Surrounded by volcanoes and rich tea plantations, Bandung is the third largest city in Indonesia when it comes to population. With a much cooler climate than the other places in the country, the city is also known as a famous weekend destination for the residents of the neighboring city of Jakarta.
Bandung does not only offer a variety of attractions and activities for the locals and nearby cities but for tourists from different countries as well. If you are traveling in Bandung, here are the top 10 things to do that will make you believe that the city is worth the visit.
Roam Around The City With Bandros
With a capacity of 30 passengers, this bus which has a balcony, benches, and stools, Bandros is a vehicle produced by the local government to give tourists a trip around the city. Presented in 2014, the tour bus is designed to escort visitors to various attractions in the city and the surrounding areas and to reduce traffic congestions created by private cars.
By riding this double-decker buses, it is much easier and more comfortable for you to explore this beautiful city.
Meteor Shower Date
Located 15 kilometers north of Bandung, Bosscha Observatory is the oldest of its kind in Indonesia. It is mostly visited by locals and tourists who want to get a chance to see the planet Jupiter and Venus, as well as many Nebulas.
Few nights each month, meteor showers are also visible using the observatory’s telescopes and if you are fortunate enough to be in Bandung during the meteor shower, visiting the observatory is a must. You can even spot couples watching meteor showers because the observatory is a known destination for lovers who are out for a romantic date.
*You can check the observatory’s official website for the meteor shower’s schedule.
Hammocking at Tebing Gunung Hawu
Have you ever tried watching the sunrise while on a hammock? How relaxing could that be? But wait, what if your hammock is hanging between 2 high cliffs? That might sound hilarious and impossible, but in Bandung, it is POSSIBLE.
For adrenaline junkies, take your hammocking experience to the next level at Tebing Gunung Hawu. This adrenaline pumping activity is popularized by locals who want to prevent the limestone mining activity in the area by promoting its tourism.
By joining this hammocking activity, you’ll not only get an exciting experience, but you can also help mother nature.
Look For Seashells At The Mountain Top
For nature lovers, the trip to the Stone Garden of Padalarang will make you feel excited. This historic site is believed to be a sea that was vanished due to the volcanic eruptions and formed into a valley. This scientists’ belief may sound strange, but it might be the reason why seashells embedded in rocks and calcium-rich beach type of rocks are found in the area.
Also located in the area is the Pawon Caves where ancient human remains are found.
Camping At The Lodge Maribaya
Known to have an Instagram-worthy natural surroundings, The Lodge Maribaya is one of the most-popular destinations for locals and tourists who want to go camping or join outdoor activities. This hidden paradise has unique camping spot which is the perfect place to relax and even stay for a night when you can also enjoy a bonfire. You will also enjoy bathing in the nearby river, biking along the pine forest, as well as playing different games with friends or families. Either going alone or in groups, The Lodge Maribaya will accommodate you.
Shop At The Floating Market
Just an hour away from Bandung City Center, one of the most visited places by tourists is the Lembang Floating Market. It was formerly known as a fishing lake, but at present, the area transforms into a floating market that provides a variety of water and food products during the weekends. You will enjoy taking photos of this unique floating market, as well as haggling for different local products, souvenirs, and more.
Explore Dusun Bambu Family Leisure Park
Also located at Lembang, Dusun Bambu offers a variety of fun and relaxing activities for kids and families. If you are going to Bandung with your kids, this place is a must-visit. Among their popular attractions include a lake, bamboo playground, and more. They also have a wide list of facilities for different activities such as painting, archery, rodeo ride, ceramic painting, and strawberry harvesting. They also offer ATV rides to get you around the park.
Swimming On A Lake Above The Clouds
About 35 kilometers to the south of Bandung is the location of Kawah Putih which means ‘white crater.’ Kawah Putih is among the two craters of Mount Patuha and has a pale white color surrounding and turquoise-colored water with tree-clad cliffs in the background. The place also has a chilly temperature that will add a magical feel as you immerse yourself in this fascinating beauty of nature.
Dine On A Giant Pirate Ship
Need not to worry because you will not be eating with pirates here. This unique restaurant in Bandung called Pisnis Resto is one of the must-visit places if you are looking for great food while in the city. This cool restaurant looks like a giant ship docked beside a lake with the view of the beautiful mountain in the surrounding. They offer a variety of mouthwatering meals that adults and children will enjoy.
Tea-rapeutic Trip To Cukul Tea Plantation
If a single cup of tea is known to give a therapeutic effect on our body how much more can a tea plantation provide?
The Cukul Tea Plantation located in a non-mainstream area of Pangalengan in Bandung is one of the first choices for travelers for their list of most relaxing places to visit in the city. You can walk along the pathways of the tea plantation that will lead you to a hill where you can have a panoramic view of the fields. Since the farm is located in the highlands, the cool weather is suitable for relaxations.
The Plantation is just one of the numerous tea plantations in Bandung, which the city is known for.
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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.