Blogs from Bandung, Java, Indonesia, Asia


Asia » Indonesia » Java » Bandung July 3rd 2021

I had been looking for suitable camping options and found my dream camp van at last! It’s a yellow 4WD jeep with rooftop tent. Perfect. The prolonged stay home had forced me to explore outdoor activities, reachable by road from Jakarta. My pick was Pangalengan and Ciwidey, 4 hours drive from Jakarta, both of which were well known for its tea industry. Along with my three other friends, we drove from Jakarta on Friday afternoon and reached Pangalengan in the evening. The drive was painless as the new toll road, Seroja, saved us an hour. Not ready to stay over-night in a tent, we decided to stay in a wooden bungalow by the lake and were relieved to find out we were the only guests. The next morning, we left before sunrise towards Situ Cileunca, a ... read more
Cukul View Point
Malabar Tea Plantation
Citambur Waterfall

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Bandung May 7th 2018

Rano sa budim na ucinky mlieka, predsa len si zaludok na tento napoj uz odvykol. Od 8.00 dole v lobby na free nete, ktory obcas padal. Tu v hojnom pocte mamicky s detmi. Niektory isli hned k bazenu, ten bohuzial ani dnes nevyskusam. Nahadzane do mapy polohy ubytiek v kota bharu a zverejneny inzerat na cs ci sa ma niekto v tomto meste chut stretnut. Furt nevim ci riskovat a ist na perhentian v piatok bez ubytka. Co som chcel pouzit referal tak tam boli nenapadne este spomenute rozne poplatky (pocitam, ze na mieste nebudu), tak referal setrim na dalsiu destinaciu , i ked neni iste ci bude fungovat. Cs ma kontaktuje nech idem na hlavnu cestu. Po chvili prichadza a ideme smer mesto malou dodavkou. Premavka uplne nahovno, same zapchy (to som ale este nevedel ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Bandung May 6th 2018

Este trochu k vcerajsku co som zachytil od vedlajsieho stola. Svajciar vravel dost o barme (bud pracuje tam alebo v thajsku, nieco v oblasti vlakov, takze fajn job). Jedna baba cestuje tez po azii, toto je jej druhy mesiac a chce kuknut aj barmu. Nocne busy tam neexistuju, pesi prechod zo severa thajska sa neoplati (okolie chang …), bo pre turistov je tam spristupnene len male uzemie, bez moznosti pokracovat dalej po krajine (to som vedel), niekedy moze byt problem s ubytkom, v krajine clovek stretava stale rovnakych turistov, bo vsetci maju rovnaku trasu, dost uzemia je zakazane navstivit. Problem kupit miestnu simku (to riesit nebudem, nemusim byt furt online aj ked to totalne zlahcuje cestovanie). Na ranajky davam opat palacinku. Po jedle len suchy pozdrav od majitelky aj fakt krasnej dcery. Mozno boli trochu nasrane, ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Bandung April 19th 2016

Back at the Sheriton Four Pointsl in Bandung we gave the kids a quick bath to wash away all the orange jungle mud and clean out a few cuts. With a busy day of activities they were out like a light. It was so fast that they missed out on my pretending to have had an electric shock which put my hair all on end. Cas did witness it and sighed... ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Bandung December 20th 2015

A short weekend respite to Bandung, a short 2-hour bus ride away, ended up a mini adventure. The bus trip from Cikarang to Bandung was fuss free… till the end of the journey, where I was dropped some 7km off at the outskirts of the main city. Santai! (No worries in Bahasa). I will get it figured out, soon… Angkot Dropping off from the terminal, I walked in the general direction of the city. And before long, I trusted my instincts and got on an Angkot, a mini van that is their main form of transportation. Tried to ask the driver with my limited Bahasa if it heads to the city centre with no avail, so I relied on Google Maps instead. Thankfully, after simple navigation and changing into another Angkot, I reached the ... read more
With my trusty bike
Beautiful Tea Plantation
Arriving in Bandung at night

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Bandung September 21st 2015

Reizen met de trein is in Indonesië een relatief goedkope manier van verplaatsen. Wel is het van belang de juiste klasse te kiezen bij het kopen van een kaartje. Alleen in de Executive klasse is er air conditioning, gezien de temperaturen en reistijden wel zo prettig. Waar de vliegtuigen de vertrektijden soms erg ruim interpreteren vertrekt onze trein vanaf Gambir Station in Jakarta stipt op tijd. Gezien het grote verstedelijkte gebied van Jakarta rijdt de trein het eerste uur niet al te snel en zien we vooral sloppenwijken langs het spoor. Op sommige rails lopen de kinderen van/naar school en op andere plaatsen ligt de was te drogen op de rails. Na een uurtje komt de stewardess langs met Nasi Goreng, dit gaat er uiteraard wel in. Onze coupe zit maar halfvol en in tegenstelling tot ... read more
Het leven langs het spoor
Huize Bosscha

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Bandung March 15th 2015

After spending a couple of hours relaxing in front of the tv watching storage hunters last night ( we all have a weakness!) I was quite happy to do a spot of walking and exploring today. So catching a bus to the train station - which also happens to be the location of the tourist information I gathered some very helpful advice ( mainly consisting of a list of prices buses, taxis etc should charge - not what they try and charge - a term ive heard referred to as skin tax!) So, heading off to find the bus station - if you actually look for a station with buses in it - its not the bus station! A bus station in Indonesia is a congregation of anything between 10 - 20 very old vans stopping ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Bandung March 15th 2015

The initial plan for today was going to consist of getting a bus to Pangandaran ( halfway point between here and Yogyakarta) also the spot of a pleasant beach - but a 5hr ride away and then a further 5-6 hrs to Yogyakarta which I just couldn't face. Instead after trying to book a flight online - and the website failing me I popped into a tour agency and with the assistant not speaking a word of English - but with pointing at pictures of planes and flapping of the arms managed to book a flight for 16.30 straight to Yogyakarta! Popping to McDonalds for tea and some breakfast - and to find a hotel ( and having a very nice chat with the staff member and showing her some pictures!) I found a nice hotel ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Bandung February 26th 2015

Bandung city is not merely a tourist attraction but rather likewise a destination of choice for a tranquil setting with beautiful panoramas. It is the capital city of West Java and the third biggest city in Indonesia. Parijs van Java (Paris of Java) was nicknamed by the Dutch for its likeness to Paris and European environment back in colonial times. Not long ago Bandung was home to expatriate people as the area is the great place for relaxation. The city is well known as a shopping paradise. We can easily see foreign tourist around Jalan Dago as the place is heaven for shoppers, particularly in Juanda street where a row of stretching Factory Outlet available. The area the most favoured spot for shopping. Jalan Riau, Jalan RE Martadinata additionally be a choice and it is a ... read more
Bandung city scenery
Becak at Simpang Dago
Common view in the city

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Bandung December 29th 2014

The start of my new weeks blog.Today we are traveling to Probalinga and on to Samera Lewak by train, to climb Mount Bromo which is suppose to be one of Java's most scenic volcanos. We also are winging it today on accommodation as we really don't know what to expect. The scenery on the train as we past by villages and various sorts of farming, mostly rice paddies workers now are harvesting the rice no doubt back breaking work. The rivers and streams always have children playing and bathing and adults doing the daily wash or dishes life seems pretty uncomplicated for these country folk. They seem quite content with life, a few satellite dishes scattered in towns (maybe they are watching neighbours)........ Passing though jungles which also have been put to use as they are ... read more
Mt Bromo, Java
Mt Bromo, Java
Mt Bromo, Java

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