Malya hotel, Bandung

Malya hotel, Bandung

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Bandung, the city of flowers and the capital of West Java province, is one of the favourite weekend getaways for Jakarta citizens. Unsurprisingly, it tends to be crowded during weekends and holiday seasons. Located as it is on a plateau, Bandung enjoys a relatively cool temperature.



Sights and Activities

Bandung is especially popular amongst young people, though its attractions are pleasing to any traveller: famous tea fields and gorgeous mountain scenery make Bandung a stunning location. Be sure to leave the city one night to view it from one of the mountains nearby, as the view from above is quite beautiful. Local travellers usually come to Bandung for its good food and fashion outlets.

For great scenery, head to the top of Dago one night and enjoy the view of the city. There are lots of nice cafés at the top of Dago as well.

There are also some nice parks in Bandung, one of which is NuArt Sculpture Park, located inside Setra Duta Residential area. The 3-hectare park consists of great brass and copper sculpture art from a famous Indonesia artist, Nyoman Nuarta. There is also a café and a boutique craft where you can buy some crafts as souvenir.

Just outside of Bandung is Mount Tangkuban Perahu. Its crater is awesome, and there are hot springs around it too called Ciater.



Events and Festivals

Bandung Car Free Day

  • What: Bandung Car Free Day. Enjoy the fresh air of Bandung and many traditional cultural performance from Bandung, Indonesia.
  • When: Every Sunday morning at 6:00am - 10:00am
  • Where: Jl. Ir. H. Juanda (Dago) starts from Dago-Dipati Ukur intersection all the way down to Dago-Cikapayang intersection

Pasar Seni ITB

  • What: Pasar Seni ITB. A famous one day art market from various artist and ITB (Bandung Institute of Technology) art students that has been held every 4 years since 1972.
  • When: 10 October 2010 (all day long)
  • Where: ITB (Bandung Institute of Technology) Campus, Jalan Ganesha 10.



Getting There

By Plane

Husein Sastranegara International Airport (BDO) serves Bandung.

Domestic Flight

International Flight

By Train

Between Jakarta and Bandung

Between Jakarta and Bandung

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The train trip to Bandung is worth the effort, if just for the beautiful view as you approach the city.
From Jakarta:
From Gambir train station, take an ArgoGede train or a Parahyangan train:

This train only stops at the departure/destination stations, Gambir (Jakarta) and Bandung. All coaches are air-conditioned and classified as Executive Class. You get a small pillow to use during the ride, and a box of snack & drink. You can also order some food like fried rice etc. on board. The price from Jakarta to Bandung is Rp75,000 (one-way), that is less than US$10 per person, and it takes about 2.5 - 3 hours.

For more information, see this website.

By Car

Bandung is reachable by car, from Jakarta it takes about 2-3 hours. You can take the Puncak or Sukabumi or Jonggol routes. You'd better go by car with someone who knows the way. Another option is taking the new Cipularang toll road that span about 129 kilometres from Jakarta to Bandung.

On your way, you might be stuck in a traffic jam. Be wary of people offering an alternative way, trying to direct you through a small street. Again, you should be with someone who really knows the field, because that might not be a better way to go. And those people expect some money in return. Traffic jams are common in Padalarang, a small town near Bandung. Be careful of scams on the road especially during traffic jams. Someone might try to do something with your car tire, for example, then 'lure' you to their workshop and try to drain your pocket by charging unreasonably high service costs. But other than that, you are likely to see beautiful view along the way.

From Jakarta it takes about two hours to get to Bandung. Minibuses seating about 7-14 people depart every 1-3 hours (depending on the departing location in Jakara) and cost between Rp35,000 to Rp60,000 (under US$4 to under US$7). Well-known travel services including Citi Trans, X-Trans, Cipaganti, Primajasa, DayTrans, and Baraya.

By Bus

There are many buses that have routes to Bandung, including buses to Jakarta and Yogyakarta. The most famous bus provider connecting Bandung and Jakarta is Primajasa.



Getting Around

By Car

Using a car is probably the easiest and the most convenient way to travel around Bandung and surrounds. If you don't have a valid driving licence, then you can also rent a car with a chauffeur, which is very common for western travelers. Perhaps it is even better to rent a car from Jakarta. Rental cars are available from numerous outlets, including major international brands, Renting a car is about Rp500,000 per day (12 hr), or Rp600,000 (12 hr) excluded gasoline, parking and toll for travel outside Bandung e.g. to Tangkuban Perahu volcanic area.

While it is generally required to travel by car, especially to the outskirt mountains, the horrendous weekend and rush hour traffic jams can put your trip up to an hour behind schedule, so be sure to plan ahead by starting early and look for alternate routes! The major roads that are often crowded are the roads leading up to Lembang (Jalan Sukajadi), Dago, Cihampelas, and the corridor from Pasteur toll exit to Pasupati overpass that connects these streets. On the weekends, especially long holidays, hoards of cars from Jakarta head over to this part of the city for a getaway, resulting in even uglier drive times. Be aware that many streets, especially the small ones, typically go one-way but sometimes poorly indicated!

For cars from outside Bandung be aware of local rule that every car should provided with trash bin or will be penalised and has been done with penalty Rp 250,000 and lose the time to visit the court.

Streets in Bandung are a little bit tricky as there are so many one way streets. Bandung Citymap is easy to find as there are a lot of street vendor selling city maps. But be careful that some maps are printed in low quality. A detailed citymap can be found in bookstores. In Jalan Merdeka (walk toward south down Dago), there are three bookstores facing front to front, Gramedia in the right side and Toko Gunung Agung & Times inside Bandung Indah Plaza shopping malls just across the street.

By Public Transport

Taxis are available with Blue Bird Bandung, Phone (022)756-1234. Besides taxis, there are other public transport options in Bandung, such as public minivan called Angkutan Kota (Angkot). Angkot fares range between Rp1,000 for short trip and Rp4,000 for a long one.

But be careful if you want to use angkot in Bandung, because there are so many one way streets here. It can be a little bit tricky to find the correct Angkot to go where you want to go, especially since some Angkot use different routes when going and returning.

By Foot

Walking down the Dago Street (Jalan Juanda) is nice, with fashion outlets and mini cafés along the street. Beside Dago, almost all major streets at the northern part of Bandung have a proper sidewalk:

  • Cihampelas Street is famous for its colorful factory outlet. This street is one of the reason why Bandung is also called as Parijs van Java (Paris in Java).
  • Cipaganti Street is parallel to Cihampelas Street. There are many trees along the road, so it would be ok to walk down this street under the hot sun
  • Braga Street - Just walk south down Dago until you find a railroad, then turn right; the second left is Braga street. Braga Street is famous for its night life and also has some nice cafés.

By Bike

A lot of bike lanes are being proposed to be built across Bandung. Currently there is only one lane, which is in Dago Street (Jalan Juanda).




Bandung is well-known for its eating experience since it usually sells its cozy atmosphere and beautiful city and natural scenery. The food ranges from local food, European food, and some also offer traditional and colonial snacks. The price varies, but is generally medium to cheap. There are many road-food stalls that offer cheap good food. When eating many local foods, you may have to use fingers to eat them.





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Keep Connected


Internet is becoming more widely used in Indonesia, and warung Internet (warnet) - Internet cafés - are emerging everywhere. A lot of restaurants and cafés in big cities normally have wireless internet available for free. Internet connection speed in Indonesia varies between ISP and location. Prices vary considerably, and as usual you tend to get what you pay for, but you'll usually be looking at around Rp3,000 to Rp5,000 per hour with faster access than from your own mobile phone. In large cities, there are free WiFi hotspots in many shopping malls, McDonald restaurants, Starbucks cafes, 7 Eleven convenience stores, and in some restaurants and bars. Some hotels provide free hotspots in the lobby and/or in their restaurants and even in your rooms.


See also: International Telephone Calls

You can use 112 as an emergency number through mobile phones. Other numbers include 110 (police), 113 (fire) and 118 (ambulance).
The international phone code is 62.

If you have GSM cellular phone, ask your local provider about "roaming agreement/facility" with local GSM operators in Indonesia (i.e.: PT Indosat, PT Telkomsel, PT XL Axiata). The cheapest way is buying a local SIM card, which would be much cheaper to call and especially use internet compared to your own cell phone's sim card.

The Indonesian mobile phone market is heavily competitive and prices are low: you can pick up a prepaid SIM card for less than Rp 10,000 and calls may cost as little as Rp 300 a minute to some other countries using certain carriers (subject to the usual host of restrictions). SMS (text message) service is generally very cheap, with local SMS as low as Rp129-165, and international SMS for Rp400-600. Indonesia is also the world's largest market for used phones, and basic models start from Rp 150,000, with used ones being even cheaper.


Pos Indonesia provides the postal service in Indonesia. Pos Indonesia is government-owned and offers services ranging from sending letters and packages to money transfers (usually to remote areas which have no bank branch/ATM nearby) and selling postcards and stamps. Sending a postcards, letter or parcel is relatively expensive, but fairly reliable. It takes several days at least to send it within Indonesia, at least a week internationally. It is recommended to send letters from a Pos Indonesia branch, not by putting it inside orange mailbox (called Bis Surat) in the roadside, because some of the mailboxes are in very bad condition and aren't checked regularly by Pos Indonesia. Opening times of post offices usually tend to follow general business hours: Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm (sometimes shorter hours on Fridays), Saturdays from 8:00am to 1:00pm, closed on Sundays. Bigger cities, tourist areas and central post offices tend to keep longer hours, into the evenings.

Private postal services based in Indonesia include CV Titipan Kilat (CV TIKI), Jalur Nugraha Ekaputra (JNE), Caraka, and RPX. There are also foreign postal services that have branches in Indonesia, including DHL, TNT, UPS, and FedEx.


Quick Facts


  • Latitude: -6.91519
  • Longitude: 107.6035

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