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Travel Blogs from Malang
... was going to be a good sunrise as the sky was so clear we could see all the stars as we’d climbed. We were well above the clouds and you could see them all moving through the valley below and circling the volcano. In all fairness, it was an absolutely staggering view, it’s just a shame we had to see through bleary eyes after 2.5 hours sleep.
We took a few photos and then asked a group of local girls if they’d mind taking one of us both together. ...
... again got off ute bus very reluctant to be standing in the station in the middle of the night with very few women around. A few men approached us asking the usual "taxi? Taxi?" We knew they weren't working for actual taxi companies so we denied. We weren't even sure where we were going to stay but we decided to just stand at the station until it was light out and then we would walk to the best western as we assumed it was the safest place and we ...
... walked through the markets then crossed back over to the lodge.
A few went for a swim in the river and rode the small rapids.
Locals bathe and wash clothes in the river in the afternoon. We could hear Muslim prayer times through out the day.
At night some of the guest stayed and enjoyed the music (guitars) and singing and stories of the guides, with a few Bintan beers.
It was a relief to be out of Medan. Bukit Lawang is a laid back relaxing ...
... jungle- 1day becomes 5 day trek. Locals call that a special offer good deal!
Guy who fell on a stick and then got attacked by macaques!
Thomas leaf monkeys!
Fantastic guest house with tree house room
Shampooing in the river like all the locals.
... as apparently if anything happens to a visitor when they are at the volcano the government will blame the workers and they have to stop working. We wanted to touch the acidic lake that filled the mouth of the volcano just metres away (it was too dark too see) but they said the fumes were to dangerous and they were right, just then the wind changed and I nearly passed out when the smoke hit me. Our guide gave us masks but it was to toxic to breath and I really ...