There are plenty of places listed within the summer holiday brochures offered online at Traveloka.com, or even at your local travel agency, that serve up those all important holiday ingredients of sun and fun in exotic locations. One destination in particular that fulfills the summer holiday dream list is Indonesia, specifically, Bandung – the capital city of West Java.
With a population of just over 2.4 million, Bandung is the 3rd largest city – by population – in Indonesia. Bandung is located just 110 miles southeast of Jakarta and is easily accessible by highway making it a popular local weekend destination. The surrounding landscapes offer both volcanic rich soil and lush tropical hillsides. With summer temperatures averaging in the low 80’s, Bandung offers a milder climate than other parts of Indonesia, and as such makes for an ideal vacation spot.
Where to Stay
With numerous hotels from which to choose, the Padma Hotel in Bandung is at the top of the list. Families will love the range of activities for young and old alike. Spend time each day making memories by enjoying a yoga class, working out in the gym or sunning by the pool. Looking for something a little more adventurous? How about rock wall climbing, or basketball or even jungle trekking? And there are many child-friendly activities offered including a children’s pool where kids can spend hours splashing in the water and making new friends while mom and dad relax nearby. After a day’s fun in the sun, it’s time for dinner and the Padma offers the best in local cuisine served outside with stunning views of the surrounding hills.
Where To Go
When it’s time to leave the hotel to get out and explore the region, perhaps with a rental car to see the local sights or by joining a local organized excursion, there is much to experience and enjoy in Bandung. Why not start with a nice walk along Braga Street, in the historic old town, lined with galleries, dining and shops? It’s a great way to get a feel for the area.
A visit to St. Peter’s Cathedral is not to be missed with its architectural grandeur and peaceful sanctuary. A must stop for every visitor, Catholic or not, all are welcome. And, don’t forget to stop at the Bandung Grand Mosque where the children can play in the park and for a minimal fee one can climb the tower for a panoramic view of Bandung.
Museums and Art Galleries
There are so many wonderful and interesting places to visit in Bandung. Museums, theater performances, sculpture parks and art galleries, or perhaps a cultural tour with a hired guide to show you all of the highlights of the city and surrounding area. Or, for the more adventurous, perhaps a trek up Keraton Cliff to take in the views!
There’s so much to see and do in Bandung, Indonesia – the only problem you’ll have is trying to fit it all in!