10 Tempat Wisata yang Wajib Dikunjungi di Bandung

English Version: Top 10 Things to Do and What to See in Bandung

Bandung merupakan tempat yang terkenal di Indonesia dan pasti tidak asing bagi wisatawan yang berkunjung ke Jawa. Banyak warga lokal yang merekomendasikan Bandung untuk berbelanja, wisata kuliner dan menikmati suasananya yang sejuk. Bandung menjadi tujuan akhir pekan yang populer bagi mereka yang ingin menghindari keramaian dan hiruk pikuk kota Jakarta. Banyak wisatawan mengatakan mereka memiliki pengalaman terbaik menjelajahi Indonesia di sini.

Di tempat ini anda dapat menemukan makanan dengan harga murah dan lezat, barang-barang dijual murah dan bermacam-macam, dan juga terdapat tempat wisata yang penting bagi Indonesia. Oleh karena itu tidak mengherankan jika seluruh Bandung berkembang menjadi industri pariwisata, jadi datang ke sini dan bersenang-senanglah.

Berikut ini kami merangkum 10 Tempat Wisata yang Wajib Dikunjungi di Bandung:

Bandung city, Java, Indonesia

Bandung city, Java, Indonesia

Kegiatan yang Harus dilakukan di Bandung

Belanja di Pusat Pertokoan

Saya tidak melebih-lebihkan di sini, tidak ada yang kembali dari Bandung dengan tangan kosong. Terutama jika anda pergi ke factory outlet di Jl Riau atau Jl Dago, anda akan menemukan semua barang berkualitas seperti pakaian, sepatu, tas dan lainnya dari berbagai merek terkenal. Semua barang yang anda temukan di sini dalam kondisi baik, keluaran baru tapi dijual setengah harga.

SBelanja di Pusat Pertokoan, Bandung, Java, Indonesia

Belanja di Pusat Pertokoan

Melihat Matahari Terbenam di The Valley

Jika anda sedang mencari alternatif lain untuk makan di Bandung, anda dapat memilih The Valley untuk makan malam. Restoran spesialis makanan barat ini terletak di puncak bukit dengan panorama matahari terbenam yang menakjubkan. Makanan yang disajikan juga lezat, jadi anda bisa menikmati makan sambil melihat matahari terbenam di atas kota Bandung.

Wisata Kuliner di Kampung Daun

Kampung Daun merupakan salah satu restoran terbaik di Bandung, banyak turis datang ke sini untuk menikmati suasana santai dengan gubuk bambu, sungai dan air terjun. Makanan di sini cukup enak dan tempatnya luas serta harganya murah. Kunjungi Kampung Daun untuk menikmati masakan khas Indonesia di luar ruangan yang nyaman dan tenang.

Wisata Kuliner di Kampung Daun, Bandung, Indonesia

Wisata Kuliner di Kampung Daun, Bandung

Tersesat di Pasar Baru

Pasar Baru hampir seperti pasar-pasar lain di Indonesia, anda bisa tersesat di sini dan menemukan segala macam barang yang anda inginkan. Wisatawan datang ke sini untuk membeli kain dan souvenir. Harga di sini juga luar biasa murah terutama jika anda pandai menawar. Meskipun begitu, berhati-hatilah dengan barang-barang bawaan anda karena tempat ini benar-benar penuh sesak.

Menikmati Pertunjukan Musik di Saung Angklung Udjo

Menikmati pertunjukan musik tradisional di Saung Angklung Udjo adalah salah satu cara terbaik untuk mengeksplor budaya Indonesia. Selama 2 jam pertunjukan anda akan disuguhi pertunjukan budaya seperti wayang golek, tari topeng, permainan Angklung * dan anda dapat ikut menari bersama anak-anak kecil.

Saung Angklung Udjo, Bandung, Indonesia

Saung Angklung Udjo, Bandung

Berjalan-Jalan di Banjaran Kampung Sawah

Bagaimana mungkin anda datang ke Asia tanpa terpesona deretan sawah hijau yang indah. Tidak banyak orang yang tahu, Bandung benar-benar memiliki sawah dan beberapa sawah terletak di banjaran. Anda dapat bertanya pada penduduk sekitar dimana lokasinya dan pergilah ke sana untuk menyegarkan jiwa. Ada satu rupanya di Kampung Sawah Ciwidey!

Kampung Sawah di Banjaran Bandung, Indonesia

Kampung Sawah di Banjaran Bandung

Tempat-tempat yang Wajib Dilihat di Bandung

Kawah Putih

Pasti berada di daftar teratas tempat wisata yang harus anda kunjungi, danau cantik seperti dalam film akan memukau mata anda. Terletak di daerah pegunungan dan membutuhkan waktu sekitar 2 jam dari pusat kota Bandung. Walaupun berhawa dingin waspadalah dengan sengatan matahari karena langit benar-benar cerah di sini tanpa anda sadari. Kawah Putih merupakan danau sulfur yang berasal dari letusan gunung berapi. Anda dapat mengeksplorasi tempat ini dalam waktu 30 menit melaluiKawah Putih, Bandung Tour *.

Kawah Putih, Bandung, Java, Indonesia

Kawah Putih, Bandung, Java

Tangkuban Perahu

Sekitar 1,5 jam dari Bandung, Tangkuban Perahu merupakan kawah yang terbentuk dari letusan gunung berapi di Indonesia yang harus anda kunjungi untuk pemandangan dari atas yang mengagumkan. Mungkin Tangkuban Perahu berada di urutan kedua setelah Kawah Putih tapi danau ini masih sangat layak untuk dilihat.

Villa Isola

Dibangun oleh seorang jutawan Italia dan terletak di bagian utara Bandung menghadap pemandangan kota Bandung bagian selatan.

Tangkuban Perahu, Bandung, Java, Indonesia

Tangkuban Perahu, Bandung, Java

Gedung Sate and the view

Dibangun dan digunakan oleh perusahaan-perusahaan Belanda, terkenal karena dekorasi satenya. Gedung ini memiliki 6 ornamen yang melambangkan 6 juta guldens. Saat ini Gedung Sate digunakan sebagai kantor Gubernur Jawa Barat. Beruntung, tempat ini dibuka untuk umum dan jangan lupa untuk melihat-lihat dan menikmati minuman di lantai atas sambil melihat keelokan kota Bandung.

Gedung Merdeka

Gedung lain berarsitektur gaya Belanda yang dibangun untuk bangsawan di masa lalu dan terkenal karena menjadi tempat berlangsungnya Konferensi Asia Afrika yang pertama. Walaupun tidak banyak atraksi di sini tapi layak untuk dikunjungi jika anda kebetulan berada di dekatnya.

Gedung Merdeka, Bandung, Java, Indonesia

Gedung Merdeka, Bandung, Java

Jadi, inilah 10 kegiatan terbaik yang ditawarkan Bandung dan tempat-tempat yang wajib dikunjungi. Anda akan kagum dengan bagaimana anda dapat bersenang-senang tanpa menghabiskan banyak hal, terutama bagi anda yang memiliki anggaran untuk backpaking di Indonesia, meskipun membawa banyak belanjaan itu cerita lain! Untuk informasi lebih lanjut anda dapat membaca petunjuk perjalanan ke Bandung.

Photo credits from top: Irwandy Mazwir, Azlan DuPree, Chen Wu, nomilknocry, firmatography, Irwandy Mazwir and MangAndri Kasep

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Top 10 Fun Things to do for Free in Jakarta

Traveling in Jakarta and not wanting to spend any more money in the many tourist attractions along your travel here or elsewhere? Already seen and done all there is as a tourist? Thinking what else to do without using up your travel budget anymore?

Well good news, there are more to Jakarta than just traffic jams, eating, shopping and all the tourist attractions that you would need to pay for. You will be surprised that there is a lot of fun things to do in Jakarta that is actually free!

Here are Top 10 Fun Things to Do for Free in Jakarta for you:

Car Free day in Sudirman every Sunday
There will be no motorized vehicles on Jalan Sudirman every Sunday after the Jakarta government had decided to enforce this due to the success of the initial trial. Now every Sunday from 6am to 12pm, you can roam the street from Jalan Sudirman to Jalan Thamrin without any vehicles to hamper your activity. Many people come here for a run, where this 5km stretch will run from Monas in the north to Semanggi Cloverleaf in the south. Others come here for a family day out to enjoy walking around the golden triangle. At the same time, many opportunists opened up stalls selling local food and even coffee!

SJakarta Car-free day at Sudirman, Indonesia

Jakarta Car-free day at Sudirman. Photo by Brianna Laugher

After the car-free walk come and enjoy the National Monument Monas
Monas National Monument is well known and well loved by the people as it stood prominently in the center of Jakarta at Merdeka (freedom) Square park. This 137-meter monument is known stands magnificently against the backdrop of hustling and bustling Jakarta. You will get an interesting view and sort of an orientation of where you stand in this hectic city.

National Monument Monas, Jakarta, Indonesia

National Monument Monas. Photo by Victor Ulijn

Then pass by the Presidential Palace (Istana Negara)
This palace that is also known as the Merdeka Palace (Istana Merdeka) is located in between the veteran street and North Medan Merdeka street, facing National Monument at the south and Ciliwung River to the north. This neoclassic building from Dutch origin is used as the official residence of the President of Indonesia. The palace was renamed to Merdeka, which means freedom in Indonesian in 1948 when the country gained independence. This palace is a regal sight and would host various important state events like the annual Independence Day ceremony.

Fatahillah Square, Jakarta, Indonesia

Fatahillah Square, Jakarta. Photo by Brian Giesen

Check out Fatahillah Square (Taman Fatahillah)
Also known as the Old Batavia, this place is the historical part of Jakarta and located in Kotas. Fatahillah square was built during the Dutch Colonial times back in the 16th century as the heart of the walled city. It boasts many tourist attractions like the Jakarta History Musem and other colonial buildings. Walk around to take in the sights for free and also enjoy the many antics of the artisans and performers that entertain here on weekends. You may also sit around and absorb in the age-old culture of the place while enjoying the view of the fountain.

Chinatown, Jakarta, Indonesia

Chinatown, Jakarta. Photo by Jakob Montrasio

Wander around Chinatown
Chinatown, also known as Glodok, is made of narrow streets lined with malls and various stalls selling all kinds of things from antiques, laptops to food. Come here to enjoy with the flock of people the many good foods you can find here or simply find a place to sit down and have tea and people watch. There are also some beautiful Chinese temples as tourist sights to be enjoyed like the Da Shi Miao or the Vihara Dharma Bhakti temples.

Catch a bus ride around the city
Yes technically not free but the price is so ridiculously cheap at 4000 Rp it is almost as good as free. Take a bus ride around the city and have a good experience on this special bus ride that is known as Bus Istimewa, literally special bus. The name is due to the fact that the bus has its own special lane that only it can use while the rest of the millions of cars have to squeeze into the other lanes. If you do not want to be crushed by the many people that take the bus daily, try it on a weekend.

 Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta, Indonesia

Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta. Photo by Prayudi Hartono

Marvel at Istiqlal Mosque (Mesjid Istiqlal)
This amazing structure should be one of the top things to do in Jakarta even if it is not free, but here to top it off it is! Istiqlal Mosque is the largest mosque in Southeast Asia and has the highest capacity – up to 200, 000 persons maximum. This impressive building consists of four floors of beautiful sculptures and surrounded by balconies. World leaders around the world have come to visit this mosque themselves. It is located just next to Merdeka Square and Jakarta Cathedral.

Continue to Jakarta Cathedral

 Jakarta Cathedral, Indonesia

Jakarta Cathedral. Photo by Spidysg

This cathedral in Jakarta has its own unique architecture for a church, somewhat reminiscent of Notre Dame of Paris with its two tall spires. Jakarta cathedral dates back to Dutch colonial era. It opens 7 days a week for visitors or worshippers. Standing large and looming, it also brings peace and serenity and definitely worth a visit for a photo or two.

End the day with the bustling Pasar Baru (New Market)
Come here for a free walk down memory lane in Pasar Baru, enjoying the many local and family-run businesses here. You will be enticed with local goods, vintage fashions and knick-knacks. You will also find that you are spoilt with choices of good local Indonesian foods such as bakmi. Start walking from Metro Atom at Jalan H. Samanhudi and then walk towards the rear end which is the Jakarta Art center ( Gedung Kesenian Jakarta).

Or just join a Free Walking Tour
With free walking tours that, you will have a guide that will let you learn more insights into the past and present of Jakarta. These are usually what makes a walking tour worthwhile when you truly understand the places that you visit. Read about all the available walking tours in Jakarta and if you want to go straight to a Jakarta Free Walking Tour, you can find it here.

As you can see there are so many fun and free things to do in Jakarta that is possible despite the city’s crazy traffic and immensity in size. Do share if you know more fun and free things to do in Jakarta!

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Top 10 Best Beaches in Java, Indonesia

Being the main island, Java has been the most popular destination for tourists to Indonesia. This is because it has many things to offer, from the famous capital city Jakarta, to shopping haven of Bandung, rolling hills in Dieng Plateau, untouched waterfalls in Purwokerto, ancient temples in Yogyakarta, volcanic mountain in Mount Bromo and white sand beaches in Karimunjawa.

Speaking of beaches, this is one of the hidden secrets of Java, where most travelers did not expect to come here for it. If you are looking for some beautiful beaches and underwater activities, you will be delighted to find that Java has some good spots to offer. Here are our tips on where to find the best beaches in Java:

White sand beach at Karimunjawa, Java, Indonesia

White sand beach at Karimunjawa, Java

Karimunjawa Island, Central Java

Karimunjawa is a quiet place with many small islands that are known for its finest silky white beaches. For tourists, to reach to this land of paradise is quite a journey. But it is said by visitors that the long journey is definitely worth it. Karimunjawa has the most beautiful beaches surrounded by a deep blue and green-turquoise ocean. It has a great marine life and is perfect for those, who are looking forward to some underwater activities. One of the serene white sands beaches found at the Karimunjawa Islands is the Geleang Island Beach. It is a place that provides great tourist facilities and is quite affordable for tourists as well.

Thousand Islands, North Jakarta

The nearest beach to Jakarta that you can find, and many use it as a day trip to catch some sun and sea. The Thousand Islands has lovely beaches and is a great place to experience underwater as it has a range of diving and snorkelling activities for tourists. It is perfect for those, who are looking for some snorkelling activities. There’s the Putri Barat Island Beach, which comes across as a secluded and private island. Altogether, there are 110 islands found on Thousand Islands, but only 36 are appropriate enough to be visited and enjoyed by tourists. These islands are perfect for those craving for tranquillity and beauty.

Pulau Macan at Thousand Islands, Java, Indonesia

Pulau Macan at Thousand Islands, Java

Pangandaran, West Java

The Pangandaran beach is a great place to watch the sinking sun in the afternoon on the beach after a tiring day of activities. It is also one of the region’s best surf breaks. It has a surrounding area with a beach that is just beautiful. In fact, it has been voted by tourists as the best beach in Java. It is suitable for everyone, who enjoys swimming in its crystal clear water. There are also cave sites dated from years ago that can be visited and experienced at a small price.

Batu Karas, West Java

Batu Karas is known as a great spot in the north for surfing activities and swimming. It is well-liked for the different coloured sands on the beaches. Batu Karas is a laidback place where tourists can thoroughly relax themselves through many activities, including swimming, walking on the beach, surfing and eating fresh sea food. To escape the crowd in Pangandaran, you may check out the surfing spots here.

Pangandaran beach at West Java, Indonesia

Pangandaran beach

Kukup beach, special region Yogyakarta

Kukup is a nice isolated place in the south of Java, located in Kemadang village. It is only about 1.5 hours drive from Yogyakarta. But the view of its beach is a sight waiting to be seen as it is perched on cliffs overlooking the beautiful coast. It is an adventure to reach there and it’s totally worth it when you see the breath-taking sunrises and sunsets and small beaches. You can swim or fish in the sea in Kukup.

Parangtritis beach, Yogyakarta

This is another beautiful beach near Yogayakarta, about 27km away. It has natural curves of white sandy beaches with a magnificient backdrop of hills. It is also a sacred place for may where they perform the traditional ceremony called labuhan. Due to its wonderful sound of crashing waves and serene location, it is also popular place for meditation.

Kukup beach near Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

Kukup beach near Yogyakarta

Pok Tunggal beach, Yogyakarta

One of the best beaches in the special region of Yogyakarta, about 2 hours drive away, this beach offers both serenity and adventure. If you take up the challenge, you may climb up the cliffs for a breathtaking view over the entire beach. Its natural coastline stretches with white sands and clear blue sea. One of the famous spot to take a picture here is under the famous Duras Tree.

Tambakrejo beach, East Java

Tambakrejo beach is another beautiful beach not far from Blitar, about 30km. Blitar is an area that is much quieter than the tourist places in Java. So there, you will find calmer beaches and some fancy sites, such as volcanoes and many more. There are rubber forests around the beach where you can explore in between sunbathing on its white sandy beach. It is also safe for swimming here.

Parangtritis beach near Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

Parangtritis beach near Yogyakarta

Jolosutro beach, East Java

Another famous beach near Blitar (45 km away) is Jolosutro beach, located in Ringenrejo village. Many tourists come to this beach for its many activities that include swimming, canoeing and fishing. Its soft sandy beach is also a popular spot for sunbathing. The south sea of Java is famous for its sweeping natural scenery that has attracted many visitors that has an inside scoop of the hidden gems here.

Sempu Island, East Java

Nearby Malang, there’s also Pulau Sempu (Sempu Island), which is an offshore island that can be reached by boat. It is a lagoon that is isolated from the rest of Indonesia and serves as one of the best getaways for quiet and peace surrounded by blue waters. It can be reached via train from Malang and then by a boat crossing.

Pok Tunggal beach near Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

Pok Tunggal beach near Yogyakarta

Indonesia has the longest coastline in the world, so it is not that hard to find many beautiful beaches there. There are all kinds of beaches in Indonesia and it will take visitors years to discover and experience every single one of these beaches. But for now, why not get started on the top ten beaches in Java.

Photo credits from top: Azwari Nugraha, miss_yasmina, Marijn de Vries Hoogerwerff, Berry, Muse Rosli and Rizal Bachtiar

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Waterfalls to Visit in Banyumas, Central Java

Banyumas is one of twenty nine districts in Jawa Tengah (Central Java) province, with Purwokerto city as the capital.

Located near Mount Slamet -the biggest mountain in Jawa island- and surrounded by valleys and rivers, Banyumas has plenty of beautiful waterfalls or “curug” the locals would say.

Not so many are opened for public, but here are five I would recommend you to visit:

Curug Cipendok (waterfall)

Curug Cipendok (waterfall), Banyumas, Java Indonesia

Curug Cipendok (waterfall), Banyumas, Java

Karang Tengah village, Cilongok sub-district – ±15 kilometers west from Purwokerto

The highest watefalls in Banyumas (92 meters heigh).

Entrance ticket: IDR 7,000. They may give us a bottled drink, but I suggest you NOT to take it because they will charge you another IDR 3,000 and the drink tastes weird. Unless you want to keep it as souvenir.

Flying fox (for beginners) costs only IDR 10,000.
Roasted corn ± IDR 3,000.

Curug Gomblang (waterfall)

Curug Gomblang (waterfall), Banyumas, Java Indonesia

Curug Gomblang (waterfall), Banyumas, Java

Baseh village in Kedungbanteng sub-district – ±12 kilometers west from Purwokerto

Two waterfalls with large water debit, but amazingly peacefull under. Get lost a little bit among the kauri trees (Agathis dammara), you’ll find a path down to the Logawa river that mostly covered with bush. Be careful of the thorns and look around for the possibility to find wild raspberries. It can be very slippery in rainy season.

Curug Belot (waterfall)

Pandak village, Baturraden sub-district – ±12 kilometers north from Purwokerto.

Swim and jump from the rock with the local children.

Curug Belot (waterfall), Banyumas, Java Indonesia

Curug Belot (waterfall), Banyumas, Java

Curug Bayan (waterfall)

Melung village, Baturraden sub-district – ±13 kilometers north from Purwokerto

Curug Bayan (waterfall), Banyumas, Java Indonesia

Curug Bayan (waterfall), Banyumas, Java

You’ll read both curug Gedhe and curug Bayan on a sign post, but curug Gedhe is a sacred place for the locals, so it’s not recommended to visit because you can’t do much there.

Relax, sit on a stone, and soak your feet in the pristine cool water of curug Bayan while viewing the surrounding, or try river tubing. There are also villas you can rent cost around IDR 350,000 – 1,500,000 per night. Entrance fee IDR 4,000.

Warning: Do not swim right under the waterfall. Some people trapped and died.

Curug Ceheng (waterfall)

Gandatapa village, Baturraden sub-district – ±15 kilometers northeast from Purwokerto.
This waterfall is located in the middle of the clove plantations and became one of the popular camping grounds in Banyumas. Access is fairly easy. There is a hall where traditional performances are held at certain times.

Curug Ceheng (waterfall), Banyumas, Java Indonesia

Curug Ceheng (waterfall), Banyumas, Java

Eva Indonesia Travel Guide
The blend of curiosity and courage brings Eva to travel and explore exotic places. She believes that traveling is a journey of learning, a wide opened door into experience and wisdom. Got lost so many times made her decided to share more information on her travel blog and established an outdoor tour guide service in her hometown. Find Eva at her travel blog – Traveling and Discerning.

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