While famous for its cool and breezy weather, Bogor has many other gems that most people might not know about – yet.
Whether it’s strolling along the spread of tea gardens, or pumping up the adrenaline by paragliding and capturing breathtaking scenery from above – Bogor offers tremendous selections of fun, thrilling and relaxing activities for you to choose from.
We show you 15 incredible reasons to visit Bogor (best things to do, places to stay and dine) – ranging from extreme sports like Paragliding, to a leisurely stroll around the beautiful Labyrinth Garden, and even culinary treats that will satisfy the Gordon Ramsay in you.
PS: Just so you know, Bogor is 60km away from Jakarta and can now be reached in less than an hour by taking the train to Bogor Station. (Beware of bad traffic during weekends though!)
1. Fancy staying in a Mongolian tent? – Kota Bunga Estate, Villa Rumah Putih, Highland Resort
Looking for accommodation? You’ll be happy to know that there are plenty of great options available!
1-a. Straight out of a fairy tale – Kota Bunga Estate
Firstly, at Kota Bunga Estate in Puncak, there are many types of villas available for rent. From old English houses to Japanese-style cottages, feel free to choose from the endless options. This villa estate is located at Cipanas, Puncak (near Cianjur), and also provides facilities to ensure your comfort. There’s a swimming pool, tennis court, mini amusement park, mini petting zoo, horse-back riding ranch, and also Little Venice – did we already mention there are plenty of facilities available?
Kota Bunga Estate in Puncak (Photo via 3botchiii)
1-b. Cozy atmosphere with great pools – Villa Rumah Putih
Alternatively, Villa Rumah Putih is another great stay available in Cijeruk, Bogor. Situated at the hillside of Mount Salak, it provides a cozy atmosphere, with many different facilities like an outbound area, indoor meeting area, rafting and paintball activities, as well as a barbecue area and equipment for your events!
Villa Rumah Putih (Photo via Rumahputihbogor)
1-c. Go glamping in Mongolian-styled camps – Highland Park Resort
The last accommodation on this list is one of our personal favourites – Highland Park Resort, which is a great choice if you are seeking a rather different adventure. With a Mongolian tent concept, this resort offers a place that is not only adventurous, but comfortable too. The amenities provided are pretty cozy, with comfy beds, sofas, toilets, and air-conditioning is provided too!
Highland Park Resort (Photo via Atriathya)
As this unique attraction is located in Kota Bunga, you may stay in one of the villas and then visit Little Venice.
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Little Venice is an artificial lake that is designed to resemble the architecture and natural structures in Venice, Italy, as closely as possible.
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Here, you may try the variety of rides available – ranging from small bikes for children to gondolas that you may personally row. If not, simply enjoy the view as the gondola staff rows the gondola along.
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Another interesting ride you should definitely try is the Mississippi Boat Ride with its western-themed atmosphere.
3. Wander through a Secret Labyrinth – Botanical Garden (Taman Bunga Nusantara)
Have you ever dreamed about being in a very romantic, almost dream-like floral garden with a cool breeze and the sound of water flowing in a calming pool, just like in a fairytale?
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Bogor Botanical Garden might have just what you’re looking for. This botanical garden has several gardens, inspired by different places all over the world, like French, Mediterranean, Japanese and the local beauty, Balinese Garden.
Japanese Garden (Photo via rizka.icha, iychachacha)
Mediterranean Garden (Photo via nadiadev)
However, the main attraction of this place is the Secret Labyrinth (Taman Rahasia).
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Inspired by the concept of Maze Garden and The Wall of Troy that existed centuries ago, the Secret Labyrinth is exactly what you might have guessed – an endless winding road that leads to a palace or a special, magical place.
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4. Get up close and personal with Bambi! – Deer Farm (Wana Wisata Penangkaran Rusa Giri Jaya)
Established in 1993, this 5-hectare deer farm will let you have your very own Bambi experience – remember that heartbreaking Disney film about a fawn (baby deer) who lost his mother?
Located in Buana Jaya village, there are different breeds of deer here, from the Cheetal Deer, to the Bawean Deer and Javanese Deer. Upon reaching, you may park your car at the assigned parking lot (if you’re driving), then walk through the suspension bridge on top of Cibeet River to reach the farm.
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Remember to take some photos as you’re making your way across the suspension bridge, as the view is simply stunning!
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Once you’ve reached the farm, do note that visitors are allowed to feed and play with the deer, and also take some pictures. The staff will offer you sweet potatoes for purchase, so you can feed the deer. (In addition to sweet potatoes, the deer are usually fed grass in the morning and bran in the evening!)
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More for the Indonesians, if you have a large garden and want to keep deer in your backyard, the deer are interestingly available for purchase too!
Lastly, the farm also provides an outbound and camping area that can accommodate up to 200 people – if you’re looking for a unique space to hold a camp.
5. Hike Gunung Batu
Located in Jonggol, Gunung Batu, which can be translated into Rock Mountain, offers a challenge for the adventure and thrill seekers, especially those who are new to mountain climbing.
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For the past couple of years, Gunung Batu has become one of the favourite spots for youths to hike. One of the reasons is that this mountain is not as high as other mountains in West Java, unlike Gunung Gede or Gunung Salak – making it an easier trek.
The hiking trail begins with a dirt road uphill. Halfway to the summit, you will reach a stone wall, and to pass it, hikers must do a little bit of rock climbing and climb up the stone wall.
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Some portions of the hike might prove to be a bit challenging, with slopes that are almost 90-degrees! Thankfully, if you’re with a hiking guide, straps will be provided to facilitate climbing up.
Once you’re there, the view from the top is absolutely breathtaking. Take a much deserved break and cool off as you check out the beautiful scenery while enjoying the cool breeze!
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PS: On the way down, you will also need the straps so you don’t fall and trip. Do note that gloves and mountain-climbing shoes are essentials for this hike.
6. Go on an exciting safari and see the animals in action – Indonesia Safari Indonesia, Cisarua
Taman Safari Indonesia is arguably one of the most favorite attractions in Bogor and Indonesia’s most popular natural theme parks. It is also the very reason why traffic can be pretty crazy when you go towards Puncak during the holiday season.
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Built in 1980, the first Taman Safari Indonesia at Cisarua, was constructed on a tea plantation of 50 hectares.
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Today, Taman Safari Indonesia Cisarua, Bogor, has grown to 168 hectares and is well-equipped with a variety of educational and recreational facilities.
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There is the ever popular night safari and adventurous safari trek that you’ll probably definitely enjoy – and if you stay at Safari Lodge, as well as join both the Day and Night safaris, you may enjoy this treat at a bargain!
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7. Dine at Bogor’s unique restaurants – Nicole’s Kitchen, Cimory Riverside, Death by Chocolate, Ah Poong Floating Market
One thing Bogor is known for, is its culinary treasures.
From Tauge Goreng to Soto Bogor, Bogor offers many diverse and indulgent treats for you to taste. There is an endless list of the best must-try restaurants and cafes to visit in Bogor, and here are four restaurants for you to try as starters.
7-a. It’s funky, fresh, and super cool – Nicole’s Kitchen
Nicole’s Kitchen is funky, fresh, and super cool. From the outside of Nicole’s Kitchen, you might think this is yet another simple and traditional restaurant. However, once you get inside, you enter a white, minimalistic and super cool oasis – with funky cushions and grape vines snaking through the central pillars, adding a splash of color and a bit of fun.
Nicole’s Kitchen (Photo via Sonyaelzbth)
7-b. Enchanting river view and great food – Cimory Riverside
Cimory Riverside, on the other hand, serves not only delicious food, but also nice views while you enjoy your meal. With the cool weather, river view and good food, it’s a great place to relax and hang out – and at very affordable prices too! This restaurant also has a kids’ playground, shopping store and chocolate factory. What more could you ask for?
Cimory Riverside (Photo via Enzopratama, Putrinadias)
7-c. Dessert place with a spooky ambience – Death by Chocolate
If you have a sweet tooth and love everything chocolate, then Death by Chocolate is the right place for you. With its deliciously spooky ambience, this restaurant is located in Taman Kencana Bogor, and offers a variety of treats on its menu. There are light-weight snacks with chocolate as the hero of the dish, to Frittatas and Spaghetti if you’d like something heavier.
Death by Chocolate (Photo by opensnap, selvianggrainy, anadesyliana)
7-d. Fun, food and floating markets – Ah Poong Floating Market
Last but not least, make sure to visit Ah Poong Floating Market. A food court that’s surprisingly located over a river – it’s super unique and even offers various activities for kids. This food court houses many different types of food and restaurants, just awaiting your discovery.
Ah Poong Floating Market (Photo via den.yanuar, tika nainggolan)
8. Splash away with fun waterslides, and eat at the foodcourt in the middle of the pool! – The Jungle Waterpark
The Jungle Waterpark is a wonderful place for families, friends and even couples to visit. There are many splashingly fun experiences awaiting, with different water sports and activities available.
There’s a Kiddy Pool, where your kids can play, and they’re bound to have tons of fun with the water gun, spiral slides and more.
There’s also a 40-degree heated pool that is a particular favourite of visitors, along with the the Leisure Pool where people are able to soak and eat in the center of the pool – where a food court is situated!
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This is where visitors love to relax with friends and relatives, while playing a few games in the arena. If you prefer to stay dry though, you can always head to The Jungle Waterpark’s main stage, where Indonesia’s top bands hold frequent performances.
9. Swim like mermaids in a waterfall pool – Nymph Waterfall (Curug Bidadari Cikoneng)
Not only famous for its diverse cuisine, Bogor is also known for its natural beauty.
There are a lot of waterfalls in Bogor, and one of the most famous waterfalls of them all is the Nymph Waterfall, also known as Curug Bidadari Cikoneng or Cikoneng Nymph Waterfall.
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The name Cikoneng comes from Cai, which means water in Sundanese, and Koneng is derived from Bojong Koneng, which is the village where the waterfall is situated.
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This waterfall is suitable for some relaxing family recreation time. Under the waterfall, there’s a large pool of clear water that’s perfect for swimming. And if not, you can just relax on the sandy area right by the waterfall pool.
10. Experience the village life, and learn some ancient art techniques – Kampung Budaya Sindangbarang House
Approximately 5 km from the city of Bogor, Sindangbarang cultural village is the oldest village in Bogor. (According to the scripture of Pantun Bogor and Padjadjaran Chronicle, Sindangbarang village is estimated to have existed since the days of the Kingdom of Sunda, which was around the 7th century!)
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In this cultural village, there are many things to explore and experience – such as the 8 kinds of Sundanese arts that have been revitalized and preserved by its inhabitants.
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There is also the Terraced Hills, which is the archaeological site relic from Padjadjaran Empire. Here, the Bogor Sundanese culture survives to this day, through the Seren Taun Ceremony that is conducted annually – expressing gratitude to the Gods for the harvest and crops obtained.
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Because this is a cultural village, the guests who visit will also be able to stay at the cottages and experience the atmosphere of everyday village life. Guests will also live with kokolot, the respected elders in the community, and artists who live in this cultural village. And if you’re an artist, you might even be able to pick up some ancient art techniques from the people!
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Guests who come to visit will be able to experience sights such as women pounding away at the rice in traditional huts – and cooking food through traditional means such as using the firewood and Hawu (a Sundanese traditional stove).
11. Visit the largest temple in West Java and learn more about Hindu culture – Pura Parahyangan Agung Jagatkartta
Not just another tourist attraction, Pura Parahyangan Agung Jagatkartta is a Hindu temple, where Hindus go to for prayer and worship.
Before entering the main area of the temple, there are two temples – Pura Melanting and Pura Pasar Agung, that are built exclusively for worship, where offerings will be purified before being offered to the Gods in Pura Jagatkartta.
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Tourists are generally prohibited from entering the main temple, except for those who want to perform ritual prayers. The only area that visitors are allowed to enter is the outer court of the temple.
However, you can still enjoy the breathtaking scenery, with the background of Gunung Salak and beautiful gardens surrounding the temple. It is the perfect place for visitors to not only learn more about Hindu culture in Parahyangan, and also find zen and calm.
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Pura Jagatkartta is the largest temple in West Java, and the 2nd largest in Indonesia after Pura Besakih in Bali – it is also considered a tomb and place of worship for the ancestors of the Pakuan Padjadjaran Empire that was once in Parahyangan.
12. Shop away at factory outlets with great discounts – Raja Factory Outlet
Bogor is often juxtaposed with the city of Bandung as a shopping destination. This is due to the factory outlets available in both cities (often abbreviated as FO by locals).
If you are specifically looking for factory outlets, all you have to do is head towards Padjadjaran Street in North Bogor – and you’ll be able to find many different factory outlets, where there are great steals waiting!
Similar to other factory outlets, Raja Factory Outlet offers branded goods at bargain prices. This FO also gives huge seasonal discounts, usually during Ramadan and around Christmas. The products range from women’s fashion to kidswear.
PS: Among the many FOs, Raja Factory Outlet has several cute spots for you to take pictures or selfies at.
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13. Go on a rafting adventure – Taman Matahari Puncak
As a recreation and education park, Taman Matahari provides rafting adventures for the thrill-seekers.
Compared to other places that provide similar rafting experiences in Sukabumi and Cianjur, rafting in Ciliwung River at Taman Matahari is the more convenient alternative, especially if you’re driving from Jakarta – and it’s more affordable too!
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There are two different types of rafting, the 600m and 3km. Going on a rafting adventure here is quite easy, and is thankfully suitable for beginners. The terrain is not too extreme and with the short distances, it is safe enough to bring your older children along (not for toddlers, though).
14. Go horseback riding! – Tea Estate at Gunung Mas
Does a spot of recreational horseback riding in the middle of lush green tea gardens sound fantastic to you?
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Well, Gunung Mas Tea Estate might just be the right place for you. Upon arrival, all you can see is the greenery and mountain range. Move along to the primary attraction in Gunung Mas Tea Estate, and make your way to the horseback riding area around the tea gardens, if you’re keen.
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Another activity available is the tea walk where you will be accompanied by a guide. Apart from these interesting events, you may also have a guided tour around the tea factory, and even stay overnight at the lodge.
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Swimming is also available in the Tirta Mas Pool should you need to cool off after!
15. Fly Paraglide over Bukit Paralayang – Fly Indonesia Paragliding
If you’re looking for a more extreme sport in Bogor, then you should definitely try Paragliding at Bukit Paralayang Bogor.
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The sensation of flying 1.3km above sea level will definitely become one of the most unforgettable experiences of your lifetime.
There will be professional instructors who paraglide with you during the 15-minutes experience, if you’re worried about paragliding alone.
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One thing to remember, before doing this extreme sport, is to wear a comfortable outfit, along with appropriate footwear (skirts and sandals are a big no-no).
Don’t forget to bring your camera along since the ride will be relatively smooth, and you’ll be able to take selfies or even photos of the breathtaking scenery!
From here, you will be able to see Mount Salak from a distance too!