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Travel Date: End of August
Flight: AirAsia (KUL – BDO – KUL)
Flight Ticket: RM231/pax
Tour Transport: Java Private Tour
A trip down to Bandung, Indonesia, nicknamed as ‘Paris of Java’ due to the beauty of its natural landscape and its rich heritage in arts and culture. Nestled between mountains, filled with tea plantations, Bandung is also well known for cool calming weather, which made us forgot that we were in South East Asia!! It is a perfect getaway for ‘City’ people from hustle and bustle city life! So if you are planning to visit Indonesia for the first time, this is definitely a good kick start!
* Special thanks to Mr Edu (the man behind Java Private Tour) for the arrangement and he did his best to accommodate our request through WhatsApp and Skype too! Very much appreciated!
Day One – Free & Easy
Husein Sastranegara International Airport – Soto Sedaap Boyolali (Breakfast) – Grand Tebu Bandung – Rumah Mode Factory Outlet – Sudirman Street Night Market
We were welcomed by Happy, our driver from Java Private Tour once we touched down. Happy is friendly and lovely, knowing that it was our first time in Bandung, he started to share with us about the culture and lifestyle here! The infamous Bandung traffic during weekends is a nightmare! Plus, entrance fee on tourist attractions during weekend is much more higher compared to weekdays!! Hence, it is advisable that you travel to attractions on weekdays to save cost and time. But breezy and cool weather in Bandung, making you wonder how on earth can such cold weather exist in Indonesia?
Our first stop is definitely FOOD, dive straight into local cuisine for breakfast. Soto Sedaap Boyolali is well-known in Bandung for their Soto and variety of fried condiments – tahu, sate, tempe kripik and more!
Then proceed with some shopping in Cihampelas Street (pronounced as “chiam-plus”), also referred as ‘Jean Street’, selling a ranged of jeans, t-shirts and clothing with competitive price. Just take note that the branded goods here aren’t authentic.
After some shopping, we headed to Grand Tebu Hotel Bandung to check-in and took some rest before heading out for dinner. Surprisingly, the sky turned dark pretty early here, around 1800 WIB.
We went to Rumah Mode Factory Outlet for some shopping again, one of the popular factory outlets, aside from Heritage The Factory Outlet! But sadly, nothing caught our eyes and we decided to settle our dinner here before we proceed to next stop.
Unfortunately, we made the wrong decision as Sudirman Street Night Market offered a diversity of cuisine from Chinese, Indonesian, Malay and more! You can even get ‘Bak Kut Teh’ here, no kidding!! But we were too full to enjoy it.
Day Two – South Bandung
White Crater (Kawah Putih) – Kawah Rengganis – Patenggang Lake – Ranca Upas Deer Farm
Waking up early to enjoy our breakfast in Grand Tebu Hotel Bandung before we set off. Kawah Putih is also known as White Crater, about 2 hours away from hotel. This stunning turquoise-blue, volcanic crater lake will definitely take your breath away. It is a favourite destination for tourists. regardless of locals or foreigners. Bring a mask along as there is a lot of sulphur in the air and be sure to grab a jacket too. It can be chilly here due to the lake’s high elevation.
Kawah Rengganis is just 15 minutes away from Kawah Putih. This area contains high sulphur causing it misty and stinks, giving us unpleasant smell, so do bring along a mask. As it is an active volcano, hot spring is pretty common here. Visitors are welcomed to enjoy and relax themselves in hot spring. Don’t be surprise on the handmade heart-shaped pool, you gotta love it! We were offered to take bikes to reach the entrance as the main road was closed causing cars were unable to enter.
While for Patenggang Lake, there was nothing much for us to explore. It is more like a recreation park for couples or families. We were grateful that Happy recommended us some fritters – banana, bala bala and tofu, it was mouthwatering. In fact this is the best we had throughout our trip!
If you are an animal lover, Kampung Cai Ranca Upas or Deer Farm will definitely be your paradise! You can even walk down into the enclosure, interact and feed the deer! Such an amazing experience! Don’t forget to catch some nice photos as the view is beautiful!
Kawah Putih Fee: IDR 75,000/pax (Weekdays) IDR 150,000/car OR IDR 15,000/pax (Angkot Mini Bus) to the entrance of Kawah Putih Patenggang Lake Fee: IDR 45,000/car Kampung Cai Ranca Upas (Deer Farm) Fee: IDR 25,000/pax IDR 10,000/car IDR 10,000/bundle of carrots
Day Three – Hiking & Adventure Activities
Gunung Hawu – Stone Garden – Indiana Camp – Maulana Yusuf Satay
There is basically not much info about Gunung Hawu, not in English content I guess. But we were attracted to the photos (from Google) so we decided to explore it ourselves. Another day waking up early to prep ourselves for the adventure! The road was bumpy and rough due to stones, there was no signage at all to guide us where to hike or the entrance. I guess this is not a tourist spot (yet) but who cares? Trekking up the hill with no guidance and ta-dah we made it! When we both thought there will be a hammock between cliffs but it turned out not what we expected! Heart-broken~ But still we managed to take some cool photos though!
Stone Garden is a unique natural landscape where different sizes and shapes of rock on the hill! It is no doubt a great scenery, instagrammable view but it was pretty hot as there was no shade to cover.
Just when we were done with posing and headed back to our car. Happy came and talked to us about Indiana Camp!! Happy saw our disappointment after Gunung Hawu (we did complain a little), he then bumped into the owner of Indiana Camp, while waiting for us and the story of us began…
We were over the moon, literally shouting out loud because they provide hammock between cliffs!! IT IS NOW OR NEVER! *ONLY FOR DAREDEVILS!!*
This is definitely a MUST-TRY in Bandung!
After spoken with As Sidney Empe, the owner of Indiana Camp, they do provide ‘hammock between cliffs’ service in other mountains too such as Gunung Hawu! Just give them a call for booking! *Now we know! LOL*
Sate Maulana Yusuf is one of the most popular street foods in Bandung, serving you tender and juicy satay with the choice of – beef, lamb and chicken! This legend satay is a MUST TRY food in Bandung! Give it a try on their ‘Soto’ and ‘Siomay’ too! You will love it!
Gunung Hawu Fee: IDR 8,000/pax IDR 10,000/car Stone Garden Fee: IDR 8,000/pax IDR 10,000/car Indiana Camp Fee: IDR 200,000/pax (fee is vary depends on number of pax) Contact: +62 818 0222 1201 (Sidney Empe)
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