There’s a reason why Bandung is called the ‘Weekend Capital of Indonesia’. With many new and exciting attractions opened each year, the Paris of Java never truly loses its magnetic charm and keeps tourists coming back for more!
Here’s a collection of 14 places, old and new, that you should never miss on your trip to Bandung!
Peace and serenity are not things one associates with Bandung, given how noisy and chaotic the city is. However, have you ever considered glamping? Glamping is like camping, but without leaving the comforts of home and 21st century technology!
There are dozens of glamping sites peppered around the city’s outskirts, we highly recommend Grafika Cikole if you’re looking for an authentic camping experience. Situated at the foot of Mount Lembang, imagine breathing the fresh mountain air and camping inside adorable wooden cabins, nestled amidst a beautiful pine forest and grassy knolls!
Location: Jalan Tangkuban Perahu KM.8, Cikole, Lembang, Bandung
The Lodge Maribaya
Do you consider yourself an adrenaline junkie? Want to go glamping and go on an action-packed adventure at the same time? Consider the Lodge Maribaya when you fly down to Bandung!
With a wide selection of Instagram-worthy outdoor activities to partake in, from flying fox to zip biking to sky swings to tree platforms, your thirst for adventure will be quenched!
Location: Jalan Maribaya Timur Km. 6 Kampung, Kosambi, Cibodas, Lembang, Bandung Barat
Dago Dream Park
Has it always been your dream to go on a magic carpet ride like Aladdin? Consider your dreams fulfilled at this photogenic theme park!
Feel the adrenaline rush as the Aladdin carpet takes you for a thrilling ride from one end to another with the lush pine forest as your backdrop. You’ll stop for a short while in mid air for photos, but no worries, as there are secure safety gears and precautions in place to keep you safe
Location: Jalan Dago Giri KM 2.2, Mekarwangi, Pagerwangi, Lembang, Bandung
At 87 metres tall, it’s one of the highest waterfalls in Bandung. It’s also affectionately known as the rainbow waterfall. Why? In an effort to increase nighttime tourism, it’s also the first waterfall to have coloured lights installed.
Come nightfall, the waterfall lights up and changes colours according to the spectrum of a rainbow! Another reason to come here after dusk!
Location: Along Jalan Kolonel Masturi, Lembang, Bandung
Feel like immersing yourself in an oriental experience in Bandung? Situated in the vicinity of the Satya Buddhi temple, Bandung’s oldest and largest Chinese temple, Chinatown offers the ambience of an authentic Chinese village and the nostalgic vibe of old Kung Fu movies.
The area is densely packed with small shops and food outlets selling authentic Chinese food and items, with colourful, flamboyant lanterns suspended overhead along its streets adding to the ambience.
While you’re there, don’t forget to check out a museum featuring a collection of vintage Chinese artefacts. And if you really feel like it, you can even rent and wear traditional Chinese clothing to showcase on your social feeds!
Location: Jalan Kelenteng No.41, Ciroyom, Andir, Bandung
Farmhouse Susu Lembang
Looking for some family fun? Don’t forget to visit this newly opened family-oriented theme park in Lembang, complete with European-style buildings, a mini zoo and hip cafes and restaurants!
If you’re a Lord of the Rings fan, don’t forget to check out the Hobbit House, one of the park’s main attractions! Dutch costumes are available for rent as well, if you’re looking to up your selfie game
Location: Jalan Raya Lembang No. 108 Lembang, Bandung
The 18th Restaurant & Lodge
Looking to have dinner somewhere extra special complete with a killer view? Located on the 18th floor of the Trans Luxury Hotel somewhere in the middle of Bandung, this chic rooftop restaurant serves excellent cuisine and offers sweeping views of the city (especially beautiful in the evenings), all the makings of an amazing culinary experience!
Location: Jalan Gatot Subroto 289, Bandung
Why spend on a hefty flight ticket when you can see ‘Europe’ for a fraction of the price, with a trip to this European-themed village nestled in the foothills near Bandung?
Dress yourself in Dutch attire, stroll around its picturesque gardens and admire its European architecture. And who knows, someone might get fooled and think you’re actually in Europe!
Aside from sheer ambience, it’s the perfect playground for the young ones as well. Encourage them to take part in their future dream professions by role-playing as firemen, chefs, police officers, nurses and many more!
Location: Jalan Grand Hotel No.33, Lembang, Bandung
If you’re afraid of heights, look away now! Want to be like Spiderman and hang out over the abyss? Head over to Tebing Masigit and take an epic selfie of you and your friends lounging in a hammock hanging precariously over nothingness!
Not extreme enough for you? What about slacklining your way between different peaks? Although these activities may look extreme and a bit unsafe, there are plenty of safety measures in place to ensure your safety.
Location: Gunung Masigit, Bandung
Orchid Forest Lembang
Sitting around 1,500 meters above sea level, comprising of mostly lush pine forest that is home to over 150 types of orchid, the Orchid Forest in Lembang is regarded as one of the best natural attractions in the region.
One of the park’s prime highlights is the Sky Bridge, a 50 meter long canopy walk where you can walk from treetop to treetop admiring all the natural scenery from above.
Don’t check out too soon though, as you can engage in a variety of fun activities inside the park such as archery, obstacle courses, flying fox and many more. Furthermore, as soon as the sun sets, the park lights up like a christmas tree, giving the forest a magical ambience at night that’s worthy of your Instagram feed!
Location: Jalan Tangkuban Perahu Raya KM 8, Lembang, Bandung
Lactasari Mini Farm & Bird Park
Did you know that there’s actually a mini zoo on the rooftop of one of Bandung’s glitziest malls? A hidden gem in its own right, the Lactasari Mini Farm and Bird Park located on the rooftop of the Paris Van Java mall is perfect for educating your young ones on how to care for animals.
Be prepared to be greeted by countless tropical birds of varying colours and many cute, cuddly animals such as goats, sheep and rabbits await you as you enter this rooftop animal paradise.
What’s more, Lactasari also offers a farm-like experience, giving visitors a chance to clean, feed, and even milk the animals!
Location: On top of Paris Van Java Mall, Jalan Sukajadi no.131-139, Bandung
Hidden Canyon of Cihakuripan
Once largely hidden and unknown, this hidden canyon deep in the fringes of the Cihakuripan river in Bandung has now become increasingly popular with both locals and tourists alike.
Drawing many comparisons to the vastly popular Green Canyon in Pangadaran, the path leading into the canyon is lined with towering, prehistoric-looking cliffs that can reach up to 10 meters high. Perfect for admiring mother nature, snap away or take a refreshing dip in its azure waters.
Location: Raja Mandala Cipongkor, Saguling, Batujajar, West Bandung Regency, Bandung
Kyotoku Floating Market
Do you consider yourself a Japanophile? Well, this Japanese-themed village will stoke your affection for the land of the rising sun even more! Part of the Lembang Floating Market, it is one of Bandung’s newest attractions and features a general ambience that makes you feel as through you’re in Japan.
There is a plethora of fun photo spots such as a minified version of the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Japanese bridges, huts and many more! Indulge in your cosplaying fantasies even further by renting yukatas and hanboks and snap away to your heart’s content!
Location: Jalan Grand Hotel No.33E, Lembang, Bandung
Often touted as Bandung’s mini Niagara, this massive waterfall stands at almost 60 meters tall and spans 70 meters across, with five smaller falls intersecting each other to form a larger fall. Due to rough terrain, the waterfall is not so easily accessible. However, getting there makes for a very fun and exciting experience for those adventurous enough to try.
Location: Sindangjaya, Gununghalu, West Bandung