Bandung is all about being a popular weekend destination for locals and for travelers as side excursions as it is located just a drive away from Jakarta.
The food here is cheap and delicious while there are many cheap fashion shops like factory outlets as well as other tourist attractions. The whole place has evolved among tourism industry and you can be sure to find many things to do and many things to buy here.
Where is it
What to see
Though yes many only come to Bandung for the main reason of shopping, there are a few tourist attractions and interesting places in places that is worth a visit. In the recent years, Bandung has also emerged as a young and vibrant city, boasting chic and hip cafes, restaurants and also places to stay.
Villa Isola – built by an Italian millionaire and perched at the northern part of Bandung overlooking a breathtaking view of the city to the south.
Gedung Merdeka – another architectural wonder built for the rich previously and then made famous for hosting the first Asian-African conference.
Gedung Sate – built and used by the Dutch companies, it is popular for its satay food decoration. It has 6 ornaments symbolizing 6 million guldens. Now it is used as the office for West Java governor. Luckily, the place is open to public and don’t forget to have a good chill and drink at the top floor while overlooking the city.
What to do
Shopping of course, mostly famous for clothing, factory outlets for many designers products, denim jeans and also electronics.
Bandung Shopping GuideHere are the list of recommended shopping places in Bandung:
Alun-alun – center of city with many shopping malls
Rumah Mode Factory Outlet
Paris Van Java
Pasar Baru Trade Center
Bandung Electronic Malls
Factory outlets in Jalan Riau and Jalan Dago
Trans Studio Complex for mini theme park, hotel and mall
Dago District for food, shopping and with nice hangout area
For traditional batik go to Jalan Sumbawa Batik Komar
Watch musical performance at Saung Angklung Udjo
-> Check out our Top 10 Things to Do and What to See in Bandung
Where to stay
Stays here range from high end to mid-rang hotels to hostels, B&Bs and budget hotels or hostels. Being a fairly popular travel destination for both locals and foreigners, Bandung does not lack in choices of place to stay. Most people like to stay in the center of Bandung for easy access to shopping and food, but if you are looking for a relaxing and tranquil getaway, a little up north are some beautiful retreats, with quicker access to tourist spots
Booking.com is my favourite site to book a place when I am planning my trip. The main reason is that most of the bookings can be cancelled right up to the trip, allowing flexibility. Here are a few of the best accommodations in Bandung that we recommend:
|Luxury (from 150 USD)|
For those who enjoys nature and tranquillity, this hotel is surrounded by greeneries and mountain breeze. Highly recommended for luxury seekers. This deluxe hotel comes with a stunning pool area, impressive outdoor dining and a variety of free activities to choose from.Find latest prices or reviews at Booking.com *
|The Trans Luxury Hotel Bandung
For those seeking luxury in a good location, this hotel is attached to a major mall. The skyline views from the rooms will make you want to stay in! The interior is extravagant yet comfortable. It is also a favourite of family, as there are clubs and sand area at the pool for the kids. Find latest prices or reviews at Booking.com *
|Mid-range (50 - 150 USD)|
For those looking for a well-known hotel with world class services and strong security. You will find all the usual luxury here, with impressive rooftop pool, featuring beautiful views of Tangkuban Perahu mountain. Also well located, it is only 5 minutes walk to the shopping center and 5 minutes drive to the airport. Book quickly as this hotel often sells out. Find latest prices or reviews at Booking.com *
Another safe and well known hotel for a mid-range budget. This hotel located quietly just off center of Bandung. With a grand design, it comes with impressive pools, sun terraces and a fitness center. Find latest prices or reviews at Booking.com *
|Budget (below 50 USD)|
Well-known name for its good budget hotels, this one in Bandung lives up to it. Value for money, this hotel comes with a rooftop pool, gym and spa. The spacious rooms come with a view to the beautiful Ciumbeuleuit area. Located north of Bandung, it has easy access to Lembang area with many of Bandung’s must see places above. Find latest prices or reviews at Booking.com *
|Ivory by Ayola Hotel Bandung
For those looking for an affordable hotel in the center of Bandung. Located strategically at the Riau Street, this stylishly designed hotel is spacious yet cozy. Guests love it here for the price, location, comfortable beds and good coffee. Find the latest prices and reviews at Booking.com *
How to get there
As Jakarta to Bandung is a popular route, you may find many options to get there.
Jakarta to Bandung
You may take a train from Jakarta to Bandung via many trains and times as this is a very popular route. Here is more information on train from Jakarta to Bandung. There are also trains from the other side of Java towards Bandung, mainly places like Yogyakarta or Purwokerto.
You may also take the many bus from Jakarta to Bandung, again with many choices of operators and time due to its high demand. But the most convenient and comfortable bus is the non-stop air conditioned bus (express bus). Main bus terminal in Bandung is Leuwipanjang, with buses from Jakarta, Bogor and surrounding while the other bus terminal Cicaheum has buses coming from Cirebon, Banjarm Pangandaran and even Bali islands.
If you want to fly into Bandung, the international airport is Husein Sastranegara with several airlines serving this route for international flights like Air Asia, Batavia Air, Garuda indonesia, Silk Air and also domestic flights like Lion Air or Merpati Nusantara Airlines. Bandung Indonesia airport is close to the city center ith taxi fixed at 43000Rp.
If you would brave the traffic in Jakarta or probably coming from elsewhere, you may drive from Jakarta to Bandung in just 2 hours. Just take note of the possibility of floods during rainy season and really heavy traffic jams during weekends. You may take a further alternative route via Puncak and Cianjur if you have the time and have a pit stop at the highland for a view of tea plantation before continuing. Here you may also check out Bogor and the Taman Safari Indonesia.
If you do not want to drive but still take the car, it is possible to hire a taxi to take you there, be it with meters or a fixed price but beware of being overcharged or scammed. Check out transports in Indonesia for proper tips on choosing the right taxi and how to get around generally.
Where to go nearbyKawah Putih
2 hours from Bandung city center, the lake is a stunningly beautiful with setting from a movie. Being the highland it is also cooling but beware of sunburn too cause regardless it can still be pretty sunny. This is a sulphuric lake as it is from a volcano.The entire area can be explored in 30 minutes.
About 1.5 hours from Bandung, it is yet another crater from volcano of Indonesia that is worth the visit for the sheer awe of the view from the top. Photo credits from top: Burmesedays, sektrodua, nomilknocry, No Dust and firmatography