Favorite thing: There's two branches in Bandun...I think. I only know the one near Pasar Baru...not sure the name of that road...but it's located at the same block as the Pasar Baru n with its big sign board u won't miss it. This place offers good exchange rate. It's close on weekends.
I am trying to give you some tips and wish that it would be much help for you to plan your tour itineraries.
1. I think the best time to visit Bandung will be on April.
Before you leave Singapore, maybe this tip will be helpful. There are some cheap flight from Changi to Jakarta/online booking such as: www.valuair.com/Tiger airways) or if you want to try flying from Batam island, there are many daily schedulled flight flying to Jakarta as well (SGD 100-110). When you arriving in Jakarta (Soekarno-Hatta Int'l airport), just take a daily shuttle van from JKT to BDG > min. 3 persons (drop off to your choice Bandung's hotel) Cipaganti/X-trans etc) which gonna cost each of you: IDR 125000(SGD.25).
2. Place of interest is vary, depending on your interest.If you'd like tracking/hiking, you can take a daily tour package to the northern part of Bandung > Tangkuban Perahu volcanic Mountain, then proceed to Ciater hotspring Spa resort. The other similar place will be "Kawah Putih(white crater) situated at southern part of Bandung.
3.Shopping location for imitation branded Jeans & T-shirt will be spread along at jalan Cihampelas, Jl. Riau (the Herritage/the Summit factory outlets)or simply visit the manufacturer itself namely "Stock Center".
4.I am not reccommend you to buy any pirated DVD/CD
5.Bandung city is situated at 800m above sea level (much higher than Mt Faber), so its quite cool and fresh up here (dont forget to bring your warm jacket along).
6.The best hotel is vary depending on your expectations. If you are the shop addict, hotel grand Serela at Jalan Riau is a good choice,The rate = IDR 400.000/R/N incl.breakfast (Week days), but there will be a surcharged during the week end periods (Fri-Sun).If you love the night live, Kedaton hotel is a perfect choice (IDR 400000/r/n WD)because most of the discotiques are situated at jalan Braga which is a walking distance from the hotel.
Most of the average Bandung's tourist class hotel's rates will be arround SGD 50-60/Room/night including breakfast (Perdana wisata/Mutiara/Anggrek Bidakara/Royal Merdeka Hotels).The standard/supperior ones will be approx.SGD 65-75.00/R/N (Kedaton/Grand Serela/Vue Palace)NB:please check our VThotel info.
So my friend, happy travelling and hope to see you arround.
Favorite thing: Most money changers in Bandung close on weekends except Valas Inti Tolindo Money Changer located at Dago Street (the place is right opposite Holiday Inn). Since they're aware that almost all other money changes are close on weekends so they would try to offer a bit low exchange rate...so u should know what to do...bargain harder.
shop & eat
Fondest memory: looking for cheap pirates dvds/mp3s/cds/vcds to pasar kota kembang at jl. dalem kaum, near the alun2. thousands of titles, price vary from 3500 ( bargain first)
used imported magazines to cikapundung street, near jln. asia afrika / alun2
cheap fake designers clothes to factory outles such as rumah mode, heritage,summit.etc
cheap original local desginers to distros such as anonim,ouval,airplane,347,etc at dago area (jl.ir.h.juanda)
cheap clothing/shoes at jalan dalem kaum near alun2
cheap used rare cds to bang jones, ruko at jl.dipati ukur
cheap second hand vintage clothes to gedebage ( very faaar away :) )
cheap software/computer product to plaze jln ahmad yani
cheap cellphone to bandung electronic centre at jl purnawarman
hi, nice to meet you. i lived in bandung, maybe i can recomend best & cheapest spa in bandung. lot of people know about eveyday spa. the concept like balinese massage & spa. price very much cheap around USD 15 for 2 hours with full package massage & spa with scrub. Easy for heading to everyday spa. Location behind siliwangi soocer stadion in bandung. thanks have a nice trip
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TEMPE & ONCOM GORENG
*** HARUM SARI ***
Jl. Raya Siliwangi - Cicurug - Sukabumi
Jl. Kebonkawung 31, Stasiun Bandung
Jl. Leuwipanjang 136B, Bandung Telp: 5230267
Comment: ONCE YOU EAT YOU CAN NOT STOP - SUPER CRISPY & CRUNCH
*** BROWNIES KUKUS AMANDA ***
toko utama di Jalan Rancabolang No 29, Margahayu Raya,
cabang I di Jalan Lodaya No. 8
Cabang II di Jalan Purwakarta
Cabang III di Jalan Dr Otten.
Toko brownies Amanda buka mulai pukul 08.00 WIB hingga pukul 18:00.
Comment: THE YUMMIEST BROWNIES IN THE WORLD
Favorite thing: Bandung is also the region’s center of education as it is home to the Bandung Institute of Technology as well as one of the countries best known universities. Rich natural attractions can be found to the north of the city near the hill resort-village of Lembang, where you can explore the Tangkuban Perahu (volcanic) crater, the Ciater hot water springs, or hike to the many waterfalls to be found in the area. Trips to these exciting places can all be arranged from your hotel “guests service desk”.
PHOTO : On The Way From KEDIRI ( East Java) To Yogyarkarta ( Centeral Java ).
EVEN modernisation was long time accepted and addtable in this community, but the traditional life still carry on as usual. Bullocart as a one source of their daily transportation to carry a goods from the nearer plantation to the city.
PHOTO : Sugarcane Plantation Outskirt Of KEDIRI Near NGANJUK On the Way To Yogyakarta.
A long the way from KEDIRI to SOLO ( Central Java ), our trip past through the sugarcane plantation and * Teak Jungle* infact TEAK was planted as timber for local consumption and export product. Curious to know, who is the sucssesful farmer who are very energytic to built such huge plantation. The answer given was very sour....It's belong to PAK HARTO & FAMILY ( Former President SUHARTO and his family ). In my heart saying * what to do *... ' In the country of BLIND man, man with a single eye become a KING '.....
PHOTO : Post Office Building In The Yogyakarta, Clearly Seen The Dutch Occupation In The Colonial Day.
First of January is a public holiday for Indonesia. Last night ( 31st December 1995 ), there are a big crowd whole over the city, peoples are celebrating a coming New Year. They came as far as 40 kilometer to joint the celebration in the city. People are there during an early hours, as early as 12.00 noon, to *book* a good place. I'm consider lucky, with a 5' 9 ' height no problem to move a round to find a batter position.
The road a long Jalan MALIOBORO were packed, no vehicle permit to enter the area, just people, people and people. Hardly to move your shoulder....hah ha, pickpocket is every where. I placed my wallet and passport inside my Levi's Dangree Jacket ( specially homemade inside pocket with safety buttons ).
PHOTO : Paddy Field, Common Scenery Outskirt Of Yogyakarta City.
OVER all source of income local villagers came from farming. PADI as a main core in their effort to earn a living. The return, not really good. Imported rice from China and Myanmar much more cheeper then locally produce. They have not much choice since the land just suit for Padi only.
visit Dago Pakar if you are a nature lover or just lovers..;) The scenery there is great.
Fondest memory: What I will miss most about Bandung is the weather. In Singapore, where I am from, the weather was extremely humid so Bandung's cool and sunny weather is a pleasant change.
stop at TANGKUPAN PERAHU, a once-active volcano area (you can smell the sulphur) and enjoy a hot bath in one of the many hot-springs (believed by the locals to cure all kinds of joints sickness).
Fondest memory: On the way up the mountain, stop at one of the 'NASI PADANG' stalls at BOGOR and enjoy a feast of Indonesian food .... hot and spicy (one of my favourite). You'll be served about 20 different kinds of dishes even if you eat alone.
The cost of a meal? About US$2 per person... cheap!cheap! ... as our PM said like a bird!
Favorite thing: When in Tangkuban Perahu, we can see this kind handcraft, from Batik wood they made ashtray, and other things.
Visit the Dago Pakar, the view of Bandung during night
Fondest memory: I grew up there, so I miss the kindness and the politeness of the people there