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Top Choice Lake in Ijen Plateau

Kawah Ijen

The Ijen plateau's most extraordinary sight is the magnificent turquoise sulphur lake of Kawah Ijen. A night hike to the crater in which the lake boils will introduce you to blue fire, spectacular scenery and a grou…
Top Choice Fusion in Ijen Plateau

Java Banana

Set off the road up to Ijen from Banyuwangi, this restaurant, inside the upmarket Jiwa Jawa hotel, is a stunner, with a massive ground-floor gallery and an outdoor amphitheatre with spectacular volcano views. The me…
Top Choice Museum in Surabaya

House of Sampoerna

Undoubtedly the city’s best-presented attraction, the House of Sampoerna is the home of one of Indonesia’s most famous kretek cigarette manufacturers (now owned by US-giant Altria, formerly Philip Morris). Whatever …
Top Choice Indonesian in Malang

Melati

The Tugu hotel's poolside restaurant is a romantic, atmospheric setting for a meal, with a relaxed air and attentive staff to guide you through the delicious Indonesian and Chinese Peranakan options. Several mixed r…
Top Choice Italian in Surabaya

La Rucola

A delightful Italian bistro serving upmarket Surabaya with authentic wood-fired pizzas and calzones topped and stuffed with bresaola, Italian sausage, oyster mushrooms, beef tenderloin, shrimp and more. It also does…
Indonesian in Blitar

Waroeng Tugu Blitar

With an elegant colonial ambience, the in-house restaurant of the Tugu Sri Lestari is a fine place to delight in well-presented, upmarket versions of such local specialities as udang swarloka (deep-fried shrimp ball…
Temple in East Java

Candi Singosari

Situated right in the village of Singosari, 12km north of Malang, this temple stands 500m off the main Malang–Surabaya road. One of the last monuments erected to the Singosari dynasty, it was built in 1304 in honour…
Hindu Temple in East Java

Panataran Hindu Temples

The Hindu temples at Panataran (locally called 'Penataran') are the largest intact Majapahit temples, and the finest examples of ancient East Javanese architecture and sculpture. Construction began in 1197, during t…
Buddhist Temple in East Java

Candi Sumberawan

This small, squat Buddhist stupa lies in the terraced, cultivated foothills of Gunung Arjuna, about 5km northwest of Singosari. It was built to commemorate the 1359 visit of Hayam Wuruk, the great Majapahit king. Wi…
Beach in Banyuwangi

Pulau Tabuhan

A droplet of creamy white sand, topped with a tuft of scrub, this tiny island set offshore from Java, nearly halfway to Bali, is surrounded by a ring of turquoise shallows with a deep blue drop-off about 50m from sh…