During my stay in Jakarta with my friends Bram and Ivon we went a weekend to Bandung and its surroundings. Bandung is quite a big city where many colonial landmarks have been preserved. The Bragaweg (Jalan Braga) in the center of Bandung is the best kept shopping / entertainment street in Art Deco style in the world and it’s a pretty good stay here. To find a hotel or guesthouse located in the heart of Bandung’s is no problem, there are for about 250 hotels on this place. Plenty of restaurants too and probably they served all good food, so we took the first restaurant we encountered: it turned out to be a very good choice.
The next day we went to the Tangkuban Prahu volcano.
The 1830 meters high volcano is located 29 km north of Bandung, and is the most visited volcano (there are more) of West Java.
Although the volcano hasn’t had a serious eruption for many years, it still spewing huge amounts of sulfur-containing gases.
Around the main crater, Kawah Ratu, a walking tour can be made, but to get around you have to make a steep climb halfway, we had no plans to do that so we went back halfway.
In the Domas Crater, a little further on, there are numerous hot springs and I took the opportunity to take a mud bath, good for your body.
Just after we had left on our way to Jakarta, a cloudburst delayed our journey. Huge amounts of water flowed down through the roads and we had to drive very slowly for several hours. More than seven hours later we were back in Jakarta ….