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Top 10 Things to Do and What to See in Bandung

Bandung is a well-known place in Indonesia and to travelers in Java especially. There are many things to do in Bandung and it is not short of attractions to see. Many locals will recommend going there for shopping, food and cool respite. It is a popular weekend destination for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of Jakarta. Many travelers would say they have their best Indonesian experience here.

Here the food is cheap and delicious, the things are cheap and in a huge variety and important Indonesian attractions are nearby. Therefore, it is no surprise that the whole place evolved around tourism industry so come here and have fun.

Here’s our take of Top 10 Things to Do and Must See in Bandung:

Bandung city, Java, Indonesia

Bandung city, Java, Indonesia. Photo by Irwandy Mazwir

 

Top Things To Do in Bandung

1. Shop in factory outlets

I am not exaggerating here, nobody goes back from Bandung empty handed. Especially if you go to the factory outlets at Jl Riau or Jl Dago, you will find all the hidden gems of quality clothes, shoes, bags and all else in various famous brands. All the items you find here are in good condition, brand new but in half the price!

Shopping at Bandung, Java, Indonesia

Shopping at Bandung. Photo by Azlan DuPree

2. Catch sunset at The Valley

If you are looking for another option to dine and something special to do in Bandung, you can choose to go to The Valley for dinner. This Western restaurant is located at a hilltop with amazing sunset view. The food is good too, so enjoy your meal while watching the sunset over Bandung city.

3. Eat at Kampung Daun

One of the Bandung’s best restaurant, many tourists come here for the relaxing ambiance with bamboo huts, streams, and waterfall. Food is not especially delicious but it is extensive and inexpensive. Come here for the overall experience of enjoying Indonesian cuisine in a comfortable and serene outdoor setting.

Kampung Daun restaurant at Bandung, Indonesia

Kampung Daun restaurant at Bandung. Photo by Chen Wu

4. Get lost in Pasar Baru

This epitome of Indonesian market in Bandung, you can get lost here and find all sorts of things that delight you. Travelers come here to source for fabrics and souvenirs. Prices here are unbelievable too especially if you have special bargaining skills. Though do take care of your belongings as this place is really crowded.

5. Enjoy the musical performance at Saung Angklung Udjo

This traditional musical performance is one of the best way to explore Indonesian culture. It is a 2 hour show of several parts including puppet show, mask dance, Angklung performance and dances with little kids. Watch the performance and maybe also participate in an Angklung workshop, they are bound to delight.

Saung Angklung Udjo, Bandung, Indonesia

Saung Angklung Udjo, Bandung. Photo by inna dee

6. Walk off the beaten path in search of rice terraces

How can one come to Asia and not be awed by towering rice terraces. Unknown to many, Bandung actually do have rolling rice fields and some rice terraces in the highlands. Bribe a local to tell you the location is and head there for a soul refreshing time. There’s one apparently in Ciwidey!

Rice Terraces at Bandung, Indonesia

Rice Terraces at Bandung. Photo by chrisinno

Top What to See in Bandung

1. Kawah Putih

Definitely in the top of the list of attractions for its stunningly beautiful lake as if set out of a movie. It is 2 hours away from Bandung city center and in the highland but it is worth to do. The place is cooling but beware of sunburn as it is still really sunny here without feeling it. This is a sulphuric lake as it comes from a volcano.The entire area can be explored in 30 minutes. Many people come here either by car hire or through a Kawah Putih, Bandung Tour.

Kawah Putih, Bandung, Java, Indonesia

Kawah Putih, Bandung, Java. Photo by firmatography

2. Tangkuban Perahu

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.

3. Villa Isola

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. This is one tourist attractions not to be missed. There are also cool places to stay nearby Villa Isola *

Tangkuban Perahu, Bandung, Java, Indonesia

Tangkuban Perahu, Bandung. Photo by Irwandy Mazwir

4. 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 the public and don’t forget to have a good chill and drink at the top floor while overlooking the city.

5. Gedung Merdeka

Another architectural wonder built for the rich previously and then made famous for hosting the first Asian-African conference. Though not much of an attraction but worth to take a look if you are nearby.

Gedung Merdeka, Bandung, Java, Indonesia

Gedung Merdeka, Bandung. Photo by MangAndri Kasep

There you have it, the best of what Bandung has to offer in terms of things to do and attractions to see. You will be amazed how you can enjoy yourself so much without actually really spending a lot, especially good for budget travelers who are backpacking in Indonesia, though carrying a lot of things after the shopping is another story altogether!

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