Yogyakarta 5D4N School Holiday

On summer school holiday (June 2018), we headed to Yogyakarta, a city in Indonesia known for its traditional arts and cultural heritage. There are variety of available attractions especially outside Yogyakarta city like Kidul Mountain area and the famous Borobudur temple area.

Below shows our holiday itinerary:

Day 1

-Journey by Ranggajati train from Surabaya to Yogyakarta.

-Checked in at Melia Purosani Hotel

-Swimming time

-Dinner at Gudeg Yudjum (dry gudeg)

-Ride “Odong odong” at Alun Alun Kidul

-Strolling at Malioboro street and bought Samijaya Spring Roll (aka Lumpia)

-Sleep time.

Day 2

-Departed 7am and headed to Jomblang Cave.

Unfortunately, when we arrived at Jomblang Cave, the slot was fully taken and we can’t go down to Jomblang Cave. There are only 80 slots per day available to visit Jomblang cave.

We recommend visitors to depart at 6am from Yogyakarta and arrive at Jomblang cave around 8 am to guarantee the spot.

-Tubbing time at Pindul Cave and Oyo River.

-Selfie time at Hutan Pinus Pengger and Jurang Tembelan.

-Headed to Magelang and stayed at Shankara Borobudur Hotel.

Day 3 (Vesak Day)

-Visited Mendut Temple and bought Lantern Festival ticket (11pm at Borobudur temple).

-Selfie time at Chicken Church and Camera House.

-Visited Wisata Alam Kalibiru

-Went back to hotel and enjoyed the swiimming pool at Shankara Borobudur hotel.

-Flew Lantern at Borobudur Temple.

-Sleep tight before woke up again 4 hours later.

Day 4

-Sunrise moment at Borobudur Temple.

-Breakfast and swimming time at Shankara Borobudur hotel.

-Jeep tour at Mount Merapi.

-Historic learning at Prambanan Temple with interesting guide (Mr Suprix)

-Visited Bakpia 25 factory

-Checked in at Melia Purosani Hotel

-Go-jek ing Gudeg Ceker Mbok Joyo and Gudeg Permata (wet gudeg).

Day 5

-Swimming time again 🙂

-Checked out hotel and visited Hamzah batik outlet at Malioboro Street.

-Batik art and craft for the children.

-Lunch with old friend at Raminten (at Hamzah Batik level 3).

-Went back to Surabaya by Argo Wilis train.

The kids enjoyed their short holiday especially the Lantern Festival experience at Borobudur temple at Vesak Day celebration.


Food Review: Kampung Daun

When we went to Lembang, we visited Kampung Daun restaurant for lunch. Kampung Daun is a restaurant offers own private hut giving sense of privacy and intimacy with amazing view of natural surroundings. Each hut is made from natural materials, set up in a rainforest setting together with running streams of waterfall which give calm and relaxing feeling for visitors.

In each hut, Kampung Daun provided “Kentongan” (aka wooden slit drum) for visitors to call the waitress. What a unique and traditional way of communication used in Kampung Daun.

We ordered three Indonesian foods for our lunch:
1. Kampung Daun Fried Rice
Fried Rice is a popular food in Indonesia and this time, the dish was decorated interestingly by Kampung Daun. They served the Fried Rice, egg, satay, chili and cracker in each bowl which makes the whole dish looks interesting and appealing to eat. For the taste, unfortunately, it’s nothing exciting and the taste is not extraordinary.


2. Batagor
Batagor is Sundanese Indonesian fried fish dumplings usually served with peanut sauce. It is traditionally made from tenggiri (wahoo) fish meat. Just like siomay, other complements to batagor are steamed cabbage, potatoes, bitter gourd and tofu. Batagor is cut into bite size pieces and topped with peanut sauce, sweet soy sauce, chili sauce and a dash of lime juice.

The appearance of the dish is interesting and the taste is also good, although not so special.


3. Indonesian Beef Ball Soup (aka Bakso)
Bakso is also one of popular street food in Indonesia. It’s quite simple dish but at Kampung Daun, the soup is delicious and tasty. The beef ball is also having nice taste, perfectly eaten with white rice and Indonesian chili.


In overall, we really enjoyed our lunch at Kampung Daun. It’s well spend lunch at a private hut while enjoying calm and relax rainforest and waterfall.

Kampung Daun Restaurant
Villa Triniti, Jalan Sersan Bajuri KM. 4,7, Cihideung, Cigugur Girang, Parongpong, Cigugur Kabupaten Bandung Barat, Jawa Barat 40154, Indonesia

Bandung Day 5: Farmhouse Susu Lembang, Kota Mini and Lembang Floating Market

On Day 5, we went to Lembang (North of Bandung) and it took about 30 minutes to reach Lembang. The weather in Lembang is colder than Bandung.

Our first stop of the day is Farmhouse Susu Lembang. Farmhouse Susu Lembang is a family friendly attraction and will give your children hours of fun.

Entrance fee per person is IDR 20,000 per person. Visitors will get a IDR 20,000 voucher which can be exchanged into Chocolate or Strawberry milk produced by the farm or use it in the restaurant located inside the farm.

There are many photos spot in Farmhouse Susu Lembang and almost all area designed like European architecture. Visitors can also rent European national costume for 1 hour and we did that. We took a lot of photos and our daughters really liked the costumes.



There are also small Petting Zoo area in Farmhouse Susu Lembang and visitors can feed carrot to the sheep or rabbits. However, in our opinion, the carrot price is a bit steep and the portion is very small.

Farmhouse Susu Lembang
Jl. Raya Lembang No.108, Gudangkahuripan, Lembang, Kabupaten Bandung Barat, Jawa Barat 40391, Indonesia

After spent for almost 2 hours in Farmhouse Susu Lembang, we had our lunch at traditional Sundanese restaurant called Kampung Daun. Our experience at Kampung Daun can be found here.

Our next stop was Kota Mini, side to side with Floating Market Lembang. Kota Mini is specially designed for kids, almost similar like Kidszania. In Kota Mini, there are 10 activities available for your kids. They can become a police, fire fighter, baker, nurse etc. It takes about 20-30 minutes to complete one activity.

Visitors have freedom to choose which activity they want to do and only pay for the activities that they choose. If you want to do all 10 activities, the package price is IDR 150,000 per child.
However, please be reminded that you will need minimum 2 hours to complete all 10 activities.

Floating Market Lembang was our next stop before dinner.
As expected from the place name, many vendors are selling products from the little boat and mostly of them are foods. If you want to try Indonesian traditional food, then this place is a must go for you.

The purchasing system in Floating Market Lembang is by coins. You have to purchase coins first in order to buy food or do water sport activities. However, please be reminded, you cannot refund the ‘Floating Market Lembang’ coins back into cash. So, just buy the coins as much as you need.


Floating Market Lembang
Jalan Grand Hotel No.33E, Lembang, Kabupaten Bandung Barat, Jawa Barat 40391, Indonesia

We visited The Peak restaurant for our romantic dinner. Since it’s location is quite high above sea level, the weather is very cool and we can view Bandung city from this restaurant. Please visit our food stories to read our opinion about The Peak Bandung restaurant.

After dinner, we went to Cikole Village and spend a night at Villa Chava Minerva Bamboe to experience sleeping in village setting and sleeping in accommodation made by bamboe.


Bandung Day 3: Paris Van Java and Trans Studio Bandung

Day 3 was a playday for the kids. In the morning, we visited Paris Van Java (PVJ) shopping mall. Actually, we wanted to visit PVJ mall yesterday but due to heavy traffic jam, we cancelled it.

PVJ mall is a modern shopping mall and you can find a lot of branded stuff here. Some sections of the mall resembles Bugis Junction mall in Singapore where it uses transparent ceiling glass and the lighting comes directly from outside sunshine.



In this mall, I looked for a comfortable running shoes and after exploring different shoes store like Sketcher, Puma, New Balance and Nike, I fall in love with Adidas shoes.

Paris Van Java
Jl. Sukajadi No. 131 – 139, Cipedes, Sukajadi, Kota Bandung, Jawa Barat 40162, Indonesia

For lunch, the kids chose AW (American Fast Food Chain) and had their Fried Chicken meal. For adults, we bought Chicken Martabak at Sagoo Kitchen & Kopi Lay located next to AW outlet.
The taste of martabak is very nice. However, you need to eat together with rice since it is a bit too salty if you eat it for snack/side dish.



Our next stop was Trans Studio Bandung since today was a play day for the kids.
Ticket price for weekday is Rp 180,000 per person.
Trans Studio Bandung is divided into 3 zones: Studio Central, Lost City and Magic corner.


Trans Studio Bandung
Jalan Jendral Gatot Subroto No.289, Cibangkong, Batununggal, Kota Bandung, Jawa Barat 40273, Indonesia

There are 4 major attractions in Trans Studio Bandung with minimum height restriction 130cm-135 cm. The major attractions are:
-Giant Swing

Studio Central is an area designed like Hollywood. Interesting play in Studio Central are Super Heroes 4D, Vertigo, Giant Swing and Trans City Theatre.

Magic corner is an area designed for visitors to feel fantastical magic and fulfil the curiosity in the world of magic. Interesting play are Special Effects Action, Dunia Lain and Raksasa.

Lost city resembles Indiana Jones world. Interesting play are Jelajah, Kong Climb and Sky pirate ship.

Do not forget to watch the Parade which I also find interesting.
Even tough Trans Studio Bandung is not big, but we need one whole day to try all attractions on a weekday. On the weekend, it will be difficult to ride all attractions since the queue will be very long.

It’s definitely well spend play day at Trans Studio Bandung and the kids love it so much.

To close the day, we had dinner at Kafe Betawi inside Trans Studio shopping mall. Detail review of this restaurant can be found here

Bandung Day 1: Arrival Day

Today, we went to Bandung for 1 week holiday. We booked Silkair flight this time because there was 50% Krisflyer discount promotion from Singapore Airlines.

We departed from home very early in the morning because the flight will depart on 8.30 am.



Unfortunately, the flight was delayed and we only arrived at Husein Sastranegara airport at 10am local time.

photo 2-9-17, 10 07 31 am

photo 2-9-17, 10 08 05 am

The airport and the custom immigration area is very small but luckyly, the speed of immigration clearance was very quick so we did not need to wait so long.

Outside the airport, we took photos with Bandros (Bandung city tour bus) replica and quickly booked a taxi to go to our hotel. There are a lot of people offering a private taxi but at the end, we chose the legal metered taxi.

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photo 2-9-17, 10 38 20 am

After we dropped our luggages at the hotel, we quickly booked Uber taxi to bring us to Taman Dewi Sartika for us to board the Bandros. To our surprise, the place indicated in google map is wrong and we can’t board Bandros for the city tour. We decided to try it again on the next days and board the bus nearby the hotel.

Since all of us were very hungry, we went to Ayam Geprek Bensu for lunch. Ayam Geprek Bensu is a restaurant owned by Indonesian celebrity. Detail review of this restaurant can be found here

It was a tiring day for our children, so we decided to go back to our hotel and have a relaxing day at swimming pool.

For dinner, we visited the famous Iga Sapi Pak Jangkung (Mr Jangkung Grilled Beef Rib) and there was a lot of people had dinner there. The taste of grilled beef rib is very nice and we really enjoy our dinner. Detail review can be found here



With full tummy, we walked to nearby Cihampelas Walk mall and we bought glow in the dark T-shirt in this shopping mall. Before we went back to the hotel, we also tried Bakso Boejangan (Indonesian Beef Ball Boejangan), one of the famous Indonesian Beef Ball in Bandung. Please click this link for our review


Cihampelas Walk Mall
Jl. Cihampelas No. 160, Bandung, Jawa Barat 40131

That’s the end of day 1

Bandung 8D7N Itinerary

During Sep 2017 school holiday, we went to Bandung for one week family vacation.

This time, we wanted to enjoy our holiday and took everything slow. The main focus will be for our children happiness.

We used two hotels for this trip: Best Western Premier La Grande hotel at Bandung and Villa Chava Minerva Bambu at Cikole Village.

Below shows our 8D7N itinerary:

Day 1
-Lunch time at Ayam Geprek Bensu
-Swimming time at Best Western Hotel
-Dinner at Grilled Beef Ribs Si Jangkung
-Cihampelas walk (tried Bakso Boedjangan)
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Day 2
-Sunday service at GBI Bethel Bandung
-Paskal Hypersquare and Paskal Food Market
-Swimming time at Best Western hotel
-Bandung Indah Plaza Mall
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Day 3
-Paris Van Java shopping mall
-Trans Studio Bandung
-Dinner at Kafe Betawi Trans Studio Mall
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Day 4
-Patenggang Lake
-Lunch at Pinisi Resto
-Kawah Putih
-Feed the deer at Ranca Upas
-Dinner at Sindang Reret Ciwidey
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Day 5
-Visited Farm House Susu Lembang
-Lunch at Kampung Daun
-Visited Kota Mini Lembang
-Lembang Floating Market
-Romantic dinner at The Peak
-Spent a night at Villa Chava Minerva Bambu
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Day 6
-Children outdoor activities at Grafika Cikole
-Lunch at Gubug Mang Engking
-Visited Tangkuban Perahu and hiking to Domas Crater
-Dinner at Dusun Bambu
-Back to Bandung
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Day 7
-Rumah Mode Factory Outlet
-Swimming time at Best Western hotel
-Dinner at KFC nearby hotel
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Day 8
-Went back to Singapore from Husein Sastranegara Airport

Fun day at Batu Secret Zoo

Batu City is a city located in East Java Province of Indonesia. Batu City is situated about 20 km to the northwest of Malang and lies on the southern slopes of Welirang mountain. Since its location is on the mountain, the weather in Batu City is very cool and average temperature in Batu City is about 17-18 degree Celcius.

There is large zoo in Batu City called Batu Secret Zoo, The zoo is very large and it could be one of the biggest recreation park in Indonesia. In my opinion, visiting Batu Secret Zoo is a well spend holiday and I find the zoo is very interesting. If you happen to visit Batu City, you should spend at least half day to visit Batu Secret Zoo.

Batu secret zoo is fairly clean and inside the zoo, visitors can see a wide range of animals from around the world. All animals look so healthy and very well treated.

Below shows the map of Batu Secret Zoo:



Since Batu Secret Zoo is called a family recreation park, visitors can also find a small theme park and small water play area. There are also various food court available inside Batu Secret Zoo and believe me, the food price is cheap and the taste is good.

When you visit Batu Secret Zoo, please do not forget to visit their Safari Farm. Inside the Safari Farm, visitors will need to sit on small train and along the journey, visitors can feed various animals like camel, pony horse, deer etc which are divided into several zone. Before the safari farm starts, please do not forget to buy enough carrot to feed the animals and there will be a lot of fun and laughter throughout the safari farm.

Overall, I can say that Batu Secret Zoo is very well maintained and the animals are very well treated. I am sure you will have fun visiting this zoo especially Family Farm attraction which suitable for adults and kids as well.

The address of Batu Secret Zoo:
Jl. Raya Oro-Oro Ombo No.9, Batu Malang.