If you think Bali has heavenly waterfalls, you haven't been to Malang or Bandung.Here's a list of my comparisons for some of my experiences Bali and Java:1. Beaches: Beaches in Bali are spectacular, there's a good beach club on every beach and the sunsets are magical, but they are always crowded by your friendly sellers and tourists. In java most of the beaches are quiet, you can hear the sound of waves instead of the sound of sellers or some loud techno music, plus the Sunsets are a bit more magical because of the surrounding volcanoes.2. Parties: Bali has crazy parties, anything you want is there, you want a party on the beach you can get that every night at Sandbar in Canggu, you want a party with cliff diving experience you can find it at Mrs.Sippy in Kuta, but they are always crowded and the bar is super overpriced, plus locals aren't there to teach you Bahasi curse words. In Java the clubs are usually packed with live music, cheap alcohol and friendly locals teaching you Indonesian party games. Indonesia has a lovely rock culture so don't be surprised to find crazy rock songs playing and hitting you with nostalgia and dance moves you haven't practiced in ages.3. Cost: Yes, Bali is cheaper than most of the places you have been to, but Bali is 3 times costlier than Java.As a comparison we can compare the most common beach side snack, a coconut, costs a minimum 25,000 IDR in Bali will only cost you around 8,000 IDR in Java, friendly locals as an extra. I spent half of my trip in Java, which costed me a third of what the other half costed me in Bali.4. Ease of travel: Bali is totally 'Touristified', so finding anything is wayy easier in Bali than in Java, but where's the thrill in that? The roads are a little more rugged, people don't speak English much, number of non-local food joints is less, but isn't travel about getting out of your comfort zone and submerging into local experiences.5. Natural wonders: Bali and Java are both full of natural wonders, be it Active Volcanoes or Waterfalls, but Java shows a purely rugged side of wonders, less guardrails, less drone restrictions and less tourist traps.6. Infrastructure: Bali is a small island compared to Java, Bali is only to be traveled through road, but Java has a very convenient and cheap railway system, great roads and cheap flights all around it.7. Culture: A proper culture shock will be experienced in Java, in Bali most of the things are curated for tourists, but Java is raw, you experience weird cool things and enjoy them to the fullest.So, overall what i would say is get out of your comfort zone and go to Java, it will give you the best BANG for your buck and push you to try different things and show you wonders not to be seen anywhere else.Go to Bali if you're a tourist; Go to Java if you're a traveler.I would love to upload videos of my trip, what do you guys say about that?
(One usually does not find a lot of information on Mount Semeru on the internet and one reason I chose to write this blog was to help people be more clear on what they can expect) We thought we could head to Ranu Pane, which is the base village to start your hike to Mount Semeru, directly from Probolinggo. But no, not any vehicle can enter the Mount Bromo National Park (which has Ranu Pane). So we thought it would be easier to make our way from Malang (around 45 kms from Ranu Pane) and took a bus to Malang. We tried looking for an agency which can help arrange a vehicle for us to reach Ranu Pane but we simply couldn't find anything. We then did the best thing one can do in a situation like this - headed for some beer to a restaurant which had a good vibe and live football screening (i think ManU was battling it out with Leicester City) - Fat Louie.We woke up in our hostel next morning and made our way to a village called Tumpang - we got a lead that there are buses which ply from Tumpang to Ranu Pane. Ranu Pane is a good 45 kms from Malang - walking was not an option. On reaching Tumpang, we found that there are jeeps which take you to Ranu Pane but they cost a bomb - 5,00,000 IDR. And given it was Christmas weekend, no jeep was available. With our hopes of hiking Mount Semeru seemingly diminishing, Ramil and I sat outside an Indomaret (grocery store) on the road that leads to Ranu Pane. It was around 8 30 am and we knew we had only 3 more hours before the registrations office for Semeru would close. When suddenly a jeep having three people pulls over and two of them get down to enter the shop. Very casually we asked them if they are going towards Ranu Pane and on receiving a positive response, we asked if they could drop us there. They agreed, without a second thought.
The coolest, most relaxed place you would visit. A peaceful town of malang is known for its slow pace & birds. Has the largest bird market in east java. This will be our transit stop for Mt.Bromo. Here we visit the local village & markets, Do Parasailing (on own cost) Visit local village houses & hike upto the sunset point