HomeAsiaSoutheast AsiaIndonesiaBandung 3 Days in Bandung — 7 Cool Things To Do near Jakarta & Itinerary By Marcos Detourista on October 25, 2016. Looking for a place to visit near Jakarta? Head to Bandung to enjoy art, nature, shopping, & food — all in one cool city! Traveling to Bandung never crossed my mind before my recent trip to Indonesia. I had always only thought of it as working city near Jakarta with little to offer for travelers. I was so wrong! To my surprise, it turned out to be one of the coolest major cities I had visited in Southeast Asia. First off, this city is literally cool. Located high in the mountains, Bandung enjoys comfy cool year-round temperatures, verdant pine forests & scenic highland views. The atmosphere is very similar to Baguio in the Philippines. Next, there are a ton of interesting things to do in and around Bandung. It’s a must-visit for art lovers, people who want to commune with nature, foodies who want to explore Indonesian food & shopaholics looking for cheap bargains. Also, it’s conveniently located near Jakarta, just 3-4 hours travel by land. If you, too, are looking for reasons to go, here are the highlights of my 3-day trip in Bandung: 1. Go aboard the Jakarta to Bandung Train Farming village seen along the Jakarta-Bandung train. I love how clay-roof houses dominate the typical townscapes in Indonesia. Our adventure started on the railway journey from Gambir station, in Jakarta, to Bandung. Traveling by train offered a comfortable glimpse of local life along the tracks. Make sure to get a seat by the window as the train approaches Bandung. The route passes by a lot of farming villages surrounded by scenic terraced ride paddies & green mountains. We even saw a tall waterfall on the side of a deep gorge as the train crossed over one of the railway bridges. Keep an eye out for the “train graveyard” at Purwakarta station, where old train carriages are stacked & kept to decay when they reach the end of their service. Rice terraces & green views on the Jakarta-Bandung train route Train graveyard at Purwakarta station along the Jakarta-Bandung train route 2. Find inspiration at Nuart Sculpture Park Outdoor art installation at Nuart Sculpture Park, in Bandung, Indonesia I was already enchanted the moment we stepped onto Nuart Sculpture Park, our first stop in Bandung. This 3-hectare park was an inspiring blend of art & nature. Here, we marveled on masterpieces by Indonesian sculptor Nyoman Nuarta, who is renowned for his brass and copper sculptures & larger-than-life artworks. Peaceful scenery at Nuart Sculpture Park, in Bandung, Indonesia Welcome to Nuart Sculpture Park in Bandung, Indonesia Here are some of my favorite pieces, housed in the main gallery, and spread across the park grounds. On display at NuArt Sculpture Park Marcos at Nuart Sculpture Park On display at NuArt Sculpture Park On display at NuArt Sculpture Park On display at NuArt Sculpture Park On display at NuArt Sculpture Park This place is a must visit for art lovers. When you go, try to schedule a tour of the workshop so you can take a closer look at how the sculptor and his assistants create a masterpiece. On our visit, they were doing massive pieces to be places at the Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Cultural Park in Bali. FYI, there’s a waterfall beside the workshop! Ongoing works for Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) at Nuart Sculpture Park Ongoing works for Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) at Nuart Sculpture Park Waterfall at Nuart Sculpture Park 3. Take a tour of Dusun Bambu We had a memorable lunch, sampling tasty Indonesian food while enjoying the refreshing green views at Dusun Bambu. This place was a filled with gorgeous dining venues inspired by nature & West Javanese culture like the bird’s nest cottages (photo above). It’s the perfect place to enjoy a fun-filled day with friends and family. Looks like a Bamboo throne Rice fields near the entrance Canopy walk Paddle boats & traditional wooden cottages on the lake Dusun Bambu Dining hall Dusun Bambu Dining hall Dusun Bambu Dining hall Lunch at Dusun Bamboo Lunch at Dusun Bamboo 4. Learn how to play an Angklung (local bamboo instrument) Saung Angklung Udjo in Bandung, Indonesia This was by far the most fun that I’ve ever experienced had in a cultural show. As you can see in the photo, everyone really enjoyed their time at Saung Angklung Udjo (Udjo’s House of Angklung). This magical scene happened when they handed each of us an Angklung and taught us how to play. We could not stop smiling and laughing out loud because we surprised ourselves, that were able to play a few songs so well, even if it was our first time to use it. Saung Angklung Udjo in Bandung, IndonesiaSaung Angklung Udjo Saung Angklung Udjo in Bandung, IndonesiaSaung Angklung Udjo Saung Angklung Udjo in Bandung, IndonesiaSaung Angklung Udjo Saung Angklung Udjo in Bandung, IndonesiaSaung Angklung Udjo Saung Angklung Udjo in Bandung, IndonesiaSaung Angklung Udjo 5. Shop ’til You Drop Rumah Mode Factory Outlet in Bandung, Indonesia Bandung is famous shopping destination because of factory outlet stores that specialize in selling local fashion brands. These bargain shopping centers can be found in the areas of Riau Street, Setiabudi Street, and Djuanda Street (known as Dago). If shopping is one of your main objectives, reserve at least one full day as there are many good factory outlet stores found in the city and on the outskirts. 6. See Bandung’s colonial architecture Gedung Sate building in Bandung, Indonesia Bandung is home to many opulent heritage buildings built during the Dutch-colonial period. These buildings stand witness to Bandung’s wealthy history as a resort destination for plantation owners in the early 1900s, and a city planned to replace the colonial capital Batavia (now Jakarta). Don’t miss a peek of the imposing Gedung Sate building, which reflect the blending of European & indigenous Indonesian architectural styles. 7. Enjoy Bandung’s Trendy Cafes The city has a strong cafe culture, which traces its roots back to the 18th century when Dutch colonialists first established tea plantation areas & mountain resorts. You’re not going to run out of awesome places to get your caffeine fix in Bandung. Armor Kopi V60 Coffe at Armor Kopi in Bandung, Indonesia Fancy tea or coffee in a pine forest? Head to Armor Kopi found at the edge of Taman Hutan Raya Juanda (national park). Here, you can choose different kinds of brewing methods including drip, Vietnamese Phin, French press, V60, Moka pot, and Ibrik. My experience at Armor Kopi was memorable because it was my first time to drink coffee prepared Turkish-style, in an Ibrik. Whatever brewing style you choose, you’re assured of a proper brew because the baristas know their coffee well & they use fresh beans grown locally in Indonesia. If you’re more of a tea person, do try the Silver Needle White Tea, a drink once only served to Chinese royalty. Ibrik coffe at Armor Kopi in Bandung, IndonesiaIbrik coffe at Armor Kopi Drip coffe at Armor Kopi in Bandung, IndonesiaDrip coffe at Armor Kopi Phin coffee at Armor Kopi in Bandung, IndonesiaPhin coffee at Armor Kopi Armor Kopi in Bandung, IndonesiaArmor Kopi Nature trail near Armor Kopi in Bandung, IndonesiaNature trail Stacked hammocks on the pine forest near Armor Kopi in Bandung, Indonesia Vanilla Kitchen Vanilla Kitchen in Bandung, Indonesia Within the city center, you can try Vanilla Kitchen. This a trendy cafe & restaurant with a hipster & modern vibe is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. I loved the quirky atmosphere of the place. Each corner seems to have its own special character. Great place to spend lazy afternoons. Vanilla Kitchen in Bandung, IndonesiaVanilla Kitchen Vanilla Kitchen in Bandung, IndonesiaVanilla Kitchen 3 Days Bandung Itinerary Day 1 Morning — Jakarta to Bandung Train via Argo Parahyangan Lunch at N Cafe NuArt Sculpture Park Afternoon — NuArt Sculpture Park Dinner at Sheraton Bandung Hotel Rest at Sheraton Bandung Hotel Day 2 Breakfast at Sheraton Bandung Hotel Morning — Coffee & snacks at Armor Kopi Lunch at Dusun Bamboo Afternoon —Dusun Bamboo Saung Angklung Udjo Dinner at Roemah Nenek Rest at Sheraton Bandung Hotel Day 3 Breakfast at Sheraton Bandung Hotel Morning — Shopping Lunch at Vanilla Kitchen Restaurant Bandung to Yogyakarta flight via Lion Air Next Yogyakarta Lombok Komodo Islands Alila Seminyak Book Your Stay Poolside at Sheraton Bandung Hotel in Bandung, Indonesia For a comfortable stay, Sheraton Bandung Hotel and Towers is one of the city’s best. The hotel has lush gardens and a relaxing pool area that feels like a world away from the urban bustle. It’s a convenient base to explore Bandung since it’s located less than 5 kilometers from the center of town, 7 kms from the Bandung-Husein Sastranegara Airport and 7 kms from Bandung train station. Lobby at Sheraton Bandung Hotel Lobby at Sheraton Bandung Hotel Poolside lounge at Lobby at Sheraton Bandung Hotel Poolside lounge at Lobby at Sheraton Bandung Hotel Swimming pool at Lobby at Sheraton Bandung Hotel Swimming pool at Lobby at Sheraton Bandung Hotel Buffet at Sheraton Bandung Hotel Buffet at Sheraton Bandung Hotel Buffet at Sheraton Bandung Hotel Buffet at Sheraton Bandung Hotel Buffet at Sheraton Bandung Hotel I really loved the super comfy bed and light interiors. My room was a short walk away from the gorgeous swimming pool and had a nice view of the garden from the balcony. The dinner and breakfast buffet were really good too. They served delicious Indonesian food and international dishes. Welcome desserts in my room at Sheraton Bandung Hotel Sheraton Bandung Hotel Room Sheraton Bandung Hotel Room Sheraton Bandung Hotel Room Sheraton Bandung Hotel Room If you plan on staying at Sheraton Bandung Hotel, don’t forget to check rates, discounts & enjoy easy online bookings on Agoda or Booking.com. This post is part of a travel blog series inspired by my 12-day journey in Indonesia. The trip brought me, along with other top digital influencers to some of the country’s top & up-and-coming destinations including Bandung, Yogyakarta, Lombok, Komodo Islands & Bali. Special thanks to Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia for making this trip possible. For more inspiration, you can reach & follow them through these channels: Website: indonesia.travel Facebook: Indonesia.Travel Instagram: @indtravel Twitter: @indtravel Hashtags to follow: #WonderfulIndonesia #TripofWonders Don’t leave yet. 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