Bandung is the capital of Indonesia’s West Java province. The city has a lively art scene. Sculpture park and creative spaces. There are lots trendy cafes, restaurants, and music venues. My favorite area is the Dago district. The weather is relatively cool tropical. Tourism is mostly local instead of international. Many residents of Jakarta come here for the weekend to shop and enjoy the cooler weather. Day trips to the nearby highlands of Lembang is very popular.
Where to Stay:
Rumah Stroberi – boutique hotel, organic strawberry and vegetable farm.
Padma Hotel Bandung – modern hotel surrounded by greenery.
What to See:
NuArt Sculpture Park – creator of the giant Garuda Wisnu Kencana sculpture in Bali.
Selasar Sunaryo Art Space – impressive on site art installation.
Wot Batu Open Air Museum – contemporary art.
Lawang Wangi Creative Space – contemporary art and cafe.
Saung Angklung Udjo – culture performance of traditional Angklung instrument.
Gedung Merdeka – historic building where the 1955 Asia Africa conference took place.
Gedung Sate – historic government landmark.
Paris Van Java – shopping mall with a roof garden.
Where to Eat:
Nara Park Bandung – restaurants and outdoor concert venue.
Coco Rico Fantasy Garden – good food and good view.
Rumah Stroberi – delicious local Sudanese and Indonesian food.
Bali is an island east of Java and west of Lombok. It’s the land of waterfalls, rice terrace, beaches, and Balinese Hinduism. I’ve been here twice, and here are some of my notes that I’d like to share.
Aling Aling waterfall – 3 cliff jumps. Use a guide for safety
Munduk waterfall – easy hike, lagoon swim
Lempuyang Temple – 100 meters stairs to arrive at gate
Blue lagoon – cleanest beach for snorkeling
Tanah Lot Temple – seaside temple, sunset view
Jatiluwih Rice Terrace – UNESCO World Heritage
Dreamland Beach aka Padang Padang Beach
Uluwatu Temple – temple on cliff edge, sunset view
Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park – giant sculpture
Yellow Flower Cafe – organic restaurant by a local Balinese family
Moksa – organic farm to table restaurant and permaculture garden
Sisterfields Cafe, Seminyak
Cafe Organic Canggu
Sage, Ubud – upscale vegan restaurant
Clear Cafe – organic
Primo Chocolate Factory
Bambu – fine Indonesian cuisine
Nusa Penida Penida Island. Atuh cliff, lunch, Kelingking Beach, Broken Beach, Angel Billabong, Crystal Bay snorkeling.
Itinerary #1: Kelingking Beach, Angel Billabong, Broken Beach, Crystal Bay snorkeling.
Itinerary #2: Molenteng Hill, Atuh Beach, Teletubbies Hill.