|Imported beer at restaurant||$2.99|
|Local draught beer||$1.69|
|Utilities (Electricity, Heating, ...) for medium apartment||$50.11|
|Tennis court rent (1 hour on weekend)||$2.25|
|1 Pair of men leather shoes||$36.87|
|Combo meal at McDonalds||$2.95|
|1 Pair of Nike shoes||$37.08|
|Milk (1 liter)||$1.27|
|Gasoline (1 liter)||$0.58|
Bandung has its reasons why it was called the “Paris of Java”. There’s the pristine beauty of their natural resources, the delightful design of their art deco structures, and the number of things a tourist can discover on this little-known must-see destination of Indonesia. Bandung is the city capital of the West Java province, and it is the third major city in Indonesia following Jakarta and Surabaya. The city’s historical prominence also gives it a lot of importance for most Indonesians, that’s why it’s an escape destination for them during weekends and national holidays.
There are a number of lodgings for travelers on a tight budget. Hunny Hostel offers a decent rate for cozy lodging, including free Wi-Fi. ZZZ Express offers accommodations for backpackers. However, if you don’t mind splurging on an Aston Hotel or a room in Hyatt Regency, that’s also an option.
One asset of Bandung is the natural scenery it has. Mt. Tangkuban Perahu is the most prominent view in Bandung. It’s an inactive volcano, and anybody can see it from anywhere around the city. It’s what most people go to in Bandung. You can hike all the way up to see the crater, but you’ll have to pay a guide. Another inactive volcano, Mt. Patuha, also boasts of the Kawah Putih or “white crater”. When you go up the mountain, the temperature gets cooler until you reach the sulphuric lake, although no one’s permitted to dip in it. The contrasts of different shades of white, from the grey stone edges to the sulfur-white lake, are a picturesque white heaven. There is a pre-arranged Lembang trip going through these parts, among others.
There are many other art deco buildings in the city, built by Dutch architects. There’s the Tiga Warna, the Geological Museum, Gedung Merdeka and Denis Bank Building. The Bank Indonesia Building is also a prominent architectural gem, sporting the typical Roman style architecture with Roman ionic pillars.
In Bandung, you wouldn’t have any problems shopping for souvenirs. Many local tourists come to the city for the neatly organized garment factory outlets. Though there are international brands in malls, some local hit brands are established among main routes.