Mt. Bromo and Ijen Crater – Indonesia

 

Bali is probably the most well known destination in Indonesia but this country has other out-of-this-world places which are worth visiting, Mt. Bromo and Ijen Crater being among them.

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Mount Bromo or Gunung Bromo is an active Volcano (it last exploded in November 2015), stands at 2,329 metres and is located in East Java, Indonesia.

It’s difficult to tour this place without a tour guide as only specific jeeps with license are allowed on the mountain and you are better off with a tour guide as you have to drive on mountains in the night. Our guide picked us up at Surabaya Airport at around 10pm to drive us to Mt. Bromo which is 4 hours away. We freshened up at our hotel and left for Penanjakan Peak for the sunrise  which is a few minutes drive up the mountain. The place can get crowded but you can climb the wire railing and watch the sunrise from there. It’s probably the most stunning sunrise we’ve ever seen. The rest of our itinerary was to visit Savanah, Teletubbies Hill and Bromo Crater, all of which are equally stunning.

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The next day we left for Ijen crater which is a 5-6 hours drive. Around 2.00 am that night we trekked the steep mountain for around 2 hours to reach Kawah Ijen. You can see blue flames at night but since there was a lot of fog when we were there, we couldn’t see anything. But the place was still very beautiful. You have to wear gas masks to protect from the sulphur fumes. We saw many sulphur miners working there under dangerous conditions without masks.

Needless of the early mornings, the steep climbs, we thoroughly enjoyed our time there. We also got to taste the most expensive coffee in the world. What more could you ask for?

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We would recommend this place in a heartbeat. Some of the pictures below.


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Taman Negara National Park, Malaysia

Taman Negara National Park encompasses a sprawling tropical rainforest that’s said to be 130 million years old and covers 4343 sq km. It’s also said to be the oldest rainforest in the world. Kuala Tahan, the entry point is about 3-4 hours drive from Kuala Lumpur depending on the route you take. You can also drive to Kuala Tembeling  and take a 3 hour boat ride from there to Kuala Tahan.

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We were in Taman Negara Park for 3 days and it was a very different experience compared to the other holidays we have taken. We stayed in Mutiara Resort which is just across the river and also the place where you can enter to see the famous canopy walkway, the longest of its kind in the world. You can also go for different treks, visit the Orang-Asli village, have lunch while watching the flowing river among other things.

It’s definitely a place worth visiting.

Short get away to Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Bharat Tea Plantation

Bharat Tea Plantation

We have recently shifted to Kuala Lumpur from Singapore. The move was extremely hectic for us, plus the culture shock was surprising. We found ourselves looking for a good break, and the long weekend holiday was just the thing we needed.

Cameroon Highlands is a very popular destination amongst Malaysians and Singaporeans alike. Its a 4.5 hours drive from Kuala Lumpur and the bus journey was really smooth (and relaxing).

Getting a taxi from the bus station to our hotel was not all that easy, mostly because of the traffic jams, owing to the long weekend trips from people like us. It was still surprising to see the long line of cars stuck on the hillside. The weather was absolutely perfect though and we enjoyed the long walks, complete with the envious eyes of those stuck in traffic.

Long Line of cars

Long Line of cars

Cameron highlands is famous for its Tea gardens and we ensured we went to two of its biggest – BOH Tea Plantation and Bharat Plantations. We also visited the Strawberry farm, Bee Farm, Mossy Forest, Butterfly Garden and the Night Market out of which Bee Farm was my favourite. We also did a lot of shopping including strawberries and tea.

BOH Tea Plantation

BOH Tea Plantation

If you need a short break from city life, Cameron highlands is a good choice, although we did feel it was a tad bit commercial. Nevertheless, the trip was highly refreshing.

Bee Farm

Bee Farm

Introduction….

We are a young couple and feel extremely privileged to have travelled to the places that we have. We currently live in Singapore which gives us easy access to travel to neighbouring countries like Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, China and Indonesia among many others. We love to travel even if it’s within Singapore.

We hope to pen down our travel experience in this blog and we hope you enjoy reading it.