Bandung

Travel Guide
Bandung showing farmland, mountains and a sunset
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.

Where to stay in Bandung

ASTON Pasteur Hotel
ASTON Pasteur Hotel
4 out of 5
Jl. Dr. Djunjunan 162, Bandung, West Java, 40162
The price is RM170 per night from 12 Jul to 13 Jul
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Bandung. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in their reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (174 reviews)
"Good and clean"

Reviewed on 1 Jul 2022

ASTON Pasteur Hotel
The Gaia Hotel Bandung
The Gaia Hotel Bandung
3.5 out of 5
No.430 Jl. Dr. Setiabudi, Bandung, Jawa Barat, 40143
The price is RM554 per night from 10 Jul to 11 Jul
Stay at this 3.5-star family-friendly hotel in Bandung. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 outdoor pools. Popular attractions Amazing Art World and Villa Isola ...
5/5 Exceptional! (9 reviews)
"Excellent Facility and services"

Reviewed on 12 Jan 2022

The Gaia Hotel Bandung
Sheraton Bandung Hotel and Tower
Sheraton Bandung Hotel and Tower
5 out of 5
Jalan Ir Haji Juanda No 390, Bandung, West Java, 40135
The price is RM369 per night from 17 Jul to 18 Jul
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Bandung. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in their ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (158 reviews)
"The upgraded room was very friendly, and the counter staff was more than understanding of our objections to the first room. Thank you for the lovely time we spent in Bandung."

Reviewed on 26 Jun 2022

Sheraton Bandung Hotel and Tower
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
The Suites Metro Apartment - King Property
The Suites Metro Apartment - King Property
2.5 out of 5
Jl. Soekarno Hatta, 698, The Suite Metro, Tower A (In Front of Alfa Express), Bandung, West Java, 40286
The price is RM48 per night from 7 Jul to 8 Jul
Stay at this apartment in Bandung. Enjoy free WiFi, a terrace and a garden. Popular attractions Metro Indah Mall and Bandung Supermall are located nearby. Discover ...
3/5 (1 review)
"The unit needs to be renovated and modernized. The television needs to be replaced. It needs fast wifi and Netflix. Terrible wifi speeds, No fan, loud noise will wake you up at 3am Everyday."

Reviewed on 2 Nov 2021

The Suites Metro Apartment - King Property
Kencana Villa 7 Bedrooms with a Private Pool
Kencana Villa 7 Bedrooms with a Private Pool
3.5 out of 5
Jl. Bukit Kencana no 30, Bandung, West Java, 40135
The price is RM1,762 per night from 24 Jul to 25 Jul
Stay at this 3.5-star golf villa in Bandung. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and private pools. Popular attractions Dago Golf Course and West Java Culture Park ...
Kencana Villa 7 Bedrooms with a Private Pool
RedDoorz Apartment @ The Suites Metro Soekarno Hatta
RedDoorz Apartment @ The Suites Metro Soekarno Hatta
3 out of 5
Kiosk DGF1 Apartment Suites Metro, Jalan Soekarno Hatta No. 689B, Bandung, 40233
The price is RM64 per night from 4 Jul to 5 Jul
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly apartment in Bandung. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a children's pool. Popular attractions Metro Indah Mall and Bandung ...
2.3/5 (4 reviews)
Not a pleasant stay..
"Very dissapointed facility run down very old. Room not clean enough toilet floor not clean. Always need to ask them to change our bed sheet blanket pillow cover. Sick and tired keep on reminding instead of they should change daily.."

Reviewed on 7 Feb 2018

RedDoorz Apartment @ The Suites Metro Soekarno Hatta
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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