About Bandung

Surrounded by green mountains, Bandung today is becomes a wonderful spot with numerous attractions. The cooler climate of the highland plantation area, the varieties of food, diverse tourism sites or shopping places are some of the attractions of the city. Fondly called Parahyangan which meaning ‘land of the Gods’, Bandung has both metropolitan and homey atmosphere at the same time. Full of eateries, factory outlets and malls, many people find going on a trip to Bandung both enjoyable and memorable.

Getting Around

Bandung Husein Sastranegara International Airport serves direct domestic flights to various cities in Indonesia and also international services to other countries. The airport is located only 4 km from downtown. The closest big international airport is Soekarno-Hatta in Jakarta, about 2 - 3 hours from Bandung.
Driving time Jakarta-Bandung through Cipularang highway is about 2 - 3 hours. From other cities, Bandung can be accessed through the main provincial road.
Train is an ideal choice if you enjoy good views along the journey such as the beautiful lavish green of undulating hills, terraced paddy fields and tea plantations. From Jakarta, the journey takes 3 hours by train from Gambir station. Besides that, there are another train routes reach Bandung from several cities in Indonesia.
There any many public buses with route to Bandung from other cities, including direct bus from Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.
There are also shuttle cars (similar to van) in the airport, big shopping centre and various location in Jakarta.

10 Best Places in Bandung to Visit

Bandung is popular among people from Jakarta as well as overseas like Malaysian and Singaporean. Local people will go there for shopping, culinary and enjoy the cool weather. It is a popular weekend destination for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of Jakarta and other cities surrounding.

Satay Building

Satay Building

A landmark building for the city of Bandung. It was built and used by the Dutch companies, it has 6 ornaments symbolizing 6 million guldens. that looks like a satay stick. It is now used as the office for the governor of West Java.

White Crater

White Crater

Located 2 hours away from Bandung, in a highland area. This crater is one of the two craters of Mount Patuha, an andesitic stratovolcano. The site was opened to visitors in 1987. The lake is 2,430 meters above sea level so the local climate is often quite chilly as low as 10 degrees Celsius.

Punclut or Puncak Ciumbuleuit Utara

Punclut or Puncak Ciumbuleuit Utara

Located 7KM from the Bandung city. This place is a hilly area that usually used as a place to exercise in the morning, where you can try variety Bandung’s culinary. Enjoy the beautiful landscape of Bandung from the top of the hill, especially more beautiful in the evening.

Bosscha Observatory

Bosscha Observatory

The oldest observatory in Indonesia located in Lembang, West Java, 15 KM (9.3 mil) north Bandung. Here, you can see the outer space objects to increase your knowledge. If you plan to visit at night, you need to register in advance.

Geology Museum

Geology Museum

Founded in 1928, it is one of the most visited attractions in Bandung. The collection available are rocks, fossils and minerals. In this place you can also learn a lot of things related to natural disasters, earth, resource utilization properly, how to process energy and others.

Juanda Forest Park (Dago Pakar)

Juanda Forest Park (Dago Pakar)

A conservation area which is integrated between the secondary nature with forest plants located in Bandung. It's 590 hectares wide stretching from Dago Pakar until Maribaya. Location of this park is in Ciburial Village, Cimenyan, at an altitude of between 770 m to 1,330 m above sea level.

Bandung Zoo

Bandung Zoo

A popular tourist destination in Bandung. It is affordable and a great family holiday destination in Bandung as it provides many positive benefits for children. Hundreds of animal, variety of recreational facilities and shady trees.

Lake Patenggang

Lake Patenggang

A natural attraction in Bandung, Ciwidey area, not far from the White Crater. There are green tea gardens that looks like a beautiful green carpet. Enjoy the cool climate and the fresh air from the mountain with a splash of warm sun light. Do water cycling, fishing, visiting Stone Love, going around Asmara Island, walking around the tea garden, or just a picnic at the edge of the lake.

Dago Street

Dago Street

For those of you who want to find a place to shop in Bandung, on this street, you will find a lot of factory outlets. Clothing, bags, shoes and other accessories are easily found. In addition to good quality and plenty of choice, the price of the products are generally cheaper than anywhere else.

Tangkuban Perahu

Tangkuban Perahu

Located about 1.5 hours from Bandung center. It is another beautiful crater from volcano of Indonesia that is worth the visit for the sheer awe of the view from the top. This may be second best to Kawah Putih but still a right place to spend your holiday.

Tips for Planning Your Holiday to Bandung

What should you know about Bandung?

  • Bandung is very easy to reach, either by bus, train, plane or private vehicle. Completion of construction of Cipularang Toll Road cut the travel time from Jakarta and other cities around it.
  • Besides shopping, many tourists visit Bandung to enjoy its culinary. The capital of West Java Province is famous for a variety of cuisines. Culinary places in Bandung scattered, ranging from using café concept, sidewalk merchant to five-star hotels.

What should you bring to Bandung?

  • Bring umbrella or warm clothing when visiting Bandung, especially during the rainy season (November to March).
  • If you plan to get there on weekends, then you must be prepared to encounter traffic congestion. Severe congestion in Bandung often occurs on weekends. This happens because many residents surrounding Bandung take vacation to that city.
  • Avoid visiting sites located far apart, especially if you only have a short vacation. However, if you have to spend the night, you will have no difficulty to find lodging. Hotels, motels, or rental house are plenty in Bandung. Just in case, you can book one of them before you arrive via internet.