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Batu and Malang (East Java) Trip Day-1: Batu Secret Zoo and Museum Satwa

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Hola…………..

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.

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We had to leave home at 4.30 am to catch the earliest flight………….but none felt sleepy on the plane except my mom who slept during the flight. Each of us got a chocolate bread and a cup of mineral water on the plane. No flight entertainment when using Sriwijaya Air but that wasn’t a big problem for us.

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.

Ticketing Area

Ticketing Area was just below Pohon Inn Hotel. Do you see how empty this place was? It was great to take pictures with nobody around

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.

Three ladies and a little boy on a trip together

Three ladies and a little boy on a trip together

 

Family picture in front of Pohon Inn Hotel

Family picture in front of Pohon Inn Hotel

 

Photo taking inside Pohon Inn Hotel. The hotel usually has good promotion during low season

Photo taking inside Pohon Inn Hotel. The hotel usually has good promotion during low season.

 

Batu Secret Zoo in the evening

Batu Secret Zoo in the evening

 

Now let's see what's inside the zoo

Now let’s see what’s inside the zoo………………

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.

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The boy with peacock and stork

 

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Taking pictures on a super hot day with alpacas

 

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These big giraffes are good for shelters………

 

The boy

Can you spot the cute small white wallaby?

 

Cute design in front of the reptile garden

Cute design in front of the reptile garden

 

Lil boy posed like a man........

Lil boy posed like a man……..

 

Let's say that Reptile Garden was not my favorite place. Reptiles and me will never get along well...........

Let’s say that Reptile Garden was not my favorite place. Reptiles and me will never get along well………..

 

We also spotted an emu.....

We also spotted an emu…..

 

This one was a giant turtoise.

This one was a giant turtoise. Honestly speaking, I don’t know the names of most of the animals, so I had to ask the boy before I wrote in the caption section……..

 

We could touch the star fish in the touch pool

We could touch the star fish in the touch pool

 

A fun way to learn about animal facts

A fun way to learn about animal facts

 

Tired of walking? No worries, there were many comfortable seats around the park

Tired of walking? No worries, there were many comfortable seats around the park

 

There were also many good spots to take picture with

There were also many good spots to take picture with

 

Hey. it's a Jaguar

Hey,  it’s a Jaguar

 

We arrived at the land of the of the Flamingoes.............just in front of a food stall selling fihs/nuggets and chips and also toilets

We arrived at the land of the Flamingoes………….just in front of a food stall selling fish/nuggets and chips and also toilets

 

Lovely orange birds

Lovely pink birds

 

Still in the mood of taking pictures even though it was hot

Still in the mood of taking pictures even though it was hot

 

Don't forget to take picture with in here

Don’t forget to take picture in here, well…….at least you can take picture with “Batu Secret Zoo” signboard at the background

 

And then it was my turn........

And then it was my turn……..

 

African Village

African Village

 

Traditional house equipment in the village

Traditional stall in the village

 

Traditional music instrument in African Village

Traditional music instrument in African Village

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.

 

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Welcome to the happiest place for children……………and all were free because all the rides and the water park were already included in the entrance tickets

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.

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Shark Coaster………….not scary at all…………..but fun

 

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Driving School……….only children under 150 cm could ride this

 

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Octopus Ride…………..which at first I thought it would be like Flying Dumbo………….but I was wrong!!! Absolutely nor for the faint heart like me, this was scary and made me very dizzy. But this was the boy’s favorite ride of the day and asked me to go again with him. Of course I said NOOOO……….

 

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Animal Bumper Car was also his favorite and he rode this twice. The more the merrier for him, he usually doesn’t want to ride this kind of thing if there are not many children because it will be less fun. Thankfully this time it was full house so he could have fun crashing the car to the maximum level, hahaha…………..

 

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Cute lion………..

 

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This animal coaster was my favorite

 

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This was scarier than the shark coaster, but still fun!

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.

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Happy face………..he loved feeding the animals

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.

They seemed very hungry

They seemed very hungry

 

All the carrots were gone within minutes........

All the carrots were gone within minutes……..

 

Photo spots outside the mini zoo. So cute.......the rabbit patted his head

Photo spots outside the mini zoo. So cute…….the rabbit patted his head

Then we also visited Wahana Jelajah Lima Benua (Exploring The Five Continents Ride), and we had no idea what would be inside.

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All Aboard……………, we didn’t even expect to ride this boat inside

 

Jelajah 5 Dunia

We saw all these cute dolls from 5 continents inside

 

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There was also a children playground, but the boy thought it was too childish for him

 

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It was raining, so the water park was empty. He also didn’t want to try the water park………again, he said it was too childish for him.

 

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Cute photo spots with fruits and animals

 

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Masha and The Bear……..we found this on the way to the River Adventure Ride………..and Masha was standing behind the boy, hahaha…………

 

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and this trio from our childhood……….

 

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After a long walk………we finally arrived at the River Adventure Ride

 

River Adventure

Nope, not the right one……….we were going to ride the boat on the left

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.

The King Of The Jungle

The King Of The Jungle

 

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The lion didn’t want to look at us………

 

Glass viewing platform. It was quite scary to see the tiger from here

Glass viewing platform. It was quite scary to see the tiger from here

 

The boy said the animal behind him was mouflon, a type of mountain goat

The boy said the animal behind him was mouflon, a type of mountain goat

 

Not just lion and tiger, but we also saw a white rhino

Not just lion and tiger, but we also saw a white rhino

 

We still don't know what animals are these

We still don’t know what animals are these

 

Mario and friends near teh Exit Door

Mario and friends near the Exit Door

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 front side of Museum Satwa

The front side of Museum Satwa

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's inside the big cage?

What’s inside the big cage?

 

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The musician animal…………a very strange creature according to the boy, hahaha……..

 

Come closer.........it didn't smell stinky.......

Come closer………it didn’t smell stinky…….

 

Giant water tap

Giant water tap

 

or take photos with this 3D picture......

or take photos with this 3D picture……

 

Animal painter in action.........

Animal painter in action………

 

Fly high...........but don't forget to com home.....

Fly high………..but don’t forget to com home…..

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.

 

Big dinosaur fossils which we could see as soon as we entered the front door

Big dinosaur fossils which we could see as soon as we entered the front door

 

This mammoth porbably came from the ice age

This mammoth probably came from the ice age

 

An elephant fossil...........see how small it is compared to the big and live elephant?

An elephant fossil………..see how small it is compared to the big and alive elephant?

 

Hello from The Artic.........

Hello from The Artic………

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.

Animal display in their habitat

Animal display in their habitat

 

They looked like real and alive, that was why it was a bit scary in the evening........

They looked like real and alive, that was why it was a bit scary in the evening……..

 

The boy was admiring the giraffe collections

The boy was admiring the giraffe collections

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.

Taking pictures again before saying goodbye to Batu Secret Zoo

Taking pictures again before saying goodbye to Batu Secret Zoo

 

It was getting dark and they started to turn on the lights.

It was getting dark and they started to turn on the lights. Can you spot the lights on the tigers?

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).

Bakso

The taste was just so so and the soup was spicy because of too much pepper, so the boy couldn’t eat it. At the end, he just ate the fried wanton, fried meatballs, and the spring roll without the soup

 

Since it wasn't a proper dinner for him, we said we would order pizza at the hotel for him

Since it wasn’t a proper dinner for him, we said we would order pizza at the hotel for him

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.

While my sister did the check in process, we waitied on the lobby while enjoying our welcome drink

While my sister did the check in process, we waitied on the lobby while enjoying our welcome drink

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.

Look who enjoyed himself while watching TV in the bed as soon as we arrived.........

Look who enjoyed himself while watching TV in the bed as soon as we arrived………

 

Clean bathroom

Clean bathroom

And the best way to end the night:

Meat lover pizza..............one big plate for only Rp 100.000,-

Meat lover pizza…………..one big plate for only Rp 100.000,- We asked not to add mushroom in the pizza since the boy doesn’t like mushroom as pizza topping

 

This will never happen at home...........eating pizza on the bed, but it was a holiday......so go ahead.........

This will never happen at home………..eating pizza on the bed, but it was a holiday……so go ahead………

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……….

Author: cruiseoflife

Hi there. I'm from Indonesia but now live quite far away from my home country. I love cooking for my family. I learned how to cook for the first time from my mom and I believe that mom's cooking is always the best, and I do hope that my son will feel the same too even though he grows up so fast. I love Indonesian food as I grew up with it, and I promise to myself that my son, although he doesn't live in Indonesia right now, will always like and enjoy authentic Indonesian food. I make this blog so that my family will always remember our togetherness and happy time that we had, are having, and will have when we eat together and have good memories about a mother's love through her dishes. Hopefully these recipes will help other people to make healthy home cooked dishes for their families.

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