Bandung 1 Day City Tour (Part 1: Tangkuban Perahu)

Tangkuban Perahu


Although a favorite getaway by the Jakartans, most tourists consider Bandung as a stopover city. Travelers don't stay there for days and weeks like Yogyakarta and Bali. It is however a good city to spend a couple of days to kickstart or cap off your Java Island itinerary.

If you have 450,000 IDR or 50 USD to spare why not spend it for a full day in Bandung. That cost includes the car, fuel and driver for 12 hours anywhere you want to go in Bandung. Here's how I did it.

I booked the tour the day before from Cihampelas Hotel where I also stayed. I liked that the car and the driver are in-house and not from a car rental agency. I felt safer going alone knowing that the hotel will be held accountable if anything goes wrong.

Cihampelas Hotel
Cihampelas Hotel tour receipt
The following day, after eating breakfast from the hotel I went to the lobby to meet Eddie. He is one of the hotel's highly recommended drivers. Eddie is warm and friendly from the get go. He might not be easy to communicate with because of his very limited knowledge of the English language but he more than makes up for it by taking great photos.

The entrance fee for Tangkuban Perahu when I went there is as follows:
Local Visitors- 13,000 IDR per person and 10,000 per vehicle
Foreign Visitors- 50,000 IDR per person and 15,000 per vehicle

I paid 36,000 IDR overall for Eddie, myself and the car. Yes, I passed as a local. No, I didn't have to pretend. I just have to shut my mouth and let Eddie do the talking. This had been one of the few things going for me in Indonesia and I don't even have to try. Almost all of the tourist attractions in Java have different entrance fees for locals and foreigners and the difference is 300% at the very least. I know its wrong to pay the local fee but but but... Yes, its wrong no excuses. Do I feel guilty? Sure. Do I regret it? No. Please don't judge me.

Tangkuban Perahu
entrance to Tangkuban Perahu


Tangkuban Perahu is approximately 30 kilometers north of Bandung and about 1 hour drive. It is best to go early to avoid the flock of tourists and to feel the cool weather of the highlands.

This dormant volcano have three craters. Kawah Ratu also known as the Queen's crater is the biggest one. It is nearest to the entrance and the mostly visited crater. Kawah Upas is next to Ratu which is tough to reach because of the dangerous terrain leading to it. Kawah Domas lies lower than the Ratu crater. It is a slow one hour hike down where you will need a guide to accompany you for 100,000 IDR.
Tangkuban PerahuI only went to see the Queen's crater but I am still mightily impressed of how close I got to a real sulphuric smoke-puffing volcano.
Tangkuban Perahu

Kawah Ratu is the biggest crater in Tangkuban. You can circle around the fence to see the crater from different vantage points.
Tangkuban Perahu
Tangkuban Perahu
Tangkuban Perahu

Going down and further of the trail you can spot the eating shacks. After your long walk towards the end of Kawah Ratu you can stop over the shacks for quick bites and refreshments.
Tangkuban Perahu
Tangkuban Perahu

But aside from the crater itself Tangkuban has such dramatic ambience that is ideal for amateur pictorials especially if you are shameless like me.

Tangkuban Perahu
Tangkuban Perahu
Tangkuban Perahu

Like every other tourist attraction your trip will not be completed without passing by the rows of souvenir shops that are strategically located at the exit point.
Tangkuban Perahu
Tangkuban Perahu
Souvenir shops
After two hours of going around the Rawah Katu, we headed out to the parking area and sure enough the flock of tourists have just arrived. The difference in the weather when I went out from when I started has gone up a couple of degrees warmer.
Tangkuban Perahu
parking lot
So if you plan to visit Tangkuban Perahu leave from Bandung as early as 7:00 am. You will enjoy the cool morning breeze on the drive up the highlands. More importantly you can have all the good spots for taking great photos without the crowd ruining your shots.

Check this site: for samples of Bandung Itineraries
 

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3 comments:

  1. for a moment naisipan kong magputna din dito! ganda ng place. yun lang sa indonesia sya. im scared. ^_^

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    1. You should! Its only 3 hours away from Jakarta. But if you plan to stay longer in Java, I highly recommend Mount Bromo.

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  2. hi! i am going to jakarta in August. for the car rental, can I get it even if I won't book on the hotel? will there be an extra charge from the hotel in case I ask the car driver to be my guide in the Tangkuban Perahu?

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