Agoda (www.agoda.com), Asia’s leading and fastest growing online hotel reservation service has identified the cool hill city of Malang, East Java’s second largest city, as one of Asia’s 10 Fresh Destinations this 2012 as more and more tourists are attracted to visit.
Launched in 2011, agoda.com’s Fresh Destinations list aggregates traveler booking data and customer reviews and ratings to identify Asian cities that have showed a marked increase in popularity over a span of 12 months, writes Travel Impact Newswire
“Malang is a large East Java city with ancient Mataram and Dutch colonial heritage. Its cool climate, bougainvillea-dotted avenues and colorful landscapes have earned it comparisons to Europe, an image in dramatic contrast to the nearby volcanic mountain range of Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park. Picturesque and rich in history, Malang has colonial buildings, villages, golf, ancient temple ruins and Javanese relics. Malang is also a scenic stopover point for travelers on their way to ascend either Mount Semeru or Mount Bromo, conveniently positioned as it is between the two” says Agoda, as quoted by Travel Impact Newswire.
Malang and its adjacent town of Batu are popular with European and especially Dutch tourists nostalgic for the good old days, which can still be savoured here. Malang is wellknown for its juicy green apples, beautiful scenery on Mt. Arjuna, and, of course, culinary delights offering cuisine of a bygone era.
Malang is a good starting off point to a visit to Mt. Bromo, see the ancient temples of Singosari or spend a day relaxing on the beach.
Besides reachable by rail, Malang is served by a number of airlines from Jakarta and Bali.
Mentioned in Agoda’s 10 Fresh Asian Destinations list are: Naha, Japan; Palawan, in the Philippines; Pangkor Island/Pangkor Laut, Malaysia; Busan, South Korea ; Khanom, Thailand; Mui Ne, Vietnam.; Tagaytay, Philippines; Hualien, Taiwan, and Malang, East Java, Indonesia.