Short Road Trip To Baturaden and Dieng Plateau September 2016 – Part 2 of 3

7 September 2016

Checked out from the hotel at around 10AM then head to Small World, a miniature park of the buildings around the world.

Strike a family photo right in front of our room

Strike a family photo right in front of our room

Entrance fee and opening hours of Small World

This is Small World

This is Small World

There was no clear signage of the direction. We even thought we were lost. It turned out that it was just recently opened, 21 August, from the security guard’s saying.

Parking area and stalls

Parking area and stalls selling food, beverages, souvenirs, toys…

One of the stalls

Some parts of the park was still under construction or repair too, which is very inconvenient. They already charge a full entrance fee of 15,000 Rupiah, which I later discover that it was 10,000 Rupiahs before. Hmm… a bit more disappointing. I was thinking of more of a discounted price while they’re still under construction. Then again, we enjoyed the park, I asked Joy what the miniature was, where can it be found or what is the story about it.

First view of Small World

japan area walkway bamboo playground

We went through the whole park in just about 30 minutes. Lots of people were there just to take selfies. No clear signage about the buildings, we all just have to sort of guess or name the building on our own. The grass also hasn’t grown well yet.

pyramid eiffel big ben and pisa tulips

Entering our city Jakarta

Entering our city Jakarta

Honai. Traditional house in Papua Irian Jaya.

Honai. Traditional house in Papua Irian Jaya.

Rumah Gadang. One of our traditional houses from Padang.

Rumah Gadang. Traditional house in Padang.

Panoramic view Small World Baturaden.

When we went out, we found out that it is actually just behind the hotel we stayed at. It’s just that there wasn’t any road to go through.

Somehow were quite hungry for an early lunch, so, guess where we head for lunch?

Pringsewu, yes, again. It was just safe for the kids to eat. Hahaha…

This time the weather was clear and the kids got time to play at the playground.

Kids at the playground. Far at the end is the rabbit farm.

Kids at the playground. Far at the end is the rabbit farm.

Another angle garden view. With the kids new balloon twist.

Another angle garden view. With the kids new balloon twist.

Lunch. Far left Sapo Tahu. In the middle is the content of the chicken soup with the soup on the right.

Lunch. Far left Sapo Tahu. In the middle is the content of the chicken soup with the soup on the right.

We also saw the oyster farm and was given some explanation about farming it. We were a bit late, said the caretaker, if we came earlier in the morning there would have been more ready to harvest. The oyster mushroom is grown in plastic bags as substrates. The plastic bags are sold at a nearby nursery for 2,000 Rupiahs each. They need to be sprayed twice a day. Both ends of the plastic bag can be harvested. Each plastic bag can produce mushrooms every day for 3 months.

Oyster mushrooms

After lunch we head to leave Baturaden at about 1PM. We passed the road to Lokawisata Baturaden, Kebun Raya Baturaden, Baturaden Adventure Forest, and Telaga Sunyi.

Entrance to Lokawisata Baturaden

Entrance to Lokawisata Baturaden

Entrance to Kebun Raya Baturaden

Entrance to Kebun Raya Baturaden

Very inviting Baturaden Forest Adventure. I want to go there someday!

Very inviting Baturaden Adventure Forest. I want to go there someday!

Telaga sunyi entrance

Telaga sunyi entrance

Another scenic view of a bridge in Baturaden

Another scenic view of a bridge in Baturaden

We passed a cow farm. The kids recognized it from the smell! Hahaha. I am very interested to go in someday. We were just in a hurry to get to our next destination.

Love the look on Grace's face smelling fresh air out from the window

Love the look on Grace’s face smelling fresh air out from the window

Arrived in Dieng at 5PM looked around for a hotel but couldn’t find any, only homestays.

Arriving at Dieng Plateau

Arriving at Dieng Plateau

The hills are full of plantations

The hills are full of plantations

After looking around, we decided to stay at Dieng Pass. The room cost 200,000 Rupiahs.

Dieng pass

Dieng is COLD! Around 15 degrees Celcius. I love cold but I am not very well with it. I have to be very well covered.

After checking in, we head out for dinner. Not much to choose from. We saw many Mie Ongklok like everywhere, so we decided to just give it a try at any that has some people eating there. It was so quiet already around 6.30PM in Dieng. The food was good, we thought of going back for breakfast.

Mi ongklok

Mutton tongseng (a lind of broth) and Mi Ongklok (noodles in gravy) served with mutton satay on the far right

Mutton tongseng (a kind of broth) and Mi Ongklok (noodles in gravy) served with mutton satay on the top right. We also tried Carica, a local sweetened fruit in syrup.

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I was offered a tour to see the sunrise on the next morning from Sikunir hill. I love seeing sunrise and I think it is worth to go, but thinking of waking up the kids or carrying them hiking up the mountain at 3AM mmm…. Not at this moment, maybe next time.

Tourist spots in Dieng

Tourist spots in Dieng

 

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