Malang is considered by many to be the most attractive of Java's big cities. The city itself dates back many centuries and was mentioned in records as far back as the 8th century when it was the seat of government for the ancient Kanjuruhan and Singhasari kingdoms. Today, modern Malang is a busy metropolis that is also an important center of trade and commerce.
The countryside of Malang is very beautiful, and many visitors use the city as a base to explore the region. Travelers will find many lovely beaches, including the trio that make up Balekambang Beach
. Heading inland, lush green hills with tea plantations, fruit farms, and small villages can be explored. Although most guests choose a Malang hotel in the heart of town, there is plenty of Malang accommodation in the surrounding areas, particularly along the coast.
Not-to-be-missed attractions while visiting Malang include the Singosari Temple
and the nearby bathing pools at Ken Dedes. Within Malang itself, Ijen Street
is a great street to explore, with flowering trees and a beautiful backdrop of Dutch colonial buildings. Many of Malang's more charming guesthouses are found in this neighborhood, along with plenty of restaurants, bars, and cafes.
Be sure to check out the interactive map of Malang for information on hotel locations, attractions, and must-see destinations.