Bandung, undoubtedly, has been the favorite weekend getaway destination for people in Jakarta. Not only it is considerably close to the city but also because it offers various attractions and places to visit, including culinary and shopping destination. Who wouldn’t love to chill around the old city of Braga? Or enjoy the nature in Lembang? And some other people might just hopping from one factory outlet to another for the sake of great shopping deal (is it really a great deal, though?). Well, whatever it is your purpose to visit Bandung, it always has a story to tell.
I went to Bandung with my best friends and stayed there for 2 days and 2 nights. Be it a small city, it is so unlikely that you can visit all of the attractions and the current-popular places in 2 days. So our itinerary was quite packed. We visited 4 places, all of them are common places everyone would go if they’re visiting Bandung. Millennials are afraid of missing out something (yes, that FOMO syndrome) so there we went: Roti Gempol, The Lodge Maribaya, Farmhouse Lembang, and Dusun Bambu.
But first, I’m gonna share my accommodation in both Bandung and Lembang. The first one, which is located in Bandung, is The Attic Bed & Breakfast. Found it on Booking.com and someone else’s blog. The review is good and it is very affordable. We booked the accommodation for 2 rooms (1 shared bathroom, 1 en-suite) and it only costs us IDR 450,000. The room was comfortable and most importantly, the bathroom was very clean. It has self service kitchen for all guests to have breakfast. We arrived at the place almost in the middle of the night and thankfully the owner was still up to open the door for us. Too bad we only stayed for a night, it would have been nicer if we could spend more time there.
The next accommodation is Trizara Resort. My best friends and I were looking for a place for glamping (glamorous camping). Well, that’s another what-nowadays-millennials-should-do. The most famous one is actually Legok Kondang in Ciwidey but since our plan was to explore Lembang area, we have to search for glamping site near Lembang. Luckily we found this newly opened glamping site called Trizara Resort. The tent was very comfortable, it was so warm although the rain was falling so hard during our stay. The service was good, the wifi worked quite fine. It offers free sport activity in the morning, could be zumba or yoga. The room price already includes breakfast, it was pretty much a good deal (I guess?). Our room price was IDR 1,815k. You can order a BBQ for the night, too. We all love the place very much and had a very pleasant time.
I heard about this place from my brother in law who spent his undergraduate year in Bandung. He said that this bread shop is legendary. I went there and tried roti gandum bakar and donat kentang. The roti gandum bakar was simply good but the donat kentang was super good. Not to mention that I love the coffee, too. It’s a small place but comfortable enough to eat in. The price was so affordable, for one loaf of bread it costs us around IDR 45k (we ordered a loaf of bread for sharing). The place is located in Jalan Gempol, it wasn’t so hard to find the place. Another plus for Roti Gempol is that the waitresses are very nice (or maybe every people in Bandung is considerable nicer than people in Jakarta?).
The Lodge Maribaya
Went uphill from Bandung to Lembang, our destination was The Lodge Maribaya. It was the place where you can see pine woods (if it is a pine woods) and take pictures with a great scenery. But, every good picture must pay a price. To take pictures in the mountain swing, I had to pay around IDR 20-25k and queued for more than 2 hours. Not to mention that I had to stand very closely to the person in front of me to avoid anyone interrupting the line. Actually there are several spots to take the so-called good pictures. You can also take pictures in sky tree, sky bamboo (these two are similar to the one in Kalibiru), and bicycle something (I forgot the name). All of them requires you to have no phobia with height. And they require you to be patient, too. As we spent a lot of time queuing, we didn’t get much time to chill around The Lodge. We finished taking pictures at almost 2 o’clock and then ate lunch in one of the restaurant inside The Lodge. To be honest, the food was just so-so. I would prefer eating somewhere else. Make sure that you go there early enough so you don’t have to queue for too long and get exposed to too much sun.
Farmhouse Susu Lembang
This place is perfect for family. It has many cute spots for taking pictures and many fun activities for the kids. Visitors can rent clothes and wear it to wander around. There is hobbit house which is pretty similar to the one in New Zealand, where people can take picture. The kids would love to play with animals. There are rabbits, sheep, cow (and baby cow), mini hedgehog, guinea pig, lizards, birds, and so on. Beware as the smell would be displeasing. There are many shops and restaurants inside the area and you can buy souvenirs too. The place is less crowded than The Lodge and perfect for chilling around. As I grow older I feel like chilling around is equally important to doing some physical activities that triggers your adrenaline as it gives me quality time with my loved ones (nah, it was just me trying to find an acceptable reason for being lazy). There is also a love bridge, similar to the one famously known in Paris and Korea, where you chain a padlock to a bridge. You have to write your own name and your lover’s name on the padlock. It’s super cheesy and a waste of money, indeed. Even in Paris it was actually damaging the bridge and the padlock was finally removed from the bridge. Overall, I recommend this place to a family with little kids. They’re gonna love it.
This is another popular place in Lembang and one will need the whole day to explore every area in Dusun Bambu. There are restaurants, food court, flower garden, and playing area where visitors can spend their time at. I was enchanted by the Alice and Wonderland labyrinth where kids can play with rabbits (this kind of thing never fails me). My best friends and I didn’t explore the whole area because we had to catch the train back to Jakarta. Thus I can’t tell much about this place either. Still, I got pictures for you.
So, that’s a wrap for my trip to Bandung. It was a very fun trip! Because, as always, journey is made by the people you travel with 🙂
♥ Atiqah Zulfa Nadia