For the first time in my life, I ventured beyond Batam of Indonesia and flew to Bandung, the third largest city in Indonesia.
I chose Bandung because I was attracted to the higher altitude (768m) and cool mountainous climate. But Bandung was more than that.
The laid back culture here, friendly Indonesians, the fact that most of the attractions are still mainly frequented by locals really make this place such a charm.
I was sold. I am convinced that I want to see so much more of Indonesia.
Bandung can be explored in about 4-5 days. People usually visit North Bandung in one, and South Bandung in another. Without further ado, I present to you 3 top things to do in North Bandung.
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! I have never seen a volcano crater before, much less an active one still spewing smoke and Sulphur. 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 we didn’t have the time. Be warned however, that the entrance ticket prices for foreigners are exorbitant.
Dusun Bambu (Bamboo Village in English) is a family leisure park in Cisarua, Lembang offering many activities for children and adults alike. I honestly didn’t have much expectations since it sounded like a touristy place. However, 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. These cost about SGD10 in total. There is also a second level seating for an equally good view.
The weather just makes our visit here so much more pleasurable.
Sierra Café & Lounge
Located in a river basin surrounded by the Parahyangan mountains, Bandung is dotted with various cafes offering panoramic rooftop views of the landscape. We chose to visit this particular one on our way back to the city (instead of the more expensive Valley Café nearby). It was a close to jaw-dropping experience when I saw how the classy restaurant was backed by a picturesque view of the hills and houses below. You can even enjoy alfresco dining and enjoy the cooling outdoor breeze. We ordered two mains and drinks which added up to about SGD20. Highly recommend this place!
Bonus: Mercure Bandung City Centre
Spend your nights in Mercure Bandung City Centre and you can’t go wrong. Enjoy an infinity pool view, sumptuous Indonesian/western buffet breakfast and a “Crazy Rich Ocean” Seafood Buffet right (SGD20/pax) at the rooftop.
I enjoyed my stay in Bandung and I miss it so much!