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Although the main scope of ExploreSunda.com is within the land of Sunda, over the years we also take vacations to interesting places outside this land. Thus, I will compile them all in this section. 

First, let's start with some interesting places in the rest of Java island, i.e. Central Java, Yogyakarta, and East Java. They are rich with cultures and history. Not only that, we also can find more places to have fun for the whole family :)

Java or Jawa in Bahasa Indonesia, is the most populous island in Indonesia. It has always been since centuries ago, when Buddhist, Hindu, and Moslem dynasties ruled Java. Some of the kingdoms were so powerful that their powers spread over the island and had trade treaties with overseas kingdoms, such as China. 

Nowadays, we still can see their greatness through the artifacts archeologists found. For one, Java has the most temples in Indonesia. Most of them are made of stones, but some are made of bricks.

Java is more than just the greatness of the past. There are many fun places for family vacations too, such as zoos, parks, and shopping places.

So, let’s start explore these great places!

Candi Borobudur

Candi Borobudur, The Largest Buddhist Temple in The World.


Candi Borobudur in Central Java is the world’s largest Buddhist archaeological site, as recorded by the Guinness Book of World Records. In 1991, UNESCO put this temple in its list of World Heritage Site. Borobudur temple is also one of the Seven Wonders of The World.


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Candi Prambanan

Candi Prambanan, one of the largest Hindu temples in the world.

Visiting Candi Prambanan is a must, because it is famous for: 

  1. being one of the largest Hindu temples in the world. It is included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991.
  2. having its walls decorated with relief sculpture of Ramayana epic, 
  3. The Ramayana ballet performance,
  4. The legend of Roro Jonggrang.


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Candi Gedong Songo

Candi Gedong Songo, a complex of Hindu temples on top of a mountain.

Candi Gedong Songo is a complex of small Hindu temples. It consists of nine temples, scattered in the slope of Ungaran mountain. Thus, it is called Candi Gedong Songo, since in Javanese language Candi means temple, Gedong means building, and Songo means nine. 

The trip to Candi Gedong Songo is a memorable family vacation since it is a great combination of historical site, beautiful scenery, cool weather and fun horseback riding.

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Jawa Timur Park 2

Jawa Timur Park 2 - Batu Secret Zoo - Museum Satwa


Jawa Timur Park 2 uniquely combines children rides with a zoo, a safari farm to feed several species of herbivores and a natural wildlife museum. Thus, with 1 ticket we will be able to explore Batu Secret Zoo and Museum Satwa, as well as take rides and have fun in the water park.

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Eco Green Park - Batu, Malang

Eco Green Park in Batu, Malang


Eco Green Park in Batu Malang, is a grand park mostly covered with big trees and greenery, where we can have a fun family vacation while educating ourselves with ecology and green living. It also has an insectarium and huge collection of birds.

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Museum Angkut+ Movie Star Studio

Museum Angkut and Movie Star Studio in Batu, Malang

Museum Angkut claims to be the Asia's first and biggest museum on transportation, but the real highlight is it uniquely displays various vehicles in several movie sets theme. 


Then, we can enjoy dinner and shopping some souvenirs in Pasar Apung (Floating Market) and explore D'Topeng Kingdom Museum, since all of them are located in the same complex.

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Museum Batik Yogyakarta

Museum Batik Yogyakarta


We can see collection of hundreds antique batik in Museum Batik Yogyakarta. The tour guide will explain the process of producing batik and the different patterns and colors of batik from different regions. 

We also can try to do batik, guided by their experienced staffs. 

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Gembira Loka Zoo

Gembira Loka Zoo in Yogyakarta

Gembira Loka is a great zoo located in the heart of Jogjakarta. 

It has a good collection of wild animals. We can observe Jackass Penguin, Aldabra Tortoise, orang utan, chimpanzee, sun bears, crocodiles, tigers, elephants, deer, horses, ostrich, porcupine, various kinds of birds and many more. 

We can feed the birds, see performances of some of the trained animals and watch the zoo keeper feed penguins, tigers, chimpanzee, arapaima, snake, and little black cormorant seabird.  

We also can have fun in the lake or get lost in Gua Sarpa Garden.

Are you ready for a fun day in Gembira Loka Zoo? First, read the full article here.. 


Batang Dolphin Centre

Batang Dolphin Center, Central Java.


Batang Dolphin Centre is a part of Taman Safari Indonesia. It is a mini safari and a dolphin conservatory where we can watch dolphins swim, play and perform. The Mini Safari contains orang utan, leopards, peacocks, snakes and aquariums. 
Since it is located in Sigandu beach, we also can see and play on the beach.

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Return to The Land of Sunda

Sunda has many unique and interesting places too. For example, the two famous botanical gardens in Bogor and Cibodas, turtle conservatory in Pangumbahan beach, Ujung Genteng and the city forest park in Bandung: Tahura Juanda.

Bogor Botanical Garden.
Cibodas Botanical Garden, Cipanas - Puncak.
Pangumbahan Beach, Ujung Genteng.
Tahura Juanda, Dago Pakar, Bandung.
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