Once known as the Paris of Java, Bandung boasts beautiful colonial architecture and a thriving arts and café culture, all overlooked by the peaks of the Parahyangun mountains. 

Come to Bandung and experience a true treat for the senses. Browse some of Indonesia’s finest galleries, in particular those dedicated to the arts and crafts of the Sudanese population. Eat spicy, exotic dishes at the many street carts and restaurants and shop for local produce in the colourful markets. Hike into the clean, cool air of the nearby mountains and enjoy a rejuvenating soak in a natural hot spring. Return to the town to enjoy a lively night out in the city’s bars and clubs.

Bandung is Indonesia’s third-largest city with a population of around 8 million. Its location, 750 metres (2,500 feet) above sea level gives the city a cooler climate than many other Javanese towns, which is perhaps why the Dutch loved it here so much. The Dutch left a rich legacy of colonial architecture in Bandung. Villa Isola (Bumi Siliwangi), with its stunning fountains and gardens, and Gedung Merdeka, the site of the first ever Africa-Asia conference, are just two examples.

The city is known as one of Java’s cultural hubs, with students, artists and intellectuals rubbing shoulders in the numerous cafés, bars and restaurants. Locals love their food. Everywhere you go in the city you will encounter enticing smells from restaurants and street carts. To guarantee yourself a good meal, head to Burangang Street, where a huge variety of eateries compete for your business. Shoppers looking for a bargain should head to Jalan Cihampelas also known as Jeans Street, home to a wide range of outlet stores.

Bandung also makes a great base to explore the surrounding mountains and volcanoes. Take a day visit to the hillside resort Lembang and visit the Sari Ater Hot Springs on your way down. The 2-hour trek up Tangkuban Prahu Volcano is another highlight.

Locals get around by angkot, which are small minibuses, but the easiest way to navigate the city is by taxi. Being such a large city, Bandung is well connected to the rest of the country by air and road, making it a popular weekend destination for Jakartans.

Top hotels in Bandung

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Bandung
Hilton Bandung
5 out of 5
Jl. HOS Tjokroaminoto No. 41-43, Bandung, West Java
AU$115
per night
9 Dec. - 10 Dec.

Located in the heart of Bandung, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Chinatown and Jalan Cihampelas. Pasar Baru Trade Center and Braga City Walk ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (403 reviews)

"The staff was very friendly and helpful. Customer service excellence."…"

Reviewed on 11 Oct. 2019

Hilton Bandung
Four Points By Sheraton Bandung
Four Points By Sheraton Bandung
4 out of 5
Jl Ir. H Juanda No 46, Bandung, West Java
AU$107
per night
24 Nov. - 25 Nov.

Located in the heart of Bandung, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kartika Sari Dago, Jalan Cihampelas and Gedung Sate. Bandung Institute of Technology ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (110 reviews)

"Staff is very friendly and helpful. Breakfast variety is great and location is convenient. Will stay here next time."…"

Reviewed on 4 Oct. 2019

Four Points By Sheraton Bandung
Courtyard by Marriott Bandung Dago
Courtyard by Marriott Bandung Dago
4.5 out of 5
Jln. IR. H. Juanda 31-33, Bandung, West Java
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
AU$115
per night
25 Nov. - 26 Nov.

Located in Pasirkaliki, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bandung Indah Plaza, Jalan Cihampelas and Gedung Sate. Braga City Walk and Cihampelas ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (45 reviews)
Lipstick stain in a cup while breakfast

"We expect the hotel are amazing coz under Marriott name but unfortunatelly not. Swimming pool area is not big and supposed to be non smoking area coz a lot of kids there but we found an old man was smoking while sitting with his maybe 4 yrs old boy and also after check-out waiting our taxi to come, ..."…"

Reviewed on 25 Jun. 2019

Courtyard by Marriott Bandung Dago

Top activities in Bandung

Private Tangkuban Perahu Volcano Crater Tour
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Private Tangkuban Perahu Volcano Crater Tour

AU$74

Take in the absolute best of what the Bandung countryside has to offer during a guided day tour with transportation. Your driver guide driver takes you deep into the region's breathtaking highlands and their natural splendor, followed by a relaxing afternoon spent visiting local plantations, farms, and markets.

Bandung as You Please (Private Full Day Car Charter)
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Bandung as You Please (Private Full Day Car Charter)

AU$21

Discover Bandung and surrounding countryside at your own pace and be free to go wherever you want to for maximum 10 hours with your personal car, and driver.Daily starting anytime from 7am (pick up time) and ending no later than 10pm (drop off time)T

Bandung as You Please (Private Car Charter with Guide)
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Bandung as You Please (Private Car Charter with Guide)

AU$38

Discover Bandung and surrounding countryside at your own pace and be free to go wherever you want to for maximum 10 hours with your personal car, driver and guide. Daily starting anytime from 7am (pick up time) and ending no later than 10pm (drop off

Bandung City Tour
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Bandung City Tour

AU$55

Known for its gorgeous architecture, cool tropical weather, and its laid-back university-town feel, Bandung is a must-visit for anyone looking to spend some time exploring a new city at a casual pace! Dubbed as Paris van Java, or Paris of Java, Bandung is littered with the distinct influence of the West that makes you feel like you've traveled to the Europe of the past.

Private Trekking in Kawah Rengganis Tour
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Private Trekking in Kawah Rengganis Tour

AU$99

Discover a slice of paradise in Bandung on a full-day walking tour with a private guide. Hike through the scenic countryside on your way to Rengganis Crater, where you can marvel at lakes and farms before getting the chance to take a relaxing dip in the natural hot springs.

Jakarta Southern Bandung Excursion - Private Tour
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Jakarta Southern Bandung Excursion - Private Tour

AU$100

Visit and Enjoy the Scenery of the Exotic White Crater Volcano Pick up service very early at 05:30 in the morning then we will depart Jakarta going to Bandung, after about 2.5 hours’ we will reach the city of Bandung and then continue driving about 1.

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