Maribaya walk, Bandung, West Java, Indonesia

Maribaya walk, Bandung, West Java, Indonesia

Maribaya walk, Bandung, West Java, Indonesia


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Bandung is the ethnic Sundanese heartland, located approximately 80 kilometres east of the nation's capital, Jakarta. With the greater urban area having a population in excess of 2 million, it is Indonesia's third largest city and at times it feels like it. Once called Paris van Java, or the Paris of Java, because of its charming colonial boulevards and laid back hill-town feel, Bandung has lost almost all of its former appeal. Boulevards are replaced by rutted roads jam-packed with traffic, fresh air is replaced by car fumes and colonial architecture replaced by rampant haphazard development. These ills are all that many passing tourists see and getting below the surface of this gritty town can sometimes feel impossible.

To experience the pleasant side of Bandung that local people enjoy, it is imperative to stay away from the centre of town and attempt to find a quiet back street where trees replace street signs and white-washed walls replace ... Read our complete Bandung travel guide

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