Bandung is located on the island of Java, Indonesia and is a great place to visit. It’s not actually on the tourist trail as such as most people tend to start their Java adventures in Yogyakarta, but if you’ve landed in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, Bandung is worth a stop.
So, let’s check out the top things to do in Bandung to help inspire your trip.
The best time to visit Bandung is during the dry season which runs from June to September. This is the summer months and you’ll hopefully have nice weather and sunshine.
Actually Bandung is located in the higher parts of Indonesia which means the climate is a little cooler. If you’re sightseeing in the high mountains then you may even need a jacket!
Bradley and I visited in August and it was perfect weather.
There is lots to do in Bandung for a couple of days. We visited for 2 nights, which is a good amount if you can go exploring on both days. If not, I suggest staying 3 days to see all the volcanoes and best sights in both the north and south Bandung.
Okay, so now for the part you came for, a list of the top things to do in Bandung. All these Bandung activities are what Bradley and I did, including some extras we planned on doing but simply ran out of time.
This is an epic active volcano located around 30 km outside of the city. It’s possible to take tours here, get a grab for a cheap price, or rent a moped and visit yourself. This is an active volcano that you can drive right up to the crater.
You’ll see down the crater of one of the inactive ones, and you can pay extra (around 50,000) for a tour that takes you closer to the other peaks.
Bradley and I drove the whole way up here and we got to the entrance and it was empty. We found a lady who worked there who spoke Engish and the volcano had erupted a couple of days before (somehow I missed that when Googling), anyway, the whole area was blocked off due to the sulphur so we couldn’t visit.
We did get to visit the “admin” centre where the guys showed us how the measure the pressure of the volcano and the history of when it went off etc.
Now before I visited I was warned by countless online articles about the amount of people here trying to sell you stuff and hoarding you. They said it takes away from the experience.
There were 3 guys there trying to sell stuff to two people, so I would believe that there are hundreds more when it’s open. But actually they were nice guys and we just chatted!
It’s probably the most expensive entrance fee in Bandung for foreigners, coming in around 200-300 IDR depending on what day of the week you go. Weekends are more expensive!
Btw, there are beautiful tea fields located next to the volcano, which is what we visited instead since it was closed!
Thanks to its cool climate Bandung is home to many many stunning tea fields. It actually reminded me a lot of Sri Lanka whilst driving through them. If you’ve never visited tea fields before, then I highly recommend you visit these. You won’t need to pay a penny, there are many to choose from and you can just walk among them and admire them.
There are trails so you don’t need to walk on any important crops. We flew our drone here and it was awesome.
You gotta get out into the countryside to experience these tea fields, and the cooler climate. But honestly, the countryside of Bandung is where all the real beauty sits.
Follow directions to Kebun Teh Sekitar Ciater to find beautiful tea fields.
Due to it’s volcanic activity, Bandung it home to some amazing hot springs. However, there not as natural as the ones I came across secluded in Chile, rather they have been turned into hot spring resorts.
For me, this takes away from the experience a little bit, but if you like things organised, then these are a perfect place to relax.
Hot spring marabyia is one we checked out!
Remember Bandung is Muslim, so I’d try and be a little respectful with your choice of swimwear, just out of respect.
Oh I really loved the floating market in Bandung! Again it’s out in the countryside, so you’ll either need to use Grab, or rent a moped to get there. But it’s so cute and cheap! Probably one of the cheapest things to do in Bandung.
It’s like a mini replica of the Thailand floating markets in Bangkok, but I liked it even more. You can opt to get a boat or you can walk around the boardwalk and sample some of the many many food stalls on offer.
There is so much choice for amazing food and drink, I was so sad that I had already eaten before we got there.
Also you’re entrance ticket gives you a free drink. It’s only 20,000 IDR entrance.
The floating market of Bandung and Bandung flower garden are located right next to each other, but they’re a separate ticket.
Anyway, wow, the colors on offer here are magnificent! I loved it. It’s such a beautiful place to wander and get great pictures. It’s actually a really romantic spot and I could imagine a few proposals have been conducted here.
It’s only 10,000 entrance (less than $1) and you get another free drink with your ticket!
One of the romantic things to do in Bandung, coming from a couple! :P
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Mini Koto took me right back to my childhood. I just wish I had my little niece with me so I could play with her in all the little houses!
Anyway, it’s basically a mini town, but it’s built for children, so there is a fairy house, there is a princess house where kids can dress up, there’s a candy store, mirror room, a bakery, gosh just everything. And there is a mini fairground.
They play disney music to as you wander, and it really adds to the cute atmosphere.
I loved it, but before I went in, the lady at the desk did say “it’s really only for kids, you might not enjoy it”...oh but I did!
It’s only 20,000 IDR entrance.
Looking for the perfect sunset spot in Bandung? Then this is highly rated.
Brad and I don’t drive in the dark so we didn’t make this sunset spot, but I put it on my original list of Bandung attractions, so if you’re travelling via grab or a private driver, then ask them to wait for you.
This was one of the things to do in Bandung that we didn’t go to in the end. Simply because we ran out of time and only had one day to explore the countryside! We needed to make it back to the city before sunset (driving on a moped in the dark is not fun) so we ran out of time.
But I really wanted to go here as there are little restaurants on the lake houses and you’re surrounded by a picturesque view.
I can’t imagine it’s expensive compared to the rest of the prices of things I’ve listed above, so if you are in Bandung, then add this to your places to visit in Bandung list and don’t run out of time like me.
Whilst driving through the Bandung countryside on our moped we drove past lots of camping posts in forests along the side of the road and I have to say they looked AWESOME. Hence why I mentioned this.
We had already paid for accommodation in the city, but had I done my research better, and if there was better information online about the things to do in Bandung (you’re welcome), I would 1000% have arranged a glamping night in the countryside.
You know you can dine and sleep on a pirates ship too!
But there are hobbit houses, little pods, and all the glamping luxury you can imagine, and it’s half the price of what it would be elsewhere in the world.
Since the temperature is cooler up there it’s also pleasant to sleep, and there are lots of activities for kids such as ziplining. Thus making this, one of the great things to do in Bandung with kids.
Indonesians like their karaoke, (however not as much as the Filipinos!), but it you want a local experience, then I suggest you find yourself a karaoke experience.
Our hotel which was located in the city centre actually had karaoke on the night we visited alongside a delicious Chinese BBQ buffet. It’s good fun and if you’re too afraid to sing, drink a couple of Bintangs to help.
The city may be hectic, but it’s well known for its wide range of fabrics, so if you want some new materials or even want to get a dress or suit made, then this is the place to be.
There are lots of “shopping malls”, not in the fancy, with lots of stores sense, but with lots of stalls with locals selling their products. An interesting, yet chaotic experience.
This is something I researched for Brad and I to do but the time wasn’t there. It’s very reasonably priced and if you have never been offroading before, then this is a great place to try it.
As I mentioned before, there are lots of forests in the countryside of Bandung and that’s where you will head for your trip.
You can check out the website here for more information on how to book etc.
When visiting Bandung with a tight schedule, you will probably have to decide whether you want to visit the north or south area. We opted for North, but I wish I had time to visit the beautiful White Crater in the south. The pictures are quite iconic if you’ve seen them, and if you have time, definitely add this to your list of things to do in Bandung.
There are lots of little waterfalls all over Bandung. Whilst none of them are mind blowing or epic, they are pretty and quaint and worth stopping by for a picnic, or just to relax. We actually tried to find some waterfalls that didn’t exist, so I won’t mention them.
You can check tu curug cimahi But as you’re driving along you’ll see signs for them and the best waterfalls are undiscovered, so ask the locals to direct you!
This is another cool volcano that is located in the south of Bandung and whilst it’s not the type of volcano you can drive up,it does make for some epic drone shots and pics from the base of the volcano.
You can climb up this volcano too with a variety of marked paths, however it’s said to be challenging. There is also a nice lake nearby called Situ Bagendit which is worth a visit too.
When it comes to getting to Bandung, you have a couple of options.
Fly: Bandung has an airport, so you can easily fly there from Jakarta, Bali, or other parts of Indonesia. Flights can be very reasonable and I suggest using Skyscanner to check for flights.
Train: If you have landed in Jakarta, or Yogyakarta, then it’s super easy and comfortable to get a train to Bandung. The train system in Java is excellent.
All trains are very comfortable, have clean toilets on board and are extremely well priced. We started our Java adventure in Jakarta, so we got the train from Jakarta to Bandung, fuss free!
Hire a driver: You could hire a driver to take you around Java, but of course he would need to be with you “full-time” and you would need to arrange accommodation for them etc. However, if budget isn’t an issue, then this may be a nice and comfortable way to get around Java and get to Bandung.
When it comes to getting around Bandung, it can seem a little more complicated compared to other Java cities like Jogjakarta which has a more established tourism structure. However you still have a few options.
Grab: Grab is widely available in Bandung and actually it’s a super cheap and convenient way to get around Bandung. Even go up to the north is quite reasonably priced. For shorter journeys you can use mopeds via grab to get around.
Moped: You can easily get around Bandung via moped. It was a bloomin nightmare trying to find a legitimate company, but we found one we highly recommend. They’re called Vectoran motor rental and it cost us 100,000 to get the Moped. They will bring it to your hotel if you wish, or if you’re going to be exploring the north, I suggest you just get a grab up to the company to pick up the moped, because you’ll miss out the worst of the city traffic.
Driving in the countryside in bandung is lovely. It’s filled with beautiful tea fields and mountains, but it can get cold, so bring yourself a jacket.
Driver: You could arrange a private driver to take you around Bandung. Actually, you could easily take a Grab driver and negotiate and all-day rate with him.
When it comes to accommodation in Bandung you have quite a few options. Below I suggest 3 different properties including the one we stayed at ourselves.
Pasar Baru Square Hotel Bandung: this is where Bradley and I stayed. It was right in the city centre and a great price. City views, spacious rooms, and decent food. Good for couples.
The Trans Luxury Hotel Bandung: a very luxurious stay for those who don’t mind splashing a bit of cash, but this is one of the nicest hotels i’ve ever seen.
Vila Air Natural Resort: This one is out in the countryside and looks amazing. Just look at that pool and super close to the volcano and other great sites in the north of Bandung. So good for one night if you want to explore that area without driving lots.
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So there you have it, my guide to the best things to do in Bandung, Indonesia. If you’ve got any other tourist attractions in Bandung you think are worth making this list, then drop me a comment below.
I hope you enjoy your time in Bandung, and don’t forget to bring a jacket for the evenings in the north area!