Bandung, the beautiful city of flowers is also known as the Paris of Java. It is situated at an altitude of 768 meters above sea level and is surrounded by volcanic mountains. There are quite a few must-see places in Bandung and tourists can stay at one of the many Bandung hotels and explore these places.
1. Tangkuban Perahu: Just 25 km away from Bandung is the most beautiful volcano Tangkuban Perahu meaning the upturning of a boat. The place has many things to explore. One can trek down through the craters, and in one of the crater called Domas crater there are many hot geysers. Legend says that Sangkuriang once built a huge boat in a night as task given to him by Dayang Sumbi. Seeing Sangkuriang completing his task before time, Dayang Sumbi spread her red silk cloth to east of the city giving an illusion of dawn. Angered by his own failure Sangkuriang kicked the boat so hard that it turned upside down and since then it is like that.
2. Kawah Putih, meaning the white crater, is situated on the top of Mt. Patuha. Though it is called the white crater, the colour of the crater keeps on changing from light green to white and even yellow. The place looks really nice in mist.
3. Pasar Baru Trade Center is one of the iconic market places Bandung. With seven floors and two basements to shop, this place has an extensive range of things to choose from, and it is heaven for those looking for a magnificent shopping experience.
4. Ciater Hot Spring is a beautiful small park with a hot water pool where one can relax and swim. The pool gets warm water from hot water streams which are full of minerals. It is said that taking a bath in this pool heals many skin problems and rheumatism. The park also has tennis courts, restaurants and camping area.
5. Villa Isola: One of the popular art-deco buildings of Bandung, Villa Isola was built in 1933 by Dutch architect Charles Prosper Wolff Schoemaker for an Italian millionaire D.W. Berretty. It was later converted into a hotel and presently it is Indonesia University of Education’s headmastership building.
6. Gedung Sate is a wonderful example of western architecture merging with native architecture. The building is nick-named as Kebab building with reference to the building’s flag pole. The Gedung Building is one of the biggest buildings of Bandung and was built by a Dutch architect J.Gerber in year 1922. Presently it serves as the Governor’s building.
7. Paris Van Java Mall: This shopper’s paradise is centrally located and is equipped with all the modern amenities. This is a perfect mall where one can find anything from cloths to accessories, from food corners to movie theatres.
8. Museum of The Asian-African Conference is also called the Merdeka Building and is another example of art-deco building. The building was originally built as a dance and entertainment venue for social gatherings and in 1955 it hosted the first Asian- African conference. After 25 years of the conference in March 1980, this building was inaugurated as the museum of the Asian- African Conference.
9. Kampung Gajah in English means ‘elephant village’, though ironically one cannot find an elephant anywhere near. This is a nice entertainment park with lots of fun activities to do and wonderful restaurants to satisfy the taste buds.
10. Tiga Warna: One of the small but marvelous examples of art-deco building, Tiga Warna was built in 1938. With enough space and stylish curves this place is a must v for all the art and architecture lovers.
With so many places to visit, Bandung is a perfect holiday destination, and tourists can stay at any of the hotels in Bandung to enjoy a memorable holiday.