Tucked in a valley hidden among volcanic peaks, city of Bandung probably is not the first tourist attraction which comes to mind of an average traveler who decides to visit Indonesia. Even though you would probably think about Bali or Komodo as the ideal options for your vacation, you definitely should not forget to visit Bandung as well.
As a third largest city of Indonesia populated with more than 2.5 million of people, Bandung has plenty of interesting things to offer, and we will guide you through some of the most impressive aspects of Bandung story.
Breezes and volcanos
As it’s located at 768m above sea level, Bandung is not affected by strong heat waves which are typical for other tropical destinations, so you can be relieved and enjoy a pretty nice weather with occasional refreshing breeze. Some of the most attractive phenomena related to Bandung are:
- Tangkuban Perahu, which is an impressive volcano which last time erupted in 1959. Today you can hike until the top of this volcano and see incredible springs of hot water and boiling mud gushing out the craters. Mind-blowing, isn’t it?
- Ciater Hot Spring, park with hot-water tanked pools where you can either swim or sit. Imagine where the hot water comes from! Yes, you’re right. The heat of surrounding volcanos provides enjoyable water temperature.
- Sari Ater Hot Spring, which provides complete pleasure to all of the people who want to enjoy beneficial effects of mineral water which is said to be helpful in treating rheumatism and different skin conditions.
- Malabar, Wallini and Ciater tea plantations, which will leave you breathless with their magically relaxing greenness. You could also dive into surrounding farms’ endless fields of strawberries and other fruits, and enjoy your contact with pure nature in its most beautiful form.
Story of Bandung: Paris of Java
Once upon a time, in the area of Bandung, Netherlanders planted tea and coffee plantations. That way, they managed to develop the city so that it became a touristic center for many curious Europeans who were visiting those plantations which surrounded the city.
Hotels and buildings built in that epoch (19th century) were constructed in European colonial style, so you shouldn’t be surprised if people refer to it as “Paris of Java”.
Bandung’s exquisite dancing masks
Can you imagine a two-hour show presenting masked dancers’ performances with unbelievably diverse types of music, varying from traditional Java compositions to Beatles music? Can you imagine yourself dancing to the vibe of Java’s spirit?
Well, you don’t have to imagine it any longer. Visit Bandung and find yourself in the middle of a spectacular show of Saun Angklung Udjo cultural center, which is based on playing characteristic musical instrument made of bamboo, called angklung.
Even though it can be difficult to communicate with taxi drivers, they will all know where you want to go once you mention the word “uptown”. Since the city is placed in a valley among the mountains, you will be driven to one of these hills where you will be able to have a nice meal while enjoying a wonderful view of the entire city that spreads in front of you.
Once you come back to the city, there are various sights you shouldn’t miss. Some of these are:
- Jalan Braga, the most famous colonial-style street of the city.
Coffee shops, boutiques, pastry shops and restaurants will get you confused for a moment and you may really start to think that you are not visiting Asia. But once you make another five steps, you’ll realize that Asian chaos is right beside you again.
- Gedung Sate, an impressive building which represents headquarters of western Java’s government.