Unlike many of Indonesia’s cities which have few attractions and lots to repel the everyday tourist, Bandung is considered to be quite special. Its nickname of Kota Kembang holds true today as it is full of flowers and vegetation, rather than the rubbish dumps and shanty town areas of other big Indonesian cities.
In the city itself there are many wonderful examples of architecture from Dutch colonial days including the Villa Isola, built for an Italian, and now the home of the headmaster of the Indonesian Education University. Gedung Merdeka was built as the meeting house of the Concordia Society, a group of wealthy settlers and is now a museum whilst several hotels built in the art deco style complete the architectural picture.
Out of the city, no one should miss a trip north to Lembang. On the way you can visit Indonesia’s only space observatory but phone ahead to book a slot. You can also experience the active volcanoes at Mount Tangkuban. Be warned, the sulphurous air isn’t to everyone’s liking and then spend some time enjoying the hot springs at Sari Ater before reaching the resort city of Lembang.