Bandung

Indonesia

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Photo provided by Visit Indonesia

Come to Bandung and experience a true treat for the senses. Browse some of Indonesia’s finest galleries, in particular those dedicated to the arts and crafts of the Sudanese population. Eat spicy, exotic dishes at the many street carts and restaurants and shop for local produce in the colourful markets. Hike into the clean, cool air of the nearby mountains and enjoy a rejuvenating soak in a natural hot spring. Return to the town to enjoy a lively night out in the city’s bars and clubs.

Bandung is Indonesia’s third-largest city with a population of around 8 million. Its location, 750 metres (2,500 feet) above sea level gives the city a cooler climate than many other Javanese towns, which is perhaps why the Dutch loved it here so much. The Dutch left a rich legacy of colonial architecture in Bandung. Villa Isola (Bumi Siliwangi), with its stunning fountains and gardens, and Gedung Merdeka, the site of the first ever Africa-Asia conference, are just two examples.

The city is known as one of Java’s cultural hubs, with students, artists and intellectuals rubbing shoulders in the numerous cafés, bars and restaurants. Locals love their food. Everywhere you go in the city you will encounter enticing smells from restaurants and street carts. To guarantee yourself a good meal, head to Burangang Street, where a huge variety of eateries compete for your business. Shoppers looking for a bargain should head to Jalan Cihampelas also known as Jeans Street, home to a wide range of outlet stores.

Bandung also makes a great base to explore the surrounding mountains and volcanoes. Take a day visit to the hillside resort Lembang and visit the Sari Ater Hot Springs on your way down. The 2-hour trek up Tangkuban Prahu Volcano is another highlight.

Locals get around by angkot, which are small minibuses, but the easiest way to navigate the city is by taxi. Being such a large city, Bandung is well connected to the rest of the country by air and road, making it a popular weekend destination for Jakartans.

Known for

Volcanoes, Universities and Theme Parks

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Where to stay in Bandung

Setiabudi
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Setiabudi

Swimming, Universities, Culture

Setiabudi is a welcoming neighbourhood. The neighbourhood’s architecture and university culture are just a couple of its charming qualities.

Pasirkaliki
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Pasirkaliki

Fashion, Swimming, Shopping

Pasirkaliki is a welcoming, walkable neighbourhood. The neighbourhood’s charm comes through in its friendly people. Broaden your horizons with some local shopping.

Sukajadi
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Sukajadi

Shopping, Universities, Monuments

Sukajadi is a welcoming neighbourhood that’s popular for its coffee shops. The neighbourhood’s charm comes through in its university culture. Broaden your horizons with some local shopping.

Hegarmanah
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Hegarmanah

Friendly People, Walking, Swimming

A welcoming neighbourhood, Hegarmanah offers a variety of options for restaurants.

Astana Anyar
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Astana Anyar

Monuments, Shopping, Culture

Astana Anyar is a welcoming, walkable neighbourhood. The neighbourhood’s friendly people and rich culture are just a couple of its charming qualities. Broaden your horizons with some local shopping.

Turangga
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Turangga

Turangga is a neighbourhood that welcomes all visitors.

Top hotels in Bandung

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Hilton Bandung
5 out of 5
Jl. HOS Tjokroaminoto No. 41-43, Bandung
£63/night
6 Aug-7 Aug
4.6/5Wonderful! (372 reviews)

"The friendly staff, really helpful. The spacious room. Simply awesome"…"

Reviewed on 11 Jul 2019

Hilton Bandung
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Aston Pasteur Hotel
4 out of 5
Jl. Dr. Djunjunan 162, Bandung
£38/night
5 Aug-6 Aug
4.1/5Very Good! (138 reviews)

"It’s a nice hotel and not far from airport. Staffs are friendly and helpful too. The only bad experience I had was going up and down in the lift for more than 10mins. Then I realised it’s a staff’s lift. Anyway, overall it’s a nice hotel."…"

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2019

Aston Pasteur Hotel
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Crowne Plaza Bandung
4.5 out of 5
Jl. Lembong No.19, Bandung
£36/night
22 Jul-23 Jul
4.3/5Excellent! (106 reviews)

"The front desk staff were ever smiling and helpful. The waitresses at the restaurant serving breakfast were responsive and charming. We had a great experience during our 5-day stay."…"

Reviewed on 3 May 2019

Crowne Plaza Bandung

Popular things to do in Bandung

Gedung Sate
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Gedung Sate

After visiting Gedung Sate, make a plan to see the other sights and activities in Bandung. While in this culturally rich area, find time to visit its shops.

Top activities in Bandung

Private Full-Day White Crater Volcano Tour
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Private Full-Day White Crater Volcano Tour

£36

Explore the volcanos and spectacular natural scenes around the city of Bandung on a full-day tour with a private guide. Climb to the edge of Kawah Putih and gaze into its famous crater, framed between endless horizons of green, rolling hills.

Bandung Tour: Tangkuban Perahu Crater & Rainforest Walk
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Bandung Tour: Tangkuban Perahu Crater & Rainforest Walk

£80

Meet by our guide and ride in a private car to North of BandungTangkuban Perahu, an active volcano 2,084 meters above sea level that looks like an upturned boat from a distance. This is an easy access volcano as you can drive up near the barren and dreary crater and walk on the trails surrounding it.

Bandung Tour: Heritage & Angklung Intro
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Bandung Tour: Heritage & Angklung Intro

£59

Pick up by our guide and ride in private car. Museum Sri Baduga located in a building that references a traditional Sundanese (the main ethic group in West Java) stilted house and is named for the King of Pajajaran, a 15th-16th century Hindu Sundanese kingdom, whose capital corresponds to modern-day Bogor.

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