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

8 September 2016

Checked out around 8AM.

First stop is to take a photo at the welcoming Dieng signage.

Dieng signage

Map of Dieng

Map of Dieng Plateau

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.

Mi Ongklok with the peanut sauce on top. top right is the famous Indomie goreng

Two portions of Mi Ongklok with the peanut sauce on top and one that is already mixed at the mid bottom. Top right is the famous Indomie goreng with egg

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.

Entrance to Dieng Tourist area. We pay separately for each of these areas.

Entrance to Dieng Tourist area. We pay separately for each of these areas.

Entrance to Telaga Warna. Pay here again to enter

Entrance to Telaga Warna. Pay here again to enter

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.

First view of Telaga Warna

First view of Telaga Warna

Path to the right, everyone is recommended to walk to the right

Path to the right, everyone is recommended to walk to the right

I notice some bubbly activities at many points in the middle of the lake.

looking at the view bubbly telaga warna lake bubbling

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.

Wefie at Telaga Warna, first stop with a view

Wefie at Telaga Warna, first stop with a view

another scenic view beautiful telaga warna peta telaga warna trees and telaga warna some of the path telaga peninglon so pretty telaga warna close look at the waters path at telaga warna mountains at the background scenic view telaga warna pretty telaga warna

Path to caves

Path to caves

signage to cave boys at telaga warna panoramic telaga warna

beauty going back the same path another signage

Next, we head to the Dieng Plateau Theatre. Watched a 20 minutes documentary about Dieng Plateau.

Dieng Plateau Theatre

Dieng Plateau Theatre

Entrance to the theatre

Entrance to the theatre

Parking at the theatre

Parking at the theatre

View from the theatre

View from the theatre

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.

Surprising fare for foreign tourist. 20 times more expensive than locals

Surprising fare for foreign tourist. 20 times more expensive than locals

I remember these flowers are called Edelweiss

I remember these flowers are called Edelweiss. Local Edelweiss at least, they bloom and won’t wither

Purwaceng, Dieng aphrodisiac

Purwaceng, Dieng aphrodisiac

Dieng Papaya or Carica in real. The ones preserved in syrup at the back

Dieng Papaya or Carica in real. The ones preserved in syrup at the back

Fried potato in a bag and fried mushroom

Fried potato in a bag and fried mushroom

Delicious crispy tempeh

Delicious crispy tempeh. The best we’ve ever had!

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.

Going up to Batu Pandang next to the parking lot

Going up to Batu Pandang next to the parking lot

Grace going up like a champ

Grace going up like a champ

Dieng Papaya tree or Carica tree

Dieng Papaya tree or Carica tree

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.

Paid another entrance fee of Rp.10,000 to enter the location

Paid another entrance fee of Rp.10,000 to enter the location. It is good that they don’t charge the kids

View from the very top

View from the very top

Grace at Telaga Warna

Grace at Telaga Warna

Joy at Batu Pandang looking to Telaga Warna and Lake Pengilon

Joy at Batu Pandang looking to Telaga Warna and Lake Pengilon

James is shy when his photo is taken

James is shy when his photo is taken

My kind of view

My kind of view

Strike a pose at the top of Batu Pandang

Strike a pose at the top of Batu Pandang

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.

Last view of Dieng

Last view of Dieng

Gas pipes in Dieng

Gas pipes in Dieng

The weather can change in an instant. The fog fills the path in front of us

The weather can change in an instant. The fog fills the path in front of us

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.

A family picture to end our trip :)

A family picture to end our trip 🙂

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.

 

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