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October 2010

Bandung, Indonesia

sunny 23 °C

Bandung is the cooler part of the Indonesia Java island as it's situated at the altitude of 768m with the surroundings of lush and beautiful mountains, tea plantations that makes the climate mild and pleasant. Bandung is most famous with the locals as the city where many universities are situated and many people from Jakarta takes a quick shopping holiday in Bandung because it's only a mere 2 hours drive away.

There are many good hotels for you to choose from. The city is famous for it's interesting architecture (old and new) and being a clothing production city, it offers a wide variety of fashion and apparels at a very reasonable price. We spent the first day shopping around Jalan Riau, Jalan Dago, JalanSukajadi & Jalan Setiabudi. The streets are filled with road side stalls and street stalls as well as factory outlets and local Distros. If you prefer a more familliar branding items, you may want to hit a mall. Chi-Walk mall at Jalan Chihampelas is a good spot to hangout. Rumah Mode is a must go shopping house!

If you are tired and need some rest for food and drinks, do try their very own bottle of Teh Botol (sweet local tea drink in a bottle), my very favourite is their avocado juice and markisar juice. The juices are thick and smooth which no water or ice added. Nothing beats a cool avocado with chocolate/oreo drink after a long hard day of shopping. Never miss trying out or take home a Brownie Kukus (Steamed brownie) from Bandung. It's really an all time favourite at only USD4 a box!

Taxis are easily available, however some taxis will not go by meter. The best taxi company is Blue Bird. You can recognise them by the blue colour bird logo on their taxis. You can also call them to reserve a taxi by calling (62)(22) 7561234. If you decide to go outskirts of Bandung for a more scenic adventure, you may want to call a transport rental company to rent a car with the driver. They usually have service for rent including the driver for 12 or 18 hours a day charge inclusive of petrol and driver's fee. The company to call for this service is Cipaganti (62)(22) 2034376. Usualy rates for all inclusive 12 hour rental could range between USD 60-70. Just get your itinerary ready for the driver the next day when he appears at your hotel lobby.

A trip to Bandung would not be complete without a nice plan to visit Mount Tangkupan Perahu, just outskirts of Bandung town. I suggest you plan your itinerary as such: early in the morning, get your driver to drive to Mount tangkupan perahu, but as you pass by Lembang, just look out for a place that sells fresh cow's milk (flavoured are available too) and get him to stop you at the place to try some milk. Then proceed to Mount tangkupan perahu or Tangkuban Parahu in local sundanese dialect, is an active volcano 30 km north of the city of Bandung, the provincial capital of West Java, Indonesia. It is a popular tourist attraction where tourists can hike or ride to the edge of the crater to view the hot water springs upclose, and buy eggs cooked on its hot surface. This stratovolcano is on the island of Java and last erupted in 1983. Scary as it sounds, it's actually quite a fun adventure and educational trip. You can smell the sulphur from the top and a guide will take you around the top and explain about the place. Charges apply for the tour guide but it's necessary for a first timer to pay as he will be guiding you down to the crater. Please remember that charges apply by the hour. Entrance fee is Rp50,000 for foreigners but it's worth while if you like hiking downhill. Your driver will be waiting for you at the foothill of the hike to pick you up again. You might want to wear hiking shoes for this as the volcanic steam comes up quite frequently when you are at the crater. After the hike, we proceeded to Seri Ater, which is a hot spring area and by paying a small fee, you cna spend some time soaking yourselves in the hot spring water and have a splash there. After that, you may proceed to Sindang Reret for some Sundanese food. You may want to try eating gold fish if you are adventurous enough, but not for me.

As you are driving along the tea plantations, take time to ask your driver to stop along some small stalls that overlooks the tea plantation. They serve some nice mouth watering desserts like Pisang keju (Banana with cheese) and Jagung Keju (Corn with cheese). You can eat them while enjoying a nice green scenary overlooking the tea plantations for awhile in the late afternoon. By 5pm, you may want to ask the driver to take you to The Peak where it's the best place to view a good sunset before the sun goes down. Although the modern restaurant looks tempting for you to dine there, I strongly suggest another more interesting spot which is called Kampung Daun for a more outdoor, balinese feel, fusion food dinning restaurant which is rather romantic as well. As we walk in, we sould hear waterfalls and nice jungle sound with lanterns litted around the place and we were placed in a nice gazebo enjoying the outdoor nature. Just take your sweet time spending 2-3 hours there or even take a short nap to recuperate from the day's trip. After that, you may proceed back to Bandung city at around 10-11pm to The Valley Restaurant at Jalan Lembah Pakar Timur off Jalan Dago (end of it) to have a nice dessert and enjoy the night scene of Bandung city from the top of the restaurant. you day is complete :)

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Mount Tangkupan Perahu

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Tea Plantation

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Ciater Hotspring

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Kampung Daun's Ambience

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Teh botol

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