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Bandung Travel Guide – Bandung is the capital of West Java province, located 140 km southeast of Jakarta. Bandung stands as important and historical city of Indonesia. For me, Bandung is my second hometown, while I had been living here for 4,5 years during my undergraduate study. Bandung–which also well-known as the city of flower–is a perfect day trip journey from Jakarta, while Jakarta-Bandung is just 3 hours trip. Bandung is called as city of flower and Paris van Java because it has exceptional beauty ambiance with flowers and trees. Moreover, Bandung is quite cooler than Jakarta, since this city is surrounded by mountains, Gunung Puntang in the south and Tangkuban Perahu in the north.
Bandung Travel Guide: What can we do?
People in Bandung is known as the most creative in Indonesia, especially the young people. Every weekend we can see street performances and public art of photography. This city has a lot of art-them public space with such as museums, theaters and galleries include Gedung Merdeka, Museum Sri Baduga, Bandung Geology Museum, Museum Wangsit Mandala Siliwangi, Museum Barli, Bandung, Indonesia Menggugat Building, and also Cultural Center. Bandung also well known for its night-life experience.
Bosscha Observatorium in Lembang Bandung
Bandung Lautan Api Monument
Floating market in Bandung
Besides that, we can see many historical monuments here, such as Monumen Perjuangan, Bandung Lautan Api Monument, and Railway Monument. In colonial era, Bandung was city of battle, especially when Dutch forced to burn all of the city. Oh, before I forget, Bandung is the most-favorit shopping place of Jakarta people. A lot of cheap and unique shirts in Braga, Cihampelas, Riau Street, or Cibaduyut.
There are also several attractions that you can visit while in the city and nearby:
- Curug Dago, Curug Omas, Curug Cimahi, Floating Market, De Ranch, and Bosscha Observatorium in the North Bandung and Lembang.
- Kawah Putih, Situ Patenggang, and Strawberry Park Ciwidey in South Bandung. You can read our travel story in Lembang.
- Padepokan Dayang Sumbi (Silkworm Farming) and Saung Angklung Mang Udjo in East Bandung.
- Grand Mosque of Bandung, Pasar Baroe, Dago area in the Central Bandung.
Welcome to Kawah Putih
Kawah Putih in Bandung
Grand Mosque of Bandung – Mesjid Raya Bandung
Bandung Travel Guide: How to get there?
Access to the city is quite easy, you can use both air and land transportation. The easiest way to go to Bandung from other cities is by air since Husein Sastranegara Airport is located in west Bandung. The flights will cost around 600.000 rupiahs or around 50 dollars from Surabaya, Makasar, Bali, or Lombok with several regular daily flights. Indonesia AirAsia, Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air, Wings Air, and Silkair serves daily flights from Jakarta, Surabaya, Bali, Lombok to Bandung (roundtrip, several trips a day).
If you are in Jakarta, the cheaper way was by taking bus or travel car to Bandung. There are several bus or travel car from Primajasa, DAMRI, Cipaganti, X-Trans, or Day-Trans that connects Soekarno-Hatta Airport and several check-points in Jakarta and Bandung. Most of travel cars departs every one hour starts from 07:30 to 22:30. The journey will takes roughly 3 hours depends on the Jakarta’s traffic and Cipularang Toll Road.
Read also: How to get to Bandung
Travel Around Bandung
Bandung had transport in the city in the form of public transportation or more familiarly called public transportation. Consists of city buses and taxis. Meanwhile, as the intercity bus terminal in the city and the province is Leuwipanjang Bus Terminal (West Bandung) and Cicaheum (East Bandung). For your information, most of public transportation here are one-way system.
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