Bandung

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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.

Top hotels in Bandung

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Aston Pasteur Hotel
Aston Pasteur Hotel
4 out of 5
Jl. Dr. Djunjunan 162, Bandung, West Java
SG$52
per night
Mar 8 - Mar 9

Situated in Bandung, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of BTC Fashion Mall, Maranatha Christian University, and Paris Van Java Mall. Jalan Cihampelas and Cihampelas ...

4.1/5Very Good! (160 reviews)

"The room is very spacious n comfortable for my whole family,location also very strategic"…"

Reviewed on 25 Dec,2019

Aston Pasteur Hotel
Hilton Bandung
Hilton Bandung
5 out of 5
Jl. HOS Tjokroaminoto No. 41-43, Bandung, West Java
SG$113
per night
Feb 29 - Mar 1

Located in the heart of Bandung, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Chinatown and Jalan Cihampelas. Pasar Baru Trade Center and Braga City Walk ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (420 reviews)

"Hilton Bandung is close to everything. The area is packed with good food, close to the main station and has easy access to most things."…"

Reviewed on 16 Jan,2020

Hilton Bandung
Ibis Bandung Pasteur
Ibis Bandung Pasteur
3 out of 5
Jl Dr Junjunan 22, Bandung, West Java
SG$34
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Situated in the shopping district, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of BTC Fashion Mall, Jalan Cihampelas and Maranatha Christian University. Cihampelas Walk ...

4/5Very Good! (68 reviews)

"Super efficient and easy when you have an early flight, directly on the way to the airport."…"

Reviewed on 22 Apr,2019

Ibis Bandung Pasteur

Top activities in Bandung

Private Trekking Taman Hutan Raya Juanda Tour
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Private Trekking Taman Hutan Raya Juanda Tour

SG$87
Per adult
Bandung as You Please (Private Full Day Car Charter)
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Bandung as You Please (Private Full Day Car Charter)

SG$22
Per adult
Jakarta Southern Bandung Excursion - Private Tour
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Jakarta Southern Bandung Excursion - Private Tour

100% of travellers recommend
SG$92
Per adult
Private Full-Day Pengalengan Rafting Adventure & Cileunca Lake Tour
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Private Full-Day Pengalengan Rafting Adventure & Cileunca Lake Tour

SG$76
Per adult
Private Tangkuban Perahu Volcano Crater Tour
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Private Tangkuban Perahu Volcano Crater Tour

SG$72
Per adult
Private Trekking in Kawah Rengganis Tour
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Private Trekking in Kawah Rengganis Tour

SG$95
Per adult

Reviews of Bandung

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
12
5 - Excellent 48%
4 - Good
8
4 - Good 32%
3 - Okay
4
3 - Okay 16%
2 - Disappointing
1
2 - Disappointing 4%
1 - Terrible
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jul 4, 2019

We love bandung

5/5 - Excellent

Ade

Apr 29, 2019

Paris van Java-, the nice city

4/5 - Good

Nabila

Mar 11, 2019

Good vibes.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

Feb 26, 2019

Lalu lintasnya bikin bingung....

5/5 - Excellent

Reyner

Feb 23, 2019

City and Nature, good food and good shopping, Bandung have it all

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