The highland city of Bandung is just a short 2.5-hour drive southeast of Jakarta via the toll road and is the overwhelming destination of choice for Jakarta’s residents to get away on weekends and long holidays. Recently, it has also become a favorite vacation spot for tourists from Singapore and Malaysia, who come here in droves to shop and enjoy nature and fabulous food. And with its popularity, many hotels have grown business facilities for luxury services or budget rooms, and plentiful restaurants offer delicious local dishes up the old Dutch cuisine. The neighboring cool town of Lembang and other beautiful areas now offer a variety of attractions and entertainment for the whole family, a paradise for Instagrammers.
Bandung (holl. Bandoengboth), called “City of Flowers”, is the provincial capital of Jawa Barat (West Java) and Indonesia’s third largest city with 2.7 million inhabitants. In colonial times it was known as the “Paris of Java” because of its European ambience and culture. Bandung shares with Miami its tropical Art Deco architecture from the 1920s.
Located on its beautiful plateau in the beautiful Parahayangan Mountains, Bandung with its pleasant climate is a welcome change from the hot lowlands. Since the middle of the 19th century, Bandung has been the heart of the plantation region. Hosting the historic Bandung Conference from April 18 to April 24, 1955, Bandung is now the center of higher education, commerce and aircraft industry. Nevertheless, Bandung has not lost its colonial charm.