Itinerary for Bandung Trip (4D3N)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

*Compiled info from the net about Bandung, some info found is copied without any intention to publication. Just for sharing purpose*
Day 1: July 21, 2012 (Saturday)
3.00pm  : Depart from Klang to Airport
4.00pm  : Reach LCCT – Check in luggage
6.10pm  : Fly to Bandung
7.15pm  : Reaching 1915 hrs (7.15PM)
7.45pm  : Hotel pick up
8.05pm  : Check in hotel (10 minute to refresh)
8.15pm  : Light dinner and shopping at Mo-De 
10.00pm: Balik Hotel
11.00pm: Sleep (early) to get ready for next day


Get our luagage
20 minutes to Renata Hotel (Setiabudi)

MO-DAY – Walking distance or Natural/Donatello (9.00am to 9.00pm)
Dinner at SetiabudhiD’Cost Seafood
- Try to avoid going on weekend (long lines just to try the clothes)

Day 2: July 22, 2012 (Sunday)
06.15am  : Wake up
07.00am  : Depart to Kawah Putih (1.5 hrs)
09.15am  : Reach Kawah Putih *Rp 40,000/pax
11.00am  : Situ Patengan *Rp. 5,000/pax
11.30pm  : Air Panas Ciwalini
12.30pm  : Depart to Lunch
1.30pm    : Lunch at Kampung  Daun
3.30pm    : Depart to Mt. Tangkuban Perahu
4.00pm    : Reach Tangkuban Perahu *Rp. 50,000
5.30pm    : Leaving for dinner (Dago Atas)
6.15pm    : Dinner at The Stone Café (Dago)
7.30pm    : Shopping at Jln Dago (Get brownies)
                : Jln Dago – sell winter clothers
Irwan +62 8212 69 4646 2 (mpvrentcar@gmail.com) or Hadi (+62 82 11 6600789) – both also same (partners) – can book by emailing them
Go to bathroom near to entrance where you can get snacks, food, tea
Tips: Can get good deals next to the top parking lot KawahPutih (cheap)
Tips: Lovers should go around the lake and visit Batu Cinta to seal love
àSitu means “Lake” and Patengan means “looking for each other” in Sundanese. Lake is surrounded by serene tea plantations (famous for)
-  Jl. Sersan Bajuri KM 4.7 No. 88, Cihideung, Bandung
Kawah Putih to Kampung Daun – 1 hrs 8 minute
Kampung Daun to Tangkuban Perahu – 15 minute
- Be there around 5.30 - 6 pm so you wont miss the sun set view
Jalan Rancakendal Luhur No. 5, Dago Atas (022-90224250)
Jln Dago/Juanda:: Grande, Victoria, Uptown, DSE (Better than Riau)
- All one roof from jacket to gloves
Few tips:
- Get Brownies: Amanda Brownie’s new outlet at Jl Dago and purchased about 10 boxes of brownies to bring home (a must ole-ole for your friend and relative). Compared to Kartika Sari, Amanda’s were cheaper and tastier
-Make sure you reach the lake by at least 9:00 or 9:30 in the morning.
- Can get very good deals on strawberry next to the top parking lot at Kawah Putih. The strawberries are better and cheaper.
- Go to toilet near to entrance as the main toilet near to car park (kawah putih) is very awful
- You don't really need guide unless if you want to go for the tracking tour down to the crater. Tangkuban Perahu (which means hulk of overturned boat) a volcano, where we can drive right up to the rim to see the breathtaking view of the active volcano and its smoldering crater (can boil egg here) plus with 3 craters to visit (main one is Queen Crater).
- Shop: Tangkuban perahu. You can get Rp. 20K tee-shirt there (very cheap!). Don’t buy from them at first, if we are about to leave, all the price dropped instantly. If they insisted/persistent, just smile and wave your hand saying politely – tak mahu…

Dont tell the rental car that you will visit those 2 place in one day, because they will said its not possible. We leave 7am and arrive ciwidey white crater at 8.30am. The entrance fee is Rp 25.000 for local tourist and Rp 45.000 for foreigner. Thats include return shuttle from gate to the top. if you drive your own car to the top it will cost you Rp 150.000. then we continue to "situpatenggang" lake. its Rp 36.000 for 4 of us include parking fee. We have lunch there but the taste of food is so so). We skip the hot spring, and strawberry farm because its not too interest for us, so we continue to Mt. tangkuban perahu. we leave at 12.30 and arrived 3.45pm, yeah its took long way to get there. Well actually its only took 2.5 hours drive if no traffic, but you can't predict how bad the traffic is in Bandung when its raining. Lucky we get there on time, because they closed at 5pm. so we still have time, they have 3 crater due to raining and its already late, so 2 crater are closed :(. oh ya, the total entrance fee for this tourist object is Rp 99.000 (we are 3 local + 1 foreigner) its included parking fee as well. The weather so cold, you better bring your jumper. the view is very nice from up there. And theres some coffee shop if you would like to warm your self. if its raining, you can rent umbrella for Rp 10.000 (you can bargain to half price). And theres souvenir shop that you can bargain as well. Overall, we really enjoy this trip, even the time so tight but we've made it ;
- Just go Dago and Riau to do most of the shopping, forget Cihampelas if you want mid-name brands.

Day 3: July 23, 2012 (Monday)
07.00am  : Wake up
07.30am  : Breakfast
08.00am  : Depart to Braga CityWalk
09.30am  : Gedung Sate
09.45am  : Shop - Riau- sport shop Jln Trunojoyo
01.30am  : Lunch
02.30pm  : Saung Angklung Udjo *Rp. 80,000
03.30pm  : Watch cultural show at Udjo
04.00pm  : Continue at Jln Riau
07.30pm  : Cihampelas and CiWalk
09.00pm  : Spa/Massage
10.00pm  : Go back to Hotel


Jalan Braga: Dutch structure and stroll along the road.
Nearby attraction: Zoo
Jln Riau: Secret, Summit, Herritage, For Men, Terminal Tas, Oasis
Sport Shop: Walking distance from Jln Riau around 15 min
- Buy layer cake at Kartika Sari Cake
Angklung Orchestra performance by school children of different ages.
Dinner at Sagoo Kitchen Bandung/ Atmosphere (nice atmosphere)
Cihampalas Walk & Clubbing scene is around here
Spa: Try mandara, ardjuna, karang setra

Day 4: July 24, 2012 (Tuesday)
08.00am  : Breakfast at Hotel
09.00am  : Shopping at Pasar Baru
11.00am  : Jalan Cibaduyut (Genuine Leather)
01.00pm  : Paris Van Java, Donatella, MODE
03.30pm  : Back to Hotel to do final packing  
04.00pm  : Depart from Hotel to Airport
05.00pm  : Reach airport and check in luagage
07.05pm  : Fly back to Malaysia
10.10pm  : Reach Malaysia
10.35pm  : Depart back to Klang
11.30pm  : Home Sweet Home!!
Pasar Baru (Batik Kebaya and Kurung moden)
Paris Van Jawa Mall (most luxury mall in Bandung) – toilet damn nice
- similar to 1U/Midvalley/Curve – but slightly better

Paris Van Java has a unique concept with an open air resort layout. Walk down via Latina and enjoy strolling next to white doves from Holland. Located in the heart of Bandung’s most upscale region, Paris Van Java is situated in the Sukajadi area. Place contains arund 200 tenants that offer different types of products and services.

Airport tax: Need to pay Rp. 75,000 per person
QZ 7595 (1905 hrs) – 7.05pm
Reaching 2210 hrs (10.10pm)


Budget Expenses:
1) Accomodation: Rp. 380,000 per room (3 person with breakfast) – at Renata Homestay Bandung (RM 130.00)
2) Transportation: Rp. 1,000,000 for 3 days (only driver and car) (RM 115.00)
3) Petrol: Rp. 200,000 for 3 days (RM 25.00)
4) Food and entry fees: Rp. 600,000 (RM 200.00)
5) Airport tax: Rp. 75,000 (RM 25.00)
Total: Rp. 4,455,000 per person (RM 495.00 ~ RM500)

Tips:
1. Must keep Rp. 75,000 during back to Malaysia per person for airport tax
2. Must only take Blue Bird (meter cab) or will be chop – if no meter, have to bargain before entering the cab
3. To try Angkot (local minivan) for short distance if you are adventurous enough - is cheap only if you speak indonesian, and you need to know the route too, or youll be incredibly lost.
4. Speaking in their language, everything will be cheaper – learn their language ex-ant
5. Bring extra empty bag(s) – you will need it as ppl usually shop until they are drop - BUT beware of overloading baggage
6. Never drink unbottled water in Indonesia. You might be really sensitive and get diarrhea.
7. Also a good trick is to check in your luggage in LCCT and ask them to label your bags 'Fragile' so it comes out first.
8. Weather is cold there – like Cameron, must bring jacket/pashimi
9. Normally the tips range from *Rp. 1,000 – 3,000. Parking usually Rp. 2,000.00

Sundanese Language tips:
--> Sabaraha - how much-->Hatur nuhun - thank you

Must Buy!
1) Famous bakery (selling layer cakes) is called Kartikasari and they are apparently #1 there. There are many other bakeries like Holland Bakery and also Mayasari and all of these are located throughout town.
2) Get Brownies: Amanda Brownie’s new outlet at Jl Dago and purchased about 10 boxes of brownies to bring home (a must ole-ole for your friend and relative if you are visiting Bandung in my opinion). According to some of the comment read from internet, compared to Kartika Sari, Amanda’s were cheaper and tastier. As for myself, both also worth trying!

Buying at FOs
1) Best FOs - strongly recommend Rumah Mode (compulsory to visit). Slightly more expensive than most other FOs, but it has a splendid restaurant & massage centre and an overall fantastic setting. The rich Indonesians shop here! For sportswear please visit DSE, a 4 storey store at Jl Dago. For first timer, places like Heritage and Cascade (selling almost same item but Heritage is better arrangemen and look more class) – both next to each other. Rumah MODE can let you try all the clothes, but Heritage and Cascade can let you try dress and non-t-shirt material only. If we can go to Ralph Lauren Polo Boutique at Matahari Mall (Jln Dago), very cheap and Ralph Lauren really worth buying.

For girls who loves Top Shop (MNG, Espirit) – find a lot at Rumah MODE. Banana Republic also worth buying since not found in Msia. But it is still expensive as selling RM40 for a singlet/spaghetti strap.

1) MODE: Supper jammed on weekend – be prepare for long queue just to try the clothes.
3) Natural: Just situated outside Mode with a decent collection (first or last stop after visiting Mode)
9) House of Donatello (Setiabudhi) – local brand selling mainly leather goods (shoes, wallets, purses, belts)
2) Heritage FO (Riau) – Big places
5) Summit (Martadinata/Riau) – Popular among regular shoppers
6) The Secret (Martadinata/Riau) – good brand name. Free wifi
4) Grande FO (Dago/Juanda) – Burberry jean are found here. Can ask for XXXL Size (or knows as Jumbo).
7) Victory FO (Dago/Juanda) – huge place and easily can spend 1-2 hours at the FO
10) For Men FO (Martadinata/Riau) – Dedicated only to men, find almost everything for men here and prices are reasonably cheap
8) Jeans Street or Cihampelas Shopping Street – Don’t expect high quality stuff ehre but prices are very cheap (CiWalk shoppng mall is worth checking out

Top 10 Recommended FO’s

Jln Setiabudi               : MODE (pronounce at MO-DAY), Donatello (Local brand selling leather goods)
Jln Riau/Martadinata   : Secret, Heritage, Summit, Terminal Tas
Jln Dago/Juanda         : Grande Fashion Gallery, Victoria (Better than Riau)
Jln Cihampelas            : Jeans Street / Ci Walk Shopping Mall
Jln Sukajadi                : Paris Van Java
Jln Diponegoro            : Cargo

Jln Riau/Mardinata:
- Terminal Tas (Channel/Gucci bag – price out of FO range but still extremely cheaper than Msia)
- Summit (Accros the road) – Nike and Versace t-shit
- Herritage – jersey (outdated)
- New Herritage (next door) – Moritz’s full leather sandal Rp. 900,000 (70% disc)
- Dakken Café - serving continental and local food. (cost Rp. 120,000 – RM42)
- Stamp FO – selling urban young group
- Formen, Ranairi and Oasis – Purchase Armani Exc Jacket at Rp. 180,000 and belt at Oasis at Rp. 79,000

Jln Dago/Riau junction:
- Merdeka Oulet (opposite Bandung Indah Plaza) – variety of men apparels
- Kartika Sari - kuih lapis, krepek and traditional cookies (quite exp)
- Episode and Grand FO – clothes and wallet (2 Burberry jeans at Rp175000/pc)
- Lunch at Sambrasa (Sunda restaurant) - packed with mostly local and Jakartan. Ordered: Gurame Bakar Kichap, Ayam Kampung (made, pop, kemeri), pegedil, cumil (squid) etc. Cost: Rp250,000. Wasn’t that cheap but totally reasonable
- Amanda Brownies - new outlet at Jl Dago (a must ole-ole for your friend and relative) Compared to Kartika Sari, Amanda’s were cheaper and tastier
- Edward Forrer FO - leather utility bag at Rp80,000.
- Forego Victoria FO (another popular FO)
- Rumah Mode again for our final shopping.
- Blue Monster stall – try the ice blended Kopi Durian

2) To ensure you get "originals" the labels are normally cut or blackout - just like the ones in FOs or Reject Shop in M'sia plus the "Made in __" is prominently displayed either at the collar or at the bottom inshirts. Imitation/fakes never displayed their origins! Some shirts especially higher end ones have certificates of origin attached to them.

3) Tip for identifying original product (may not be true) is to look at the label area, which is normally torn off or darkened to hide the identity. Also look around for few marks of QC failure (ref arrow, label, etc) on the item itself. Do not expect latest design as most of the items sold in the outlets are export surplus, QC reject or return stock. Don't waste your time shopping at their mall, the items are almost the same price as KL.

4) General tip - While you do get some branded clothes at the factory outlets around Bandung, please note that super brands like Versace,  Channel, Christian Dior and other names are most likely fakes. They are usually mixed in with the other brands to make them look like real rejects. I would 99% confirm hat these are in fact fake knock offs so don't bother. You have a better chance with brands like ZARA, DKNY, Nike, Adidas, Timberland, Mango or MNG here.

5) Before as only 30-40% of the goods are original rejects/seconds/overruns/old stocks etc. The rest are cheap imitations from China or Indonesia. Do not think much about the brand, but go for the material quality instead.

6) "Do you know that Alain Delon, Gucci, Adidas, Nike, Reebok, Brooks Brothers, Kohl’s, Polo, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Yves St Laurent, and many more world reknown up-market brands are made by the contract manufacturers in Malaysia?" (Penang Economic Monthly May 2007). Plus news from STAR online that suits from Saville Row London are made in Malaysia by founders of the Sparkmanshop chain!

7) Once you find an item that meet your taste and price range, grab it. You do not have plenty of time to do shop around for comparison. And you may also not find it in other FOs.

8) Buah Batu (South of Bandung) – “Paberik Badjoe” – Locals said it is best place in Bandung to buy “Sisa Export” because it is attached to huge textile factory. Location: GPS coordinates: -6.9458544230769,107.63749929487
Jalan Soekarno-Hatta Nomor 571, Bandung, West Java 40212Jl. near Buah Batu-Samsat junction

9) Cihampelas shopping: The price range from Rp. 5,000 to 30,000. It is like walking in Chow Kit shopping area, go if you have some time to kill, otherwise, go straight to FO at Dago, Riau or Rumah Mode.

Food (Must Try)!
For food, the famous food there is Sundanese Food, similar to Malay food.

1) Raja Rasa (Jl. Setrasari, Bandung 40287, Indonesia) – Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Supper from Rp. 47,000 to 95,000 (rated no.1) – ayam bakar bumbu pedas

2) Cizz (Jl. Pelajar Pejuang, Bandung, Indonesia) – Breakfast/Brunch from Rp. 16,000 to 95,000 – specialize in making cheese cake / best cheese cake in town

3) Setiabudhi – D’Cost Seafood (can checkout website for menu and prices, served food very fast even during peak hours) – Jl. Sukajadi No. 197, Bandung Indonesia – recommended Udang Bakar Pedas and Tumis Kangkung balasan – very Indonesian food, Great Food. Cheap price. Highly recommended!!

4) Nasi Padang (Ci Walk at Cihampelas - Risoles) and (Paris Van Java Mall) – and also to try Martabek Manis, Chocolate and Cheese (some time like Apam Balik but taste better)

5) Eat at Nasi padang Simpang Raya, Ayam Goreng Suharti, Kampung Daun-dinner, The Valley -dinner, Sangkuriang-special fish soup must try and Ampera.

6) Kampung Daun (Jl. Sersan Bajuri KM 4.7 No. 88, Cihideung, Bandung) – breakfast, lunch and dinner, I would highly recommend eating Bala Bala for appetizer (best in Bandung) and their Bebek Goreng Kampung Daun and Sop Ikan Gurame was excellent.

7) Paskal Food Market: Have 50 different types of stalls here.
Food to try: Pecel lele, Batagor Kingsley, Milkshake, Ikan Gurame, Nasi Padang Ikasari (Opposite mutiara hotel), Bakso Malang, Martabak, Kartika Sari Pisang Molen, Siumay, Hoka Bento, Bakmie near pasar baru, Cheese brownies, roadside food (dirty cheap – less than Rp. 15,000 per serving)

8) The Stone Café: Jalan Rancakendal Luhur No.5 Dago Atas | Dago Atas, Bandung 40198, Indonesia - ordered Ice Kopyor, Be there around 5.30 - 6 pm so you wont miss the sun set view, to try the "Buntut bakar" which is grill oxtail that comes with rice, and soup which was good. The other recommendation is the Iga Sapi bakar which is grill beef ribs, its so delicious cant find elsewhere. Drink: fresh juices which is pure and really fresh and also cheap. Chose a "hut" with a low table (no chairs) accompanied by a few pillows. The view was superb and the atmosphere is very cooling. Might need a light jacket if you can’t stand the cold. Every night there is a live band to entertain you.

-We had Fried Calamari and Fried Mozzarella Cheese for starters (all cooked to perfection). Main course we had Sup Buntut Bakar (BBQ Oxtail) comes with rice, Sate (with rice), Nasi Goreng, among others. Recommended is the Sup Buntut.

-The margarita pizza was outstanding! The colorful taste on this pizza, superb! The balance between the raisins, cheese, olives, and pineapple was absolutely perfect! For our main dish my husband ordered a lamb dish, it came with rice and vegetables! We had never tasted such tender lamb before! The seasoning was just the right amount and not too over powering! I, on the other hand, ordered the Zuppa Zuppa soup! This soup comes with a puff pastry baked on top of the bowl of creamy chicken and mushroom soup!

-For dessert we ordered the warm chocolate lava cake and then we ordered one more dessert called Poffertjes which is a classic dessert from Holland! You can choose whatever insides you want, but we choose cheese and chocolate!

-We went on a weekday so there's not much crowd. Packed on weekend, book early if you wish to go there on weekends.

- For seafood lover, try Pondok Pessangrahan in Karapitan.
- For batagor, my favorite is batagor abuy in lengkong – dish called Batagor Rini
- For local sundanese food, you can try laksana or ampera restaurant, but be careful, the sambal very spicy one.
- Try petis kangkung and lotek in Kelenteng or go to Cibadak, but only at night, a lot of hawkers food.
- Try mee baso (roadside)
- Sorso (famous bottle ice tea)


Hotel: RETANATA HOME STAY Bandung
Address: HEGARBUDHI 85, Hegarmanah Bandung
Reservation Phone : 022-70806338 / 022-2040449
Deluxe Room for Jul 21, 2012 until Jul 24, 2012.
Email: homestayretanata@yahoo.co.id (book through email is acceptable - just remember to remind them 1 day before on actual stay date)

The rate for Deluxe Room is IDR 320.000 per night, including breakfast for 2 persons. If you are 3 persons, you need 1 Extra Bed. The rate for 1 Extra Bed is IDR 60.000 per night (including breakfast).

So, the total cost for 1 night for Deluxe Room and 1 Extra Bed is IDR 380.000.

Our place are close to the famous factory outlet named "Rumah Mode". We have complimentary airport service for our guests, but only limited to Bandung Husein Sastranegara International Airport (BDO). Our hotel provides wifi internet facility. 5 minute walking distance to Mode.  
- taxi from airport to Retanata is Rp. 45,000 (July, 2012) or RM15.00 per taxi (distance about 15-20 minute)

Moving around
- Normally the raining season in Indonesia is from October till May, the peak of the raining season is in January. From June to September, the weather is at its driest and climate most appealing. The average temperature in Bandung is 22 degrees Celsius; the weather is pleasant all year round. Bring jacket/pashimi along.

Market/Price Info:
1) Most shirt sold at FO (Versace, Armani, Mark & Spenser, Hugo, Burberry, Nike, etc – sold within RM25 to RM40.
2) Jacket cost RM40 to RM100
3) Handbag / shoes – RM50 to RM150
 
Things to prepare ahead before going Bandung:
1) Book air ticket (aim for AA promo)
2) Booking hotel and driver. You can book through online (by email) - wihtout any advance payment needed (or credit card number). Recommended driver to book by email --> Irwan +62 8212 69 4646 2 (mpvrentcar@gmail.com).
3) Recommended hotel: Budget type and clean, good location (Retanata Homestay) - read review from the internet and you will know more. Usually standard room is about RP. 320,000 per room (or RM 107.00 for 2 person) - FREE breakfast and wi-fi (only near to lobby area). 
4) Remember to remind them by email (about 3 days before your departure date) - as to secure the accommodation and transportation. 
5) Good to get a sim card upon reaching Indonesia, if you need to call (as it is very cheap to get one there, regretted as i called using Malaysian sim card (Maxis), 2 minute talk- RM10 gone, with the RM10.00 or Rp. 30,000.00 you can get a sim card already. 
6) Pack light and prepare additional space for your shopping when you coming back from Bandung!

5 comments:

*Kasha* said...

tq! 1st time i saw a very good and personal itinerary with tips.

has fwd this to my fren who will go to JKT-BDO this wknd

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Unknown said...

I'm absolutely grateful for the effort u've put into this detailed itinerary!
I'm going to bandung with another fren (just 2 of us) next week, and so far no drivers have replied our email yet :(
do u think we can get our hotels to get us drivers?
do u know where i can find maps for bandung?
TQ!!

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