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Bandung

Once known as the Paris of Java, Bandung boasts beautiful colonial architecture and a thriving arts and café culture, all overlooked by the peaks of the Parahyangun mountains. 

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.

Top hotels in Bandung

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Swiss-Belresort Dago Heritage
Swiss-Belresort Dago Heritage
4 out of 5
Lapangan Golf Dago Atas No.78, Bandung, Jawa Barat
The price is RM191 per night

This family-friendly Bandung hotel is located in the historical district, within 3 mi (5 km) of Dago Golf Course and Jalan Cihampelas. Cihampelas Walk and Gedung ...

4/5Very Good! (21 reviews)

"Best Property if you want to enjoy and relax with your family. Highly Recommend this hotel !"…"

Reviewed on 28 Mar 2020

Swiss-Belresort Dago Heritage
Kampioen Bed & Breakfast
Kampioen Bed & Breakfast
3.5 out of 5
Jl. DR. Gunawan No.6, Pasir Kaliki, Cicendo, Kota Bandung, Bandung, West Java
The price is RM66 per night

Situated in Bandung, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Living Plaza Bandung, Jalan Cihampelas, and Cihampelas Walk. Paris Van Java Mall and Pasar Baru Trade ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (4 reviews)

"Very attentive staff and great facility! Buffet breakfast is very good."…"

Reviewed on 17 Jun 2019

Kampioen Bed & Breakfast
ibis budget Bandung Asia Afrika
ibis budget Bandung Asia Afrika
2.5 out of 5
Jl Asia Afrika No 128, Bandung, West Java
The price is RM60 per night

Located in Astana Anyar, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Braga Street and Braga City Walk. Pasar Baru Trade Center and Jalan Cihampelas are also within ...

3.9/5Good! (59 reviews)

"Great and awesome"…"

Reviewed on 11 Nov 2019

ibis budget Bandung Asia Afrika

Top things to do in Bandung

Bandung:Historic Discovery Tour with Angklung Musical Show
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Bandung:Historic Discovery Tour with Angklung Musical Show

RM750
Per adult
Bandung:Bamboo Village with Floating Market & Farm House
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Bandung:Bamboo Village with Floating Market & Farm House

RM636
Per adult
Bandung:Floating Market,Farmhouse & Musical Angklung Show
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Bandung:Floating Market,Farmhouse & Musical Angklung Show

RM712
Per adult
Bandung:Kawah Putih,Patenggang Lake&Cibaduyut Shopping Tour
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Bandung:Kawah Putih,Patenggang Lake&Cibaduyut Shopping Tour

RM652
Per adult
Admission & Private Guided Tour of Trans Studio Theme Park
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Admission & Private Guided Tour of Trans Studio Theme Park

RM349
Per adult
Private Full-Day Bandung Shopping Tour
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Private Full-Day Bandung Shopping Tour

RM245
Per adult

Reviews of Bandung

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 30.76923076923077%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 15.384615384615385%
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2 - Disappointing 3.8461538461538463%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Jul 2019

We love bandung

5/5 - Excellent

Ade

29 Apr 2019

Paris van Java-, the nice city

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

11 Mar 2019

Good vibes.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

26 Feb 2019

Lalu lintasnya bikin bingung....

5/5 - Excellent

Reyner

23 Feb 2019

City and Nature, good food and good shopping, Bandung have it all

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