Bandung - Java - Indonesia
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Bandung, located in West Java, is Indonesia's 3rd largest city with a population of over 7 million people. Bandung is 187km southeast of Jakarta.
Bandung is located at 768m above sea level within the Priangan highlands. The climate here has an average temperature of 22.5 degrees Celsius.
North of Bandung is the crater of Tangkubanperahu volcano which exploded thousands of years ago. Around this area are some great waterfalls, hot springs and panoramic vantage points.
The highway between Bandung and Cirebon was originally built between 1808 and 1810 with a great loss of life. The highway snakes between mountain peaks and valleys.
40km east of Bandung is the small mountain village Sumedang. Here you'll find the Prabu Geusan Ulun Museum which has items displayed from the Parahyangan Kingdom which ruled for a thousand years around this area. On display is the original gold crown and jewelry worn by the rulers dating back to 1578. There are also several keris daggers made from gold and the sheaths encrusted with diamonds.
Jeans Street Bandung
In Bandung there are plenty of places to buy good quality fabrics and clothing though the most interesting of these is Jl. Cihampelas which is known as Jeans street because of the many shops selling cheap denim jeans. You can still pick up a pair for around 100,000Rp (US$10) but these jeans are very much Indonesian style and Indonesian quality. Not many large sizes available for your average Westerner. These factory outlets also sell a great range of T-Shirts with very bizarre sayings written on them and plenty of imitation brand name t-shirts.
One of the most interesting things about Jalan Cihampelas (Jean Street) are the ornaments that adorn the shop fronts. Most of the shops have large models of superheroes and movie stars including Spiderman, Superman, Spiderwoman and Rambo. See more information and photos of Jalan Cihampelas (Jean Street Bandung)
Another good place to visit for clothing, fabrics as well as jewelry, souvenirs and fruit and vegetable is the Pasar Baru (New Market) which has 7 levels of shopping.
The Bandung Zoo is a typical Indonesian zoo with most of the animals in concrete enclosures but the grounds and animal closures are kept in clean conditions unlike most Indonesian zoos. All the animals seem to be in good health. Located on Jl. Taman Sari it has on display 2 Sumatran tigers, 2 Bengal tigers and 4 Sumatran Elephants, 3 Sumatra Orangutan as well as a Komodo Dragon, a good selection of birds and reptiles. It is opened everyday from 7am - 5pm with entry fee 15000Rp. There are lots of plants and trees throughout the grounds of the zoo and lots of mosquitoes so take along some mosquito repellent. See our video of the Orangutan at Bandung Zoo.
Bandung Indah Golf and Country Club has an 18 hole golf course, tennis courts and water slide park. www.bandungindahgolf.com
Bandung Giri Gahana Golf Course is an 18 hole golf course with golf resort accommodation. www.bgggolfresort.com
There are plenty of places to get cheap Indonesian cuisine all over Bandung. The small eating houses called Warungs sell inexpensive food from all over Indonesia.
There are also some good quality international restaurants including the following:
Cha Yuen Chinese Restaurant (1 review) Hyatt Regency Hotel Jalan Sumatera No 51 Bandung West Java Ph: (22) 421 0380. Open for dinner 7 nights a week from 6.30pm – 10.30pm. Every Sunday Cha Yuen Chinese Restaurant serves a la carte Dim Sum / Yum Cha from 7am – 2.30pm. For restaurant reviews for Cha Yuen Chinese Restaurant click here.
Daishogun Japanese Restaurant (1 review) Aston Tropicana Hotel Jalan Cihampelas No 125 - 129 Bandung Ph: (022) 203 1643. Open 7 days a week for lunch from 11.30am - 2.30pm and dinner 5.30pm - 10pm. Daishogun has teppanyaki tables or the al a carte dining room offering a great range of traditional Japanese cuisine. For restaurant reviews for Daishogun Japanese Restaurant click here.
Fresco Italian Restaurant (1 review) Hilton Hotel HOS Tjokroaminoto No 41 – 43 Bandung Ph: (22) 8606 6999. Open for dinner Mon – Thurs 5pm – 10pm, Fri 5pm – midnight. Open for lunch and dinner Saturday 10am – midnight and Sunday 10am- 10pm. For restaurant reviews for Fresco Italian Restaurant click here.
Getting to Bandung by train
There are regular trains to Bandung from Jakarta and Jogjakarta. See our video of the train journey from Jakarta to Bandung including great shots of the terraced rice paddys http://youtu.be/OJ_4WbdnuA4
In Jakarta trains leave from Gambir Train Station. Cost is 40,000Rp for Economy or 80,000Rp for executive class and takes just over 3 hours. Tickets can be purchased at Gambir Train Station. There are 10 scheduled trains each day to Bandung from Jakarta. Argo Parahyangan Trains have 4 trains leaving Jakarta Gambir Train station going to Bandung:
Jakarta 05.45am arrives Bandung 09.18am
Jakarta 09.15am arrives Bandung 12.38pm
Departs Jakarta 11.30am arrives Bandung 14.58pm
Departs Jakarta 16.15pm arrives Bandung 19.39pm
From Jakarta you can also arrange a car transfer which will take around 1.5 - 2 hours to get to Bandung. Check in your hotel for car companies or you can contact Jakarta Airport Transfers which can arrange car transfers to Bandung. Car transfers from Jakarta to Bandung costs US$70.Getting to Bandung by plane
Bandung has an international airport called Hussein Sastranegara Airport with direct flights from Singapore and Malaysia. Majority of the flights to and from Bandung are domestic flights within Indonesia. When departing from Bandung airport there is a Passanger Service Fee of 35,000Rp for domestic flights and 75,000Rp for international flights.
Air Asia have direct flights from Bandung to and from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. www.airasia.com
Wings Air has daily flights between Bandung and Jogyakarta.
For more information check out the Bandung Tourism web page
Last updated 13th December 2015
Following is a list of hotels in Bandung with prices and contact details
Comfy Place Homestay is located in the Dago Atas Cigadung area, 15 minutes from Jl. Dago in the centre of Bandung. There are many cafes close by to Comfy Place including The Valley Cafe and Sierra Cafe. They have 8 rooms with free internet access starting from 100,000Rp per night (US$9). For photos, prices, contact details and hotel reviews click here
Rumah Ebo Family Homestay a budget home stay with single rooms from 113,850Rp (US$13) per night.
Rumah Tawa Guest House is a great budget hotel with prices from 220,000Rp++ (US$24)
Mutiara Hotel (reviews) Jalan Kebon Kawung 60 Bandung City. A 3 star hotel located 2 minutes walk from Bandung train station. With outdoor swimming pool, pub/bar, 24 hour room service, Free WiFi internet access, coffee shop and restaurant. Room prices start from US$36 per night including breakfast. For more photos, online bookings and hotel reviews for Mutiara Hotel click here.
Mitra Hotel (reviews) Jalan WR Supratman No 98 Bandung City. A 3 star hotel centrally located in Bandung, just 5 minutes walk from Bandung train station. With swimming pool, massage, WiFi internet in public areas, room service and restaurant. Room prices start from US$42 per night including breakfast. For more photos, online bookings and hotel reviews for Mitra Hotel click here.
Sukajadi Hotel (reviews) Jalan Sukajadi 176 Bandang. A 3 star hotel located 5 minutes by taxi from Bandung Train station in the centre of Bandung. With a swimming pool, free WiFi internet access in public areas, LAN wired hgh speed internet in rooms, coffee shop and restaurant. Room prices start from US$44 per night including breakfast. For more photos, online booking and hotel reviews for Sukajadi Hotel click here.
Hotel Trio (reviews) Gardujati Bandung. A 3 star hotel centrally located in Bandung, just 5 minutes walk from Bandung train station. With car park, salon, coffee shop and restaurant. Room prices start from US$47 including breakfast. For more photos, online booking and hotel reviews for Hotel Trio click here.
Grand Serela Hotel (reviews) Jalan LLRE Martadinata Bandung. A 3 star hotel located just a few minutes by taxi from Bandung train station. With fitness centre, sauna, spa, massage, WiFi internet in public areas, coffeeshop, restaurant and karaoke lounge. Room prices start from US$53 per night. For more photos, online bookings and hotel reviews for Grand Serela Hotel click here.
The Jayakarta Bandung Suite Hotels & Spa (reviews) Jalan Ir. H. Juanda 381A Dago Bandung. A 4 star resort style hotel located around 20 minutes drive north of Bandung close to the 18 hole Dago Golf Course. With swimming pool, fitness centre, tennis court, spa, massage, Free WiFi internet access, coffee shop and restaurant. Room prices start from US$53 per night including breakfast. For more photos, online bookings and hotel reviews for The Jayakarta Bandung Hotel click here.
Arion Swiss-Belhotel Bandung (reviews) Jalan Otista No 16 Bandung City. A 4 star boutique hotel in the centre of Bandung a few minutes walk from the railway station or 15 minutes by taxi from the airport. With swimming pool, fitness centre, spa, massage, bar, coffee shop and restaurant. Room rates start from US$54 per night including breakfast. For more photos, online bookings and hotel reviews for Arion Swiss Belhotel click here.
Aston Braga Hotel & Residence (reviews) At Braga Citywalk Jalan 99 - 100 Bandung City. A 4 star business hotel with hotel style rooms and 2 bedroom condo apartments. With swimming pool, fitness centre, spa, massage, business centre, coffee shop and restaurant. Room prices start from US$59 per night including breakfast. For more photos, online bookings and hotel reviews for Aston Braga Hotel click here.
Grand Preanger Hotel (reviews) Jalan Asia Africa 81 Bandung City. A modern 5 star hotel located in the heart of Bandung City. With swimming pool, sauna, spa, massage, fitness centre, WiFi and LAN internet access, bar/pub, 24 hour room service, coffee shop and restaurant. Room prices start from US$88 per night including breakfast (often there are internet specials for US$50 per night including breakfast). For more photos, online bookings and hotel reviews for Grand Preanger Hotel click here.
Hilton Hotel (reviews) HOS Tjokroaminoto No 41-43 Bandung Ph: +62 22 8606 6888. Hilton Hotel is located right next to Bandung Train Station, just a few minutes by car from the centre of Bandung. The Hilton Hotel is the best hotel in Bandung with amazing architecture throughout. All rooms in the Hilton Hotel are non-smoking. Room prices from 922.500Rp+ (US$102). For more photos and hotel reviews for Hilton Hotel Bandung click here. www1.hilton.com
Hyatt Regency Hotel (1 review) a 5 star hotel with swimming pool and tennis court in the heart of Bandung. Jalan Sumatera No 51 Bandung Ph: +62 22 421 1234. Room prices from 1,088,000Rp+ (US$120) per night. For hotel reviews for Hyatt Regency Hotel click here.
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