9 Unique Things to See and Try in Dieng

Dieng is a plateau situated at around 2.000 meters above sea level in Central Java. Its volcanic landscape with sulphurous springs, coloured lakes, and fertile soil leading to its many steep hills being covered in terraced vegetable fields, make it a truly unique place to visit.  

When researching for this road trip I struggled to find clear information for individual travellers about how to get to Dieng and what to do there, especially in English. In this blog series I will describe the different routes to Dieng and share some of the amazing places and camping spots you can explore there. I hope it helps some of you with planning your next adventure to Dieng. 


Bukit Sikunir

Sikunir hill is famous for its golden sunrise views. It takes around 40 minutes of hiking up a steep path with many steps to reach its top. The path is easy to find. It starts next to a large parking area, just behind Sembungan village, the highest village in Java located at around 2300 meters above sea level. The first few hundred meters of the path are lined with small shops selling drinks, food, souvenirs, and warm clothes. Make sure to bring a very warm jacket and a good headlamp if you decide to go on this hike before sunrise.

We camped near the starting point of the hike to Bukit Sikunir, but to be honest, we had no motivation to walk up the hill at night through the freezing rain. We made an attempt the next morning, but shamefully had to give up before probably even reaching half way. We’re not at all used to the high altitude which made this hike more challenging. Instead, we just went back down and enjoyed the view from a much lower photo spot above one of the small Warungs along the path. 

Find the starting point to Bukit Sikunir here

View from our campsite next to Cebong Lake. 

Sikidang Crater

Sikidang crater is a fascinating place to visit. It’s a large volcanic area with several small streams and holes emitting sulfuric smoke. A wooden walkway leads over this hostile landscape to the main crater, a large pool with boiling water covered in sulfuric smoke. Make sure to wear a mask or bring a scarf to wrap around your nose as the smell is pretty strong. Another interesting thing to see are the beautiful fields of large Hortensia flowers right next to bare and inhospitable areas filled with dead trees. Whatever the sulphur touches seems to die but the soil nearby remains fertile and keeps on giving life to plants and animals.

Sikidang crater is easily accessible from the main road. The entrance fee is 20.000 Rp. / person and included access to Candi Arjuna.

There two entrances to Sikidang Crater. This is the smaller and less crowded one. 

Bukit Ratapna Angin

This is a beautiful viewpoint on a hill overlooking the two differently coloured lakes Telaga Warna and Telaga Pengilon. It also gives you views over the surrounding hills and Sikidang crater in the distance. The whole area is very well taken care of and we were impressed by all the different flowers growing along the path leading from the parking area at Dieng Plateau Theater to the top of the hill. It takes a walk of around 10 to 15 minutes to reach this viewpoint. The entrance fee is 10.000Rp for Indonesians and 30.000Rp. for foreigners.

This it the parking area for Bukit Ratapna Anging. 

Tol Kahyangan

Tol Kahyangan is the highlight when taking the route via Banjuputih and Bawang to Dieng. After the adrenalin rush from driving up steep inclines for what seems forever, you suddenly find yourself driving along the top of a mountain ledge. From here you have 360° views over the valley and surrounding mountains. The narrow-terraced vegetable fields add additional layers of colours to this already stunning landscape. The views are simply beautiful. There are some small Warungs along the road and of course the typical selfie-spots for Indonesia.

Tol Kahyangan is located after the extremely steep parts of this route, so you can also reach it from Dieng, if you rather avoid the extreme inclines.

You can find the location here

Bukit Cinta above Telaga Menjer

Bukit Cinta is located above Menjer lake, near the main road between Dieng Plateau and Wonosobo. It’s challenging to get there but absolutely worth the struggle. From this hill you can enjoy the view over lake Menjer with Mount Sundoro in the background. You can also see all the way to Wonosobo and its surrounding valleys and mountains.  

Bukit Cinta has a campground which is build on the edge of the cliff overlooking the lake. It looks like an amazing spot to wake up in the morning and can be accessed by campervans.

When we got there, it was pouring down so we decided to stay at Bagas Luxury Camp instead. It’s a small hotel with 2 rooms and some glamping tents. It’s build on the hill’s edge and has stunning views over the lake. It's an absolutely beautiful place to relax and enjoy nature.

We paid 500.000Rp. for the room with breakfast, balcony, and hot water. I was so happy to have hot water in this cold place, especially after camping without having had a proper shower for a few days. Considering the location, I think the room price is fair and absolutely worth it The camp also has a small restaurant with surprisingly cheap prices for their delicious food. Even if you don’t stay there, I highly recommend stopping by and enjoying some coffee or food on their beautiful terrace.

Don’t follow the directions on Google maps when driving to Bukit Cinta. Instead, head to Telaga Menjer and take a turn at this crossing. From here follow the dirt road uphill, drive between a few narrow houses and follow the road signs. This road is built with rocks which makes it quite bumpy. It’s also very narrow in some parts, but we were able to drive all the way to Bukit Cinta with our car Black Pearl, a Toyota Avanza in the pouring rain. It takes around 10 to 15 minutes to reach the hill from the lake.

Bukit Seroja

Bukit Seroja is located on the opposite side of Bukit Cinta, above Lake Menjer. The rocky road passes through a tea plantation, but it can be accessed by all types of cars. There is a lot of construction going on along the road up to the hill so a lot might change in this area in the next years. So far, the highest point you can reach by car is Kahayangan Skyline. It’s a view point with an outdoor coffeeshop and a glass platform for the cool Instagram crowd. I usually don’t like these kind of “cool” Instagram places but the views from this hill are worth sharing it with the selfie-crowd. The entrance fee to Kahayangan Skyline is is 10.000Rp. There is also a campsite for tents.

This is the location of Kahayangan Skyline

Tea Plantation Panama

This tea plantation is also located near Lake Menjer. It’s a great place to go for a walk. A wooden walkway has been built over the tea bushes. From there you get beautiful views over parts of the tea plantation and get to admire the thousands of leaves in all different shades of green. The plantation also has a camping spot further up in the hills but the access road is only recommended for 4-wheel drive cars. The entrance fee to the tea plantation is 5.000Rp.

 This is the location

Candi Arjuna

Candi Arjuna is the main tourist attraction on Dieng plateau. It’s a compound of Hindu temples from the 7th or 8th century. The entrance fee is 20.000 Rp. / person and included access to Sikidang crater.

Unfortunately, we were not able to visit it. When we got there, it was pouring down and the area was covered in thick fog. We hung out in a coffeeshop nearby, hoping for the situation to improve but it didn’t. So instead, we changed our plan and decided to head to Nepal Can Java, a stunning, colourful mountain village high up on the slopes of Mount Sumbing. You can find out more about that in my upcoming blog. 


Try the traditional foods

Dieng has a lot of traditional snacks and dishes. Here are three of the must-try foods.  

Tempeh Kemul

This delicious snack can be found packaged as oleh oleh (souvenir) or freshly fried in warungs. It’s made from tempeh, flour, and spring onions and served with green chilies on the side. You should take a bite of the Tempeh Kemul first and then a small bite of the green chili to add some spice.

Mie Ongklok

This is a noodles dish mixed with cabbage and a sticky sweet broth called Loh. The broth contains a lot of starch which gives the dish a slimy texture. Ongklok noodles are often served with chicken or beef sate. To be honest, Mie Ongklok is not my cup of tea, but it’s one of the specialties of Dieng so you should definitely give it a try.


You can find the Carica fruit all around the Dieng. It is also known as mountain papaya is native to the Andes in South America. It is usually eaten cooked and sweetened as compote or jam. I enjoyed the Carica juice made by mixing water and compote.

Source: @Tekno.Tempo

Can’t wait to visit Dieng? Have a look at this blog describing the two main routes you can take to get there.

Here you can find my two favorite camping spots around the Dieng plateau. 

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