The Plateau

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Gunug Hotel

Flag of Indonesia  , Java,
Sunday, March 6, 2011

The journey to Dieng Plateau was long and a little stressful but definitely worth it. We took a public bus/coach to Malegang, then swapped buses and headed to Wonosobo, and then took two tiny mini buses up to Dieng. It's a very strange scenario using public transport as you're never quite sure where you're going to and you have to put all your trust in the locals to put you on the right bus and get you there. I clung onto a bit of paper with DIENG printed on it and it somehow got us there, 4 buses and 6 hours later.

The scenery during the journey just got better and better, from dusty, busy shopping streets, to clear beautiful volcano mountains filled with thousands of rows of crops, growing all sorts of vegetables. The little village we stayed in had one hotel and one restaurant, and everyone was very friendly. Again, being the only westerns around we got starred at all of the time and heard 'hey...mister...what is your name' every few steps.

The hotel was very grim and cold, and annoying over priced, but we somehow got through the night again, laughing it off. Breakfast was chocolate bread and a a boiled egg in a polystyrene box, left in the hall wall. We skipped breakfast.

We borrowed a bike and set off to see the sights. First of all we had a steep walk up a mountain to see the renowned sun rise view. It was stunning. We could see huge streaming volcanos in front of us, a volcano lake below, and row upon row of crops.

Next we went to the sulphur lake, which is bright green and smells of sulphur (or eggs!). It wasn't as spectacular as we had hoped but it was still very good to see and smell. As usual we were bombarded with people wanting our photograph...what do they do them?! We really don't understand!

We finally went to see the steaming volcano rocks. Just imagine a tonne of smoke coming out of the hot, white, stoned ground, and you're about there.

We'd enjoyed our stay but  after a day of sightseeing we decided to go back to Yogya for a bit of comfort again!
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