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Malang is a city filled with tons of history and is located in East Java in Indonesia. You can easily get to Malang by bus from Surabaya. We flew into Surabaya airport (SUB) where we purchased our bus tickets. We took the bus to Purabaya Bus Terminal and then switched to another bus that brought us directly to Malang. The total journey took about 1.5 hours and cost 30K IDR/$21.5 USD. Once you arrive in Malang, you can hire a taxi or Grab to your accommodations. During our time in Malang, we were able to walk around pretty easily. In this guide, you’ll find some insight into our lodging, where to eat, and things to do in Malang!

During our time in Malang, we stayed at MADOR Hostel. It’s a very welcoming hostel and the staff is incredibly helpful. Although you can book a bed in the dorms, they also have private rooms available. It was clean and had everything we needed. The hostel also has trips going to Mount Bromo, Ijen as well as Tumpak Sewu. We booked our Mount Bromo and Tumpak Sewu trips with MADOR.

There are not a lot of budget friendly options, here is another option to check out:

Here are some things to do during your time in Malang:

Kampung Warna Warni Jodipan – This is also known as the Rainbow and Blue villages. In 2017, this riverside village was a slum area on the verge of eviction. The local government had decided that the living conditions of this village were atrocious enough to call for total relocation of residents. Then a group of students from Muhammadiyah University of Malang thought that perhaps a little splash of color might change everything – and it did. The small entrance fee of 3K IDR/$0.21 USD supports the local community and is well worth the visit. You’ll encounter a lot of artwork and local smiles!

Mount Bromo – Located in a huge crater called the “Sea of Sand”, Mount Bromo is one of five volcanoes that are part of the Tengger Massif region. The sunrise views were one of the most incredible sunrises that we’ve seen in Southeast Asia. Climbing to the top of the crater was also worth the early start and freezing cold winds. Its definitely a must see if you’re in Java. A fair trip price is 450K IDR/$32 USD per person.

Tumpak Sewu Waterfalls – If you’re into waterfalls, hiking and a bit of adventure, you have to go to this spot. Check out a separate guide about our Tumpak Sewu adventures.


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Inggil Museum Resto – Covered in Javanese décor, the walls are lined with old photos, and there is live music every night. You can’t go wrong with this place. The classic Javanese dishes are delicious and inexpensive.

Java Dancer – This coffee shop is an awesome little place to grab breakfast. The staff and food were both spot on.

Saigonsan – If you’re looking for a lovely rooftop bar, check out this spot. It’s located in the Tugu Hotel, which is beautifully decorated.

Pintbait Pastahouse – In the mood for Italian? This place has some decent options. It was a bit further away from our hostel but we were in the mood for some pasta dishes!

Mmmm Coffee – This is an awesome little café in Malang. You can bring your laptop and get some work done over a cup of coffee. The décor is modern and has all the hipster vibes you’re looking for.

Unfortunately, we don’t know of any volunteer opportunities in the Malang area. If you do, we would love to feature it on our page. Reach out to us via email at or DM us on Instagram (@jetsetforgood). 

That’s our guide to Malang but like always, all opinions are entirely our own. Above all, enjoy Indonesia!

Disclaimer: We have no financial incentive to promote lodging or any other services. This recommendation comes solely from personal experience.


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