Indonesia is a fabulous country to visit, it’s oozing in culture, with enough wildlife to dazzle you, fabulous food that will send you into a frenzy and scenery like no other from volcano tops to stunning beaches, it certainly won’t disappoint.
During our trip through this amazing string of islands (more than 17,500!) we spent some time in Java, which is geographically in the centre of Indonesia, and home to the capital city, Jakarta. But it isn’t the crazy bustling capital city that we’d like to tell you about, it’s Bandung, which is the largest city in West Java. It’s set amid volcanoes and tea plantations, and due to the high elevation, it’s relatively cool compared to other parts of Indonesia.
There’s plenty to keep you entertained in the city and thanks to it’s universities, it has a really great vibe. So whether you’re into shopping, eating out, finding new music or going on an adventure, Bandung has is all!
There’s shopping malls and factory outlets galore but if you’d like a real traditional experience head to the floating market. In Bandung, the Floating Market Lembang is where you can savour all the local specialties — small snacks and larger meals — in one afternoon. The colourful floating stalls sit on a scenic man-made lake where you can rent canoes and water cycles.
If that doesn’t float your boat (excuse the pun!) or you need to replace a few essential travel items head to the Paris Van Java Mall. It’s huge and should cater to most of your needs, plus there’s plenty of food on offer and even a Carrefour supermarket, but expect to pay higher prices.
If you’re looking for fancy food, look no further… The Peak offers guests a taste of International and Indonesian cuisines. As well as their high quality meals, the restaurant is proud of their collections, holding some of the best wine and cigar in Bandung. Expect a 360 degree picture-perfect view, with the flickering lights of the city, whilst bands play music into the night.
For vegetarian and vegan food check out Go Green Vegan Cafe. Great service and reasonably priced, this one is not to be missed!
Find An Adventure
The main draw of Bandung for me: the many volcanoes and hiking trails. Bandung sits near Tangkuban Perahu Volcano, and visitors can travel 18 miles from the city to peer into its crater. There’s also Maribaya, less than an hour from Bandung, home to hot springs and waterfalls. For hiking, I’ve heard great things about the 1,458-acre Forest Park Conservation Area Tahura Ir. H. Juanda, home to trekking, caves, waterfalls, rivers and shady pines.
Stay In Luxury
Accommodation with something special to offer, whether that be a central location, chill vibe, active amenities or the chance to live like a local, can enhance your trip. There’s plenty of Bandung hotel deals, one option is The Trans Luxury Hotel, situated at Jl. Gatot Subroto No. 289. It’s a sophisticated blend of Indonesian tradition with a refined contemporary interpretation, right in the heart of Bandung city. With it’s only swimming pool and beach area, spa, gym and panoramic restaurant on level 18, you might never want to leave!
Have you been to Bandung? What would you recommend?