A city of punks and prayer, serious religion and serious coffee – almost everything great and terrible about Indonesia can be found in Bandung. Here are teeming markets and good shopping, thriving cafes in reclaimed Dutch relics, palpable warmth and camaraderie on street corners and mind-numbing, air-trashing traffic almost everywhere you look. You may cringe at the systemic poverty and young teens smoking, and nod with respect at the city’s thriving and growing middle class. Yes, Bandung has everything, except nature, and after the bottle-green hills of Cibodas, the sprawling bulk of Bandung is quite the urban reality check. But even if the local mountains are cloaked in smog, the city does make a good base for day trips to
the surrounding countryside – high volcanic peaks, hot springs and tea plantations are all within reach.Bandung has three distinct districts that interest visitors. The Jl Braga area offers a strip of cafes and restaurants and is surrounded by markets and museums. The Jl Cihampelas district, or so-called Jeans Street area, offers discount retail and plenty of nibbles and hotels too, but the leafier north part of town is the most upmarket with the city’s newest and trendiest restaurants dotting Jl Sultan Tirtayasa and Jl Trunojoyo.
how to get there
Jakarta (Gambir) 105,000rp
What to do
There are some fine Dutch art deco structures to admire on Jl Jenderal Sudirman and Jl Asia Afrika, two of the best being the Prama Grand Preanger and the Savoy Homann Hotel, both of which have imposing facades. In the north of the city, Villa Isola is another wonderful Dutch art deco structure.
Malabar Tea Estate
Always wanted to visit an Asian tea plantation? Malabar Tea Estate is located south of Bandung and you can enjoy fresh air and beautiful views over the green fields. Below you are people working and the tea leaves are picked, in the factory you see how the tea is made and you can immediately taste something. Guided tours are organized regularly and you can even spend the night in a colonial guesthouse overlooking the tea plantation. Malabar Tea Estate is difficult to reach by public transport, so you are quickly dependent on an excursion from Bandung.
The Tangkuban Perahu is an active volcano, 32 kilometers north of Bandung. The volcano is 2,076 meters high and is easily accessible by car. It is even Java ‘s only volcano where you can drive to the edge of the crater. Descending in and out of the twelve craters is only possible under the guidance of an experienced guide, due to the danger of poison gas in certain places.
The name Tangkuban Perahu means turned boat. According to an old legend, an estranged prince had once returned to his country. He did not recognize his mother and fell in love with her. When his mother found out, she challenged her son to build a dam and a big boat in one night. Only if he could accomplish these tasks would she marry him.
However, when it seemed that her son would actually accomplish the task on time, she called in the help of the gods. The gods let the sun rise earlier and when the son heard the first rooster crowing, he threw the boat out of anger.
Kawah Putih is nicknamed the white crater. It is a crater lake and one of the two craters of the Patuha volcano. The lake is about 2430 meters above sea level. This makes the temperature nice and cool. Since 1600 there is no more volcanic activity in Kawah Putih. In 1987 it is more open to visitors.
Curug Cimahi which also called rainbow waterfall (The Rainbow Waterfall) indeed presents a range of colorful rainbow. But interestingly, this Cimahi waterfall does not bring rainbow in the morning, afternoon or afternoon like most of what happens in other places. But the Rainbow in Curug Cimahi is present from evening. Rainbow in Curug Cimahi this is not the rainbow as usual that we witness. But this rainbow in Cimahi waterfall is a rainbow that emerged from the lights of colorful LED lights that have been installed by the manager of the waterfall.
Taman Batu Padalarang or known as Stone Garden Citatah is located in West Bandung, Indonesia with the length is about 2,5 hectares. You will be spoiled by the stunning views of the stones that are arranged symmetrical and give the artistic look. You should wonder how diligent the officer there to keep the stones look symmetrical but you are wrong. The stone was formed naturally from natural geological activity occurring in antiquity. There is also a history that will tell you everything about this place. Loving this place means that you love the history too.
taman Hutan Raya
In the hills around eight kilometres north of Bandung a long narrow swathe of National Forest, Taman Hutan Raya Ir. H. Djuanda, hugs a serpentine river valley and offers an enjoyable five-kilometre walk with waterfalls and fascinating historical bunkers to explore—a breath of fresh air from Bandung’s congested traffic.
Punclut Bandung is known as a high place in the outskirt of Bandung where we can enjoy the panoramic view of the city. Recently, it has a new place to hang out named Kawasan Wisata Punclut. Kawasan Wisata Punclut Bandung consists of six restaurants on top of a cliff, half part of the restaurants are on the slope. Their menus range from local to western cuisines, from snacks to main course.
Drinking & Nightlife
After dark, Jl Braga has a typical downtown vibe, with small bars, pool halls, karaoke lounges and live music venues. Up in north Bandung, the well-heeled head to places along Jl Juanda, and students converge on Jeans Street.
A great new local pub, with classic rock and blues on the stereo and a comforting range of updated Western and Indo classics emerging from the kitchen. It does meatballs with fried rice, oxtail soup, chicken burgers and a delicious hot salty tofu. And it serves icy cold beer, of course.
North Sea Bar
Popular among expats and tourists, this is a great spot to meet fellow travelers and locals. Located on the lively Braga Street, the youthful and energetic vibe intensifies throughout the night. North Sea offers live music by local bands, a pool table, and wide selection of drinks, from beer to whisky. Travelers will also be delighted to find familiar food and drinks in this pub-style bar.
This bar is packed almost every night, despite having spacious seating and dancing areas. If you want to experience Bandung’s most mainstream bar-nightclub without waiting in line for hours, you should make a reservation. Because its drinks are so cheap, many students and young people find their way to Shelter. Others come for the hip music by reputable DJs.
Bandung is short on good budget places. Many of the luxury hotels offer online discounts, so shop around.
A relatively new hostel set up a flight of scruffy marble stairs from Jl Braga. Bunks are set up in two-bed, six-bed and 16-bed arrangements. All are air-conditioned and come with lockers and wi-fi. Bathrooms are shared. It’s a simple set up and a good deal with conscientious
Price – 150,000Rp
Towards the top end of the budget bracket, this breezy hotel is a great deal with comfortable rooms and free wi-fi. The location, close to the Governor’s Residence, is central and quiet and staff are helpful. Prices rise a fraction on weekends. Economy rooms (with fans) can be dark, with tinted windows looking out into the interior halls.
Price – 265,000/395,000Rp
A handsome new midranger with a welcoming, if cramped, tiled lobby, a homely facade and 19 rooms on three floors. Rooms aren’t huge but have nice linens, wallpaper accents, wood floors, and are very clean, with coffee and tea, too.
Price – 360,000Rp
This pleasant modern hotel has jacked up its prices, though the rooms have comfortable beds and are still fair value; the location is excellent. Prices rise 10% at weekends.
Price – 428,000/548,000Rp
Part of a national chain, The 101’s reclaimed wood-panelled facade dripping with vines is cool, as are the Sino-Portuguese tiles in the lobby and groovy lounge spaces. Rooms are just as attractive with blonde-wood furnishings and chequerboard tile floors, though they aren’t huge. It’s set in the leafy north.
Price – 750,000Rp