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During Dutch colonial times, this hill resort town lured the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Noel Coward. Today, on weekends and holidays Bandung continues to attract local folks seeking to escape the heat of lower altitudes, its mountain clime refreshing and invigorating. Foreign tourists revel in the city’s magnificent city gardens, historic Art Deco and Dutch colonial architecture and factory outlet fashions at incredibly low prices. Outside the city, to the north is a “walk-in” volcano, Gunung Tangkuban Perahu, surrounded by scenic fruit, vegetable and flower plantations, with spa resorts beckoning those into total relaxation. Nature and ...

During Dutch colonial times, this hill resort town lured the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Noel Coward. Today, on weekends and holidays Bandung continues to attract local folks seeking to escape the heat of lower altitudes, its mountain clime refreshing and invigorating. Foreign tourists revel in the city’s magnificent city gardens, historic Art Deco and Dutch colonial architecture and factory outlet fashions at incredibly low prices. Outside the city, to the north is a “walk-in” volcano, Gunung Tangkuban Perahu, surrounded by scenic fruit, vegetable and flower plantations, with spa resorts beckoning those into total relaxation. Nature and recreation beguile at nearby Gunung Gede-Pangrango National Park, Taman Safari animal park, Cibodas Botanical Gardens and guided tea plantation walks in Puncak Pass to the west. Now a burgeoning modern city, Bandung’s many industries and institutes of higher learning have attracted a population of mixed cultures from Indonesia and abroad, but beneath it all beats the heart of the original Sundanese people, whose cuisine and arts predominate. Travelers take note: avoid making this trip on weekends and public holidays, when the highway from Jakarta to Bandung is clogged to a standstill. Literally.

Linda Hoffman
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Linda Hoffman is a contributing editor for five Periplus guides, including Bali (two editions), Papua, Java, Nusa Tenggara, and eight editions of Insight Guides Indonesia and the Indonesia section of their Southeast Asia guidebook.

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  • Location: Indonesia's third largest city in province of west Java
  • Language: Indonesian
  • Currency: Indonesian Rupiah
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Rainfall | Daylight
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    Best visited in dry season (April – October); avoid weekends and public holidays.