by dodolbete on 12/02/12 at 8:24 pm
Tips on visiting Bandung, when you depart from Jakarta.
During weekends, many Jakarta’s plated visiting cars can be seen in Bandung. As a friend once told me, “It seems like people from Jakarta always bring their Jakarta’s traffic jams when they move to Bandung on each weekends.”
Would that make Bandung still sounds like a nice place for refreshing? Why not, as long as you know the tricks.
Start earlier or stay longer
Most of the companies in Jakarta end their weekly activities on Friday. When you’re planning to enjoy Bandung more, you’d better start from Jakarta and off from Bandung during week days. That way you can also make use of tourist attraction’s ticket prices which are cheaper on week days.
When no one is available to drive you to Bandung, you can use the services provide by travel agencies (one of them is Cipaganti), by train (best from Gambir station), or by bus.
Transportation in Bandung
Many streets in Bandung are one way streets, you might have to go further when you want to visit somewhere near with a taxi. Better take a mean of local transportation called Angkot (“A” as in “Father”, “ng” as “ng” in “Bang”, “k”, “o”, “t”). If you don’t know how or which Angkot you’re supposed to take, ask about it to someone in the place you’re staying.
Place to stay
If you want to visit Cihampelas (Ciwalk) and Paris Van Java, it would be better if you choose a place in Setiabudi or Hegar Manah street, while if You want to visit Trans Studio, or shopping in Dago, then find a place to stay in Martadinata street. That way you can go to those places you want to visit on foot or by Angkot.
Any special interest?
What usually women opt for in Bandung is shopping in factory outlets which are located in Cihampelas and Dago, while youngsters would rather enjoy the nightlife, or Trans Studio (the biggest indoor theme park in Indonesia) which located in Gatot Subroto street.
Culinaries and gifts
There were so many local menus to choose, which are pretty unique. Some of the good with quite friendly price options are: Culinary central Paris Van Java on Sukajadi street, Culinary central along Riau street, Kartika Sari on IR. H. Djuanda street, etc.
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