Located 60 kilometers away from Jakarta, Bogor is also recognized as one of the most attractive cities for tourists in Indonesia. During the British reign in Indonesia, the city was known as the country’s capital and the Dutch’s summer capital.
With the Bogor’s numerous historical and cultural attractions, thousand of local and international tourists are flocking the city each year. It’s cooler temperature than the other places in Indonesia is also one of the reasons why there are many villas owned by elite Indonesians in the city.
If you are planning to travel in Bogor, take your time to check this list of things to do in this historical city aside from visiting museums and galleries.
Explore Bogor’s Botanical Garden
Originally founded as a private garden for Governor-General’s private residence in 1811, this 57 hectares Botanical Garden is now the city’s pride and joy. It is also considered as Southeast Asia’s oldest botanical garden.
Besides its lush green landscape and the different varieties of birds, the garden is also a home to various cafes, plant and souvenir shops, museum, laboratory, and guest houses.
Safari Night Tour
One of the fascinating places to visit in Bogor is the Taman Safari Indonesia. It is the first Safari Park in Indonesia and is a home to more than 2000 animals that are roaming freely unlike in a zoo. If you are visiting with your own vehicle, you are allowed to drive it inside around the safari. You can observe a variety of wildlife such as bears, leopards, giraffes, elephants, and so much more.
On weekends, they also offer a Safari night tour where you will be riding on a tourist train and get the opportunity to explore the wildlife at night. You will also enjoy the shows they present for visitors.
Mountain Biking Tour
For biking enthusiasts, you can have the opportunity to join this fun and exciting ecotourism activity in Bogor. Anyone is welcome to join including beginners and expert bikers.
With this mountain biking activity, you will get to explore the beauty of Bogor, its fantastic landscapes, local villages, fruit farms, tea plantations, and their rice fields.
They also offer customized treks for those experienced bikers who are looking for some challenge.
Hiking At Rock Mountain
Bogor is also a home to various hiking spots that are accessible to both experienced and novice hikers. Among these popular places is the Gunung Batu (Rock Mountain). This stone mountain dominated by large rocks offers a spectacular lush mountain views when you reach the peak. To make sure you experience this magnificent beauty of Bogor, ensure proper gears and guides before starting your hike.
Gondola Ride At Little Venice
Specifically designed to resemble the famous Venice City in Italy, this artificial lake in Bogor is now one of the most-visited attractions in the city. This exciting attraction called Little Venice has a western-themed atmosphere that will make you feel like you are literally in Venice while riding one of the gondolas along the canal. Aside from gondolas, they also offer a variety of rides for adults and children including bikes.
The exciting and challenging water rafting activity is also available in Bogor. The city has various flowing rivers that are suitable for this type of activity. One of these is the Cisadane River. This 80 kilometers river has a pretty challenging current which makes it one of the popular river rafting areas in the city. Though the river is pretty challenging, you don’t have to be an expert, beginners are also welcome to adhere to the action-packed adventure. While river rafting, you will have the opportunity to see the fantastic view of nature.
Horseback Riding At A Tea Garden
The serene atmosphere at the Gunung Mas Tea Plantation is the reason why many locals and tourists especially those who want an escape from the city life, love the place. They offer horseback riding activities, where you can reach the hillsides and get a panoramic view of the plantation. The full green view and the fresh air is very relaxing as well as the beautiful and quiet surrounding.
Flower Park Tour
Also referred to as the City of Rain, Bogor’s climate is perfect for growing various types of flowers from all over the world. Among the city’s main attractions is the 23 hectares colorful flower garden called Taman Bunga Nusantara (National Flower Garden). It is the first flower park in the city and houses a variety of unique and unusual flowers from different sides of the world such as Japan and France. You can enjoy the various activities the park offers including ATV rides, train and tricycle ride, and more.
Experience Village Life
If you want to experience living in an old civilization like what you see on Asian historical movies, take your time to visit Sidangbarang Cultural Village in Bogor. The village is believed to have been existing since the 12th century and the origin of Bogor Sundanese culture that has survived to the present day. While on the village tour, you will learn their customs, traditional arts, cultural traditions, and their everyday life.
By visiting the village, you will not only experience how they live, but you also help them extend the life of their traditional buildings because the funds collected from tourists are used for the maintenance of these structures.
Bogor has numerous stylish and unique coffee shops that are definitely worth the visit. Among the most visited coffee shops in the city is the Popolo Coffee. Their unique and adorable interior also makes the cafe an excellent place to meet and hang out with friends.
What makes locals and tourists patronize this coffee shop are the freshly brewed original coffees they serve. They also serve different types of hot and cold drinks, teas, and desserts that you will surely love.
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As a traveler and a writer, Jonalyn is always fascinated how every city and culture is unique on its own. She loves meeting new people, listening to different stories, and learning new cultures. Every travel adventure, either planned or unplanned, for her is an opportunity to discover new things. She wants to share positivity in every story she tells and make everyone believe that the earth is such a beautiful place to live. Besides traveling and writing, she spends most of her time reaching out to people and sharing them how to find genuine happiness in life.