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Bundung is one of the largest cities in Indonesia. The capital city of West Java caters to an ever-growing population of more than 2.5 million citizens. Because of its mild year-round temperatures, Bandung experiences a heavy influx of tourists. The surrounding Parahyangan Mountains give it a cool climate and vegetative landscape, adding to the appeal of this cultured city.

Bandung first came to prominence during the 17th and 18th centuries when Dutch colonialists used the area for plantation farming. The town prospered thanks to its tea and coffee plantations which paved the way for continuous expansion over the last two centuries. Today, Bandung has developed into an important Indonesian city, boasting a financial centre, a major national university, and a booming textile industry. The increase in recent tourism trends has seen a revitalisation of the city’s hotel industry.

Sights nearby

Bandung is famous for its shopping and dining culture, but there are several important sights worth seeing. Many of these colonial, natural, and cultural landmarks are only a short distance from decent hotel options.

Bandung Zoo
Located in the northern reaches of the city of Bandung is the local zoo. It currently stands as one of the largest and most important zoological facilities in Southeast Asia, offering tremendous animal exhibits for the entire family to enjoy. In addition to the fauna on site, there are plenty of beautiful landscaped gardens that provide visitors with an attractive setting. A large range of local and regional animal species alike are housed within the park. Several hotel options lie less than one kilometre from the park, including the high-end Galeri Ciumbuleuit Hotel and the affordable favehotel Premier Cihampelas.

Geological Museum
Housed within a 1920s Art Deco-style building, Bandung’s Geological Museum is an unassuming but interesting landmark. Inside are three main rooms, each with an array of rocks, fossils, and collections that relate to the history of the area and human development since pre-historic times. It is open every day except Fridays between 09:00 and 15:00.

Gedung Merdeka
Though the building was constructed in the 1920s, it didn’t become a prominent landmark until the 1950s when it hosted the first Asian-African Conference. Today, the building and hall still stand, but an intriguing museum has been added to the site, providing visitors with information, art, and pictures relating to the historical significance of the Merdeka building. Located on Braga Street, this landmark is close to a number of comfortable lodgings, such as the Golden Flower Hotel Bandung.

Eating and drinking and shopping nearby

Shopping for clothes is a primary tourist attraction within Bandung. There are plenty of shopping centres, malls, and markets located across the city, within easy access to hotels. One of the more unique shopping activities in the city is to explore the distribution outlets, which are not only cheap, but provide locally-made products. The cuisine in Bandung is tremendous as the city boasts a huge range of restaurants. Sudanese cuisine is available, but Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Western and European dining options can also be found, particularly in and around Central Bandung. Bars and clubs operate primarily in the city centre, such as City Hall’s Braga Street and the Upper Central Area. These venues include pool bars, nightclubs, relaxing cafés, and sports bars.

Public transport

For a large city, Bandung has a relatively weak public transportation system. This can be somewhat frustrating for tourists as there is no transit, tram, or even large bus network. The most widely used form of public transportation is the angkot, which is a type of minibus that provides regular routes across the city. These minibuses can be difficult to catch as their routes are generally not posted anywhere. The DAMRI bus system is available for long-distance connections.

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