Top 10 Things to Do and What to See in Bandung

Bandung is a well-known place in Indonesia and to travelers in Java especially. There are many things to do in Bandung and it is not short of attractions to see. Many locals will recommend going there for shopping, food and cool respite. It is a popular weekend destination for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of Jakarta. Many travelers would say they have their best Indonesian experience here.

Here the food is cheap and delicious, the things are cheap and in a huge variety and important Indonesian attractions are nearby. Therefore, it is no surprise that the whole place evolved around tourism industry so come here and have fun.

Here’s our take of Top 10 Things to Do and Must See in Bandung:

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Bandung city, Java, Indonesia

Bandung city, Java, Indonesia. Photo by Irwandy Mazwir

Top Things To Do in Bandung

Shop in factory outlets

I am not exaggerating here, nobody goes back from Bandung empty handed. Especially if you go to the factory outlets at Jl Riau or Jl Dago, you will find all the hidden gems of quality clothes, shoes, bags and all else in various famous brands. All the items you find here are in good condition, brand new but in half the price!

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Shopping at Bandung, Java, Indonesia

Shopping at Bandung. Photo by Azlan DuPree

Catch sunset at The Valley

If you are looking for another option to dine and something special to do in Bandung, you can choose to go to The Valley for dinner. This Western restaurant is located at a hilltop with amazing sunset view. The food is good too, so enjoy your meal while watching the sunset over Bandung city.

Eat at Kampung Daun

One of the Bandung’s best restaurant, many tourists come here for the relaxing ambiance with bamboo huts, streams, and waterfall. Food is not especially delicious but it is extensive and inexpensive. Come here for the overall experience of enjoying Indonesian cuisine in a comfortable and serene outdoor setting.

Kampung Daun restaurant at Bandung, Indonesia

Kampung Daun restaurant at Bandung. Photo by Chen Wu

Get lost in Pasar Baru

This epitome of Indonesian market in Bandung, you can get lost here and find all sorts of things that delight you. Travelers come here to source for fabrics and souvenirs. Prices here are unbelievable too especially if you have special bargaining skills. Though do take care of your belongings as this place is really crowded.

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Enjoy the musical performance at Saung Angklung Udjo

This traditional musical performance is one of the best way to explore Indonesian culture. It is a 2 hour show of several parts including puppet show, mask dance, Angklung performance and dances with little kids. Watch the performance and maybe also participate in an Angklung workshop, they are bound to delight.

Saung Angklung Udjo, Bandung, Indonesia

Saung Angklung Udjo, Bandung. Photo by inna dee

Walk off the beaten path in search of rice terraces

How can one come to Asia and not be awed by towering rice terraces. Unknown to many, Bandung actually do have rolling rice fields and some rice terraces in the highlands. Bribe a local to tell you the location is and head there for a soul refreshing time. There’s one apparently in Ciwidey!

Rice Terraces at Bandung, Indonesia

Rice Terraces at Bandung. Photo by chrisinno

Top What to See in Bandung

Kawah Putih

Definitely in the top of the list of attractions for its stunningly beautiful lake as if set out of a movie. It is 2 hours away from Bandung city center and in the highland but it is worth to do. The place is cooling but beware of sunburn as it is still really sunny here without feeling it. This is a sulphuric lake as it comes from a volcano.The entire area can be explored in 30 minutes. Many people come here either by car hire or through a Kawah Putih, Bandung Tour.

Kawah Putih, Bandung, Java, Indonesia

Kawah Putih, Bandung, Java. Photo by firmatography

Tangkuban Perahu

About 1.5 hours from Bandung, it is yet another crater from a volcano in Indonesia that is worth the visit for the sheer awe of the view from the top. This may be second best to Kawah Putih but still worth to visit.

Villa Isola

Built by an Italian millionaire and perched at the northern part of Bandung, Villa Isola overlooks a breathtaking view of the city to the south. This is one tourist attractions not to be missed. There are also cool places to stay nearby Villa Isola *

Tangkuban Perahu, Bandung, Java, Indonesia

Tangkuban Perahu, Bandung. Photo by Irwandy Mazwir

Gedung Sate and the view

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 the public and don’t forget to have a good chill and drink at the top floor while overlooking the city.

Gedung Merdeka

Another architectural wonder built for the rich previously and then made famous for hosting the first Asian-African conference. Though not much of an attraction but worth to take a look if you are nearby.

Gedung Merdeka, Bandung, Java, Indonesia

Gedung Merdeka, Bandung. Photo by MangAndri Kasep

There you have it, the best of what Bandung has to offer in terms of things to do and attractions to see. You will be amazed how you can enjoy yourself so much without actually really spending a lot, especially good for budget travelers who are backpacking in Indonesia, though carrying a lot of things after the shopping is another story altogether! Do read our Bandung travel guide for more information.

Best Accommodations in Bandung * is a good choice as they have most extensive hotel listings in Asia with great deals. * is a favourite of many because it offers cancellation allowing flexibility.

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. Here are a few of the best accommodations that we recommend to stay in Bandung:

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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+

20 thoughts on “Top 10 Things to Do and What to See in Bandung”

  1. Hi Rachel,

    How many days would you recommend to spend here as someone who has never been to Indonesia? Are there any resorts you recommend?

  2. Hi I am travelling to banding on the 5 april and it’s my first trip. Plse provide me some information regards to my stay.
    1. What is the mode of transportation to travel from one place to another.
    2. Plse advise what are the attractions with good scenic scenery to take photos.
    3. What currency do I need to bring along.
    4. Is bandung weather cooling in April and what’s the temperature.
    5. Is the volcano eruption affecting the pollution in banding during April.
    6. Is all the attraction far from another.
    Looking forward to hear from you.
    Have a blessed day.

  3. I’m just confused because some people say 2h to go to Kawah Putih, but others say 4h. We plan to go end of march 2014, during the long weekend and we will stay near gedung sate. How long do you think it will take to reach Kawah Putih ?
    Thanks for your help

  4. May i ask, how about the transportation there ? I mean to travel from one place to another seemed tedious and costly? i am planning to visit a friend who works at bandung.

  5. Hi Rachel
    We are thinking of spending 1 month in Bandung during our World Trip since there is a German school there and we want to get the kids slowly used to schools :-))) again. Do you think Bandung is the kind of a city to spend 1 month and what would you recommend for lodging?
    Thx. Lu

    1. Hi Lu, one mont in Bandung is a long time and you would be able to experience more than just what a normal tourist would. I would suggest that you look for short term apartments to rent since it is for longer term and would be better for your family.

  6. I’m planning a 5d4n solo trip to Bandung. How much is the recommended budget for 1 day per say?

    I’ll definitely be going to Kawah Putih and The Valley.

    (Main purpose to visit Bandung is to go on a photographic journey)

  7. I am on my plan to see badung for only 2 nights, can you recommend me where should I go, where should I see?

  8. Hi Rachel
    I’m planning to go toBandung next week for Christmas holiday. I’m traveling alone and planning to stay there for at least three days. Do you think Bandung is a safe place for a female solo traveler to explore? What places do you recommend for a solo traveler like me to visit? Do you know any safe and affordable hotel where I could stay? I look forward to hearing from you soon.

  9. bandung is a beautiful city, try the farious food and awesome view, and also have art and culture specially musical like colabouration modern and ethnic iam a player from saung angklung udjo and also a driver..

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