The small village of Cipanas six kilometres north of Garut and 65 kilometres southeast of Bandung is famed locally because of the hot spring water that seeps out of the surrounding earth. As a result, many hotels have been built to accommodate people wishing to bathe in the therapeutic water, with most hotels pumping the water directly into their bathrooms.
Aside from the hot spring water, there really isn't much else in Cipanas and visitors will need to look further afield for activities. This entire area is home to a large number of volcanoes, many of which are still active and regularly belch steam into the heavens. The most popular to visit is Gunung Papandayan, which last erupted in 2002 and has threatened to erupt at regular intervals since.
Other activities include visiting the geologically active Kawah Kamojang, the ancient Hindu temple of Candi Cangkuang and traditional Sundanese village of Kampung Naga.
The main area of Cipanas lies along a road that loops from the main Bandung-Garut road and back around again. It's along this road that you'll find accommodation, transport and food.
The nearby city of Garut is an important regional centre with all the usual facilities one would expect, such as a mall, but it doesn't hold any touristic value and is best skipped.
Access to internet in Cipanas is limited to top-end hotels or for those really desperate, a trip to Garut is required.
Police and medical services are likewise located in the nearby city of Garut, but there is little reason to travel there otherwise.
By Adam Poskitt