Heard so much about Bandung for its shopping outlets and also the cool weather. So we decided to go to Bandung for a short retreat. BANDUNG RETREAT 2012!
Arrived at Husein Sastranegara International Airport Bandung in the evening and were greeted by our pre-booked driver. As we already had our dinner in the plane, ala the usual Uncle Chin’s chicken rice and Pak Nasser’s nasi lemak, so we headed straight to the hotel to check-in.
Amaris Cihampelas Hotel, a boutique hotel located in the heart of Bandung.
However, the driver Pak Izuan was nice and kind enough to take us around the city area near the hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, we walked down Cihampelas Street to enjoy the cool morning breeze.
FYI, Bandung is at 800m above sea level. The first itinerary was a visit to the Gunong Tangkuban Perahu, a volcano which is situated about 20 km from Bandung, 2084m above sea level.
The entrance fee to this volcano is Rp 20,000 per person.
The most annoying thing about this place is that there are lots of peddlers following you whenever you go to pester you to buy their souvenirs like keychain etc so much so that you would feel unsafe to walk around. So we only stayed for a while taking some pictures. If not for these peddlers, we would have stayed longer to enjoy the beautiful scenery and the cool weather.
On the way back to Bandung, we stopped at the tea plantation to have a closer look at the tea plants which according to the driver was already 15 year old.
Then we stopped at the Ciater Hotspring. But there is nothing much to shout about as the place is already privatized to a hotel resorts. So nothing is natural there.
Well it’s lunch time. The driver took us to Kampung Daun Lembang for lunch. The restaurant is a ‘pondok’ situated in the greens as it is surrounded by trees and plants. We ordered grilled gurami fish, ‘penyet’ chicken and oxtail soup with rice, strawberry and avocado milk shake. The bill came out to Rp 249,000.
Note: RM 1.00 = Rp 2,900 approximately
We also stopped at a straw berry farm.
These ladies must have thought that I am a reporter as I carried a camera around. They asked me to take a picture for them!
It’s shopping time after lunch! We went to few outlets. Alas, most of them are selling ‘branded’ imitation apparels. Most of the outlets have food courts.
Before heading to airport for our departure back to Malaysia, we went to Pasar B aru. It is a 7 storey-building with lots of stores selling cloths, shirts , scarfs, very great place to shop for our Muslim friends especially those who are planning to get married.
A short and not so enjoyable trip!