Bandung Travel Guide covers Bandung, a large city set on a plateau 180 km south of Jakarta. The cool nights of Bandung are a welcome change after the lowlands. Being 800 metres above sea level, as soon as the sun sets the temperature drops pleasantly. At Lembang, which is situated in the hills 18 km to the north, the temperature change is even more pronounced.
Bandung as a city is growing fast, and the urban spread is having a marked effect on the environment. Many of the trees that lined the boulevardes have been removed to make way for increased traffic flow. This and industrial pollution have marred the beauty of a city that was once called the Paris of Java.
As well as being the administrative capital of the Sundanese people, Bandung is also the traditional cultural and artistic centre of a highland race which is often considered peripheral to Central Java. However, this viewpoint overlooks the existence of the ancient kingdom of Pajajaran, which has its court near present day Bogor, and dates from the Hindu period of Indonesia’s past.
Most of the budget accommodation is in the vicinity of the railway station, on both sides of the railway line. Be extra careful crossing the footbridge at night, as robberies are common.
The government Tourist Informasi Centre is located at Jalan Stasiun Timur, and the Pusat Informasi Pariwisata is located at Jalan Alun Alun No.2, on the central square.
PUBLIC SERVICES IN BANDUNG
General Post Office Jln Asia Africa
Bank BNI 1946 Jln Asia Africa
International Telephone Jln Lembong
Hospital Jln Kebon Jati
HOTELS IN BANDUNG
Hotel Naripan Jln Naripan
Savoy Hoffman Hotel Jln Asia Africa
Hotel Preanger Cnr Jn Lembong
Penginapan Surabaya Jln Kebon Jati 71-73
Hotel Melati Jln Kebon Jati
Penginapan Sakadarna Jln Kebon Jati Dalam (behind Hotel Melati)
Penginapan Saudara Jln Kebon Jati Dalan (behind Hotel Melati)
Hotel Kota Kembang Jln Otto Iskandardinata 22
Hotel Setia Jln Otto Iskandardinata 21
Hotel Malabar Jln Kebon Jukut
Hotel Soetie Jln Sumatra corner Jln Martadinata
Corner Hotel Jln Wastukencana 8
Grand Hotel Jln Merdeka, Lembang
RESTAURANTS IN BANDUNG
Indonesian Jln Otto Iskandardinata, next to Hotel Sahara
Indonesian Jln Kebon Jati (southern entrance to Railway Station)
Indonesian Central Market, corner Jln Kebon Jati and Jln Otto Iskandardinata
Chinese Cnr Jln Pasar Kaliki and Jln Kebon Kawung
Several along Jln Braga
Restaurant Sakadarna Jln Kebon Jati
Beverages: Don’t miss ‘ ‘bandrek’, a warm ginger/chilli drink that will warm you up on cool Bandung nights!