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Nicknamed the “Java of Paris” due to its Parisian and European similarities, when visiting Indonesia, be sure to spend some time exploring the fascinating city of Bandung, Indonesia. Surrounded by the green lush Parahyangan Mountains, at an altitude of 768 meters, the capital of West Java boasts a pleasantly mild climate. Before setting off to see what the city has to offer it’s a good idea to settle into your accommodation. Located in proximity to the airport and numerous tourist attractions the modern, comfortable Crowne Plaza Bandung from Traveloka is an excellent choice.
1. Experience the sites of the city on the Bandros.
Short for ‘Bandung Tour on Bus,’ the tour bus is a (smaller) replica of the iconic London double-decker bus with an open-air upper deck to enjoy the sights. Complete with a guide; the thirty-minute tour includes many of Bandung’s historic landmarks such as Jl. Braga, Gedung Sate, Dago City Hall. Call +622-61591010 / +62877-36081998 for further information, or visit Facebook.
2. Museum of Geology, Bundang, Indonesia
The museum, founded in 1928, houses large collections of hominid and pre-historic animal fossil skeletons. It’s a must see for history and geology buffs, and of course, kids love fossil skeletons! The most popular exhibit is the T-Rex, and you’ll also find an elephant skeleton. Open daily from 9 am to 3 pm, except Fridays and public holidays. Location map
3. Trans Studio Bundang
Next for a bit of excitement, if you like roller coasters, this theme park/mall was made for you with one of Asia’s fastest roller coasters, ramping up to 120mph in 3.5 seconds! The theme park is a take on Disney and Universal Studios. Don’t miss strolling through the Science Center before indulging in some brand name shopping and dining out at the adjacent Trans Studio Mall. Open Monday – Friday 10 am – 9 pm; Saturday – Sunday 9 am – 11 pm. Official site
4. Take in a performance at the Saung Angklung Udjo
This is a perfect destination for visitors who enjoy traditional music and seeking a hands-on cultural experience. The angklung is an instrument made from bamboo, unique to the Sudanese culture. Take in a concert, visit the bamboo handicraft center and instrument workshop. The Saung Angklung Udjo is located outside of Bandung’s downtown area, so to ensure that you arrive on time for a performance or workshop plan your trip accordingly. Visit the official site to determine performance times and opening hours.
5. Nu Art Sculpture Park
The 3-hectare park is a calm oasis in the middle of bustling Bundang, featuring the works of Indonesian sculptor Nyoman Nuarta. His workshop is also on site. Check out the Indonesian art in the museum and gallery. Grab lunch at the Copper and Brass Restaurant or coffee at the N-Cafe. Numerous art events held on site throughout the year (schedule).
Open: 9 am – 5 pm: Sunday to Thursday/9 am – 9 pm: Friday and Saturday.
Phone:+62 22 2017812
Finally, there are numerous day trips available within easy, driving distance of Bandung, Indonesia. These include Kawah Putih, the White Crater, Ranca Bali Tea Plantation, and the famous volcano Tangkuban Perahu. Check out the Solitary Wanderer’s excellent post Daytrips from Bandung for a complete list, and some remarkable photographs.
Have you been to Bandung, Indonesia? Let’s hear from you in the comments!
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