8 September 2016
Checked out around 8AM.
First stop is to take a photo at the welcoming Dieng signage.
Then head to have breakfast at the place we had dinner, but it was still closed. So, we ate at another place next to it which was not very good.
After breakfast we head to Telaga Warna. I remember going to this place probably about 20 years ago. I am very curious to come back and see how beautiful it is.
Paid 10,000 Rupiahs per adult to enter the area. Another 5,000 Rupiahs (weekday price) for entering Telaga Warna.
Telaga Warna is literally translated as colored lake. It has its name because of the high content of Sulphur in the water that makes the water in the lake can change color. Sometimes it is greenish or yellowish, sometimes even colorful like the rainbow.
I notice some bubbly activities at many points in the middle of the lake.
We spent only about an hour walking some part of the lake. Took so many photos. The lake is so beautiful. I couldn’t wait to have a bird’s eye view of it.
Next, we head to the Dieng Plateau Theatre. Watched a 20 minutes documentary about Dieng Plateau.
Out from the theatre I directly looked for a stall selling fried potato for Dieng is very well known for its potato produce. A bag of fried potato and a bag of fried mushrooms cost 10,000 Rupiahs each. Had a very crispy and tasty fried tempeh for 1,000 Rupiahs each.
Then we climbed up to Batu Pandang which was just beside the parking lot. Passing some carrot plantation, Carica tree-the local Dieng Papaya which is commonly made into preserved fruit in syrup.
I finally got the view I have been looking forward for! Had to pay another 10,000 Rupiahs to go up there. My kids went up like a champion! Very proud of them, very independent without their dad too as he waited at the bottom of the stairs-after the youngest one was carried halfway up. The view is so great I feel like staying there longer.
Further up slightly to the right is the Jembatan Merah Putih or Red and White Bridge. I am sure it is so much nicer up there, but we didn’t have any more time to go up there. We had to head home before it was too late. So at about 12.30PM we head back home to Jakarta.
We chose to go directly North towards Pantura (Northern Coast). Driving slightly to West then up North. The view of the surrounding was really beautiful!!! The mountains were in many different shades, stairs of paddy rice fields, and extremely tall pine trees all around. I couldn’t get a picture of the beautiful views as we were quite fast and there was nowhere to stop. The road is small and very twisty. We passed the city of Kajen then along Pantura then Palimanan-Brebes Toll.
Our last meal was a really late lunch and early dinner, a lunner?! Hahaha… we stopped at Richeese Factory in Tegal. I have talked about trying this place a few times long ago. It is a fast food chain like McDonalds, but it provides cheese sauce and we get a wafer or biscuits product for every meals we order. It also has extra hot chicken wings that you can order based on the level of hotness that you can bear, from level1 to 5. We tried the level 3, it was pretty spicy already.
We left at 5.30 P.M. directly home. Reached home by 10.30 P.M.
Thank God for a very nice short escape.
At this time when this post is written US$1 is approximately 13,000 Rupiahs.