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5 Reasons You Have to Visit Bandung, Indonesia

I hadn’t even heard of Bandung before I got invited there on a press trip over a year ago. I’ve been to 7 more countries since then, and Bandung still stands out as one of the most interesting places I visited! There are so many things to do in Bandung, Indonesia that I recommend you spend at least 5 days there as you’ll have to drive both North and South of the city.

5 Things to do in Bandung (you can’t miss!)

1. Kawah Ratu

what to do in northern bandung

what to do in northern bandungThis is the biggest attraction in the North: a volcanic crater! Tangkuban Parahu is the mountain (or area) and it is an active volcano. You can hike around here as well. At Kawah Ratu you’ll be able to see one of the most breathtaking sights I’ve seen on my travels. You can also ride a pony! Tip: make sure to buy and eat some berries here. They grow all around these region. You can even visit their farms. Read more about North Bandung here.

2. Kawah Putih

The “white crater” is my favorite of the things to do in Bandung on this list. It’s another volcanic crater than is now a sulfur lake. This one is in Souther Bandung. The color of the water changes between white and green as the sulfur concentrations changes. Many people were wearing masks here, but the smell wasn’t that bad. What an amazing place!

what to do in southern bandung

what to do in southern bandung

3. Walini Ranca

These are the famous tea fields of the area. You will drive past many but this specific spot is perfect to get out and wander around. The rock in the middle makes for a perfect place to take a photo. The strawberry fields were just down the street. I think this was my second favorite place. I have to say though, I had never seen a tea field like this so was really excited. If you’ve explored them before you might find it less exciting. Read more about South Bandung here.

what to do in southern bandung

what to do in southern bandung

4. The Food!

Because you’re not in the city you get to eat very traditional style. Sindang Reret in the South served up traditional Sundanese food in the little huts pictured. Sari Ater, North of the city, which is one of the hotels where you can enjoy hot springs, also had amazing food. To try more street style and snack food you can also hit up the floating market in the North for a huge variety.

what to do in southern bandung

things to do in bandung

what to do in bandung food

what to do in northern bandung

5. The fantastic Trans Luxury complex

The Trans Luxury hotel is the only 6 star hotel in Indonesia and is in the perfect location in the city. You can book hotels in Indonesia at good rates using local site traveloka.com. This complex has more than just a hotel. It has one of the best spas I’ve been to and has an amusement park! While you’re in the main city be sure to check out the famous outlet stores that people comes from all over to find famous brand names at very low prices. Check out this post for more on the town center.

what to do in bandung

what to do in bandung

what to do in bandung


I was on this trip finding these wonderful things to do in Bandung thanks to Wonderful Indonesia, Pesona Bandung, and all those involved in the Asian African Conference, and this post is sponsored by Journeyoka.



About the Author:

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Werkenntwen, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Werkenntwen has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.


  1. Wayne Liew April 19, 2016 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    Hey Rachel, thank you for sharing must visit places in Bandung. Kawah Ratu and Kawah Putih are two attractions that I totally can see myself visiting one day.

    We just got back from Jakarta, and we were mesmerized by the country as a whole through its museums. They make us want us explore the rest of Indonesia one day.

    I noticed you were in Bandung on a press trip so transportation wouldn’t have been a problem for you. But do you think it is easy to hire a driver or taxi to bring us around?

    Thanks again for highlighting these attractions. I’ll be sharing this on Twitter because I’m pretty sure many people miss Bandung when they travel to Indonesia. :)

    • Rachel Jones April 19, 2016 at 8:05 pm - Reply

      Yes, there are private taxis as well as tour groups! thank you for sharing!! :)

  2. Marie - Milesofhappiness April 20, 2016 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    Ohhh bandung! I went there for shopping when I was living in Jakarta, and promised myself I would come back to explore around. And never did! It’s nice to discover your post. :)

  3. John @ Pretravels April 21, 2016 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    I love Indonesia and Bandung sounds like a really fun place to visit. I will include it on my list for next year. Great pictures by the way!

  4. [email protected] December 22, 2016 at 10:16 am - Reply

    Hi Rachel,

    Love your blog! We were wondering what Camera you shoot on and what settings you opt for when shooting landscape.

    Tahnee and Morgan
    Cosmos Companions

    • Rachel Jones December 22, 2016 at 1:02 pm - Reply

      These were actually taken from my phone – it’s an MI which is a very cheap phone here in India about $150 USD! But now, I’ve upgraded to a real camera ever since my Israel trip.

  5. Hendy Parwono November 3, 2017 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    Hi Rachel, I live in Bandung and thanks for the interesting article about it. I need to ask you something that’s nothing to do with Bandung, are you still in Goa ? I went there in 2002 & planned to buy a bell that chymed in a long time but someone said I was a fool to buy it there n better to buy it in New Delhi etc but I never found it anymore until today. Just a favor, can you see if it’s still there? I think it was a souvenir shop of a hotel. Thanks Rachel

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