Sunrise over Mount Bromo and the Sea of Sand

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Our jeep.

We set off at midnight from Malang to watch the sun rise over Mount Bromo, an active volcano in East Java.  It sits in a ‘sea of sand’ and is part of a national park. The last eruption was in 2011.

There were four of us travelling in (what looked like) a vintage Toyota Jeep. It was good to have some additional company.  Since our overland trip ended, we’ve not socialised with other people – travellers or locals – as much as I hoped we would.  

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Afternoon tea at Tugu Hotels, Java, Indonesia

Afternoon tea is served everyday at 4pm at the Tugu Malang and Tugu Blitar. Each day we’ve been at the hotel in Blitar we’ve had different delights.  Some savoury, some sweet.  You often don’t know for certain if it’s going to be sweet or savoury.  You can’t tell by sight alone.  It’s been a lovely treat, and the vanilla tea is delicious.

afternoon-tea-tutu-hotel-java-indonesiaAh…I shall miss this when we return to staying in backpacker joints. Below is a gallery of some of the delights; all of which were delicious.  Continue reading

Review: The Tugu Hotel, Malang. Quite possibly the best hotel I have ever stayed in…

When we were overlanding, we stayed in a variety of accommodation.  Homestays, hotels, tents, yurts, beach huts.  Most had windows, some did not.  Some were excellent, some historical, some nothing to write home about, some were lovely and homely, some faceless and some could well have been death traps. But when there’s limited choice, you can’t be fussy. toiletries-at-the-tugu-hotel-malang-java-indonesia

I stumbled across Tugu Hotels when I was searching for a cheapish place to stay for our trip to Malang.   Continue reading