Bandung - 2 to 3 hours drive from Jakarta
Tangkuban Perahu is Bandung's most famous tourist volcano just 28 km north of the city. This volcano offers many places to see and explore. Whether you look into the huge crater or hike down into it, stroll through the forest on its slopes, or simply enjoy the splendid panoramic view, Mt. Tangkuban Perahu is an interesting destination that everyone in the Bandung area is fond of visiting. When seen from Bandung, Mt. Tangkuban Perahu has a distinctive shape, like an upside down boat. Tangkuban Perahu means, in fact, "up-turned boat" This peculiar shape has stimulated the fantasy of the Sundanese people from early times as expressed in the Legend of Sangkuriang.
Geologically, Mt. Tangkuban Perahu has played a significant role in the development of the Parahyangan highlands. Eruptions have contributed immensely to the hills north of Bandung through lava flowing into the valleys and hardening into rock, thus forming big cliffs over which waterfalls leap. Likewise, mud flows have formed a semi-circular cone of gentle gradient (what geologists call "a fan"), which is now a mass that blocked the valley of the ancient Citarum River near present day in Padalarang (some 18 km west of Bandung), this caused a lake to form covering the whole Bandung plain.
Tangkuban Perahu is accessible by short drive from Bandung . It is the only crater in Java that is accessible all the way by car as far as its rim. It is an awe-inspiring sight of emanating sulfur fumes. Because of the presence of suffocating gases at certain spots, descending into all the volcano's 12 craters is possible with the aid of an experienced guide. Just a 15 minutes drive from Tangkuban Perahu is a hot springs resort. In this resort, you can soak yourself in warm mineral water pools which are good for healing skin problems.
Long known for its hot water springs, Maribaya lies north of Bandung which can be reached within 30 minutes by car. The trip to Maribaya is worthwhile traveling, as you will pass through a picturesque road dotted with flowery hills and lovely villas all the way. While enjoying the view, breathe in the cool breeze of mountain air. Once you get to Maribaya, change to your swimming suit and enjoy the sulfur-laden water, just comfortably warm for swimming as well as for just soaking in. Part of the breathtaking scenery is a 25 m high waterfall set against a steep mountain cliff.
One of the leading resorts is located in less than an hour by road to the south of the city of Bandung . The eastern side of the lake is a cool forest having an average temperature of 10 degrees C and is often hazy the whole day. The north side is bordered by a lush tea estate, reaching far out to the west and south.
Juanda Forest Park
This is a 590-hectares (2,475-acres) forest is located minutes away from Bandung . This Natural Forest is used for research and recreation point where you can discover native plant species as well as from other parts of the world. The Japanese occupation forces in the mid 19 th century left a number of caves and tunnels. The caves and tunnels are dug out of the cliffs during World War II for the defense of the area.
Situated just about halfway between Jakarta and Bandung , this dam was originally built with French technical assistance back in the Fifties. This dam was built mainly to generatie electrical power for the whole region. Since then the dam developed into a multi-purpose designated area as it now serves as irrigation to the surrounding arable land and as fishery as well. Somewhat later, this area is developed to become one of the tourist attraction in the area. Convenient facilities and accomodations such as swimming pools, tennis courts, a camping ground, speed boats for water skiing are built near this Jatiluhur Dam. The water surface is enormously vast with a tropical scenery and cool air.
Juanda Street , Bandung
Exhibited in this Museum are mainly stuffed animals placed behind glass display cases, arranged as if these animals were alive in natural surroundings
Bosscha Observatory, Lembang
From the time it became a Dutch colonial commercial and administrative center, Bandung has felt the presence of foreigners throughout its history. It would be hard to deny that the glory of the Flower City of Bandung, cannot separate itself from the contributions of elite Dutch Planters of a bygone era. The Bosscha family, once the owners of a tea plantation in Pangalengan, South Bandung, was one of the most well known planter families was that contributed greatly to the blooming city of Bandung. As you may know, one of the inheritances from this family has now become one of Bandung's greatest heritages. It is the Bosscha Observatory.
Historic buildings/ Landmark
Bandung is known for its large number of old buildings in Dutch architecture. Most notably the Art Deco architectural style. C.P.W. Schoemaker is the most famous architect at that time, who likes to combine European architecture with tropical ornaments. Some of the Art Deco Buildings are:
Gedung Sate at Jl. Diponegoro. Formerly was used as the head of Dutch Indies Government Companies, now it is the West Java governor office and local provincial House of Representatives.
Savoy Homann Hotel at Asia-Afrika Road , well-known since 1880.
Gedung Merdeka or was called the Concordia Society at Asia-Afrika Road, a historic building where the 1955 Asian-African Conference took place.
Villa Isola, a beautiful villa with symmetrical garden that was built in 1932. Now it serves as UPI's ( University of Education Indonesia ) headmastership building.
Gedung Dwi Warna
Gedung Pakuan, now the official residence of the West Java Governor.
Masjid Agung Bandung. This Grand Mosque was built in 1812, and was recently renovated with two 81m high minarets.
Institut Teknologi Bandung. Ceremonial Hall by architect Henri Maclaine-Pont.