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Bandung
Travel Guide

Bandung featuring a sunset, landscape views and mountains

Once known as the Paris of Java, Bandung boasts beautiful colonial architecture and a thriving arts and café culture, all overlooked by the peaks of the Parahyangun mountains. 

Come to Bandung and experience a true treat for the senses. Browse some of Indonesia’s finest galleries, in particular those dedicated to the arts and crafts of the Sudanese population. Eat spicy, exotic dishes at the many street carts and restaurants and shop for local produce in the colourful markets. Hike into the clean, cool air of the nearby mountains and enjoy a rejuvenating soak in a natural hot spring. Return to the town to enjoy a lively night out in the city’s bars and clubs.

Bandung is Indonesia’s third-largest city with a population of around 8 million. Its location, 750 metres (2,500 feet) above sea level gives the city a cooler climate than many other Javanese towns, which is perhaps why the Dutch loved it here so much. The Dutch left a rich legacy of colonial architecture in Bandung. Villa Isola (Bumi Siliwangi), with its stunning fountains and gardens, and Gedung Merdeka, the site of the first ever Africa-Asia conference, are just two examples.

The city is known as one of Java’s cultural hubs, with students, artists and intellectuals rubbing shoulders in the numerous cafés, bars and restaurants. Locals love their food. Everywhere you go in the city you will encounter enticing smells from restaurants and street carts. To guarantee yourself a good meal, head to Burangang Street, where a huge variety of eateries compete for your business. Shoppers looking for a bargain should head to Jalan Cihampelas also known as Jeans Street, home to a wide range of outlet stores.

Bandung also makes a great base to explore the surrounding mountains and volcanoes. Take a day visit to the hillside resort Lembang and visit the Sari Ater Hot Springs on your way down. The 2-hour trek up Tangkuban Prahu Volcano is another highlight.

Locals get around by angkot, which are small minibuses, but the easiest way to navigate the city is by taxi. Being such a large city, Bandung is well connected to the rest of the country by air and road, making it a popular weekend destination for Jakartans.

Where to stay in Bandung

Sheraton Bandung Hotel and Tower
Sheraton Bandung Hotel and Tower
5 out of 5
Jalan Ir Haji Juanda No 390, Bandung, West Java
The price is ¥6,888 per night from May 16 to May 16
This family-friendly Bandung hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of West Java Culture Park and Dago Golf Course. Bandung Institute of Technology ...
4.2/5Excellent! (151 reviews)
Dilarang untuk keluarga yang bawa bayi
"Tidak cocok untuk keluarga yang membawa anak kecil/bayi. Asi saya untuk bayi, semuanya busuk dan dibuang. Padahal dari awal sudah bilang dengan jelas minta dimasukin ke freezer beku, sudah konfirmasi ke front desk lalu ke kitchen juga 2x konfirmasi percuma. Tidak ada minta maaf dll hanya susu asi ..."

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2020

Sheraton Bandung Hotel and Tower
Novotel Bandung
Novotel Bandung
4 out of 5
Jalan Cihampelas No 23 25, Bandung, West Java
The price is ¥2,568 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Pasirkaliki, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Living Plaza Bandung, Jalan Cihampelas, and Cihampelas Walk. Paris Van Java Mall and ...
4.2/5Very Good! (258 reviews)
Nice place
"Great facilities and very safe during new normal."

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2020

Novotel Bandung
Padma Hotel Bandung
Padma Hotel Bandung
5 out of 5
Jln Ranca Bentang 56-58, Ciumbuleuit, Bandung, West Java
The price is ¥13,086 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 1
This family-friendly Bandung hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Parahyangan Catholic University, Jalan Cihampelas, and Rumah Mode Factory ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (213 reviews)
"Good hotel"

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2020

Padma Hotel Bandung
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Pinus Villa 5 Bedrooms with a Private Pool
Pinus Villa 5 Bedrooms with a Private Pool
3.5 out of 5
Jalan Dago Pakar Permai 2 no 41, Resor Dago Pakar, Bandung, Cimenyan, West Java
The price is ¥37,024 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 1
Situated in Cimenyan, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dago Pakar, Mountain View Golf Course, and Dago Golf Course. West Java Culture Park and Lawangwangi ...
Pinus Villa 5 Bedrooms with a Private Pool
Permai 1 Villa 3 Bedroom with A Private Pool
Permai 1 Villa 3 Bedroom with A Private Pool
3 out of 5
Jl. Dago pakar Permai 1 no 16, Cimenyan, West Java
The price is ¥25,853 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 1
Situated near the airport, this villa is within a 15-minute walk of Dago Pakar and Mountain View Golf Course. Dago Golf Course and West Java Culture Park are ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
فيلاه رايقه
"الفيلا جميله لكن الحشرات وابو العريص كثيره بالفيلا ، المكان جميل لكن بعيد عن وسط باندونق ، الاثاث جميل والمطبخ كذالك ودوراة المياة نظيفه ، خدمه فندقيه بالتنظيف"

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2018

Permai 1 Villa 3 Bedroom with A Private Pool
Kencana Villa 7 Bedrooms with a Private Pool
Kencana Villa 7 Bedrooms with a Private Pool
3.5 out of 5
Jl. Bukit Kencana no 30, Bandung, West Java
The price is ¥46,280 per night from Jun 2 to Jun 2
Located in Cigadung, this golf villa is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Dago Pakar and within 3 mi (5 km) of Jalan Cihampelas and Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB). ...
Kencana Villa 7 Bedrooms with a Private Pool
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Bandung

4.1

Top Destination

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1/5 - Terrible

WorldTravel

Feb 8, 2020

Crowded, traffic congested,

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 7, 2019

Very good city for works, not tourism, the people are amazing there, so Kind, humble and in service.

5/5 - Excellent

JOHN

Oct 31, 2019

Beautiful place to go, I would recommend this hotel to my friends and family

2/5 - Disappointing

Daniele

Oct 27, 2019

Be aware of its heavy traffic, very bad.

4/5 - Good

ani.w

Jul 21, 2019

Bandung is beautiful city with lots stuff to do & places to visit but only problem lots of traffic everywhere

5/5 - Excellent

TabithaYana

Jun 17, 2019

I love my hometown BANDUNG,INDONESIA even I've been live for long time at Savannah,USA I miss this beautiful city all the time.

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