I’ve been to Bandung plenty of times but this time I went to Bandung for a special occasion. A privileged for me to be invited by Ministry of Tourism to participate in Asian African Carnival. In total, there were 12 awesome international bloggers and 8 national bloggers, and I am one of them (yay). So, what did we do? We’re just having a holiday! Nice isn’t it? Effectively in four days, we had a tour around Bandung and we’re having fun.
The schedule was tight, we went to some of the best tourist destinations in Bandung and we ate too much yummy food. Here are some destinations that we visited:
1. Tangkuban Prahu
Going to Bandung won’t be complete if you don’t see the prima donna of the city. Brace yourself with the freezing weather up there but I’m sure you will be enchanted by the beauty of the crater. A barrage of local shops selling souvenirs are somehow interesting where you can find some unique stuffs and bring them back home with you.
Entrance Fee: Rp 20,000 (local), Rp 200,000 (foreigner)
2. Floating Market
If you’re imagining the floating market like the one in Thailand, floating market it Bandung is somehow different from floating market in Thailand. Bandung floating market is a place for family recreation. Here you can taste traditional Sundanese dishes, play with rabbits, feed the swan, and do culinary experiences. You have to exchange money to get tokens in order to buy foods from the floating boat. You may also row the boat by yourself!
Entrance Fee: Rp 15,000
3. Saung Angklung Udjo
Surely, Saung Angklung Udjo is a must-visited place in Bandung. In 2 hours, you will be entertained by kids to adults playing Angklung, a traditional music instrument. In the beginning, a short Wayang (puppet theater) was played along with the music. Then, many kids running out, playing angklung and show some dances. The most interesting part was we could try playing angklung as well! Last but not least, a performance by teenagers playing world-class songs such as semi-jazz music and Queen’s famous song Bohemian Rhapsody by angklung was really amazing.
Entrance Fee: Rp 60,000 (local), Rp 100,000 (foreigners)
Schedule : 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
4. White Crater
Another scenic natural wonders you have to visit is White Crater. White Crater or Kawah Putih in Indonesian is a lake formed by the eruption of Mount Patuha. Located about 50 km to the South of Bandung, you can witness the blueish to white color of the water which contains high acid. That’s why, staying too long in this intoxicating crater is not recommended cause it’s not good for your health.
Kawah Putih which is located on Jalan Raya Soreang Ciwidey KM 25 is located not far from the tourist site Situ Patenggang and can be reached easily if you drive a private car. From Jakarta, you only need to use the Cipularang toll lane and exit through the Kopo toll gate. From there, then head to Soreang and drive south of Ciwidey.
Entrance Fee: Rp 18,000 (local), Rp 50,000 (foreigners)
5. Walini Tea Plantation
Just a few kilometers from White Crater, you have to do a stopover in Walini Tea Plantation. Park your car carefully on the street side and hop down to the green idyllic field and I’m sure you will spend hours just to take photos here.
Rancabali or Walini Tea Plantation is one of the most popular tea plantations in Ciwidey. Located at an altitude of 1,650 masl with average temperatures in the daytime of 20 degrees Celsius and can turn out to be very cold at night around 5 degrees celsius.
The tea plantations here are very wide and the natural scenery is very beautiful with a layer of white mist on it that always accompanies. The atmosphere is very calm and very comfortable for those of you who are looking for peace and comfort while on vacation in Bandung.
Your favorite activity that you must do at the Rancabali Ciwidey Tea Plantation location is take a walk around. Here you can try out the length of the track that varies, starting from a distance of 2 km, 3 km, 4 km or to your liking.
Once again thanks to Ministry of Tourism, Indonesia for inviting us and show us around wonderful Bandung. Thanks for the warm hospitality and do invite me often for the next event, haha. Anyway, Bandung is a shopping-haven as well, many factory outlets along Riau Street and Dago Street. Last tip, if you want to explore Bandung, just rent a car or take day tour cause public transportation is not reliable in Bandung. It may save your time a lot more than taking public. So, got any insights where to go in Bandung? Which one is the most interesting for you?
Traveled in 23-27 April 2015
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