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
This 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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