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About Bandung

Bandung is the capital of Indonesia’s West Java Province, feathering a convivial nest for approximately 2,395 million people. The city gives you a taste of metropolitan life, whilst reminders of the island Dutch colonial era lie hidden in Bandung’s streets. Discover sprawling tea plantations, culinary delights, volcanic peaks and mesmerising hot springs all within reach of the city.

Cheap flights to Bandung are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to be enthralled by this beautiful city. Bandung, home to the Husein Sastranegara International Airport (BDO), which is a 15-minute drive from the city center.

Why visit Bandung

Lake Kawa Putih

Sightseeing

Kawa Putih, a stunningly beautiful lake, set as if straight from a movie scene – coming from a volcano, this sulphuric lake enthrals the heart and mind of any enthusiastic traveller.

Rich in Textile

Culture

Bandung is considered a major cultural hub in Indonesia, and is a cheap shopping destination due to inexpensive textile and fashion products.

Nasi Lemak With Chicken

Cuisine

The city is rich in Indonesian cuisine. A must eat for any foodie is the delectable batagor, lumpia basah, and cireng.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Indonesia
Currency Indonesian Rupiah
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 1026.20 Indonesian Rupiah
Language English, Malay
Hub Airport Husein Sastranegara International Airport (BDO)
Airline Silk Air and Garuda Indonesia Airways
Time Zone GMT +7
Travel Adaptor Type C

Best time to visit Bandung

Bandung experiences a tropical monsoon climate. Temperatures at sea level are approximately 21 degrees Celsius to 33 degrees Celsius, although cooler in the mountains. In theory, the year divides into a wet and dry season, though it’s often hard to distinguish. Very roughly, in much of the country, November to April are the wet months (Jan and Feb are the wettest) and May through to October are dry. The peak tourist season, but not necessarily the best time to visit, is between mid-June and mid-September, and again over the Christmas and New Year season. This is applicable in the major resorts, where prices rocket and rooms can be fully booked for days, and sometimes weeks on end. It is advisable to make arrangements about two months in advance if you are travelling during this time, in order to avoid disappointment.

Weather & Climate in Bandung

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low (°C) 19°C 19°C 19°C 19°C 19°C 18°C 17°C 17°C 18°C 18°C 19°C 19°C
High (°C) 32°C 31°C 32°C 31°C 31°C 31°C 31°C 31°C 33°C 34°C 34°C 31°C
Rainfall (mm) 240 255 239 143 116 102 69 57 50 151 201 215

Bandung is a great place to visit any time of the year, as it’s not only celebrated for its picturesque open vista, but the town also offers alluring attractions well worth a visit. Bordered by green fertile mountains, Bandung is Indonesia’s centre for learning and creativity. Today Bandung is one of Indonesia’s most prominent university towns.

Well known for its pleasant climate, Bandung grew into a town for affluent planters who owned miles and miles of tea, coffee and cinchona plantations; fruit orchards and vegetable gardens in the cool and fertile hills of West Java. Today, Bandung has become the centre for textile mills producing much of Indonesia’s textiles for fashion wear, linen and upholstery.

This city offers stylish fashion wear at realistic prices, at its myriad factory outlets. A wide range of delicious, local and international cuisines, and a distinct colonial European-style atmosphere combined with captivating traditional arts originates in Bandung.

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South African passport holders travelling to Bandung do require a visa to enter Indonesia.

 Leave plenty of time for visa processing, and make sure your passport has a validity period of at least 6 months

 Ensure you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.

 The application confirmation page from your online visa application.

 A copy of the barcoded confirmation document showing proof of payment and appointment.

 Your old passport (if possible) to show your travel history.

 A recent photo (50mm x 50mm).

 The South African Embassy is in the capital city Jakarta. Address: Wisma GKBI, Suite 705, 7th floor, Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 28, Jakarta 10210 Indonesia. Phone: +62-21 2991 2500.

All travellers should be up to date with routine vaccinations, as vaccinations are required. Most travellers to Bandung, Indonesia will need vaccinations as well as medications for travellers’ diarrhoea.

• Vaccinations for Hepatitis A & B and Typhoid are recommended.

• Bring adequate supplies of medication with, in their original containers and clearly marked, if you are sick or have to take chronic medication.

• Bring plenty of sunblock of a high sun protection factor and avoid spending too much time in the sun.

• Always be vigilant as crime occurs in any country and watch your personal belongings.

• Do not wander the streets alone at night - always ensure you are accompanied.

• Make copies of bank and credit cards, and other important documentation in case they are lost or stolen.

• Secure valuable, personal belongings within the hotel safe.

• Avoid public or local demonstrations.

• Remain alert when walking around at night, and abide by the local government laws.

A popular destination, if you want to flee the hustle and bustle of the city, is Jakarta. Many travellers have their best Bandung experiences there. The food in this vicinity is cheap and delicious, and a huge variety of important attractions are nearby. The accommodation fares and room rates are reasonable, and you will find an influx of tourists to this part of the city during peak season.

Show casing contemporary style, spacious rooms and modern suites is a hotel just a 10-minute drive from the airport. With services and facilities focused on comfort and convenience, this hotel is the perfect base for business trips and family vacations to Bandung.

An ideal base for exploring the rich colonial architecture in the city centre is this trendy, well-established hostel. To make your life easier, it is only a 20-minute drive from the train station and airport. Enjoy a luxurious massage, take a plunge into the swimming pool, and get a taste of Asian and Indonesian style cuisine served by the hotel restaurant.

You won’t have much trouble finding a ride once you land at the airport. Many taxis, buses and car hiring services are available from the airport to take you to the city centre. We recommend planning your mode of travel ahead of time. This is better for budgeting, and you’ll be able to enjoy stress free travel.

Bus shelters for Trans Metro Bandung were erected in 2011, and the developmental infrastructure has improved the service by adding 10 additional buses to join the existing operation.

Taxis are widely available. The primary means of public transportation is minibus, called angkot. They are privately operated and cheap and serves multiple routes throughout the city.

Bandung has two large railway stations. It is also a major means of transportation for people living in the suburban areas.

Main attractions in Bandung

Gedung Sate

Gedung Sate

Tangkuban Perahu Sulfur Lake

Tangkuban Perahu Sulfur Lake

Juanda Forest Park

Juanda Forest Park

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