lunch from home). The first one to visit was Batu Secret Zoo. We had to buy a combined ticket and we chose Batu Secret Zoo plus Museum Satwa (Animal Museum) for Rp 75.000,- for each person (about SGD 8) which was the rate for weekday tickets. Weekend tickets would be Rp 105.000,- per person. There was also a combined ticket for Zoo, Museum, and Eco Green Park, but the boy said he wasn’t interested to visit Eco Green Park so we skipped it. When she paid the amount of money for 4 tickets, my sister said: “Ih, murah banget ya cuma 300 ribu buat berempat apalagi kalo dibandingin masuk ke Taman Safari………….(it’s very cheap for 4 persons, especially if you compare with the ticket price to Taman Safari in Puncak).” Of course………and it was way more cheaper if we compared to Singapore Zoo tickets, hahaha……..
Batu Secret Zoo was not yet opened even after we finished buying the tickets, so we took pictures on the outside area first. Sadly, I accidentally erased all the pictures in my camera when we were 1/3 of the journey. But no problem, we took pictures again on the outside area before we left…………and this time was much better because there was almost nobody around since it was already closing time.
There is a hotel inside Jatim Park 2 which resembles a tree house and it is called “Pohon Inn”, but we didn’t stay there. We chose to stay in Malang instead of Batu which was the best decision since we had more options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Besides, Batu is a quiet place at night once all the tourist attractions closed and some of the restaurants also close early on weekdays, so to maximise our culinary journey, we thought it would be best to stay in Malang even though we had to travel quite far everyday. Plus point was that most of the tourist attractions didn’t open so early in the morning, so it didn’t matter at all.
It was a huge……….zoo. The tickets were already included animals sightseeing, safari farm, rides, and water park. Add extra Rp 20.000,- for pony ride. The toilets were surprisingly clean and high above our expectations. Unlike in Bandung where most of the tourist attractions had super unclean toilets, in Batu and Malang we were surprised to see that most of the places had clean toilets. On the down side, in Batu Secret Zoo we were disturbed by people who smoked and it was as if we could smell the smoke everywhere we went………..heavy sigh……………………it made me dizzy since I was just recovered after being sick for more than a month.
Although this place seemed to be small at the front, but it was very big inside……….and we were wondering when we will finally be out from this place because we were so tired of walking………hahaha……….
The design of this zoo is very good and tourist friendly because we went through a one way road so if we followed the flow of the road, we would be able to see all without missing a thing. The entry door and exit door were in different places. E bikes were also available for rent inside the zoo, but I thought walking would still be the best option. There were several options for dining but none seemed interested to us.
Expect to see lots of animals inside………yeah, of course, what else do you expect to see inside a zoo…………..from rats, lemurs, kangaroo, wallaby, fish, sharks, turtles, tigers, lions, monkeys, reptiles etc…….It’s a good place for kids and animal lovers.
And now we arrived in an area that made the boy’s eyes bigger and he was so happy…………The Kiddy Rides…………what else???
Since we visited the park not in the holiday season, the park was not too crowded and it was nice and convenient to stroll around. Yes, there were still many people on that day but the crowd was still manageable. There were almost no queue for the rides (or very short ones) except for Safari Farm.
There were many rides inside, for adults, children, and even little children. Some of the rides had height restriction so the boy couldn’t ride some of them because he was already too tall.
If you are here, don’t forget to ride the Safari Farm tram. It was fun as we could see and feed some of the animals closely……………..but when it was our turn, it suddenly rain…………heavily………….(quite unpredictable since it was very hot in the morning, but our driver said it used to be like that…….bright in the morning and raining in the afternoon). So, although the Safari Farm was fun, but we were quite busy keeping ourselves dry than paying attention to the animals, hahaha………but the boy had fun feeding carrots (Rp 10.000,- per packet) to some animals before the heavy rain came.
Since it was raining, we didn’t get the chance to see all the animals because the bad weather kept them away to come near to us, so the boy still had half of his carrots left…………which we gave to the animals in the mini zoo.
Then we also visited Wahana Jelajah Lima Benua (Exploring The Five Continents Ride), and we had no idea what would be inside.
And we thought we were going out from the park because we saw Exit Sign (and because we were already super tired)……….but noooo…………….there were still many things to see and the boy didn’t want to leave until he saw everyhting.
Considering the money that we paid, we were quite shocked of how cheap it was esecially with all the facilities that were already included in the ticket. And also, having visited many zoos before, I was afraid that the boy wouldn’t enjoy this one, but it turned out that he liked it very much and would like to visit this place again. When I asked him what he liked the most from our trip, he definitely said Batu Secret Zoo was the first on his list. We were very happy to hear that he enjoyed this visit.
But that was not all, because we hadn’t visited Museum Satwa (Animal Museum) yet, which was already included in our ticket.
The inside of this museum was also big, and it was very quiet when we came…………it was quite spooky when we realized that we were probably the only persons left in this big and not so bright room with big animals around us, but overall the design was awesome and if you wish to find good photo spots, then there were many nice spots here.
What else can you expect to see from an animal museum??? Fossils…………of course, and replicas too, and it had many collections of fossils, from small animals to big and giant animals like dinosaurs.
There were also amazing displays of preserved animals in dioramas, and from what I read…………those animals weren’t killed to be preserved, but they collected death animals to be preserved.
Phew……….day 1 has not ended yet but I’m already very tired writing, sorting, and editing the photos. Anyway, we were also very tired that day and decided to had dinner then went to the hotel to rest.
We were starving since lunch was seemed to be hours ago, and for the first night we were craving for Cwie Mie Djangkrik, but unfortunately it was closed that night when we finally arrived there, and because we were very tired and so hungry, we just came to the nearest restaurant which was Bakso President (we already promised that the boy would have fried wanton that night, so we were looking for a restaurant that also served wanton).
Our hotel choice was Harris Hotel in Malang (after a long arguments and consideration……….). This hotel located inside a housing complex, so it was very quite at night. But it was also very far away from the main road but close to the airport. We had stayed in some other Harris Hotel before, and since so far we enjoyed every stay, to hinder us from anymore headache from choosing a hotel, we finally just chose this one.
My sister made a mistake in the booking process, so we just found out there that the breakfast didn’t include in our package, but on the positive side………we ate yummy breakfast outside and we must say that it was better than hotel breakfast which my mom and the boy tried on the last day.
The room was enough (not too big or too small), clean, and had 1 sofa bed in each room.
And the best way to end the night:
We slept well that night (sooo…..tired since we also woke up very early in the morning). The hotel was quiet and we didn’t even aware that morning already came if one of us didn’t suddenly wake up to go to the toilet and see the time……..whoaaa…………it’s morning already………….see you in my day-2 post…………hopefully soon……….