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Bandung is the capital city of West Java province, and the third largest city in Indonesia after Jakarta and Surabaya. Nicknamed Parijs van Java (Paris of Java) by the Dutch for its resemblance to Paris and European atmosphere back at the colonial times, it is locally called as Kota Kembang, literally meaning the Flowery City since Bandung used to have a lot of flowers (before in the colonial era and republic era up to early 60's).

A city sitting in a former lake with an altitude of 768 meters above sea level, the surroundings of lush and beautiful Parahyangan mountains makes the climate cooler than most major cities in Indonesia. If you are into the city situation, look for its universities to study, apparel products to try on and wonderful places for gastronomic adventure. Nowadays, Bandung has become a very popular weekend escape for Jakartans because of its close proximity and in long 3 consecutive days of holidays gets heavy traffic jams (need at least a half hour for 3 kilometers).

Districts[edit]

Administratively, the city of Bandung (Kota Bandung) is divided in 30 districts (kecamatan). However, for this travel guide the city has been divided in the following five districts, that are more useful for travellers.

Districts of Bandung
Central Bandung
Bandung's city centre, with at its heart the Alun-alun lawn square. The district includes part of the historic Great Post Road (Jalan Asia Afrika), along which Bandung was established, and the main railway station.
North Bandung
Colonial era villas, government buildings, and the ITB university campus along Jalan Dago that runs from the city centre into the hills. Nowadays, this is the centre for restaurants, cafés, and factory outlet stores.
Northwest Bandung
Ample opportunities for shopping, from the Jalan Cihampelas 'jeans street' to the extensive Paris Van Java shopping mall. Northwest Bandung also includes the main road into the mountains of Lembang, and the airport.
South Bandung
Vast residential areas on Bandung's southern plain. A highlight for travellers is Trans Studio, one of the biggest indoor theme parks in the world.
East Bandung
More residential areas. Saung Angklung Udjo, a cultural centre with traditional Sundanese music performances, is in this district.

The Greater Bandung Metropolitan Area (Bandung Raya) has a population of more than 8 million, and extends well beyond the city of Bandung. The city of Cimahi in the west is Bandung's largest suburb. For travellers, the surroundings of Lembang in the north and Ciwidey in the south are among the highlights of Greater Bandung.

Understand[edit]

History[edit]

Although the oldest written reference to the city dates back to 1488, there were numerous archaeological finds of "Java Man" that lived on the banks of Cikapundung river and the shores of Bandung's Great Lake.

In the 17th-18th century, the Dutch East Indies Company (VOC) created small plantations in Bandung, with a road to Batavia (today's Jakarta) completed in 1786. In 1809, Louis Bonaparte, the ruler of the Netherlands and its colonies, ordered the Dutch Indies Governor H.W. Daendels to improve Java's defenses against the threat of the English, who occupied the nearby Malay peninsula. Daendels responded by building the Great Post Road (De Groote Postweg) that stretched about 1000 km between the west and the east coasts of Java. Because north coast was in the form of impassable swamps and marshes at the time, the road was diverted through Bandung along what is now Jalan Asia-Afrika.

Daendels liked Bandung's strategic location so much that he ordered the capital to be moved there. Military barracks were built and Bupati Wiranatakusumah II, the chief administrator of that area, built his dalem (palace), Masjid Agung (The Grand Mosque) and pendopo (meeting place) in the classical Javan alun-alun (city square) near a pair of holy city wells (Sumur Bandung) and facing the mystical mountain of Tangkuban Perahu (near Lembang).

Powered by its cinchona (for malaria drug quinine), tea, and coffee plantations, Bandung prospered and developed into an exclusive European style resort with hotels, cafes, and shops. Many of Bandung landmarks, including the Preanger and Savoy Homann hotels, as well as the shopping street of Jalan Braga, are still available today. The Concordia Society building, now Gedung Merdeka, was built with a large ball room as a club for rich Europeans to spend their weekends.

Pasopati bridge flyover, a new landmark of Bandung.

In 1880, the first major railroad between Jakarta to Bandung opened, boosting small industries and bringing in Chinese workers. The first of Bandung universities, the Technische Hogeschool (TH) was established on July 3, 1920. One of the its alumni members is President Soekarno himself. That university is now known as the Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB)

In 1942, after Japanese soldiers landed in coastal areas of Java, the Dutch retreated from Jakarta to Bandung, but were driven out from there as well and surrendered soon after. After the end of the war, first the British and later the Dutch came back trying to reestablish the pre-war colonial situation, but on March 24, 1946, during the struggle for Indonesian independence, the city of Bandung was burned down by retreating forces of the TRI, because they would not comply with the order given by the British forces to move out of Bandung to the south (Bandung Sea of Fire/Bandung Lautan Api). For the TRI this act was a sign of refusal to surrender. Over 200,000 people fled the city during the incident.

In 1955, the Asia Africa Conference (Konferensi Asia Afrika) was held in Bandung, paving the way for the creation of the Non-Aligned Movement in 1961. The Indonesian parliament was located in Bandung from 1955 to 1966, but was moved back to Jakarta in 1966.

Orientation[edit]

Today's Bandung is a sprawling city of 2.7 million people and suffers from many of the same problems as other Indonesian cities. Traffic is congested, old buildings have been torn down, and once idyllic residences have turned into business premises, fortunately the facades are still same.

There are main roads that roughly split the city into three parts, the north, the central, and the south. The Pasupati overpass splits the north and the central. Dago or H Juanda and Merdeka are the main roads from north to south. The Jenderal Sudirman, Asia Afrika, Kosambi and Jenderal Ahmad Yani cuts the central and the south. If you enter using the toll road, you will start from the outskirts first and then make your way into the city center.

Road in bahasa Indonesia is translated into Jalan and abbreviated into Jl.; this applies to all kind of road from small road to major road. You will see a lot of Jl. in front of the road name in this guide. Very small road that cannot by passed by car is called Gang and abbreviated into Gg.

Tourist information[edit]

Get in[edit]

Map of central Bandung in detail.

Bandung is located in the central highlands. It can be reached from Jakarta via the toll road or by train. When using the road, there are many small buses connecting Jakarta and Bandung. An alternative to the toll road is the winding and mountainous roads through Puncak (=Peak). The route through Puncak is quite scenic but on weekends and public holidays the traffic is congested.

By plane[edit]

Bandung's 2 Husein Sastranegara (IATA: BDO) Airport has a difficult location among the mountains and has only limited services with narrow-body airplanes. The airport is located at the end of Pajajaran Street, 4 km from the centre of the city. There's no metered taxi available from inside Bandung Airport. The official taxi of the airport (a monopoly) didn't use meter and will only drive with a taxi ticket (the ticket shown the amount you have to pay to the driver) which can be bought at the taxi booth near the international arrival exit gate for a minimum of Rp 40.000. Most hotels provide a free airport transfer services.

All of Indonesia's major airlines are present at Bandung Airport, offering frequent connections with most of Indonesia's major cities, with at least daily flights to 13 destinations including Surabaya (East Java), Medan (Sumatra), Makassar (Sulawesi) and Bali. There is no scheduled flight connection with Indonesia's capital Jakarta, as the distance between both cities is a mere 125 km only. In addition to the wide range of domestic destinations, AirAsia connects Bandung with multiple daily flights to Malaysia (Johor Bahru and Kuala Lumpur) and Singapore. Also Malindo Air has daily flights from/to Kuala Lumpur, and Silk Air five weekly from/to Singapore.

Jakarta's Soekarno Hatta International Airport airport is 2.5 hours away (plus any, often significant, traffic jams) from Bandung. A number of companies offer direct shuttle bus services to Bandung, including a convinience Primajasa big bus; see the next two sections for details.

By bus[edit]

Bus services connect Bandung and smaller surrounding cities. Several long-route buses are also available from major big cities. The most convenient way is the air-conditioned bus with the express or non-stop tag. The main bus terminals in Bandung are 3 Leuwipanjang, serving buses from the west (Bogor, Jakarta, Merak, Pandeglang, Tangerang, Depok, Bekasi, Cikarang, Cibinong and Sukabumi.) and 4 Cicaheum, serving buses from the east (Cirebon, Garut, Tasikmalaya, Banjar, Pangandaran, Indramayu, central Java cities, eastern Java cities and also from Bali Island).

It is also possible to take a bus to Cileunyi, 16 km to the east of the city. Though it actually passes Bandung, it does not stop there, so you must take an angkot to Cicaheum and then to Bandung.

By shuttle bus[edit]

With 7-10 seater minivans leaving every few minutes, the shuttle bus market between Jakarta and Bandung is fiercely competitive. Roughly speaking, services can be categorised as either door to door in a chartered car or van that takes your group exactly where you want to go, for around US $50–75, or point to point from its pools to another, for under US $10. Many companies offer both.

Bandung shuttle providers[edit]

  • 4848 Taxi. Jl Prapatan 34, Jakarta. ☎ +62 21 381 4488, +62 21 386 4848. The service is great, reliable and safe. Price: approx. US $25/car (4 persons). One destination only in a small area in Jakarta, so you have to ask which area in Jakarta they serve.
  • Arnes Shuttle. Hourly from Superindo Pancoran Statue, in the hook of North-East intersection from 04:00 to 21:00, except from 09:00 to 15:00, when they run every two hours. Jakarta: ☎ 0822-1669-1117, 0878-2260-1009, Bandung at Balubur Town Square (Baltos): ☎ 0858.6000.3868 (indosat), 0821.2112.12.93 (telkomsel), 0878.2439.8501 (xl). Passengers can 'transit' at Baltos, RS Hermina, BTC and Rest Area of Pasteur Toll Gate and take Arnes Shuttle to Jatinangor, a place with many big universities, every 15 minutes for additional Rp 20,000 from 05:30 to 18:00 and then every 30 minutes from 18:30 to 23:00, except for Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, when it runs every 30 minutes. Jatinangor at Jl. Raya Jatinangor 190 Desa Cikeruh, next to Bank Tabungan Negara, before Sayang intersection, if coming from Sumedang. ☎ +62 22 933.636.97, 0858.6000.3686 (indosat), 0821.2112.12.39 (telkomsel).
  • DayTrans (Indonesian-language only) Jakarta (Blora, Sarinah, Fatmawati, Karet, Mall Senayan City, FX Plaza, Meruya-Intercon, Kebon Jeruk-Binus, Grogol, Atrium Plaza, Hotel Acacia, Cempaka Putih Pulomas, Tebet/Pancoran and Jatiwaringin), ☎ +62 21 7063 6868 or 6386 4005. Bandung (Cihampelas and Pasteur), ☎ +62 22 7063 6868. They have the best pilot seats amongst all shuttle providers. Price between Rp 90,000 to Rp 110,000 per passenger depends on seat location.
  • Cipaganti — Probably the biggest name in the business, they serve over more a dozen points throughout Jakarta and its suburbs from their central point at the Bandung Trade Center (BTC) on the western side of the city and the other points, with shuttles leaving every 15 to 30 min or so on most routes. Rp 700,000 for a point-to-point charter. Price Rp 110,000 per passenger.
  • Star Shuttle — This belongs to Cipaganti Group to compete with Baraya, but has different point(s) than Cipaganti. In Bandung the point is in Balubur Town Square (Baltos) to limited routes only. ☎ +62 21 700 500 000 and +62 21 700 500 000. The phone numbers are same as Cipaganti, so you have to mention that you will use Star Shuttle. The price is Rp 80,000, the cheapest among all shuttle providers.
  • Baraya — The ticket fee is Rp 85,000 per passenger for a shared ride with abundant routes. ☎ +62 21 7244 999 and +62 22 753 1415.
  • Primajasa Bus, ☎ +62 22 607 3992 (Bandung), ☎ +62 21 800 9545 (Jakarta). They provide a direct shuttle service from Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta airport to Batununggal, with no stop at Bandung Super Mall or anywhere else along the route anymore. The trip takes approx. 3 hr and the cost is Rp 115,000 Schedule: once every half hour from 0:30AM-4PM and the rest is every hour. Their buses feature a smoking room and toilet at the back. Primajasa also has shuttle minibuses from Soekarno-Hatta airport to Diponegro street (Gedung Sate) near intersection with Cisangkuy street with cost Rp 155,000. Mention whether you want a bus or minibus when you contact them.
  • Silver Bird Van Taxi (Blue Bird Group), Jl. Mampang Prapatan Raya 60, South Jakarta. ☎ +62 21 798 1234. Price: Rp 750,000 door to door, plus toll fee Rp 50,000.
  • X-Trans, Jl. Blora 1 AB, Central Jakarta, ☎ +62 21 315 0555. Price: approx. US $55/car maximum 10 persons for point-to-point charter. Price Rp 100,000 per passenger.
  • CitiTrans, Jakarta (Fatmawati, Bintaro, Sudirman, Kelapa Gading, Pasar Pagi, Central Park), ☎ 08041111000. Bandung (Dipati Ukur, Cihampelas Walk, Pasteur), ☎ 08041111000. 7 or 10-person (depends on the point) shuttles with separate seats.

Due to competition, all shuttles now only have 2 prices, for 8-11 seats Rp 80,000 (Star Shuttle) to Rp 85,000 (Baraya) and for 6-7 seats Rp 90,000 to Rp 110,000 in a minibus.

By car[edit]

2016, Flood in Bandung

In heavy rain, Pagarsih street and Exit of Pasteur toll gate street (Terusan Pasteur) to the city may be get flood. In two occasions two cars plunged to the river and are found kilometers away. At he same time, Terusan Pasteur in front of Bandung Trade Center get flood with 1.5 meter depth, made Exit Pasteur Toll Gate is closed. Don't use Pasirkoja Exit Toll Gate, because too close with Pagarsih street and flood area, use the next toll gates which are relatively free from flood.

Bandung is two hours away from Jakarta by car if the traffic conditions are favourable, but because of traffic congestion if often takes longer. However, thanks to the Jakarta-Bandung toll road (via Cikampek) travelling by road is usually faster than by train. However during the rainy season, parts of the road may be closed because of landslides, and bewildering because of possible high winds or blinding fog and downpours. While most cars would exit the system at Pasteur, the first exit to Bandung with excellent connections to Lembang, it is very congested during the weekends so it is highly encouraged to enter the city at the less congested toll road exits on the southern side of the city instead: try Pasir Koja, Kopo, Moh. Toha, and Buah Batu. If you still wish to exit at Pasteur, note that on Saturdays from 09:00 to 13:00 this exit is only allowed for cars with at least 4 passengers.

One alternative route is by the slower, but enjoyable, route via the Puncak area. If you travel by car using this route, be sure to stop at the Puncak Pass, the tip of the highland just on the outskirts of Jakarta, for a view of tea plantation and fresh air. There are plenty of good restaurants and hotels out there.

By train[edit]

State operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia offers frequent services between Jakarta and Bandung with Argo Parahyangan, as well as other towns on the southern rail route. Though even the fastest services take more than three hours from Jakarta, the comfortable trains, and the scenic mountains and paddy fields makes you forget time. There are two classes for each train: Executive class, near to slightly over Rp 100,000 per ticket for air conditioning, reclining seats and a foot rest and Business class for Rp 15,000 to Rp 25,000 less offers air conditioning and comfortable seats, though without recliners or foot rests.

If you do travel by train, get off at the Bandung train station, which is located right at the city center and offers excellent transportation connections to the city's places of interest. The station has two faces — the old entrance (from Jakarta is the right of the train) and the newer entrance (from Jakarta is the left of the train); to go to the parking lot and find taxis more easily, take the newer entrance, but if you want to take angkot you should go to the old entrance, there are a small terminal 100 meters in front of the station.

Get around[edit]

Some tips on using angkot:

  • There is no uniform color, but each route has a specific 2 or 3-colour scheme for identification. There may be custom variations to the vehicles because they are privately-owned.
  • Usually an angkot is a modified ordinary minibus. The 10-seat minibus becomes an 18-seater. This is possible by lining passengers side by side. It might be a bit awkward for first-time users.
  • Don't be nervous about touching other passengers; the cramped seating often makes it unavoidable. Do be aware that some pickpockets operate on angkots. Be very careful if you see someone acting sick or odd.
  • To stop the angkot, just raise your hand, and when you need to get off, just shout 'kiri !!' (pronounced "kee-ree"), the Indonesian word for "left." This is a request for the driver to pull aside to the left.
  • The most comfortable and safest seat is usually the front window, next to the driver, but you still share one seat for two.
  • Payment is by cash only, but preferably in small denominations. An average single trip fare costs Rp2,000-5,000.
  • The door is typically removed, so don't be scared if it is missing. Tall people will need to bend over to get in, and the bench seats are really small.
Angkot in Bandung. The blue-yellow-green colour scheme identifies it is an angkot on the Sadang Serang-Caringin route.

Travelling around in Bandung can be quite complex and frustrating, especially to newcomers, because there is no mass rapid transit system. Locals travel using small public minibuses, known as angkot from angkutan=transport and kota=city.

By angkot[edit]

This option has only origin and destination names on top, sometimes with a description of which street they pass if there is more than one angkot route for a certain origin-destination route.

Although there is an official price for angkot from Organda (the local regulator of these private city transport), it is usually based on how far you travel. It's better to ask the driver or kernet (driver assistance) about the price to go to a location. To ask for an angkot to stop and pick you up, just raise your hand. When you're inside and want to stop, just ask the kernet to stop or say 'kiri' (kee-ree) or simply 'stop'. It used to be easy to find a bell that you could press to stop, but not anymore. Most angkot fares usually about Rp3,000 toRp5,000. For very short distances below 1.5 kilometers, Rp2,000 is enough, while for taking an angkot into the suburbs the price may be slightly higher.

The official angkot routes are listed on Bandung's City Government website.

Some angkot have the same destination, but different routes, such as Angkot No. 01, which runs from Cicaheum to Kebon Kelapa via Trans Studio Mall, whereas Angkot No. 02 goes through Aceh street.

By taxi[edit]

If you don't know which angkot routes to take, you're much better off taking a taxi. Metered taxis may take you out of your way to get more money or run the meter first before you enter the taxi, in case of phone orders. The fare for trips within the city is usually between Rp25,000 and Rp75,000. At most big streets, taxis can be hailed at malls and big hotels, but as in most cases, ordering by phone is the safest bet, although there is usually a minimum payment for phone orders.

Allow plenty of time for the journey, as traffic congestion is common, especially in weekends. Short trips of under 10 km may take over an hour in the rush hour and in weekends.

Almost all taxis in Bandung require a minimum payment of Rp 25,000 except for Blue Bird, which requires none. Besides the flagfall for the first kilometers, the tariff for next kilometers is Rp 4,500 and waiting time is Rp 45,000/hour (is also charge when the taxi trap in traffic jam or stop behind the red light).

List of taxi companies in Bandung:

  • AA +62 22 6088 7777. Flawless vehicles with non-smoking drivers, maybe better than BlueBird, but they use a high tariff with flagfall of Rp 8,500 for the first kilometer. Minimum payment of phone order: Rp 30,000.
  • Bandung Raya +62 22 201 4018.
  • Blue Bird +62 22 7561234. Good reputation and reliable; this is the premium taxi company in Indonesia. Call centre staff can speak English. Most hotels will gladly call the taxi to pick you up. Rp 35,000 minimum payment for phone order. Use application (including order by phone) and GPS, the nearest taxi within one kilometer radius from the passengers will pick up in 5 minutes.
  • Centris Taxi +62 22 7512100.
  • Cipaganti Taxi +62 22 731 9498.
  • Gemah Ripah +62 22 421 7070. Second choice after Blue Bird: Rp 25,000 minimum payment, but no additional charge for phone orders. Their taxis frequently arrive about 5 to 10 minutes before the time you requested on the phone and run the argometer while the taxi is waiting for passengers.
  • Kota Kembang +62 22 731 2312. Old vehicles, a last resort, mainly for orders by phone.
  • Putra +62 22 540 5010. Old vehicles, a last resort, mainly for orders by phone.

By bus[edit]

There are a number of bus companies but they don't cover the whole city due to many narrow streets in Bandung. City buses, called Damri, usually cover long routes across the city from end-to-end; for example, from the north to the south (Dago or Setiabudi to Leuwi Panjang Central Terminal) and from the west to the east (from Cibeureum to Cicaheum and then to Cibiru). The intersection of north-south routes and east-west routes is Alun-alun Central Park and intersection of Astana Anyar and Asia Afrika.

Buses can be stopped anywhere, not just at the bus stops. The ticket price for all routes in the city is Rp 2,000 for without air-con and Rp 3,500 with air-com.

Damri buses also serve outer Bandung (from April 1st, 2015), to areas such as Alun-alun Central Park Bandung to Ciburuy (near Padalarang), and Elang to Jatinangor. All buses will use air conditioning. The additional buses to serve Dago to Leuwi Panjang Central Terminal will also use air conditioned buses.

By car[edit]

Using a car is probably the easiest and the most convenient way to travel around Bandung and surrounds. If you don't have a valid driving licence, then you can also rent a car with a chauffeur, which is very common for western travelers. Perhaps it is even better to rent a car from Jakarta. Rental cars are available from numerous outlets, including major international brands, for an average of Rp350,000 per day for 12 hours, Rp500,000 for travel outside Bandung such as to Tangkuban Perahu.

While it is generally required to travel by car, especially to the outskirt mountains, the horrendous weekend and rush hour traffic jams can put your trip up to an hour behind schedule, so be sure to plan ahead by starting early and look for alternate routes! The major roads that are often crowded are the roads leading up to Lembang (Jalan Sukajadi), Dago, Cihampelas, and the corridor from Pasteur toll exit to Pasupati overpass that connects these streets. On the weekends, especially long holidays, hoards of cars from Jakarta head over to this part of the city for a getaway, resulting in even uglier drive times. Be aware that many streets, especially the small ones, typically go one-way but sometimes poorly indicated!

For cars from outside Bandung be aware of local rule that every car should provided with trash bin or will be penaltized and has been done with penalty Rp 250,000 and lose the time to visit the court.

See[edit]

Architectural jewels[edit]

There were many buildings built in a classic Dutch colonial style during the late 18th and early 19th century. The locals referred to this time as the Bandoeng tempo doeloe (old Bandung) era. The Art Deco style was very popular throughout the earlier half of the 20th century and the city and its suburbs retain many fine examples of these architectural styles. The city administration has a tendency to lean toward a modern style throughout the city with many of the more recent bridges, banks, malls and commercial areas. However many of the historical buildings have conservation orders and there are some very well preserved and maintained examples of the colonial era architecture to be seen. The non-profit organization Bandung Heritage Society has been formed recently to assist in endeavours to further preserve the city's historic buildings.

Who is C.P.W. Schoemaker?

Born in Ambarawa (Central Java) in 1882, Schoemaker has been renowned as the father of Bandung Art Deco architectural style. He is famous for adapting modern European architecture to the tropical surroundings. This blending of ancient decorative elements and modern architectural features has made him the best Indonesian architect of his time. He later became a professor at the Institute Technology Bandung. Among his students was ir. Soekarno, the first president of the Republic of Indonesia. He died in 1949 in the city that he loved and buried at the Pandu cemetery, Bandung.

When visiting Bandung, don't forget to visit his residence at Jl. Sawunggaling 2, where its heroic renovation has been awarded by UNESCO.

His artworks include: Gedung Merdeka, Villa Isola, facade of the Grand Preanger Hotel, Cipaganti mosque, Cathedral at Jl. Merdeka, Church at Jl. Wastukencana, the Majestic theater, Gedung PLN, Landmark building at Jl. Braga, etc.

Make sure you see these buildings before they're gone.

  • 1 Gedung MerdekaJl. Asia-Afrika 65 (near alun-alun or city square). Architect: Van Gallen Last and C.P.W Schoemaker. Built in 1895 for a club house for rich people, named the Concordia Society. In 1955, this building was famous as the first Asian-African conference venue. Now it is a museum for that conference.
  • 2 Grand Hotel PreangerJl. Asia-Afrika 81. It has two sides: the old facade and the modern wing side. The old facade has an interesting story, as C.P.W. Schoemaker designed the art-deco style that is blended with local culture. It was a controversial issue at that time, but that gives a unique style.
Gedung Sate, Bandung.
  • 3 Gedung SateJl. Diponegoro. Architect: J. Gerber, built in 1921. It was used as the head of the Dutch Indies Government Companies. The roof has a decoration of a popular satay food as now it is famous for the name, though it was not meant to be like that. In fact, it is a 6 ornaments, symbolizing 6 million guldens, the cost of the building. Now, the complex is the office of West Java governor and the local provincial house of representatives. Interestingly, this building mixes different architectural styles: Spanish Moorish style for the windows, Italian renaissance for the over all building, and between Balinese pura & Thai's pagoda for the roof. The facade faces directly to the Mt. Tangkubanperahu. The building is open for public, and at the end of the journey inside, you can sip a nice hot bajigur drink while watching the city view from the top floor.
  • 4 ITB West and East Hall (Aula Barat & Timur ITB), 10 Jl. Ganesha. ITB is Institute Technology Bandung, the oldest institute of technology in Indonesia. It was built in 1918 by the architect Maclaine Pont. The most prominent Dutch East Indian architecture is the West and East Hall of this institute, where a West Sumatran style of architecture was used.

Arts & science[edit]

Bandung has been the melting point between the local Sundanese culture and the high-end technology developed at the Institute Technology Bandung. There are some interesting places to visit:

  • 5 Saung Angklung UdjoJl. Padasuka 118. 9:00-17:00. Angklung is a traditional South-East Asian musical instrument, made by bamboo. Udjo Nalagena, a famous angklung artist, created an Angklung House in the outskirt of Bandung, where angklung is made, learned and played. You can enjoy an angklung orchestra played by 12 year old or less children or even be a part of this orchestra, holding one of the angklung instruments. The place is in the middle of padi terrace and bamboo field, a perfect location to feel the relaxedness of a small village. It is one of the famous travel destinations among westerners and is highly recommended. The easiest way is to rent a car to go there or ask your travel agent if there is a program to visit this place. Domestic tourist Rp 50,000/person, foreign tourist Rp Rp 80,000/person.
Museum Geologi
  • 6 Sri Baduga Maharaja Museum (Museum Negeri Sribaduga), Jl. BKR No. 185 +62 22 5210976. Mo-Fr 8AM-3PM, Sa-Su 8AM-2PM, closed on public holidays. Archeological and geological exhibitions from the prehistoric West Java to the Hindu-Buddhist era.
  • Pos dan Giro Museum Inside the East Building of Gedung Sate
  • Mandala Wangsit Siliwangi Museum

Do[edit]

There are many activities that you can do in the city or outside the city. As Bandung highland is surrounded by a string of mountains, activities in the outskirts of the city are centred about the mountain resorts, adventure activities and outdoor sports. In the city, you can have savor the culinary diversity (see the Eat section), shop at the cheap outlets and distros (see the Buy section) or just hang around.

Every Sunday is Car Free Day in Dago street from Cikapayang to the north to Simpang-Siliwangi between 06:00 to 10:00. Come as early as possible, because it can become hectic, as it is only a small street.

  • 1 Trans Studio BandungJl. Gatot Subroto no.289, Bandung. +62 22 9109999. Indonesia's biggest indoor theme park is an equivalent to Universal Studios, but to a much smaller scale. There are more than 20 rides within 3 zones: Studio Central, The Lost World, and Magic Corner. Some of the attractions, especially the roller coasters, are equally thrilling to what you would expect in an outdoor amusement park. Weekdays Rp. 170.000, weekends, sunday and holiday Rp. 270.000 for all venues.
  • 2 Gasibu Park (Lapangan Gasibu). In front of Gedung Sate. It's a favorite spot for a walk around a park and all the way towards Monju (Monumen Perjuangan), some 500 meters away. Fairground at Sunday morning, and food stalls at the Monju Park. People's favorites include dim sum ceker (a chicken foot cooked dim sum style) and nasi liwet (rice cooked in coconut milk, with chicken and vegetables). Within walking distance (about one kilometer), there is a famous yoghurt drink cafe with a nice and relaxing setting at Jl Cisangkuy.
  • Ram Fighting. Villages around Bandung host ram fights on alternate Sundays. It's a big event for locals who turn out in their hundreds to watch 5-minute bouts between prize fighter male sheep. Tournaments are held in purpose-built rings in outlying villages. Best to hire a motorbike/guide in Bandung who knows when and where the next tournament is on. Ram fighting is not a blood sport but animal lovers may be upset at the sight of the fights, which are organized and refereed rather like boxing matches.

Outdoor activities[edit]

  • 3 Alun-alun Kota Bandung (Bandung City Square). Alun-alun is the classical central core of the democratic city in Indonesia, since the 15th century. In 2015, the square use synthetic grass and every afternoon full with people sit on the synthetic grass with bare foot which 4 sides are the city major residence, pendopo (a place to meet between citizens and the government), a mosque. The grand mosque is still visible, though it has been renovated 7 times. Now, it has undergone a major renovation and expansion with two 81 m high minarets and a Taj Mahal interior design. The pendopo is also still there, behind a high wall. The prison in Banceuy street about 500 meters from Alun-alun has been transformed into a mall with one block is preserved as a museum, a cell block where Soekarno, the first president of Indonesia, spent some time in there. The major transition is that now alun-alun serves as an entertainment park, where shopping mall buildings are surrounding the square.
  • 4 Bandung ZooJl. Kebun Binatang No. 6 +62 22 2502770. Built in 1930. Popular for domestic tourists, mainly of the second day of Idul Fitri as tradition, but is not recommended for foregn tourists, because is not well maintained.
  • Juanda Public Forest Park. It is a forest park in the city and serves as a water catchment area for the city. There are some interesting parks for children or to have a picnic. There are also some old second World War (Dutch and Japan) caves used during the Japanese occupation in the 1940s. Some people walk through the forest to reach Maribaya park in Lembang. This is at the end of Jalan Dago. The Angkot routes are Abd. Muis-Dago and followed by walking/hike a kilometer or take a ride by motorcycle/ojek. Ample parking lot available in front of the gate.
  • Puncrut-Lembang walking trail. Begins at Puncrut, Jl. Kiputih, North Bandung. For beginners or who save the stamina, it is better to go to Ledeng first and continue to Lembang by angkot and ask people to go down to Puncrut.
  • The Tangkuban Perahu volcano is about 20 km north of Bandung, near Lembang.
  • The Kawah Putih (White Crater) lake is about 40 km south of Bandung, near Ciwidey.

Buy[edit]

Shopping for clothing and accessories is the main reason many weekend visitors travel from Jakarta. Many items are less expensive than in Jakarta. Denim (jeans) stores are along Jl. Cihampelas. These became very popular in the 90s with unique facades built to attract people. The more up-market fashion stores include the many emporiums on Jl. Dago, Jl. Riau and Jl. Setiabudhi. Sisa exports (rejected export products), and factory outlets are prolific and have a very wide range of export quality items, mainly for 'L' sizes and over. Small sizes sometimes are remakes of big sizes, which you may find fit your body, but with the pocket on your chest looking oversized. A new trend are the distro (distribution outlets). Luxury labels are often available but for those the extensive upmarket malls in Jakarta may be more suitable with a much larger range, however they are often more expensive.

Local handicrafts and souvenirs[edit]

  • Wayang Golek, is a Sundanese puppet show. Unlike Javanese wayang puppet, wayang golek is made from wood. Find wayang golek at Galeri Cupumanik, Jl. Haji Umar.
  • Angklung, is a Sundanese ethnical music instrument (see at See section).
  • ElizabethJl. Otto Iskandar Dinata 520 +62 22 5201125. Leather handicrafts, including shoes, bags and other accessories. Well-known local shoe and leather craft outlets are centred in the Cibaduyut area.
  • Jeans Street, Jl. Cihampelas. A lot of denim shops decorated with funky designs. Giant models of Superman, Goku, Rambo and others, stand guard over some of the shops.
  • Souvenir ShopJl. Cihampelas no.39 +62 22 4205427. Very good quality and inexpensive local souvenirs. The shop in one of the many old Dutch colonial style buildings.
  • 1 Toko Sin Sin (Sin Sin Art Shop), Jl. Braga 59 +62 22 4238574. Mon-Sat 9:00-17:00, Sun 9:00-12:00. Sells various high quality handicraft and souvenirs, including wayang golek (wood puppet), wayang kulit (leather puppet), angklung, leather and crocodile skin handicraft (mostly bags, wallets, and belts), wood carvings, Indonesian traditional silverworks, paintings, and even Indonesian furniture. This is a shop with very long history, started even before Indonesia gained independence.
  • 2 LORI Art DesignJl. Guntur No. 1 +62 22 7315604. Ethnic contemporary styled jewellery and handicraft accessories for women and men. Product use natural, environment friendly materials such as stones, cowstone, woods, seeds and Rudrakash/Ganitrus Beads.

Shopping malls[edit]

While shopping malls are not the actual highlights of a trip to Bandung, there are a few that are prominent enough to be included in this list.

  • 3 [dead link]Bandung Indah Plaza (BIP), Jl. Merdeka No. 56 (Jl. Sumatra), +62 22 423 0850. Daily 10:00-22:00. The typical layout of malls you would expect like Jakarta, with middle class shops and reasonably priced restaurants.
  • 4 Cihampelas Walk (Ciwalk), Jl. Cihampelas No. 160 +62 22 206 1122. Daily 10:00-22:00. After a drop from your outlet shopping at the strip, there are choices of restaurants to fill up, or rest at the outdoor park for a change of pace.
  • 5 Paris Van Java (PVJ), Jl. Sukajadi No. 137-139 +62 22 203 3888. Open-air style shopping mall, buildings designed in a European colonial style, hence its name. Wide alleyways and boulevards filled with middle to upper class apparels with a plethora of food outlets, as well as a Blitz cinema that sometimes airs non-Hollywood blockbusters as well as a number of Indonesian movies.
  • 6 Trans Studio Mall (TSM), Jl. Gatot Subroto 289 +62 22 9109 1020. An opulent addition to the city, right next to the theme park. The place to find upscale clothing and fashion brands, as well as sit-down dining options and a huge food court.
  • 7 [dead link]Istana Plaza (IP), Jl. Pasirkaliki 121-123 +62 22 600 0100. By and large, an ordinary mall of middle class tenants. Located right at the heart of Bandung.

Factory outlets (FO)[edit]

Many fashion items that are typically manufactured for many of the world's top brands are produced in Indonesia. Of the productions, even slight defects such as a missing or incorrectly inserted button are enough to reject the bag from being displayed at their shelves, or they might have overrun the production quota that they ended up being dumped. These residual products are sold with sisa export tags, because they were made for export. Some of these items have Grade A (best quality, overrun product) or Grade B (export quality, slight defect) qualities. Don't be surprised to see made in Korea or made in Singapore in their tags! While you will still see a bag tagged $65 intended for sale at New York City, they will sell for only Rp45,000 ($5), a dramatically small fraction of the listed price in the destination market!

Enjoy bargain hunting but make a careful inspection yourself. Check for below-standard or damaged items and counterfeit branded products. The shops often have a wide range of modern contemporary styles and accessories.

Most of factory outlets are concentrated in Riau Street, Cihampelas Street, Dago Street, and Sukajadi-Setiabudi street. Listed here are just a few of the attractions, while its surrounding area has other shops that have surprises waiting for those who do pay a visit. If you cannot find what you are looking for, it is very likely you can find them next door or across the street!

Riau Street[edit]

  • 8 CascadeJalan RE Martadinata (Riau) No. 65 +62 22 4267707. Mostly casual or semi formal clothing. There are also collections of hats and accessories. The top floor has a dedicated scrapbooking area, where an instructor can teach you how to make one with accessories of your choice!
  • 9 ForMenJalan RE Martadinata (Riau) No.36 +62 22 4260818. The dedicated factory outlet solely for men, from formal to casual wear, a perfect resort while waiting for your wife or girlfriend shopping till drop.
  • 10 HeritageJalan RE Martadinata (Riau) no. 63. Colonial style exterior with humongous options of clothing. The outdoor café is very wide, has greenery, and a playing area. The top floor has a dedicated section for outwear or sweaters, as well as scrapbook making.
  • 11 The SecretJalan RE Martadinata (Riau) No.47. A modern style outlet, the first outlet you'll encounter when you enter Jalan Riau. There is a huge section for kids at its back, but it is for generally all ages. Both casual and smart casual options.

North area[edit]

  • 12 Rumah ModeJalan Doktor Setiabudi no.41F +62 22 2035498. Daily 9AM-9PM. Probably the most well-known outlet in Bandung. The options are especially great for both girls and boys' formal wear, but may not be as cheap as the street outlets. If your feet are aching after the stroll, there are cafés with both indoor and outdoor sit-down areas. VERY crowded on weekends.

Distros (distribution outlets)[edit]

Distros are a new phenomenon in Bandung where a shop sells stylish products that were made by local designers. They are served as a distribution store, because these local designers do not have their own marketing label yet. The products that are sold are books, indie label records, magazines and also fashion products and accessories. After their products receive large attention they may then release their own clothing label. There are more than 200 local brand names in Bandung. One thing that makes distros stand out from factory outlet is that distros come from individual designers and young entrepreneurs, while factory outlet products come from a garment factory.

Note that now distros are getting famous in Indonesia. The local branded name with free and independent motivation has been shifted. Be careful when buying in distros as the prices are increasing to a level almost the same as at boutique shops.

  • Some of the Bandung distros:
  • unkl347, Jl. Trunojoyo 4
  • Invictus,Jl.Pager gunung 13 and Jl.Trunojoyo 6 [1]
  • Ouval Research, Jl. Buah Batu 64
  • No Label, Jl. Sumatra 24, Blackjack, Jl. Trunojoyo
  • Screamous, Jl. Trunojoyo
  • Badger, Jl. Trunojoyo
  • Airplane,"starseeker","oglea", "Blankwear" Jl. Sultan Agung
  • Cosmic, Jl. Trunojoyo
  • Green Light, Bandung Indah Plaza Lt. 2 and Jl. Buah Batu
  • Temple, Jl. Dipatiukur
  • Skaters, Bandung Indah Plaza Lt. 2, Jl. Cihampelas and Jl. Raya Lembang
  • Black ID, Jl. Lombok and Paris Van Java Mall.

Liquor stores[edit]

  • Dago 34, Jl. Dago no. 34. Located in the heart of Dago.
  • Warung Internasional, Jl. Dago. it located near Dago 34.
  • Taurus, located near Alun-Alun, it's easy to find.

Eat[edit]

This page uses the following price ranges for a typical meal for one, including soft drink:
Budget up to Rp50,000
Mid-range Rp50,000-150,000
Splurge over Rp150,000

Bandung is a heaven for food lovers who enjoy new experiences. There are a lot of varieties, not only local cuisine but also international ones. You can find any food you want for any kind of taste. The local cuisine is Sundanese food, as covered in the guide on the wider Parahyangan region. An example of a local delicacy is Bakso Tahu (also known as Siomay), a steamed meat with or without tofu. It is served with peanut paste, sweet soy sauce and a lime. It is suitable for a snack to eat at anytime. In almost all streets you can find somebody selling this food with a wheeled stall (gerobak). Batagor is similar to bakso tahu/siomay but it is fried instead of being steamed. Basreng is a spicy snack made ​​from fried meatballs, with the addition of the spicy and savory seasonings suitable for you. Soto Bandung is a soup with beef meat, soy beans and some vegetables. Lotek is a mixed boiled vegetables, served with peanut paste and some chillies, similar to gado gado. The hotter the better. Laksa Bandung is the famous old traditional dish. This dish is kind of chicken soup using coconut milk with turmeric for the stock, and in side it contains sliced rice cake (cooked inside a banana leaf), bean sprout, vermicelli, shredded chicken and for the finishing is garnished with holly basil and Oncom Bandung the traditional fermented soy bean cake.

Budget[edit]

Food stalls, warung eateries, and budget restaurants can be found throughout the city.

Mid-range[edit]

Batagor
  • 1 Batagor KingsleyJalan Veteran No. 25 +62 22 420 7104. Fri-Wed 8:00-20:00. Batagor and siomay.
  • 2 Batagor RiriJalan Burangrang No. 41 +62 22 730 3349. Daily 8:00-20:00. Batagor, siomay, and baso malang.
  • 3 Bumbu DesaJl. Laswi No. 1 (Pasteur),  +62 22 710 0539. Daily 10:00-22:00. Sundanese restaurant. There are multiple branches in Bandung, and throughout Java and beyond.
  • 4 Dago PanyawanganJl. Ir. H. Djuanda No.127 (Jalan Dago),  +62 22 250 1815. Daily 10:00-23:00. Sundanese restaurant
  • 5 EasternJl. Pasirkaliki Blok B No.121-123 (Istana Plaza mall, GF),  +62 22 604 6778. Mon-Fri 10:00-22:00, Sat-Sun 7:00-22:00. Popular halal Chinese restaurant.
  • 6 Hanamasa DagoJl. Ir. H. Juanda No.48 +62 22 423 0968. Daily 11:00-22:00. One of the two Bandung branches of the all-you-can-eat Japanese restaurant chain Hanamasa.
  • 7 HDL 293 CilakiJl. Diponegoro No.54 +62 22 7210543. Daily 10:00-23:00. Popular seafood restaurant.
  • 8 Kedai Nyonya RumahJl. Naripan No. 92C +62 22 421 0426. Mon-Fri 7:00-22:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-22:00. Serves Indonesian and Western food.
  • 9 Korean HouseJl. Sukajadi No. 175 +62 22 203 1626. Daily 11:00-22:00.
  • 10 N CafeJl. Setra Duta Kencana II No.11 +62 22 201 7815. Mon-Thu 9:00-17:00, Fri 9:00-21:00, Sat-Sun 9:00-22:00. Balinese & European cuisines, with great scenery, try the balinese fried duck.
  • 11 Parit 9 SeafoodJl. Anggrek No. 61 +62 22 7103 996. Daily 10:00-22:00. Seafood restaurant with many types of fish and seafood for sale per 100 grams.
  • 12 Rumah Makan Ponyo MalabarJl. Malabar No.60 +62 22 7301477. Daily 7:00-22:00. Sundanese restaurant
  • 13 Sadewa SteakJalan Sadewa No. 20 +62 22 601 5649. Daily 16:00-22:00. Steak and pasta. Main courses about Rp50,000.
  • 14 Sindang ReretJl. Surapati No.53 +62 22 2535050. Daily 8:00-22:00. Sundanese restaurant. Sindang Reret also has branches in Ciwidey, Lembang, and Karawang.
  • 15 Tizi'sJl. Kidang Pananjung No. 3 +62 622 2250 4963. Mon-Thu 11:00-22:30, Fri-Sun 10:00-23:30. European dishes with homemade bread and pastries.

Splurge[edit]

Most of the higher-end restaurants can be found in the northern part of the city, and in the hills.

  • 16 Atmosphere Resort CafeJl. Lengkong Besar No. 97 +62 22 426 2815. Sun-Fri 11:00-midnight, Sat 11:00-1:00.
  • 17 Fashion PastaJl. Resort Dago Pakar No.18 A +62 22 251 6101. Sun-Thu 12:00-23:00, Fri-Sat 12:00-midnight. International place for lunch and dining. Try all original the best Italian food, from Antipasti, Pizza, Salad, Soup, Pasta, Main Course, Dessert.
  • 18 Glosis Grill & BarJl. Citarum No.12 +62 22 8783 1501. Sun-Thu 11:00-22:30, Sat 11:00-23:00. Steaks, ribs, and salads.
  • 19 Grand EasternJalan Pasirkaliki No. 18 +62 22 4200580. Daily 8:00-14:00 and 18:00-22:00.
  • 20 Midori Japanese RestaurantJl. Sultan Agung Tirtayasa No. 31 +62 22 426 0797. Daily 10:00-22:00. Sushi restaurant.
  • 21 Sierra Café & LoungeJl. Bukit Pakar Timur No.33 +62 22 251 2240. Daily 11:00-23:00. Located on the hill of Dago Pakar, Sierra has a relaxing and indulging ambience with a breathtaking view of Bandung's city lights. International cuisines include Western, Japanese and Thai.
  • 22 Thai PalaceJl. Ir. H.Djuanda No.345 (Dago),  +62 22 251 2857. The most well-known Thai restaurant of the city. There are two other branches at the Istana Plaza and Festival Citylink malls.
  • 23 The Stone CafeJalan Raya Ranca Kendal Luhur No.5, Gerbang Dago Resort +62 22 250 0577. Sun-Thu 11:00-23:00, Fri-Sat 11:00-23:45.
  • 24 The Valley BistroJl. Lembah Pakar Timur No. 28 (in The Valley hotel),  +62 22 2531052. Daily 11:00-23:00.

Snacks, ice cream, and pastry[edit]

Your culinary tour in Bandung does not end at the restaurants/cafes! There are plenty of bakeries in the city where exotic pastries entices you to bring one home — a legacy of the Dutch who wanted to pamper or relax in the city. Some of them have high popularities that you must take a queue even before the shop it even opens!

  • 25 Bawean Bakery (formerly Sweetheart Bakery), Jl. Bawean 4 +62 22 420 5471. Established in 1946, the name was Sweetheart Bakery until they changed it name during the New Order regime. The new name is taken from the shop location at Jalan Bawean. Their specialties are cakes baked using rum; such as nougat rolls, brownies and similar. This alcoholic ingredient make their cakes taste a bit bitter but preservable for a week.
  • 26 Brownies Kukus AmandaJl. Rancabolang No. 29 +62 22 927 5419. Daily 7:00-21:00. Amanda's highlight is its steamed (no-bake) chocolate soft brownies, enticing people to form a line at its outlets! The outlet at Jl. Rancabolang is its main outlet, but there are several more branches across the city, and in other Indonesian cities.
  • 27 Martabak AndirJl. Jendral Sudirman No. 413 +62 22 601 5386. Daily 16:00-23:00. A wide variety of martabak manis sweet stuffed pancakes.
  • 28 Prima RasaJl. Kemuning No. 20 +62 22 720 3440. Daily 6:00-20:00. The main contender of Kartika Sari, similar products but some of the pastries has an added modern touch. Its best-selling product includes the Picnic Roll, a box of assorted sweet and savory pastries.
  • 29 Rasa BakeryJl. Tamblong No. 15 +62 22 420 5330. Daily 8:00-21:30. One of the most well known ice cream parlors in Bandung. Home made for your sweet tooth.

Drink[edit]

Individual listings can be found in Bandung's district articles

Nightlife[edit]

Alcoholic drinks can often be found at bars, night clubs and hotels.

Cafés and coffee houses[edit]

Drinking fresh icy yogurt or juice is very tempting, especially after spending a day in a hot sun.

Sleep[edit]

This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget Less than Rp400,000
Mid-range Rp400,000-800,000
Splurge More than Rp800,000


Most sleeping options are in line with where most of the tourist attractions are: around the Pasupati bridge and to its north. Accommodation in the city itself available for a wide range of price, from a budget hotels for about Rp200,000 per night, to luxurious 5-star hotels that go for millions of rupiahs per night. More accommodation options are up the hill in Lembang, including 3-star hotels and private villas.

Budget[edit]

Mid-range[edit]

  • 1 Arion Swiss Bellhotel (formerly Citra Cikopo), Jl. Otto Iskandardinata No. 16 +62 22 424 0000fax: +62 22 426 6270. 4 star hotel near the railway station. From Rp700,000.
  • 2 Aryaduta Bandung (former Hyatt Regency), Jl. Sumatera No. 51 +62 22 421 1234fax: +62 22 4210380. 252 rooms and suites in the city centre with Indonesian decor, marble bath, working desk, broadband internet access, daily newspaper, in-room coffee and nightly turndown. From Rp688,000 per night.
  • 3 Bumi Sawunggaling HotelJl. Sawunggaling No.13 +62 22 421 8254. All rooms have A/C, cableTV, and mini-bar. Business centre, spa, wifi and travel services. From Rp400,000 per night.
  • 4 Daarul Jannah CottageJln. Gegerkalong Girang No 67. +62 22 200 7955. 15 A/C rooms, all with Internet, coffee/tea maker, and a private bathroom with shower. From Rp488,000 per night.
  • 5 Garden PermataJl. Lemahneundeut No. 7 +62 22 201 1000. 4 star hotel with swimming pool, spa, massage, restaurant. From Rp620,000 per night.
  • 6 Holiday Inn Bandung DagoJl. Ir. H. Juanda No. 31-33 +62 22 421 1333fax: +62 22 4216666. Lower Dago area. 4 Stars. From Rp700,000 per night.
  • 7 Hotel ImperiumJl. Dr Rum 30-32 +62 22 420 2244. A/C, cableTV, mini-bar, and a coffee/tea maker. Club Music Room, a sport centre, and a swimming pool. 3 stars. From Rp500,000.
  • 8 Hotel MitraJl. WR. Supratman No.98 +62 22 720 7245fax: +62 22 721 8304. 3 stars.
  • 9 Ottenville Boutique HotelJl. Dr Otten No. 6 +62 22 423 4518. A/C rooms, all with a toilet and bath with hot/cold shower, flat-screen satellite TV, and coffee/tea maker/mini-bar. From Rp455,000 per night.
  • 10 Patra JasaJl. Ir. H. Juanda No. 132 (Dago),  +62 22 250 4664fax: +62 22 250 4995. Hotel near the ITB campus. With outdoor swimming pool. From Rp640,000 per night.
  • 11 Santika BandungJl. Sumatera No. 52-54 +62 22 420 3009fax: +62 22 423 9601. 3 star hotel near the corners of Riau and Dago streets. Double rooms from Rp690,000 per night.
  • 12 The Jayakarta Suites BandungJl. Ir. H. Juanda No. 381A (Dago),  +62 22 250 5888fax: +62 22 250 5388, e-mail: . Upper Dago area. 4 stars. From Rp700,000 per night.
  • 13 The LuxtonJl. Ir. H. Juanda No. 18 (Dago),  +62 22 4220 700fax: +62 22 4220 600. 4 stars. From Rp760,000 per night.
  • 14 Villa DamarJl. Damar No. 7 +62 21 2041361. Deluxe, Junior Suite and Garden Suite, all equipped with air-conditioning, flat-screen TV and refrigerator. Facilities and services are spa & wellness centre, restaurant and coffee shop. From Rp650,000 per night.
  • 15 Vue Palace HotelJl. Otto Iskandardinata No. 3 +62 22 426 6288, e-mail: . 4 star hotel near the railway station.

Splurge[edit]

The slick curves of the Savoy Homann
  • 16 Prime Park Hotel BandungJl. P.H.H. Mustofa No.47/57 +62 22 8777 2000, e-mail: . 4 stars. Has free WiFi in all rooms and has rooftop swimming pool. In Eastern Bandung, about 6 km from the city centre. About Rp800,000 for Business Traveller Room, about Rp2,000,000 for Business Executive Room.
  • 17 Sheraton Bandung Hotel & TowersJl. Ir. H. Juanda No. 390 (Dago),  +62 22 250 0303fax: +62 22 250 0301. Upper Dago area. 5 stars. From Rp1,255,000 per night.
  • 18 The Palais Dago HotelJl. Ir. H. Djuanda No. 90 +62 22 250 5111. Boutique hotel with well appointed rooms, bar, cafe and resto, meeting room and business centre. From Rp1,000,000.
  • 19 The PapandayanJl. Jend. Gatot Subroto No. 83 +62 22 731 0799fax: +62 22 7310988. 4 stars. From Rp1,000,000 per night.

Private villas[edit]

  • 20 De Bukit Dago VillaJl. Bukit Pakar Timur IV/D6 (Dago Atas),  +62 811 248 956, +62 811 248 912fax: +62 22 4207950. A villa/guest house in the Dago hill area with Bandung city views. Villa for 10 persons from Rp1,600,000 per night.

Stay safe[edit]

Emergency[edit]

  • Ambulance: 118.
  • Police: 110.
  • West Java Police HQ (Polda Jawa Barat) : Jl. Soekarno Hatta No. 748, ☎ +62 22 7806392.
  • Police stations:
    • Greater Bandung (Polwiltabes Bandung), Jl. Merdeka
    • West Bandung (Polresta Bandung Barat), Jl. Sukajadi No. 141A, ☎ +62 22 203 1615.
    • East Bandung (Polresta Bandung Timur), Jl. AH. Nasution No. 21, ☎ +62 22 7805981.
    • Central Bandung (Polresta Bandung Tengah), Jl. Jend. Ahmad Yani No. 282, ☎ +62 22 7200058, +62 22 7271115.
    • Bandung (Polres Bandung), Soreang.
    • Cimahi (Polres Cimahi), Jl. Raya Cibabat,☎ +62 22 2031181.

Stay healthy[edit]

Hospitals with 24 hour emergency rooms[edit]

  • RS Umum Pusat Dr Hasan Sadikin, JI. Pasteur No 38, ☎ +62 22 2034953.
  • RS Santo Borromeus, JI. Ir. H Juanda No 100, ☎ +62 22 250 4041, +62 22 2552000
  • RS Rajawali: Jl Rajawali 38. ☎ +62 22 6011913
  • RS Advent Bandung, JI. Cihampelas No 161. ☎ +62 22 2034386.
  • RS Immanuel Bandung, JI. Kopo No 161. ☎ +62 22 5001656.
  • RS Santo Yusup Bandung: Jl Cikutra No.7. ☎ +62 22 7208172.
  • RS Muhammadiyah Bandung: Jl. KH Ahmad Dahlan No.53. ☎ +62 22 7301062.
  • Santosa Bandung International Hospital: Jl. Kebonjati No.38. ☎ +62 22 4248555.
  • RS Kebonjati : Jl. Kebonjati No. 152.
  • RS Advent : Jl. Cihampelas No. 161.
  • RS Al Islam Bandung : Jl. Sukarno Hatta No. 644.

Connect[edit]

Cope[edit]

Consulates[edit]

  • Netherlands Royal Netherlands Honorary ConsulateJl. Dayang Sumbi No. 3 +62 22 250 6195fax: +62 22 2506197.
  • France France Consular AgencyJl. Purnawarman No. 32 +62 22 4212417fax: +62 22 4207877.
  • Hungary Hungary Honorary ConsulateJl. Padasaluyu Utara II No. 3 +62 22 2010354fax: +62 22 2014407.
  • Poland Poland Honorary ConsulateJl. Bukit Pakar Utara No. 75 +62 22 2503765.

Go next[edit]

There are some sidetrips to the mountain range surrounding Bandung:

  • North: The mountain town of Lembang is a favourite weekend break destination at the base of the Tangkuban Perahu volcano, with hiking trails and the active volcanic crater. In the vicinity, Maribaya park offers a wonderful waterfall, and Ciater is known for its volcanic hotspring resorts.
View of Kawah Putih (White Crater)
  • South: tea plantations. Ciwidey and Pangalengan are the main destination to the south mountains. Situ Patenggang lake in the middle of tea plantation in Ciwidey offers a relaxing time in a boat, fishing, camping or in a bungalow. A few kilometers from the lake is Kawah Putih (white crater), made by sulfuric activity in the area with a camping park, called Ranca Upas.
  • West: chalk mountain range. There are not many nature destinations in the west, except Situ Ciburuy lake at the side of the main road hub to Cianjur and the Saguling dam. You might also want to taste peuyeum, a local food made from fermented cassava. If you are hungry, there are plenty of good Sundanese restaurants in the vicinity, because the road (non toll) to the west is the main hub between Bandung and Jakarta through Puncak.
  • East: a link of Bandung to the eastern part of West Java and to neighbouring Central Java province. You can go to Cirebon (about 2-3 hr), a coastal city known for fishing and oil industries. To the southeast you can go to Garut (about 1 hour), a resort city in the valley of mountain, well known for its dodol snack, and further to Pangandaran beach (4-6 hours).
Routes through Bandung
AnyerCimahi  W The Great Post Road through Java, as constructed in the early 19th century E  SumedangPanarukan


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