Bandung, West Java

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

Bandung is in West Java, Indonesia and being a capital there it is the third largest city after Jakarta and Surabaya.

Map of Bandung, Java, Indonesia

Map of Bandung, Java, Indonesia


Why go?

Well known for as a shopping haven, locals and travelers alike will go to Bandung for a good bargain and lots of shopping.

What to see

Though yes many only comes 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 Guide

Women sellers at Bandung, Indonesia

Women sellers at Bandung, Indonesia

Here 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
Pasar Dago
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

Visit Kebun Binatang 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. The popular hotels in Bandung is Padma Hotel Bandung * and The Trans Luxury Hotel *, while the budget hotels are Noor Hotel Bandung * and Ivory by Ayola Hotel Bandung *

How to get there

As Jakarta to Bandung is a popular route, you may find many options to get there.

Train

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.

Bus

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.

Ciwidey, Bandung, Indonesia

Ciwidey, Bandung, Indonesia

Flight

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.

Car

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 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.

Taxi

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 fix 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.

Saung Angklung Udjo at Bandung, Indonesia

Saung Angklung Udjo at Bandung, Indonesiaa


Where to go nearby

Kawah 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.

Tangkuban Perahu
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.

Kawah Putih at Bandung, Indonesia

Kawah Putih at Bandung, Indonesia

Photo credits from top: Burmesedays, sektrodua, nomilknocry, No Dust and firmatography

Related articles:
Top 10 Things to Do and What to See in Bandung
Jakarta Travel Guide
Java Travel Guide




Author: Rachel

Fascinated by Indonesia, Rachel hopes to bring the best Indonesia Travel Guide to independent travelers so that they can enjoy what Indonesia has best to offer. Being an independent wanderer herself, Rachel knows what it takes to make a good, fun-filled yet responsible independent traveling. So let’s join her to discover wonderful Indonesia together. Google+

2 thoughts on “Bandung, West Java”

  1. Hi my family (wife & two teenagers 16+14years) and myself plan to visit Bandung end of June for 3 days can you suggest an itinerary? We prefer nature sightseeing, mountain scenic visit, traditional java culture visits? Will likely stay in holiday inn Bandung , but don’t mind to move from hotel to hotel to save time traveling? How much would be your charges?

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