Think about travelling to Indonesia… Bali? No! Forget Bali. Think Bandung, instead. You might not find quite as many backpackers traveling in Bandung as you’ll see flocking to Bali, which might be a good thing (just saying!) Bandung is quite popular amongst Indonesians, and visiting feels like seeing more of the local side of Indonesia, beyond the main popular sites that everyone goes to.
Lying up in the Parahyangan mountains, Bandung is the perfect cool escape – nicknamed the Paris of Java by the Dutch, Bandung is known for its beautiful buildings, especially the old art deco ones you can see in the residential areas. In fact, Bandung was somewhat of a resort center for Dutch in the 1900s, giving it a European aesthetic that you can still see today.
There is definitely something about Bandung, either the lush green mountain surroundings or the old decadent houses, this place feels right to turn on the holiday mode.
Top Things To Do in Bandung
A stunningly beautiful lake. Seeing the surreal, whitish green lake reminded me once again why I travel: it’s to arrive at destinations like this and think: the world is so beautiful! This is a sulphuric lake as it comes from a volcano.The entire area can be explored in 30 minutes.
Cooling but beware of sunburn as it is still really sunny here without feeling it.
About 1.5 hours from Bandung, it is yet another crater from a volcano in Indonesia that is worth the visit for the sheer awe of the view from the top. This may be second best to Kawah Putih but still worth to visit.
Built by an Italian millionaire and perched at the northern part of Bandung, Villa Isola overlooks a breathtaking view of the city to the south.
GEDUNG SATE AND THE VIEW
Built and used by the Dutch companies, it is popular for its satay food decoration. It has 6 ornaments symbolizing 6 million guldens. Now it is used as the office for West Java governor. Luckily, the place is open to public and don’t forget to have a good chill and drink at the top floor while overlooking the city.
Where To Stay
As a former Dutch colony, this scenic city, surrounded by volcanic mountains, also features an array of beautiful Dutch-inspired buildings. Bandung is also known for a wide variety of unique accommodations to stay in Bandung, without Bali’s tourist crowds, as well as some dirt-cheap shopping available at its factory outlets.
Yes, it means what you think it means – here, you can basically find places to live like a king without burning out this month’s paycheck.
Stevie G Hotel is a great example of this, perfectly located, quirky and unique decoration with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. This Hotel is is surrounded by many restaurants, shopping areas and close to Villa Isola and the Museum Barli. If you get a chance have a peek in the different rooms – each room has a different and uber cool decoration.