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We’re always trying to plan our next big vacation and Indonesia has recently made its way onto our radar. One area in particular that has caught our attention is Bandung.
With a population of over 2.5 million, Bandung is the third largest city in Indonesia. Despite being such a large metropolis, its geographic setting makes it an excellent tourist destination for people seeking a mix of outdoor activities and urban lifestyle. Here are a few of the hot spots in and around Bandung :
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Located about 19 miles north of the City, Tangkuban Perahu is a stratovolcano that has erupted 16 times since the early 1800’s (those of you who frequent this blog know that we have a thing for volcanoes). There are three volcanic craters: Kawah Ratu, Kawah Domas, and Kawah Upas. Visitors have the opportunity to hike down into Kawah Domas and can even boil eggs in the scalding water (if you’re not boiling your eggs in volcanoes, you’re doing it all wrong). Given how active Tangkuban perahu has been, the volcano is periodically closed to the public is seismic activity grows to a concerning level.
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This 285 foot waterfall is located just off the highway but feels like it is hidden deep in the jungle. After the sun goes down, the colored lights that have been installed around the falls illuminate the cascading water so that tourists can enjoy the amazing view day or night.
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Kawa Putih, a crater lake located 30 miles south of the city, is a popular destination for local Indonesians, but is still relatively unknown to most international tourists. Visitors can walk along the perimeter of the volcanic lake and take in the incredible view. Disposable masks are sold nearby due to the high sulfur content in the water which emits a foul odor. If you’ve ever been to Yellowstone National park, you know the smell we’re talking about.
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Now that we’ve mentioned a couple of volcanic lakes that are nice to look at but potentially deadly to swim in, Patenggang Lake is a good change of scenery. This high altitude lake is an excellent place for boating or swimming and the surrounding tea plantations make the lake all the more spectacular.
Grand Mosque of Bandung
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Since 87% of Indonesia’s population is Muslim, it would be a massive failure to visit the country without taking time to appreciate some of the religious history and architecture. The Grand Mosque was originally built in 1812 but was renovated as recently as 2001. The most striking features are the two 265 foot minarets that tower over the rest of the structure.
Where to Stay in Bandung
Looking for a place to stay in the Bandung area? The city and surrounding area offers numerous options for high quality accommodation, such as the popular Mercure Bandung Hotel. Check out Traveloka Hotel deals for more great options.
You probably have never thought of boiling eggs in a volcanic crater or watching a light up waterfall at night, and quite frankly, until recently, neither had we. This region offers incredible opportunities for unique experiences that you can’t get anywhere else. It’s definitely an off-the-beaten-path type of destination, but oftentimes those are the best places to visit.