Lembang is located north of the city of Bandung.  Lembang highlands has waterfalls, picturesque sceneries, plantations, farms, and a nice change of cold weather from humid heat.  

Dusun Bambu

Where to Stay:

  • Dusun Bambu – resort, campsite, family leisure park with many restaurants.
Dusun Bambu

What to See:

  • Dusun Bambu – family leisure park
  • Tangkuban Perahu – active volcano with 3 craters
  • Farmhouse Susu Lembang – European themed village and zoo
  • Maribaya Waterfall – hot springs and waterfalls
  • Cimahi Waterfall Air Terjun ibun Pelangi – tall and impressive
Cimahi Waterfall

Where to Eat:

  • Purbasari Restaurant – Authentic Sudanese cuisine in Dusun Bambu
Lembang highlands


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.

Wot Batu Open Air Museum

Where to Stay:

  • Rumah Stroberi – boutique hotel, organic strawberry and vegetable farm.
  • Padma Hotel Bandung – modern hotel surrounded by greenery.
Wot Batu Open Air Museum

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.
Nara Park Bandung

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.
Rumah Stroberi


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.

Conrad Bali


  • 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
Garuda Wisnu Kencana


  • Yellow Flower Cafe – organic restaurant by a local Balinese family
  • Moksa – organic farm to table restaurant and permaculture garden
  • Sisterfields Cafe, Seminyak
  • Watercress Cafe
  • Cafe Organic Canggu
  • Sage, Ubud – upscale vegan restaurant
  • Clear Cafe – organic
  • Primo Chocolate Factory
  • Kynd Community
  • Alchemy
  • Bambu – fine Indonesian cuisine
  • Balibola, Seminyak
Sunset in Bali

Day Trip:

  • 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.