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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.
1. Hang in the sky like Spiderman – Tebing Gunung Hawu
This mountain blows plenty of other mountains out of the water. Here’s where your superhero dreams come true, and “hanging out” takes on a completely different meaning.
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For sunrise enthusiasts, Tebing Gunung Hawu boasts a fantastic viewpoint to watch the sun wake up for its morning duties. Better yet, you can catch that sunrise from your perch in a hammock, hanging precariously between two towering cliffsides. Has that image gotten your adrenaline running?
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Hammocking was popularised by a group of locals in a bid to increase tourist activity in the area, – and thus prevent limestone miners from continuing to destroy Gunung Hawu’s environment. Mother Nature is pleased with you.
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The mountain is also renowned for the massive “hole” that you can see in the middle of the mountain. It’s also the reason why the mountain was christened “Hawu”, which means “fireplace” in Sundanese.
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Since you’re here, how can you pass up on snapping a picture with this rare sight? If you’re lucky, you might even catch the sunlight filtering in through the hole, creating an ethereal sight.
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2. Go on Vacation Before you even Unpack your Bags: Stay at Bandung’s Unique Hotels
If your trip to Bandung is a form of getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city, the accommodation of your choice should also be a reflection of that.
Fancy a slumber on sheets of satin, under a thatched roof of wooden huts surrounded by nature’s melody and the echo of a gushing waterfall in the distance? The Sapu Lidi Resort might just have the answer to your needs.
And if you have always wanted to get closer to nature and spend a night camping in the woods, but just can’t stand the thought of not being able to charge your phone or go to the bathroom in peace, you can now get the best of both worlds and have a go at glamping! Soak up the wilderness without sacrificing the comfort of modern-day amenities.
Bandung isn’t Paris Van Java for no reason. If you’re looking for a taste of Europe in West Java, the GH Universal Hotel is your answer. With Renaissance-style decor inside and out, you might even forget that you’re in Bandung!
At Saung Gawir, you can even stay at the Joglos and pick strawberries at your doorstep!
Saung Gawir (Photo via: Saung Gawir, Liusi Wijaya, Tsonze)
Or you can take a dip in the infinity pool of Dulang resort and unwind with a cocktail, as your eyes feast on a mesmerising view of paddy fields and city lights in the horizon.
And that’s just a tip of the iceberg from the unique accommodations Bandung has in store. Don’t blame us if the kids refuse to leave the hotel!
3. The Ultimate Adventure With Nature – The Lodge Maribaya, Bandung
There is always a sense of satisfaction when you experience an adventure in nature. But what if we tell you that you can actually get an even more heightened enjoyment, in a man-designed adventure camp?
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The Lodge Maribaya is not your ordinary natural camp with above standard service such as camping or trekking activities.
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The overall setting and location is designed to elevate your adventure in nature to the whole new level.
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The lodge’s natural surroundings include pine forests, Maribaya waterfalls, and a vista of wonderful mountain scenery.
The Lodge Maribaya aims to provide all the necessary refreshments that is much needed prior to, and after your escape to the nature.
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From staying in, dining, and hosting parties, to arranging activities fit for daredevils – it’s a real pleasure that can only make your adventure go that much better.
4. Visit the Hobbit house in Bandung! – The Farm House
Farm House is located right smack on Jalan Raya Lembang, and takes about an hour’s drive from the city center to get there. (It’s on the edge of the highway, so it’s pretty easy to find too!)
Photo via: Ririnnfajriyah, Nunuknurhastuti
Newly opened to tourists and residents in Bandung, Farm House combines agriculture, film, and wanderlust all in one place.
With its European-styled buildings, and the Hobbit house reminiscent of Lord of the Rings – a trip here will be both educational and entertaining at the same time.
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The Farm House is a suitable place for the whole family. Children can have fun running amok in the big garden areas, while parents enjoy the fresh cool mountain air and great views while taking photos.
It’s truly Instagram-worthy and will create the perfect backdrop for some of your favourite holiday snaps!
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5. 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.
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.
5-b) Waterfalls and hot springs: Taman Wisata Maribaya
Known as the home of Curug Maribaya, Taman Wisata Maribaya 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.
Photo via: Hatsu Wicaksono – Flickr
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.
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To rest your tired legs after a day of trekking, the Taman Wisata Maribaya also offers natural hot spring pools, which is believed to cure skin diseases.
6. Eating Out Shouldn’t be an Average Experience: Themed Cafes and Restaurants
Planning to take the children out for dinner for a special occasion?
Bandung is the place for those looking for a culinary haven. Just look a little harder and you just might find themed eateries with a ‘wow’ factor for a truly unforgettable dining experience.
Take the girls out for a treat at Nanny’s Pavillon and pleasure your tastebuds with its famously mouthwatering peach pancake with vanilla ice cream and blueberry pancake cheese roll.
Let them choose between a variety of cottage-themed rooms, from the bedroom to the bathroom (with toilets for seats, no less!).
Read more here: 10 coolest themed restaurants in Bandung you never knew existed
Alternatively, have you ever wanted to dig into fresh lobsters onboard a ship? Or maybe your goal in Bandung is to dine at all those cool cafes!
One place you shouldn’t miss is Pisnis Resto. A new discovery we’ve found, the Pisnis Resto is on a giant ship docked beside the lake and surrounded with gorgeous mountain views.
The kids will be ecstatic to climb aboard the ship and have one of the most unforgettable dining experiences ever. Serving up a BBQ feast, Pisnis Resto is a great place to bond with the family while feasting and play acting as pirates!
7. 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.
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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.
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If you spontaneously feel like spending a night here, camping equipment is also available for rent at the nearby shops.
8. Chilling in an Exquisite Atmosphere: Lawang Wangi Café & Art Space
Located higher up in the mountains leading to Lembang, the view from this café is astonishing – it’s surrounded by greenery by day, and when night falls, city lights can be seen from the 200-degree panorama on a deck.
Photo via: Lawang Wangi
The place may be crowded during late afternoon and you may have to wait for a table, but it wouldn’t be so bad, because at the Lawang Wangi, there are four galleries (on display – works of local contemporary artists and emerging art students) bound to keep you occupied.
Photo via: Akhmad Maxi
And if you’ve got the munchies or sudden cravings, no worries, the cafe serves a variety of snacks and light meals.
Try the Lawang Wangi Platter for a little of everything from the cafe’s favourite selections!
9. A Miniature Zoo on a Mall Rooftop: Bandung’s Paris Van Java
Once you are done shopping in Paris Van Java’s multiple chains of retail stores, be sure to spare an hour or two at this hidden gem on the rooftop.
Perfect for educating young children on caring for animals, the rooftop garden at Paris Van Java has two separate attractions – the Lactasari Mini Farm and the Bird Park.
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Get ready to be greeted by a flurry of kaleidoscopic-coloured tropical birds!
Upon entering the aviary, you’ll be given crickets in a cup for the birds to feed on. The bird park houses some of Indonesia’s rare birds, such as the Parrots of Nusa Tenggara and the Hornbills of Borneo.
On the other side of the rooftop lies the Lactasari Mini Farm, a tiny farm where only five species of animals are kept – goat, sheep, cows, rabbits and Siberian Huskies.
You’ll be equipped with aprons, vegetables and a bottle of milk for feeding the animals.
The farm is well-maintained and clean, so you don’t have to worry about dirt and animal stains – you can totally visit in comfort.
10. Coral Rocks at the Top of a Mountain: Goa Pawon and Stone Garden of Padalarang
After a 20-minute hike up Mount Pasigit, there lies the mouth of Goa Pawon (Pawon Caves), a significant historic site where ancient human remains (now on display in Bandung’s Museum Geologi) were found.
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Take a few steps further towards the peak of the mountain and you will find an array of calcium-rich rocks, which are usually found along a beach.
Photo via Gito Liem
Scientists believe that there once existed a sea stretching from Padalarang to Negreg, with Bandung lying hundreds of metres underwater. The theory is that a few volcanic eruptions later caused the valley to be formed.
Here, you can find seashells embedded on the rocks – bizarre indeed!
Photo via: DhiyaAliM – flickr
Since not many people know about this spot yet, make sure you bring your own water as there are no warungs open at the venue (as of now!).
11. Take your Tastebuds on a Journey: Floating Market, Lembang
If you’ve been to Thailand before, do you love its floating market?
You can find one too in Bandung!
Photo via: Fery Faujia
Enjoy a wide selection of traditional Indonesian food served from small boats with a beautiful view of a lake.
Photo via: Nicholasac, Sheraton Bandung, Lianda Marta
For those looking for western dishes, the Rockpool serves pizza and pasta within the vicinity.
You can also do various activities, such as the usual ATV and paddle boat rides, swan feeding, or visit the cactus garden and stone garden.
Photo via: Dennie, Ramon, Nicholasac
Do look out for the European house and the miniature train set – it takes up to 10 minutes to go a whole round!
12. Kill Two Birds With One Stone: Have a Feast with a View
What better way to bask in lush greenery of the valley from above, than from a few selected restaurants with a warm grub on a plate served right in front of you?
The hills that surround the city provide an abundance of vantage points, ensuring that there’s no shortage of spots with spectacular views for you to enjoy your dinner.
One of the first few eateries with the concept of ‘dinner with a view’, is the legendary Warung Daweung (roughly translates to Daydream Cafe) nestled right on top of Bukit Moko.
Photos via: Wira Nurmansyah
Retaining its title, the Bukit Moko is one of, if not, the best spots in all of Bandung to appreciate a breathtaking view of the city from above the valley. It provides an exceptional sight from dawn till dusk, and even after the sun goes down, the lights of the city appear as stars in the night sky.
Read more here -> 14 restaurants in Bandung with incredibly breathtaking views
13. A House on the top of a Waterfall at Situ Patenggang
Just 10 minutes away from the well-known ‘Kawah Putih’ lies a lake that you would definitely regret to miss.
Legend claims that Prince Putra Prabu of 15th Century West Java and Putri Titisan Dewi met in a heart-shaped island in the middle of Situ Patenggang, after being separated for years due to the difference in their beliefs.
The surrounding view is purely breathtaking – tea plantations circle the area, so it looks as though someone had spread a green wool rug across the landscape.
There’s even a house right on top of a natural waterfall!
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This Crater Lake, which formed after Mount Patuha blew its top, has been considered a mystical one – birds that flew near the area would die, which made people reluctant to find out what was really up there, until the 19th century when a German botanist explored the area and discovered a beautiful crater lake.
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Its crystal blue waters changes with the weather conditions, and is lined with fine white sand, giving visitors an otherworldly experience. Even the vegetation around the area is quite different to those below.
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Although situated at the top of a mountain crater, essential facilities such as toilets and parking space are available, along with small eateries.
15. Where nature meets modern comforts: Dusun Bambu Leisure Park
Tired of the same old sights of the city? Nestled atop a hill in Lembang, Dusun Bambu Leisure Park offers a view of lush greenery and crisp mountain air all within the comforts of modern architecture.
Covering 15 hectares of land, children and teens can roam freely in the beautifully manicured gardens and playgrounds or take part in the many activities ranging from pottery, mini golf, a hot air balloon, and even a shooting range!
Recently, they also added The Labyrinth – a new attraction designed to let your kids truly play on carpeted ground in slides, mini houses, tunnels and more to their hearts’ content!
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For food, families have three restaurants to choose from – you can enjoy a private lunch at Lutung Kasarung in ‘bird’s nest’ cabins hanging on pine trees, taste traditional Sundanese cuisine at Purbasari in lakeside gazebos, or dine with a view of Mount Burangrang at the Burangrang Café.
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The Pasar Khatulistiwa market is also available for guests who are looking for light snacks, vegetables, and souvenirs.
Not enough time to try out all the attractions at Dusun Bambu? How about spending the night at the Kampung Layung Villas complete with your own butler?
If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, go ‘glamping’ at the Sayang Heoulang (Eagle Camp) – get closer to the outdoors in comfort!
16. Not Your Average Adventure Store: Eiger Flagship Store, JL. Sumatra, Bandung
One of the biggest names in local outdoor equipment, Eiger was founded in 1993 by Ronny Lukito in Bandung.
20 years later, the brand has gotten so big that they decided to move their flagship store in Cihampelas to Jl. Sumatra, with Ridwan Kamil, the Governor of Bandung, as the architect.
Photo via: Wira Nurmansyah
There’s a sleek-looking eatery on the second floor called Kafe Khatulistiwa, where food from across the archipelago is served.
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Try the Papeda fish in Yellow Soup; a Papuan traditional dish eaten with ‘Sago’ instead of rice.
Brought to Bandung by the Dutch during the colonial era, berries, most commonly strawberries, are discovered to grow well in Bandung.
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As a result, the roads leading to Lembang and Ciwidey are abundant with strawberry plantations that guests can come and harvest themselves.
The ‘Natural Resto and Strawberry Land’ offers 1.5 ha of strawberry fields in the Lembang countryside, all grown using organic fertilizers.
Photo via: Natural Lembang
Besides strawberry picking, the restaurant has also been featured in multiple television shows, shedding light to its strawberry-themed menu.
The ‘Gourame Goreng Strawberry’ and ‘Nasi Liwet Strawberry’ are two must-try dishes here!
Photo via: Irfandie, Nicholasac
18. Cruise the City on the Bandros
Short for ‘Bandung Tour on Bus’, the Bandros was launched by Bandung’s current Mayor, Ridwan Kamil.
The red tour bus resembles a mini-sized London double decker bus, with an open-air upper deck, and complete with an old-fashioned interior where wooden floorboards meet metal railings and stained glass.
Photo via: Bandros Erzonia, Rossi Agung Putra
The 30-minute tour brings you to Bandung’s historical landmarks, such as the Gedung Sate, Dago City Hall, Jl. Braga, and many more. And you’ll also get a tour guide who will explain a dash of the city’s history.
19. Shop and dine outdoors at Cihampelas Walk
Built on a hilly slope, the Cihampelas walk (or CiWalk for short) is a mall like no other.
With only a third of the total 3.5 ha of land being made into buildings, CiWalk utilizes a lot of open spaces and decades-old trees.
Photo via: Samuel Mandang – Flickr
Hunt the many local and international retailers available, from Pierre Cardin to Metro.
Once all the shopping is done, grab some grub in the cafes and restaurants lined up along the outdoor plaza.
Photo via: The Travel Apartment
If that’s not enough, the Cihampelas Walk offers activities suited for everyone – a toddler’s playground, video game arcade, movie theaters, karaoke and two nightclubs. It’s a city of its own!
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The building architecture also showcases the fusion between environmentally friendly sculptures and contemporary abstract design – truly a concept found nowhere else.
20. Release your Inner Cowboy: De’Ranch, Lembang
Previously an actual ranch, this family favourite was transformed into a leisure park in 2007, and since then, has become one of Bandung’s must see attractions.
Guests are given cowboy costumes and a horse ride (with a professional at bay, of course) to roam the 5 hectares of greenery.
Photo via: Bebaskarpikir, Lianda Marta – Never End Story, Nicholasac
There are 22 activities to choose from, which cost between IDR 20,000 – 200,000 (USD 2 to 15), including archery and gold hunting.
Photo via: De’Ranch
Not to mention, guests can also learn how horses and cows are taken care of – from feeding, bathing, to milking the cows.
You can even purchase the milk and meat – sold fresh from the actual livestock!
21. Lay Eyes on the Magnificent Javanese Niagara: Curug Malela
Standing at 70 metres tall and 50 metres wide, Curug Malela can be considered as Bandung’s largest waterfall.
Photo via: Endar Permadi
Either it’s the distance (it’s about a three-hour drive from the city), or the rough terrain (much needs to be conquered to get there!), Curug Malela is the kind of place that people talk about but have never really gotten the chance to see it for themselves.
So if you get there – congrats – achievement unlocked!
22. Wish upon a Meteor Shower at the Bosscha Observatory
You can wish upon a star at the Bosscha Observatory in Lembang.
Trust us, this is a sure romantic way to impress your date. And it makes a great family day out too, to get the kids to learn about the planets and constellations.
One-of-its-kind in the country, the observatory was built in 1923 during the Dutch colonial era, and was acquired by Institut Teknologi Bandung in 1959 for research in mathematics and natural sciences.
Photo via: Nicole Prasna Tumbaleka, Amy Wibowo – flickr
The observatory is only open to the public between 9:00-13:00 on Saturdays (it’s advisable to make a reservation beforehand).
And depending on the weather conditions, lucky visitors can even get the chance to see Jupiter, Venus and several Nebulas.
Yes, you may also get to witness a meteor shower – it’s only visible on a few nights every other month. A schedule is shown on the observatory’s website, so you can prepare to go check it out in advance!
23. Go Behind the Scenes of a Traditional Orchestra: Saung Angklung Udjo
Marketing itself as a ‘one-stop cultural workshop’, Saung Angklung Udjo is the perfect destination for visitors looking for an educational entertainment experience in Bandung.
Made from bamboo tubes carved to produce a particular note, the Angklung produces a sound unlike any other musical instrument, and is considered a unique identity of the Sundanese culture.
You can attend Angklung-making classes and watch how it goes together with a traditional dance and puppet show performance.
Photos via: Stewart Leiwakabessy – Flickr
Udjo Ngalegana, a traditional craftsman, built the place in 1966 as a means of giving back to the community. All proceeds of Saung Angklung Udjo go to the education of local students, most of whom are local underprivileged children in the area.
24. Ride one of Asia’s fastest roller coasters in Trans Studio Bandung
Split into three areas – Studio Central, the Lost City, and Magic Corner, the Trans Studio Bandung claims to be one of the largest indoor theme parks in the region.
The attractions are correlate with the shows on Trans TV, a similar concept to Disneyland and Universal Studios.
Photo via: Arya Vidya Utama – Flickr
Let your kids learn a thing or two at the Science Centre, where the exhibits aim to spark interest in science among children.
Don’t forget to ride on one of Asia’s fastest roller coasters, which reaches an exhilarating speed of 120 kph in 3.5 seconds!
And of course, do join the daily parade of endless laughter through the streets of Studio Central.
After a day at the Trans Studio Bandung, you can shop and dine at the Trans Studio Mall right below the amusement park. Those looking for a remarkable overnight experience can stay at the world renowned Trans Luxury Hotel, a 5-star accommodation in the heart of Bandung’s downtown.
Photo via: Ubs Usg, Lembang Tour, Bandung Brave, Travelicious
25. Take a Boat Ride or Cross the Love Bridge at Situ Cileunca
Surrounded by tea plantations, Situ Cileunca (Lake Cileunca) sits 1500m above sea level where the air is cool and fresh.
This is where you can take a boat ride around the lake and marvel at the beauty of the landscape.
Photo via: Dhany Photowork
Don’t like to get too close to the water?
You can take a stroll along a bridge across the lake, which connects two villages together.
Photo by dailyaima
Initially constructed to improve trade between the two villages, it has also brought a lot of couples together. Thus, it’s aptly named Jembatan Cinta (Love Bridge).
26. Art Utopia: Selasar Sunaryo Art Space
Established in 1998 by Drs. Sunaryo, the Selasar Sunaryo is an art gallery that captures Bandung’s creative personality, showcasing works by local artists, including that of Drs. Sunaryo.
Photo via: Djembar Lembasono, William Nasution
Besides the gallery exhibitions, art gatherings are commonly held in the vicinity and occasional classes are open for public, usually free of charge! Be sure to check their website for dates and timings of events or special exhibitions.
When you’re fatigued from walking around the gallery, you can sip some coffee at the ‘kopi selasar’, while enjoying the view of the Dago countryside, for about IDR 50,000 (USD 4).
Photo via: Febby Famela Ngider Bandung
27. Take a Dip in the Healing Waters of Sari Ater Hot Spring Resort
After a long day of exploring the city, you might want to loosen up those sore muscles for another day of sightseeing.
Located near volcanoes, natural hot springs have developed over the years and have been used by the locals as a relaxation method. That’s coupled with the beliefs that soaking in the hot springs would beautify physical appearances, and also heal rheumatic, muscular and nervous system problems.
You can choose from five bathing pools, and you aren’t comfortable bathing in public, you can rent the private rooms.
Photo via: Sputnikers
Other activities are also available – you can rent the usual pedal boats for an off-road track!
28. Buy an Eco-Friendly Pair of Jeans at Firebolt Clothing
Established in 2001, this one-of-a-kind clothing store should not be mistaken for any other stores out there.
Realising the magnitude of carbon emissions in the farming industry, which are mainly due to cotton, the founders of Firebolt Clothing decided to go organic with their clothes.
As a member of the Organic Trade Association (OTA), their products come from trees that are fertilised by non-chemical means, not exceeding 30% of what the trees require.
And what’s best? These trendy outfits won’t burn a hole in your wallet. Clothes from this outlet range from $10-$15 per piece.
29. Trace the Roots of Java at the Museum Geologi Bandung
Often overlooked by visitors in Bandung, this museum harbours some of Indonesia’s most prized artifacts with reference to the geological background of the country, such as landform structures to prehistoric beings.
The collection exhibited in this museum includes a few of the Homo Erectus, believed to be an early form of the modern day human, a replica of the notorious Tyrannosaurus Rex Osborn, and a showcase of rock minerals you never knew contributed so much to our world today!
Photo via: Astiti Rahayu, Riana Puspita, Patrick Manurung
Located right in the heart of the old city, several other attractions like the ‘Gedung Sate’ and ‘Lapangan Gasibu’ are right around the corner, perfect for those looking for a taste of local street food.
Special Mention: Things to do in Garut and Ciamis
For those who want to seek for a more off-the-beaten path experience in the outskirts of Bandung city, Garut and Ciamis are one of the best places to escape to – a mere 2~3 hours’ drive from Bandung!
Here, we have 5 special mentions that will tempt you to go further!
1) Visit a Traditional Village with an Ancient Culture: Kampung Naga, Garut
Just an hour away from the city of Garut lies a village called Kampung Naga (or ‘Dragon Village’ in English).
Photo via: Dany13 – Flickr
Unlike almost every other village, Kampung Naga still relies on a traditional governance system used since hundreds of years ago, where the Head of the Village is the most powerful person in the village.
As they refraining from using electricity, the residents of Kampung Naga have little or no communication to the outside world.
If you want to visit, you’ll need to inform the head of the village. After which, you will be given a sharing session on how the village is run, and will also be shown around, such as the places where the people farm crops and livestock, and even a tour of one of their houses!
Photo via: Lina Sasmita
2) Soak in the Mesmerizing Atmosphere by the Lake at the Situ Bagendit
Legend claims that there used to live a wealthy merchant who forced villagers to work hard for small wages. And this lake was where she drowned in the tears of the people who suffered under her, along with all her wealth.
The lake itself is surrounded by mountains, and for those looking for a peaceful retreat, look no further – noise levels here are paid special attention by the authorities.
Photo by Andreas Suwardy via Flickr
You can indulge in the atmosphere by renting a raft ride around the lake for as little as 25,000 IDR (USD 2) for 15 minutes.
Photo by Memorabilia via Flickr
3) Hike and Camp to catch the Sunrise: Mount Papandayan, Garut
For most people, hiking up a mountain may sound like a task too challenging to conquer – you have to navigate through the difficult terrain and hostile weather, just to sleep in a tent and eat canned food.
But this is already considered a beginner’s mountain by many outdoorsmen, as you can reach the camping ground of mount Papandayan after only 2 hours of trekking.
Photo via: Untung09
Once the tent has been set, hikers can wander off in the Edelweiss Meadows, also a great spot for watching the sunrise.
Photo via: Stenisia
Another beautiful spot is the Hutan Mati (Dead Forest), which is where a patch of forest and vegetation was burnt off during a volcanic eruption, leaving only tree trunks behind.
Photo via: Pratomo Aribowo
4) Cheer on an Age-Old Sport: Ram Fighting in Garut
As a Sudanese heritage, ram fights have been held for hundreds of years in West Java. Once every few weeks, a dirt ring is staged from village to village, complete with live traditional music, commentators and judges.
The rams, which can cost up to 130,000,000 IDR (USD 10,000), are dressed up in brightly coloured ornaments and bells.
During a battle, the rams joust head to head, usually for 10 rounds.
The fight ends when one of the rams flees from the ring, so for the faint-hearted, fret not – there’s no bloodshed involved.
5) Travel Back in History at Situs Karangkamulyan
This is an archeological site where the remains of the Galuh Kingdom, one of the earliest kingdoms of Indonesia dating back to the 7th century, lies.
Home to several historical objects and monuments, such as the king’s throne, the queen’s bathing area and the chambers holding treasures and weapons, this site is pretty well-preserved to this day.