I have never been to Bandung. In fact I have never been to Indonesia but it certainly is on my Bucket List. Ever since we travelled to Japan, I have grown somewhat obsessed with Asia. This is why I decided to fly to Thailand this year and why I will keep exploring this incredibly diverse continent for several more years to come.
So while I have never been to Bandung, there are many experiences I plan to have when I finally do go. And that’s why, when Traveloka.com asked me to list out my must do activities in Bandung Indonesia, I was more than happy to oblige.
So here is a list of my top 11 things to do in Bandung.
PAY MY RESPECTS AT THE GRAND MOSQUE
Since its humble beginnings the Mosque has be turned into one of the city’s most iconic structures. It features a gorgeous stone facade, tiled dome roof, plenty of minarets and intricate details such as the fish scale motif on its walls.
If you are not a history buff or architecture nerd, like Gary and me, I would still recommend you pop in and head to the top of its tower for a stunning panoramic view of Bandung. On a clear day you might even get a glimpse of Mount Tangkuban Perahu.
SAVOUR LOCAL SPECIALITIES AT A FLOATING MARKET
One thing we didn’t do in Thailand was visit a floating market. A lot of Asian cities are renowned for their floating markets. Bandung is one of them. If you get a chance you should really visit one. One of the best places to savour local specialities in Bandung is the Lembang Floating market. Here you can enjoy smaller snacks or even have a larger meal. It is also a great place for keen photographers. The colourful floating stalls on the scenic man-made lake make it a very attractive photographic subject. You can also hire a canoe or a water cycle, to exsplore the lake at your own leisure. You can even feed the many rabbits or hop on a Choo Choo train. In general, it takes about 30 minutes to reach the Lembang Floating Market by car. However weekend traffic can prolong your journey by an additional 30 minutes.
GAZE AT THE SKY AT THE BOSSCHA OBSERVATORY
London is so light polluted that it is often difficult to get a glimpse of the stars in the sky. This is why I would certainly pop into the Bosscha Observatory, Indonesia’s oldest observatory.
The observatory was built in 1923 during the Dutch colonial era, and was acquired by Institut Teknologi Bandung in 1959 for research in mathematics and natural sciences.
Here you can borrow a high quality telescope and marvel at the universe. You will be able to see everything from the red craters of mars to the rings of Saturn. Depending on the weather conditions, you might even get the chance to see Jupiter, Venus and several Nebulas. If you are truly lucky though you will witness a meteor shower. These only happen on a few nights every other month. A schedule of the meteor showers is shown on the observatory’s website, so go check it out in advance!
Note that the observatory is only open to the public between 9:00-13:00 on Saturdays and that it’s advisable to make a reservation beforehand.
HIKE THE LIVE CRATER OF TANGKUBAN PERAHU VOLCANO
Although there are many things to do within the city of Bandung, one of the main draws for tourists, are the many volcanoes and hiking trails that surround it. And thus Bandung is a great place to have an adventure.
Bandung is located a mere 18 miles from the active volcano Tangkuban Perahu, that’s about a two hours drive form the city.
It must be an incredible experience to hike up the volcano and step into its active crater. Just picture the white steaming smoke, as it engulfs you and makes your heart beat just a little faster.
Once you reach the peak, you will be surprised to find rows of stores, selling handicrafts, souvenirs and street food. Grab something to eat, while you enjoy the incredible view that surrounds you
DINE IN THE TREETOPS OF DUSUN BAMBU
Dusun Bamboo is a little patch of paradise. This family leisure park is located approximately an hour outside of the city of Bandung, at the foot of the Situ Lembang Mountains.
From the car park you will need to hop onto a fancy floral shuttle in order to reach the entrance of the park. Here a gigantic bamboo structure welcomes you to the leisure park, before you head down the verdant walking paths.
Dusun Bamboo is the perfect respite from the hustle and bustle of the city, and a great alternative to another visit to the malls. You can participate in numerous activities, from jumping into a hot air balloon to canoeing from hut to hut, all while enjoying the crisp atmosphere of Lembang.
For a unique dining experience, sit down in one of Dusun Bambu’s hanging nests, the Lutung Kasarung. Or move to even higher altitudes and enjoy a satisfying meal at café Burangrang. The views from this restaurant are absolutely jaw-dropping.
If you haven’t had enough by 10pm, when the park shuts its gate, you can stay the night in one of the wooden cottages or rent a tent for a more outdoor experience.
VISIT KAWAH PUTIH, THE MYSTICAL LAKE ABOVE THE CLOUDS
TAKE A SELFIE IN A TEA PLANTATION
PICK STRAWBERRIES IN THE HILLS
RECONNECT WITH NATURE IN DAGO PAKAR
LISTEN TO THE TINCKLING OF THE ANGKLUNG
HAVE A RESTFUL NIGHT AT GH UNIVERSAL HOTEL
Disclaimer: Please note that this post was created in collaboration with Traveloka. The article was however written by me and all opinions stated are my own