Also see: Where to Stay in Bandung.
You have to drive. So either rent a car or hire a driver. Use Google Maps on your smartphone to navigate. Most times, you don’t have to key in the full address, just the name of the place.
Day 1 Bandung Itinerary
10am. To avoid the infamous jam, start from Jakarta at 10am.
1pm. Lunch at Kampung Daun (Jl. Sersan Bajuri, No.88–RR1 Bandung, West Java; +6222-2787915 or +6222-2784572; 11am-11pm daily; facebook; twitter) a mock-traditional village at Bandung. (Menu here.) We arrived after a drizzle, and it was paradise. Incense curled towards the sky slowly, as slowly as light came onto a dawnless day. We spent 280K rp for two for average Indonesian food, but there was extreme privacy as we were given a hut. Children can ride horses here. Tip: it may get cold. Bring a light jacket.
The beautiful road to Kampong Daun
Choose to sit in a pondok for lunch.
Food was so-so. Give the fried fish a miss – too hard and dry.
3pm: Check into your hotel. If you are staying at Padma Hotel, like we did, enjoy the view, and use the facilities for a while.
6pm: Shop and have dinner at Paris Van Java, a shopping village with chain restaurants. For desserts, we had Pancious (pictured above), a chain restaurant focussing on pancakes and crepe-cakes. You can also have drinks at Pizza e Birra, which is under the Ismaya group.
Pancious’s desserts are huge and not bad, but expensive. 2 persons can share 1. Get the millecrepe, instead of pancakes.
Day 2 Bandung Itinerary
|Option A – Early Bird||Option B – A Relaxing Tour|
|8am. If your hotel doesn’t provide breakfast, go to Warung Kopi Purnama (22 Jalan Alkateri, Bandung 40111, +62 22 420 1841). It has been around for 3 generations. Besides the kopi (coffee), they are also famous for bubur ayam (chicken porridge) and sekba (garlic pork stew).||9 am. Breakfast. See Option A’s recommendation.|
|9am. Start driving to Kawah Putih, or White Crater, at South Bandung. On the way to Kawah Putih, you may want to drop by The Luxton Hotel Bandung for, I quote, “the best brownie in Indonesia.” Bring a light jacket.||10 am. Start driving to Mount Tangkuban Perhahu, a giant crater from an active volcano. Bring a light jacket.|
|11pm. Reach Kawah Putih. If you get bored, you can also visit Patengan Lake, a 15-minute drive from Kawah Putih. Patengan Lake is in the vicinity of a tea plantation. Can buy tea.||10.45am. Reach Mount Tangkuban Perhahu.|
|11.30 am. Drive 30 minutes and reach Ciater Hot Spring by noon. You can take a dip. The hot spring is surrounded by a tea plantation, so you can buy tea.|
|12pm. Leave from the area back to the city center. Snack on the brownie.||1pm. Leave the area and return to city area.|
View from Stone Cafe. Opt to sit in a pondok, traditional Indonesian hut.
2pm. Reach the city area and have a late lunch. The Stone Cafe (Jl. Rancakendal Luhur No. 5; 022 2500577, 480, 000 rp) sits on a hill, overlooking Bandung, but the food was expensive and so-so.
3.30-7.30pm. Factory Outlet shopping.
8pm: If you like a romantic dinner with excellent steaks, check out Tomodachi the restaurant, not the cafe. Then drive back to Jakarta as and when you like.
Choose the steak, instead of the so-so Indonesian food at Tomodachi.
If you intend to stay for a longer time, look at Garden of Eden’s excellent 4D3N itinerary.