I would say Indonesia as my third home after Malaysia and Singapore just because every month I will be travel down to Jakarta and there have so many things that can make me fall in love with. When people talk about Bandung, is all about shopping. However, it’s more than just a shopping. There are so many interesting places that you shouldn’t miss when you going to Bandung.
One thing I love about my job is, I have the opportunity to travel around not only to taking photo and video but to experience it. Something that money can’t buy. During my travel magazine assignment in Bandung, Indonesia, I went to Tangkuban Perahu. Unfortunately, I do not have the opportunity to go Kawah Putih. Kawah Putih is basically where you can go down to the safe area of the volcano. Since I’m driving down from Jakarta and reached quite late, I have to skip Kawah Putih. If you are driving from Jakarta, you will pass by Bandung Tea Plantation.
Check out my Instagram, I will post up more photos over there. I have almost a thousand photos of Tangkuban Perahu.
Basically, most of the activity you can do over there is just walking around, enjoy the environment and taking a photograph. You can’t simply walking down to the volcano area since it was not allowed. If you want to get different kind of shot, sometime you have to break the rules. Rules are made by human and sometimes it means to be broken. Just climb around but make sure, safety first.
Tangkuban Perahu is a dormant volcano 30 km north of the city of Bandung, the provincial capital of West Java, Indonesia. It last erupted in 1826, 1829, 1842, 1846, 1896, 1910, 1926, 1929, 1952, 1957, 1961, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1983. It is a popular tourist attraction where tourists can hike or ride to the edge of the crater to view the hot water springs and boiling mud up close, and buy eggs cooked on the hot surface. This stratovolcano is on the island of Java and last erupted in 1983. Together with Mount Burangrang and Bukit Tunggul, those are remnants of the ancient Mount Sunda after the plinian eruption caused the Caldera to collapse. – source
There has plenty stuff you can purchase as souvenirs. Please negotiate and make sure you walking around to do a survey. You can ask for the discount more than half of the original price. I even bought the fridge magnet for only IDR10, 000 (USD0.80/RM2.80) instead of IDR 50,000 (USD4/RM14).
Having a cup of hot noodle or hot tea on the top of the mountain is the best way to enjoy your meals.
Since local food and myself, it’s hard to separate, I manage to try their “siew mai”. Take note that their “siew mai” is halal since they are using fish based instead of pork.
As a photographer, I always put “getting the best shot” as a priority instead of my safety. Climbing the rooftop is one of the best ways to get shot of the entire place.
Group photo with my buddies and Indonesian photographer.