I have been dreaming of traveling to Asia for a long time. The culture seems so unique from what I experience in the United States. The Asian food I have eaten has such amazing flavors and I imagine it is way better there. Pictures I have seen look so lush, peaceful and green and the culture looks so colorful. Indonesia especially piques my interest for its tea plantations and natural beauty.
Bandung is a medium-sized city in the mountains of Western Java. It is located in a river basin surrounded by volcanoes! Do you know that Americans slang for coffee comes from the name of this island? Due to its location and cooler weather, it is a popular getaway for Indonesians. I really don’t like to feel hot, so that sounds great to me. Here are a few of the nearby attractions that make me want to travel to Bandung, Indonesia:
I am so drawn to the power of the earth and it doesn’t get better than a volcano. Bandung is settled in a river bed surrounded by volcanoes! About 25 kilometers north lies Tangkuban Perahu, a stratovolcano, The volcano is shaped like an upturned boat from a myth about star-crossed lovers. You can go right up into the craters among the sulfuric hot mud and pools.
I am a big fan of soaking in hot water, like I spent a lot of time doing in Iceland. All around the world, that has always been a highlight of my travels. Surrounding Bandung are many hot spring pools. Here are a few:
- Ciater Hot Spring is in a tea plantation, more natural looking. Even more exciting, it is said that the water from Tangkuban Perahu can cure what ails you.
- Cimanguu is less crowded and has a children’s pool.
- Ciwidey Valley Waterpark– Complete with water slides and a bird park, more like an amusement park.
- Ciwalini Hot Spring is located in a tea Plantation.
- Cisolok hot spring is near the Pelabuhan Ratu coast and has its own geyser.
The photos that draw me most to Indonesia are of the tea plantations. Dutch colonials brought tea to the area in the 1800s. They are so gorgeous and green! It looks so peaceful, I would want to spend a whole day walking though them while sipping my tea!
Patengan Lake is a large, green lake with a tea plantation on its north side. The other side of the lake is a verdant forest that is often misty.. perfect for photographers like me.
I always enjoy hiking to waterfalls and there are ten in the area. Read 10 Spectacular Waterfalls in Bandung for specific information.
A suggested place to stay: Hotel Jayakarta Bandung which has a beautiful pool.
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