Only three weeks to go until I head to the airport to catch my flight over to wonderful Indonesia, I am so incredibly excited! I will be posting soon about our itinerary as it is jam packed and full of so many amazing things, I honestly feel like I have spent the last month researching anything and everything about this part of South East Asia. Our trip will see us exploring around seven different locations, but I am still constantly finding so many more cities and islands I want to visit, one particular place that keeps popping up is a city called Bandung, also known as the capital of the West Javanese province.
Situated between three mountains, Bandung is known for its cool weather. Bandung is also commonly referred to ‘Paris van Java’ for its rich heritage in arts and culture. Here are some of the beautiful places you can visit and some of the fun things you can do:
1. The Lodge Earthbound Adventure Park
Set in the mountains surrounded by miles of Pine trees, this adventure park gets you back to nature. Ride bikes, play paintball, camp in bell tents and you can even just sit in the trees and take in the view.
2. Relax in the hot springs of Taman Wisata Maribaya
Take a trek through the forest to get to the Maribaya waterfalls, then relax your tired legs in the natural hot springs which are believed to cure skin ailments.
3. Discover a new dining experience at a themed restaurant
Bandung seems to have a number of themed restaurants, from world war two themed, dining with Zombies and even a restaurant designed like a child’s playroom! I personally loved the look of is Kampung Daun , traditional Indonesian food brought to your own bamboo hut, while you listen to sounds of the surrounding waterfalls.
4. Visit Kawah Putih, the lake above the clouds
Kawah Putih is a crater lake and beautiful tourist spot set inside a volcanic crater about 50km south of Bandung.The lake is 2,430 meters above sea level so the local climate is often quite chilly in comparison to the rest of Indonesia. Minibuses are available to collect visitors from the site entrance to take visitors the 5km to the edge of the crater.
5. Explore the city on a big red bus
The 30-minute tour brings you to Bandung’s historical landmarks, such as the Gedung Sate, Dago City Hall, Jl. Braga, and much more. The tour bus resembles a miniature British red bus and is the best way to travel around the city in a short amount of time.
6. Take some time out in one of the cities many hotels
Every holiday needs a day or two to relax and unwind, so ensure you book a hotel that provides just that, such as the Hotel Ibis Bandung. Bandung plays host to many hotels, so there is something for everyone, search Traveloka hotel deals to find the best one for you.
7. Take in a beautiful sunset at Situ Bagendit
Legend claims that there used to live a wealthy merchant who forced villagers to work hard for small wages. This lake was where she drowned in the tears of the people who suffered under her, along with all her wealth. Surrounded by mountains you can watch the sunset across the peaceful waters.
8. Feed the wild Deer at Ranca Upas, Ciwidey
Be surrounded by hundreds of cute deer at the conversation park, watch them graze then feed them their dinner of carrot. There are also more hot springs located here as well as campsite to observe the stars by now.
Planning my Indonesia trip has opened my eyes to so many places I had never heard of before, showing there is so much more to wonderful Indonesia than just Bali and the Gili Islands. Where in Indonesia have you always dreamed of visiting? Are there any lesser known cities or islands that have caught your eye? Let me know in the comments below!
This post is in collaboration with Traveloka.