East Java is home to some of Indonesia’s most extreme locations, scenic routes and much of the history regarding Indonesia’s independence. From breathtaking treks, world-class surf to colonial heritage, the eastern tip of one of the country’s largest islands provides an ideal setting for you to discover a unique blend of cultures, environments and flavours.
Surabaya is a vibrant city, combining a crossroad of cultures. Here you can easily spend the day relaxing around a swimming pool, exploring the markets in Chinatown or the alleys of the Arab Quarter.
In spite of common rumors, Madura is a charming island with a colourful and lively traditional culture. Don’t leave the island without sampling some of the delicious Madurese specialties, while the Karapan Sapi (traditional bull race) may leave you in disbelief. To better get to know the batik textiles, a visit to the village of Tanjungbumi displays some of Indonesia’s most intricate and elaborate designs. Head to Malang to breathe the Dutch heritage and admire its architecture in a more quiet, urban environment free of the overwhelming traffic.
Looking to delve even deeper into Indonesia’s history? A visit to Blitar could answer your questions about the country’s Hindu heritage, but especially regarding president Soekarno’s endeavours and the the struggle to gain independence. Stay at Tugu Hotel in these cities and taste the colonial flavour even when you sleep.
Outdoor lovers will enjoy the lovely natural landscapes characterising the whole region around Malang. After exploring a waterfall or two, you may want to push yourself to engage in a rafting experience or stay in a luxury hot spring resort. You’ll find these activities and natural attractions set amongst a luxuriant tropical environment where high pine trees stand guard as sentinels over the fertile, hilly landscape carpeted with well-tended fields.