Top Things to do in the Bandung City of Indonesia.

Top Things to do in the Bandung City of Indonesia.

(Last Updated On: August 11, 2019)

Those stunning pictures of white sandy beaches along the glinting sea, the lush green paddy fields and abundance of nature, aren’t these enough to allure one to dream of a vacation to one of the gorgeous cities of Indonesia? And Bandung in Indonesia is no exception!

Bandung is the third-largest city and the capital of the West Javanese province in Indonesia. The lush green hills surrounding the city endows it with a pleasant climate making it one of the popular tourist destinations in Indonesia. The city of Bandung has a rich art and cultural heritage giving it the nickname ‘Paris of Java’.

A perfect getaway for anyone looking for laid-back vacations. Bandung offers a range of luxury and budget hotels most of them nestled amidst the lush natural settings. These accommodation options are great for a fun-filled and memorable trip. If you are planning a trip to Indonesia then Bandung should definitely make to the top of the list. Here are the reasons why you should add Bandung to your bucket list and top things to do in Bandung.

Dusun Bambu

Dusun Bambu located at the foothill of Mount Burangrang in a large natural landscape is popular with family travelers. It is a leisure park which promotes ecotourism which is evident from the lush green natural setting, bamboo boardwalks, beautiful man-made lake, all with the magnificent view of the Burangrang mountain.

The park has several restaurants and cafes offering a variety of culinary delights including Sundanese cuisine. The lunching option in the ‘Lutung Kasarung’ a recreated hanging bird nests is something unique.

And the Purbasari restaurant overlooking the calm lake is very fascinating.

Things to do in Bandung - Purbasari Restaurant at Dusun Bambu

The resort also offers various activities for kids like cycling and other educational activities. The great choice of restaurants and outdoor play area for kids in Dusun Bambu would definitely make for an amazing family outing.

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Lembang Floating Market

The Lembang Floating Market in Bandung has a similar concept to the ones in Thailand. The market is located on the Situ Umar lake which was originally used for fishing. Enjoy the delicious traditional foods on the boat in the midst of the magnificent lake or buy some souvenirs to take back home. Or shop for some fresh fruits, vegetables and culinary delights from the vendors on floating boats. A visit to the Lembang Floating Market is definitely one of its kind of experience.

If you are visiting with kids you will enjoy several activities like feeding the fish, geese, and rabbits, riding boats, water bikes, strawberry picking and much more. The market has a coin system with different color coins for different values. To buy food or to take part in any of the activities one has to buy the coins which can then be used in the market.

Farm House of Susu Lembang

The Farmhouse of Susu Lembang is a theme park which sits amidst the lush green landscaped gardens, and vibrant flowers beds. The theme park has several European-style buildings, famous hobbit house and recreated half-timbered houses similar to the ones in Nuremberg and other German cities.

One can also rent Dutch costumes for photo-ops. The farmhouse also has a petting farm where kids can have some fun time feeding the chickens, lambs and the rabbits. There restaurants and cafes where you can buy something to eat and drink. Spending some time in the tranquil nature sounds like a great place to spend some quality family time.

Grand Mosque of Bandung

The Grand Mosque of Bandung renovated and remodeled several times was originally a wooden structure constructed in 1812. The current design of the mosque features a central circular dome flanked by two smaller domes and two twin minarets each 81 m high. One can visit the top of the minarets on certain days of the week for wonderful views of the city.

Trans Studio

Trans Studio Bandung is a complex of buildings which comprises of a theme park, a shopping mall called Trans Studio Mall, and a luxury hotel called Trans Studio Hotel.

The theme park in Trans Studio is one of the biggest indoor theme parks with around 20 thrilling rides. The visitors can meet their favorite Hollywood celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson and Jeng Kelin in Studio Central. Take part in the adventures of exploring the Lost City or soak yourself up with magical wonders in the Magic Corner with special effects and mysteries. the section also has a play area for kids which will be an amazing experience altogether. You can book your tickets here.

Exploring Indonesian Culture at Saung Angklung Udjo

Saung Angklung Udjo is a cultural venue offering the traditional performance using Angklung. Angklung is a musical instrument made of bamboo tubes played together to create melodies. Apart from the Angklung performance the venue also offers puppet show and mask dance.

Things to do in Bandung - Saung Angklung Udjo

The venue also has a handicraft center where one can shop for bamboo products to take back home as souvenirs. And musical instrument workshop where you can learn more about Angklung. The restaurant here offers a diverse choice of local delicacies. A visit to the Saung Angklung Udjo is a great way to experience Indonesian culture and heritage.

Kawah Putih

One of the most interesting places to visit near Bandung is Kawah Putih, a striking crater lake located at around 2300 meters above sea level. There’s no record of volcanic activity in the area since 1600. The altitude makes the air quite chilly – so consider taking along a jacket when visiting. The area has been opened to visitors since 1987, yet it’s managed to retain its charms and it is not crowded with tourists.

Things to do in Bandung - Kawah Putih

The surroundings of the crater lake are nicely forested. There is a path that leads all the way to the lake – though since it is sulphuric, the smell can be quite strong. It takes up to two hours to drive from Bandung to Kawah Putih. Depending on the traffic which can be quite congested in the region.

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Tangkuban Perahu

Tangkuban Perahu is a volcano north of Bandung, a couple of hours drive from the city. It is a popular tourist destination and a perfect day trip from the city of Bandung. Tangkuban Perahu is a volcano with three craters namely Kawah Ratu (Queen Crater), Kawah Domas (Domas Crater), and Kawah Upas (Upas Crater). Out of the three only Kawah Domas (“Domas Crater”) is accessible to the tourists.

Visitors can hike to the edge of the Kawah Domas crater for amazing views of the hot geysers and fumes arising out of the crater. Tangkuban Perahu means an overturned boat which is named after the fascinating shape of the Mt. Tangkuban Perahu. There is an interesting legend of Sangkuriang which explains the creation of the Mt. Tangkuban Perahu.

Art Deco Architecture

The city of Bandung has a well-preserved heritage of the numerous Art Deco buildings. Most of which are from the Dutch colonial era. The Jalan Asia-Africa street has the largest collection of Art Deco buildings like Prama Grand Preanger, Societeit Concordia, and Savoy Homann Hotel are exemplary Art Deco architecture.

Villa Isola 

Things to do in Bandung - Explore the Art deco Architecture

Bumi Siliwangi formerly Villa Isola was built in 1930 by the Java-born Dutch architect Wolff Schoemaker. It is one of the most photographed and prominent examples of Art Deco architecture. Villa Isola is now a part of the Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (UPI).

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Bandung’s Chinatown

Bandung’s Chinatown is located in the Jalan Kelenteng Street close to ‘Satya Budhi Temple’, the oldest and largest Chinese Temple in Bandung. The place decorated with lanterns, Chinese calligraphies, and traditional Chinese house style has an authentic Chinese touch to it.

There are numerous food stalls where you can buy Chinese or authentic Sundanese food. Apart from the food, you can also find clothes, souvenirs, and home decor items. There is also a museum where you can learn more about the history of Chinatown through a wonderful collection of vintage Chinese items and infographics.

Malabar Tea Plantation

Malabar Tea Plantation is located in Pangalengan, 45 km south of Bandung. A visit to the sprawling tea plantation, the undulating green hills, and the natural landscape is perfect for a laidback holiday away from the bustling city.

You can visit the Malabar Tea Shop taste some freshly brewed tea and buy tea powder or souvenirs to take back home.

Isn’t a vacation to Bandung dreamy enough? Have we compelled you enough to start planning a trip to Bandung then why not start with booking your stay? Book Now!

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Do you think we are missing something in Bandung? Do share with us in comments.

19 thoughts on “Top Things to do in the Bandung City of Indonesia.

  • October 31, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    Wow, this look great! Floating markets and a hobbit house, now that is something I would love to see. So yes, you have made Bandung sound very appealing.

  • October 31, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Wow, I have never been to Indonesia but it is for sure on the list! Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I would love to stay in a Swiss-style chalet one day!

  • October 31, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    The hotel we stay at is of utmost importance to me as well. If I can splurge on one thing, it’s accommodations! And Sheraton Bandung looks lovely. And it’s so interesting to find a hobbit house in the middle of Indonesia!

  • October 31, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Oh my gosh, dream vacation is right! This looks like such a great resort for the family.

  • November 1, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Wow! Bandung looks like the prefect get away if you want to relax and enjoy the culture of Indonesia. I have visited about 70 of the 17,000 Indonesian islands and I am hoping to see a lot more of them next year! Thank you for showing me this island which I will try to visit next year.

  • November 1, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Absolutely wonderful. It looks like you had an amazing time. I’m not sure what my dream vacation would be but I’m desperate to visit Indonesia soon.

    Ami xxx

  • November 1, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    Indonesia is absolutely beautiful. I love how they’ve managed to stay close to their roots and traditions and it’s one of the things that I’d love to experience when I get the chance to visit!

  • November 1, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Wow, it seems like such an adventure to go on a holiday to Bandung. I’ve always wanted to go to Indonesia, you’re making me want to go even more now!

  • November 2, 2016 at 3:33 am

    OMG! This looks like an amazing vacation. That little house looks like a hobbit dwelling!

  • November 2, 2016 at 6:30 am

    Oh wow! I’ve never been to Indonesia, but I would love to go someday. Thank you so much for sharing with us your wonderful experience!

  • November 2, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    Looks fantastic! That would be a perfect holiday destination. Art deco and shopping sounds very nice – 2 of my favourite things 🙂

  • November 3, 2016 at 10:40 am

    WOw every single click in your post looks adorable. Well I am going to visit for bali in the month of jan, will be share all amamzing view on my blog as well. Keep doing the good work to inspire us for new vacation trips.

  • November 3, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    Wow, your picture are awesome. Floating markets are my favourite and the fact that you can include strawberry picking with your family is a great bonus 🙂

  • November 4, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    These pictures are lovely! I’m always interested in other cultures too, the performance looks fab x

  • November 4, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    This all sounds great but I would have appreciated it more if you could have told us about your experiences. This sounds like a plan but without any experience. Just as a suggestion. I would love to explore this place.

  • November 5, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    I would love to visit Indonesia sometimes soon and it looks like Bandung could be the perfect place to start with. That bird cage restaurant sounds very interesting, what kind of cuisine do they approach? Also, I would be interested in seeing a cultural performance. I have a friend who learned traditional Indonesian dances while she was studying there and she told me a lot about their culture.

  • November 6, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    It feels like I would love to be there! Beautiful photos and good work with description 🙂 I especially like Dusun Bambu.


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