Written by Beverley Lennon
Co-written by Matin Firas Harahap, Cisca Lim
Versi Bahasa Indonesia: https://indonesia.tripcanvas.co/id/bandung/tempat-wisata-kegiatan/
Be it the food, shopping, or the gorgeous views, visitors come from all over to experience different things to do in Bandung’s exquisite atmosphere. In Bandung, capital city of the West Javanese province, you’re never short on things to do.
Nestled between three mountains, Bandung is well known for its cool calming weather, similar to that of places in higher altitudes. That’s also probably a reason why Bandung is commonly referred to ‘Paris van Java’ for its rich heritage in arts and culture.
With millions of tourists flocking here every year, just what is really there to see in Bandung?
You’ve seen our take on Bali, here’s our edition of what’s in store in Bandung.
Showing No. 37 – 57:37. Reconnect with Nature: Dago Pakar
Whether you fancy a short stroll for a splash of greenery to your everyday routine, or exploring the 2500 species of fauna, there are just so many things to do in this patch of forest just north of the city centre.
Dago Pakar contains two adjacent parks separated by Jl. Maribaya, and both parks offer different but equally interesting sights to see.
37-a) Historical tunnels and an Instagrammable cliff: Taman Hutan Raya Ir. H. Djuanda
A mere 30-minute drive from the city center lies Taman Hutan Raya, or ‘TaHuRa’ for short.
Stretching across 590 hectares of land, the Taman Hutan Raya was built to conserve Bandung’s diversity of plants and flowers. Named after Indonesia’s 10th Prime Minister, a museum showcasing Ir. H. Djuanda’s memorabilia along with artifacts found in the area can be found in Taman Hutan Raya.
There is a spot up the park locals refer to as ‘Tebing Keraton’, a cliff with a stunning view of the pine trees below, which is very instagrammable.
The park also houses two separate waterfalls, Curug Lalay, and Curug Omas.
37-b) Waterfalls and hot springs: Maribaya Natural Hot Spring Resort
Known as the home of Curug Maribaya, Maribaya Natural Hot Spring Resort is located just north of Taman Hutan Raya. The park is easily accessed through Lembang, but there is also a walkway from Taman Hutan Raya.
Getting to the Maribaya waterfall is a joy itself; walking through the forest treks while breathing in the fresh mountain air is a great way to rejuvenate the body and mind.
Upon reaching the waterfall, visitors can even feel the water droplets as it cools the skin, and bask in its refreshing scent.
To rest your tired legs after a day of trekking, the Maribaya Natural Hot Spring Resort also offers natural hot spring pools, which is believed to cure skin diseases.
38. Feed the deer and camp at Ranca Upas, Ciwidey
Do you know that other than the white lake (Kawah Putih) at Ciwidey, you can also visit the Deer Conservation Park and Camping Ground at Ranca Upas?
Here in Ranca Upas, you can even buy vegetables or carrots to feed the deer (~Rp. 5,000) or simply watch them graze peacefully.
There’s also an outdoor adventure park (yes, with a tree house!) and water rides where your kids can have fun while you soak in the hot springs.
If you spontaneously feel like spending a night here, camping equipment is also available for rent at the nearby shops.
39. Smell the tulips and feel the Dutch windmills in Kampoeng Tulip
Bandung is known as Paris Van Java, but Kampoeng Tulip is all about a Holland lifestyle for the family.
Don’t be surprised if you don’t see any tulip blooms. Despite efforts to import and plant the tulips, the flowers fail to grow.
Still, Kampoeng Tulip will surprise you with its vast gardens complete with the most Instagenic natural views and exciting facilities. Take a stroll around the pretty spots adorned with iconic Dutch windmills and shabby chic little houses.
You can even don a traditional Dutch costume and pose for fun!
Your kids will be thrilled to jump into the little boats, while you row around and admire this charming place.
40. Stroll around the Garden of the Gods: Taman Lembah Dewata
A place where serenity reigns – Taman Dewata is located in the region of Lembang and is a land of fantasy, similar to the Garden of Eden, with its majestic lake.
The picturesque setting is amplified by a cool, revitalizing breeze that makes it perfect for a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.
Row a boat around the lake to immerse yourself in the natural setting and don’t forget to capture this moment. After all, it is not always that you get to take a stroll in the Garden of the Gods!
Taman Dewata is a fitting location for a romantic couple photoshoot or pre-wedding shoot, and it’s a peaceful alternative to Ciwidey White Crater (Kawah Putih) (because you don’t want strangers to photobomb those special moments right).
Need a little more magic? The Pony package riding at Taman Lembah Dewata lets you choose between 3 different routes (short route, Lake Route or Lake and Hill route). Take the longer route so you learn just why Taman Dewata earned bragging rights for its Zen-like scenery.
P.S. While ponies are great for children to ride on, we strongly encourage adults not to ride ponies but to choose fully grown horses instead. This is because the heavier weight of adults can overstrain the ponies’ backs.
41. Pay a visit to Wakadobol Lake (West Bandung), sibling of Lake Kelimutu (Flores)
Ready for one of the most magical experiences in Bandung? You’ve got to experience Lake Wakadobol, one of Bandung’s best kept secrets! Sshh, allow us to let you in on a few tips.
Lake Wakadobol isn’t your typical lake oasis in the middle of a lush jungle; it is a natural rain-fed lake located in a mine area.
Surrounded by a magnanimous rocky landscape, Lake Wakadobol is one of the lesser known places primarily because of the restrictions imposed by authorities and the potential danger of this place, as it is an active mining area.
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