Bandung is Indonesia’s third-biggest city and is located in West Java. With way cooler temperatures than Jakarta, it’s the perfect getaway. Be prepared for some crazy cool Instagram spots like Rabbit Town, beautiful mountain scenery, and many traffic jams (it’s almost as busy as Jakarta). There are a lot of fun things to do in and around Bandung and you can totally do it on a day trip!
In this article
1. Instagrammable Hotspots
2. Cimahi Rainbow Waterfall
3. Tangkuban Perahu Volcano
4. Tea Plantations
5. Sapu Lidi
6. Kawah Putih
7. Hot Springs
Where to Stay
How to Get There
In and around Bandung you can find many crazy Instagrammable hotspots. And you will find them in the weirdest places. The first one we stumble upon is the area around Cakrawala Sparkling Nature Restaurant. A great place for drinks and food at one of the restaurants or just to enjoy the view and photo spots.
Rabbit town is even more random, but we like fun places so it’s perfect! If you want colorful pictures, go here. The building is full of crazy, colorfully decorated rooms – on multiple levels. We paid a 65.000 IDR entrance fee to Rabbit town.
Other fantastic picture-perfect places are One Million Balls and Dago Dreampark. The latter has rebuilt the house from the Disney Pixar movie Up!
Cimahi Rainbow Waterfall
When the sun sets, the Cimahi waterfall turns into a rainbow waterfall. A gigantic wire of light lights up the waterfall. We only went to the waterfall during daylight and we must say it’s a pretty cool waterfall. During the rainy season, the waterfall is even bigger! The hike down and up is steep but pretty easy: there are stairs and along the way, you can chill at some viewpoints with chairs.
Tangkuban Perahu Volcano
With its cool temperatures, Bandung is perfect for hiking. And there’s something for everyone! Tangkuban Perahu volcano is perfect for a short hike to the edge of the crater to see the geysers and boiling mud. The volcano last erupted in 2013. Note: it’s pretty expensive to go up the volcano, prices for tourists are around $15-$20 (during weekdays it’s cheaper than during the weekend). Mainly for that reason, we decided not to visit the volcano. But people have told us that if you look beyond the high prices and many people who try to sell you stuff it’s a cool place.
Fancy more hiking? Visit Tebing Keraton and Gunung Batu (Stone Mountain)!
On the drive to the Tangkuban Perahu volcano, you’ll see beautiful green hills because of the many tea plantations. Bandung’s climate makes it perfect for farming and growing tea. The best part: there aren’t many other tourists visiting those plantations, so you will have a green oasis to yourself! You can also find beautiful plantations near Kawah Putih.
How does lunch in the rice fields sound? Sapu Lidi a beautiful and peaceful restaurant perfect for a traditional Indonesian lunch in the middle of the rice fields. For more local food: check out the Lembang floating market for local foods!
A bit further south from Bandung, you can find Kawah Putih or White Crater. Kawah Putih is a crater lake in a volcanic crater. It’s not the crater but the lake inside the crater which makes this place special! The colors of the water can be incredibly blue (depending on the concentration of minerals).
Looking for some relaxing time? The perk of being in a volcanic area is that you can find hot springs too! According to our dear friend Google these specific hot springs have healing effects – so let’s go. The best ones to visit are the Sari Ater and Cibolang hot springs.
Exploring Bandung is absolutely fun by motorbike. It’s actually our favorite transportation, just going on an adventure by ourselves! You can also hire a driver for a day or book a tour. In the city, you can also use Grab or Go-Jek to get around – both very cheap and convenient!
Note: be prepared to pay for everything! When you park your motorbike/car, when you want to take pictures and sometimes even when you want to pass a road/make a turn. There are unexpected fees everywhere in Java.
Where to Stay in Bandung?
We absolutely loved staying in the area of the Cihampelas Walk. There are many shops, a mall, cute cafes: it has everything you need! We stayed at Pele Guesthouse and loved it: perfect if you’re on a budget.
How to Get to Bandung?
You can easily reach Bandung by train from big cities such as Jakarta and Yogyakarta. Train rides in Java are pretty comfortable and can easily be booked online through Traveloka or Tiket.com. It’s also possible to fly to Bandung with a domestic or international flight. Traveling by (public) bus is also an option, but we’re not big fans of the public buses in Java (there’s often a long wait and no schedule).
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