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You Can’t Miss These 7 Things to Do in Bandung, Indonesia

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Bandung, Indonesia

Bandung is the third largest city in Indonesia and is nicknamed the Flower City for its abundance of greenhouses, local floral growing businesses and lush mountainous backdrop. Bandung is very popular with local Jakartanas, as its higher altitude and cool mountainous climate provide relief against the rushed, smoggy atmosphere of the capital.

 

How to Get to Bandung

It’s also quite conveniently located from Jakarta, only about a two hour drive away. There are convenient express and local buses, a scenic winding route through Puncak (although this is often congested with traffic on weekends) as well as a railroad route. You can also book a day trip from Jakarta to take care of all the sightseeing logistics.

The train is a bit slow, taking at least 3 hours on the express service, but it’s a highly scenic route passing both mountains and rice paddy terraces. For the most affordable option, take a shuttle bus since competition among different minivan companies keeps prices competitive.

 

How Long to Stay in Bandung?

Bandung is quite scenic and beautiful – I would recommend allocating two to three days to fully explore the natural wonders of the area. A good hotel to stay in is the Sheraton Bandung, as it’s part of the SPG network, has great wifi and a family friendly pool / outdoor area with beach huts.

Keep reading for Bandung’s sights and points of attraction that are worth your while!

 

 

 

The 7 Best Things to Do in Bandung Indonesia


best things to do in bandung indonesia

 

1. Have Lunch at Dusun Bambu

Kolonel Masturi KM 11, Cisarua, Bandung Barat

 

This family leisure park sits at the foot of a mountain with the most incredible picturesque surroundings. The park is huge so you can take a cute floral shuttle to explore different areas. All along drive or walk, the paths have lush green folliage, bamboo structures and giant sculpture art made from nature. Compared to Jakarta, it really feels like you’re away from the hustle and bustle of the city and in your own private mountain retreat.

Sher’s Tip: There are 3 restaurants at Dusun Bambu but I really recommend Cafe Burangrang – a beautiful multi-tiered structure made from glass. From our dining tables, we had the most incredible jaw dropping view of the man-made lake below, Burangrang mountain and wooden huts (which are available to rent overnight). Other dining options include Khatulistiwa and Purbasari.

 

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2. Go Off Roading

 

For the adventure traveler, off roading is an unforgettable experience in Bandung. You’ll sit in an open landrover in groups of 6 and rip road off high into the mountains, passing tea plantations, troughs of rainwater and high tunnels of mud. We used the tour company Bandung Off Road who were great. They take care of all the details and had a  nice pit stop organized in the mountains for some coffee. They also offer paintball!

My Tip: If you have any kind of back or spinal injury I don’t recommend this. It’s a fun way to spend the afternoon! My only regret is not bringing a GoPro to capture the rough and tumble footage.

 

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3. Have Dinner at Kampung Daun

 

Kampung Daun is a beautiful mutli layered restaurant where you can dine amidst nature. There are many dining huts (attap houses) perfect for large groups, big family reunions, etc each with their own privacy behind lush greenery and waterfalls.

This is a great spot to sample authentic Indonesian cuisine and enjoy the perfect atmosphere with traditional Indonesian music in the background. We were part of a large group and were treated to a cultural show as well.

There were a couple vegetarians in our group who had a full decadent meal (some other parts of the Indonesia seemed a little less vegetarian friendly) but this is one great spot!

 

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best things to do in bandung indonesia

 

4. Visit the Lembang Floating Market

 

Lembang is a small floating market selling food and Indonesian snacks in picturesque wooden boats. The market is much smaller than similar ones in Bangkok or Thailand and roughly 1-2 hours from Bandung.

 

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best things to do in bandung indonesia

 

5. Learn About Sundanese Culture at Hong Communitas

 

Bandung has a long history dating back to Indonesia’s colonial period and the city is the capital of West Java. A great cultural activity is to learn more about the local Sundanese Indonesians.

We spent a day at The Hong Community, a family friendly center with countless games and activities that keeps traditional Sundanese folk lore alive. Most of the games are played in groups or use organic materials like bamboo. Check availability and more info here.

 

 

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6. Attend a Saung Angklung Udjo Concert

 

Saung Udjo is a museum dedicated to the Angklung, a Sundanese instrument made from bamboo. Each one angklung produces one chord or note when shaken so a full “orchestra” is composed of many many angklung. Picture a hanging xylophone if you will!

The Udjo museum has unique evening concert performances which are a fun, interactive and family friendly experience. The show begins with a shadow puppet performance, part of Indonesia’s cultural heritage, incorporates local children singing and dancing and ends with an audience-contributed orchestra performance.

Personally the beginning started off “okay” for me but by the end, I loved the orchestra part! It was fun playing out songs with the entire audience using the unique instruments. Check this out if you want an immersive cultural experience.

 


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best things to do in bandung indonesia

 

7. Outlet Shopping

Shopping in Bandung is what all the locals do since the city is known for its great factory outlets where everything sold is brand new but at steep discounts. The most popular ones are at Jl Riau or Jl Dago.

Sher’s Tip: If you’re not much of a shopper, hang out and grab a snack at the bakery in the main outlet on Jl Riau. They have great rice dishes that you can order from (ask for the lunch menu) or go around the small doorway in the seating area to the coffee shop right behind it. That coffee shop sells avocado coffee and avocado smoothie drinks! Pictured is the avocado oreo smoothie and avocado coffee – both are good and super avocado-y.

 

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And that’s my mini travel guide to Bandung, Indonesia!

 

Visiting Indonesia – Travel Checklist

Flights // From New York City, there are no direct flights to Indonesia but you can grab reasonably priced flights  if you book early. Check often for routes and fares here. I’ve transferred in Doha and China and prefer prefer Doha’s modern airport via Qatar Airways.

If flying to Jakarta, fares will be slightly cheaper and from Indonesia’s capital you can explore Bandung, Yogyakarta and Sumatra on short domestic flights. If your focus is Bali, note that flights from the USA will be slightly more expensive and typically will involve a 2nd stopover in Jakarta anyway.

Hotels // I highly recommend ‘hotel hopping’ Bali – the island is quite large and different neighborhoods have their own characteristics. You can rent a motorized scooter to get around or book a tour to handle transportation if you’re not comfortable. Taxis and Ubers will work in some areas, but prepare to be stuck in gridlock traffic. AirBnBs are a great way to stay in luxurious Balinese resorts for discounted rates – especially if traveling with a group. Bali is also a fantastic place to splurge on a luxury resort – the options are endless, the views are unbeatable and the food is divine. We loved both Alila Villas Uluwatu and the Sofitel Nusa Dua.

Packing // Bring light fabrics and traditional summer wear for Bali along with mosquito spray. If you intend to visit Indonesia’s other cities and famous temples, bring modest clothing. Indonesia is the world’s largest Muslim country and can view short shorts and mini skirts as impolite. You can read my complete Bali packing list here.

Insurance // Lastly, be sure to visit Indonesia with travel insurance. Whether you get injured and need to be hospitalized, or your phone gets stolen, or an injury forces you to cancel all or part of your vacation, travel insurance will help when you need it most. I ended up getting seriously ill and visiting the hospital while in Solo, Indonesia and being taken care of was a lifesaver. I use and recommend Allianz travel insurance.

 

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NishaNovember 7, 2016 - 6:13 am

I have been to Bandung for a week exploring neighboring parts but you showed me a different Bandung here! Didn’t know you can do offroading there. I did that in Jogja.

Yes, floating market is familiar one. :) I wrote about a different Bandung. I found it cheap for cloth shopping also.

AnnikaNovember 8, 2016 - 12:35 am

I’m sure I will enjoy every minute if I finally made up my mind to visit Indonesia because of your tips. thanks

PriyaNovember 8, 2016 - 3:14 pm

Never been to Bandung or even heard of it, our travels in Asia is very minimal. Gorgeous pictures! Thanks for this virtual tour

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JoanneJuly 10, 2017 - 8:45 am

I live in Indonesia and Bandung is very close to my heart (I have many relatives and loved ones there), and I ALWAYS love visiting it! Your photos are so divine, you captured the beauty of the place very beautifully. <3

SherJuly 10, 2017 - 1:49 pm

Oh hi Joanne! I’m visiting again Indonesia this summer and CAN’T WAIT. It was hands down, my favorite place out of everywhere I visited lst year and I’m so so excited to see more of it.

VegaAugust 24, 2017 - 4:58 am

Hi Sher! You have such a wonderful blog here. Just a quick correction on number 4 that it should be LEMBANG instead of LembLang.
Lots of love from Indonesia!

SherAugust 24, 2017 - 8:49 am

Hi Vega! Ah thanks so much for noticing the error, i’ll fix it 😉❤️

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NadineMay 14, 2018 - 11:39 am

Hi! Great photos and recommendations! Bandung is my hometown, and I think you should revise a bit from “Sudanese” to “Sundanese”. Thanks for your interest and review on Bandung!

SherMay 14, 2018 - 12:32 pm

Hey! Thanks for letting me know :)

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JanetNovember 28, 2018 - 9:14 pm

Hi, we intend to travel with 3 kids (12, 10 & 8), kindly advise what is the best way to move around in Bandung. possible to take Uber / Grab from point to point?

SherNovember 28, 2018 - 9:54 pm

Hi Janet – I took Grab + Uber in Bali, but for the rest of Indonesia we hired a driver to take us around.

MimiDecember 5, 2018 - 5:44 am

Hej Sher. We are gonna visit Bandung this weekend and wanna go to Kawah Putih in the South and afterwards some stations around Lembang in the North. Is it better so stay in Bandung overnight or what would you recommend? And like Janet asked, how much did you pay for a driver and where can I get one? is there no cheaper option? Thanks a lot.

SherDecember 5, 2018 - 6:34 am

Hi Mimi – We stayed a couple nights in Bandung and liked it! It depends on your itinerary and what you want to do :) I’m not sure how much a driver will cost you, it depends on many things like the number of people in your group, how many days and the distance you’re wanting them to go.

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