Day Trip Options From Semarang
Semarang in Central Java is a port town and vibrant mixture of hills, Chinese culture, temples, art, cafe culture and historical colonial architecture. It’s rapidly developing so new buildings are popping up along the old skyline. Make the most of the new culture seeping in at the same time and see what new Indonesia that’s emerging.
It’s easy to find somewhere to stay locally using traveloka.com. Think about staying at the Whiz Hotel Semarang, the rooms are comfortable and with a taxi rank right opposite the hotel it is really easy to get around.
Central Java Grand Mosque
This is often ranked as the number one site to see in the city. This beautifuly designed osque is marriage between Javanese and Arabian style which makes it an artistically unique site in the city. Take the time to go the steps of the 99 metre high tower. You don’t need to climb, there’s an elevator you can use for 7 rb for the elevator access. Don’t forget to bring the new 1rb coins, so you can get access to the telescope. Once you get to the top there’s also a spinning restaurant and museums devoted to understanding Islam.
No visit to southeast Asia is complete without a trip to a market. The Semawi Market runs from Friday to Sunday every weekend and has various food stalls and charming traders selling Chinese crafts which you can take home for souvenirs. There’s also a great selection of food, both Indonesian and Chinese. If you visit during the Chinese New Year it gets really festive. Don’t miss out.
Another location you must try and get to is the beautiful temple full of stunning statues, one of a dragon that looks like it might be ready to step off its pedestal right to you. It’s lovely to wander through but remember it’s a working temple – do consider the people visiting to pray. but also a tourist icon to Semarang. Just a note, it’s also busy in the surrounding area so be careful crossing the road!
Just outside the city is Lawe waterfall, known locally as Curug Lawe. It’s around a 1.5km trek from the nearest drop-off point so bring sensible shoes. And be aware, the spray from this gorgeous natural attraction will splash as it tumbles down the cliff face – be ready to get wet! Once you’ve enjoyed the splendid nature of the falls you’ll find lots of food stalls to fuel you up for the trek back.
This corner of Indonesia is not a regular stop on the tourist trail so you’ll find corners of the country to delight and marvel over that aren’t your usual traveller tales. Enjoy them, then tell your friends!