The Grand Palace Hotel Malang
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... made it to Bromo the day after. It took 2 bus changes and then we were dropped at a tour guide. ****. He told us all this package deals etc but I didn't like it at all. We both knew it was a tourist trap. We weren't the only white people in his shop! But working out how much it would cost to do the trip to Mount Bromo - the volcano we were here to see - on our own, it didn't work out much differently. So he gave us a ticket which would include everything we needed from here to Bali. ...
On our last day, our guide Thomas asked us if we wanted to go to the waterfall or go for another trek.
He totally tricked us into going on the hardest trek on the island.
Martha: I wanna go see the waterfall!
Thomas: The waterfall is nothing. Basically five people peeing down rocks. If you're tough, you'll do the trek
How do you think that one went?! Of course I took the challenge and went for the trek. My ...
... been convinced it was a dream.
At 11:45pm we pulled into Denpasar bus station and after realising there were no taxi’s around headed out to the main street to try and flag one. I spotted one parked up about 30m up the road and after waking the sleeping driver we were on the home straight.
We turned up to the hotel and the guy behind the counter looked just as surprised to see us as we were to see him. He said “it is very late, I thought you ...
... area to the waterfall was between 5 and 10 minutes. It was not as warm as it could have been, and none of us wanted to swim, but after sitting in the bus for so long it felt good to straighten the legs and go for a short walk. We got to the waterfall in the late afternoon and there was only one other group of visitors: they were locals and wanted to make pictures of or with us.
The region used to be known for its ...
... For rafts we used big tyre inner tubes. It was really good fun, the river had plenty of rapids and boulders to avoid!
The following day we went to the village of Tangkahan, a 3 hour drive along unpaved, rocky tracks to another part of the rainforest. Here we did the most amazing thing - we got to bathe Sumatran elephants!
Some time ago, aware of the damage being done, the villagers of Tangkahan decided to take a stand against illegal logging ...