Photo: Tea country.

Things to see and do

Kawah Putih
50 kilometres south of Bandung

Kawah Putih is a staggeringly beautiful and somewhat eerie mist-shrouded, highly acidic lake which fills a vast dormant volcanic crater cradled in the highlands around 50 kilometres south of central Bandung near the resort town of Ciwidey. ... Read more about Kawah Putih .

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Gunung Tangkuban Parahu
30 kilometres north of Bandung

Gunung Tangkuban Parahu is an active volcano 30 kilometres north of Bandung and makes an ideal visit for travellers not interested in hour upon hour of hiking, as here it’s possible to drive right to the volcano’s edge to peer into the immense steaming crater below. ... Read more about Gunung Tangkuban Parahu .

Kawah Rengganis
50 kilometres south of Bandung

If soaking in a wild river warmed by natural hot sprigs surrounded with tropical rainforest sounds idyllic (and perhaps cliched), hightail it to Kawah Rengganis, just over 50 kilometres south of central Bandung, or ten kilometres from popular Kawah Putih. ... Read more about Kawah Rengganis .

Taman Hutan Raya Ir. H. Djuanda
8 kilometres north of Bandung

In the hills around eight kilometres north of Bandung a long narrow swathe of National Forest, Taman Hutan Raya Ir. H. Djuanda, hugs a serpentine river valley and offers an enjoyable five-kilometre walk with waterfalls and fascinating historical bunkers to explore—a breath of fresh air from Bandung’s congested ... Read more about Taman Hutan Raya Ir. H. Djuanda .

Situ Patenggang
50 kilometres south of Bandung

Amid rolling hills carpeted with picturesque tea plantations, Situ Patenggang is a pretty lake in one of several volcanic craters south of ... Read more about Situ Patenggang .

Curug Cimahi
17 kilometres north of Bandung

Curug Cimahi is the Sundanese name for a spectacularly tall waterfall 17 km to the north of Bandung, also known by the Indonesian name, Air Terjun Pelangi or simply Rainbow Waterfall due to coloured lights installed to illuminate the falls at night (although we’re not sure these are still in working order). ... Read more about Curug Cimahi .

Saung Angklung Udjo
118 Jalan Padasuka, Bandung
T: (0227) 271 714

Saung Angklung Udjo offers a not-to-be-missed cultural performance featuring the Sundanese traditional bamboo musical instrument the angklung as well as dance, puppets and the opportunity to see the instruments produced in onsite workshops. ... Read more about Saung Angklung Udjo .

Bandung city walking tour

One of Bandung’s major drawcards is the tremendous collection of early twentieth century colonial architecture. The 1920s and 30s were Bandung’s booming Golden Age when this (then) Europe-style city was dubbed “Parijs van Java” (the Paris of Java) and Topical Art déco architecture was the flavour of the month. ... Read more about Bandung city walking tour .

Museum Gedung Sate
22 Jalan Diponegoro, Bandung
T: (0224) 233 347

On just about any tourist brochure or poster promoting Bandung, you’ll find images of Gedung Sate, this quintessential Bandung landmark is the city’s “Eiffel Tower”. ... Read more about Museum Gedung Sate .

Museum Geologi
57 Jalan Diponegoro, Bandung
T: (0227) 203 822

Bandung’s Museum Geologi offers engaging and well presented displays on Indonesia’s earth sciences and natural history, a good diversion for an hour or two and a great place to take the kids, though, while this is an excellent museum by local standards, don’t expect the likes of the Metropolitan or British Museum. ... Read more about Museum Geologi .

Museum Negeri Sri Baduga
185 Jalan BKR, Bandung
T: (0225) 210 976

Museum Negeri Sri Baduga is West Java’s provincial museum, and like many of its kind in Indonesia ticks the boxes of dusty (check) with dated displays (check), yet full of fascinating curiosities worthy of your time and effort to see (check) (although to be fair it is far less dusty than some we have seen). ... Read more about Museum Negeri Sri Baduga .

Museum of the Asia Africa Conference
5 Jalan Asia Afrika, Bandung
T: (0224) 269 0705

In 1955 Bandung played host to the first large scale meeting of delegates from 29 mostly newly independent Asian and African nations aimed at opposing colonialism and promoting economic and cultural cooperation—the Museum of the Asia Africa Conference (Museum Konferensi Asia Afrika) tells the story behind ... Read more about Museum of the Asia Africa Conference .

Museum Pos Indonesia
73 Jalan Cilaki, Bandung
T: (0224) 206 195 ext. 153

Philatelists will be in their element at Museum Pos Indonesia, Bandung’s Postal Museum, as for everyone else, well it’s an interesting diversion for half an hour and free to enter. ... Read more about Museum Pos Indonesia .

Factory outlet shopping

Bandung’s vast majority of tourists are not here for the historic architecture nor the spectacular volcanic sights or even the food (although that is a big draw), most come to shop. The region is one of Indonesia’s largest manufactures of clothing with many big international brands represented and Bandung is the place to find affordable designer wear as tons of samples, seconds and ... Read more about Factory outlet shopping .

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Bandung? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Indonesia.

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