The attractions in Bandung are generally located in the North and South of the city. You can take a day trip each to cover the North and South thoroughly.
- Tangkuban Perahu
About 2 hours’ drive from Bandung lies an active volcano, Tangkuban Perahu. All I can say is that pictures do not do this volcano justice, you just have to go there and see it for yourself! The grandeur and the immense size of the crater just makes you in awe of mother nature. Here you can also trek to two smaller but supposedly nicer craters, unfortunately I didn’t have the time. Be warned however, that the entrance ticket prices for foreigners are exorbitant and there may be “voluntary tour guides” trying to scam you.
2. Dusun Bambu
Dusun Bambu (Bamboo Village in English) is a family leisure park offering many activities for children and adults alike. I thought it sounded like a touristy place, but it surpassed my expectations. I did enjoy the many facets to this place; from the elevated platform amidst the trees to the lake to the flower fields, there are so many Instagram worthy moments that will leave you quite occupied.
Another bonus is its many restaurants available, each offering a unique experience. You can eat in a “bird’s nest”, in a hut by the river or at a restaurant offering a bird’s eye view of the park. We opted for Pasar Khatulistiwa (the food court), where the meals were cheap yet delicious. The above dishes cost about SGD10 in total. There is also a second level seating for an equally good view.
- Kawah Putih
Kawah Putih (or White Crater) is one of the must-sees in Bandung. You will notice the surroundings are white-ish but the water is turquoise, making the experience quite mystical indeed. You can stay on the wooden bridges, or walk on the white-ish soil but beware parts of it are muddy and your shoes might sink in (and get “destroyed”). We were also advised to wear a mask and not stay more than 30 minutes because of the sulphur dioxide in the air.
2. Kampung Cai Ranca Upas
One of my most memorable activities in Bandung because it is my first time getting super up close to animals in its “natural habitat”! I had a great time feeding and admiring these majestic deer and their antlers (again first time seeing these). Be warned some were pretty intimidating and will turn slightly aggressive when they see you holding food. But I still recommend coming here because it is not expensive to enter or to buy feed for the deer. I also love how it is not overcrowded with tourists and the colours of this reserve make it really easy to take nice photos as keepsake.
3. Teras Bintang
Words cannot described how much I loved this spot. Most tourists might not even know of this “attraction” in the South, but I was blown away by this view. Even the photo cannot do it justice. I have fear of heights and trembled to get to the spot in the photo, but no regrets!
When I searched for attractions in Bandung, I didn’t find any guide recommending to visit their tea plantations. Luckily our amazing driver (more details on him below) made a pit stop by the road for us to venture into one, and again we were in awe of the sweeping plantations that spanned across hectares and hectres of land. Above photo was taken on top of a rock we climbed. Bandung has such well-kept plantations and they do not even charge for entry unlike many other places. The bonus? We were the only ones there.
5. Rabbit Farm
Another lovely spot, you get to feed like so many rabbits (at least 20). Can’t decide if I like the deer or rabbits more but this is one trip with a lot of animal encounters.
My favourite spot in the entire trip! We were about to head back to the city when we asked our driver if there’s any other places he would recommend to us. He brought us to this outdoor restaurant in the middle of nowhere (or rice field) and I loved it so much! Someone basically constructed gazebos amidst the rice fields to allow people to chill and relax. You could also order food and they would bring it to you. It was also my first time eating satay served on a hot plate, and it was delicious. We chilled for a long time here.
I would also like to take this opportunity to highly recommend my driver: Didi (number: +62 821 2604 4022). He brought us to cover so much ground in a day and we didn’t feel overwhelmed, just immensely happy and thankful. He really deserves more business!
Bandung is one of the underrated places that completely superseded my expectations. The attractions do not overcharge tourists (except Tangkuban Perahu), and even though we went over a long holiday weekend, they were not crowded nor flooded with tourists. However, note that the main city is almost always packed with traffic jams.
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