| Part 1: Introduction
8.8: Singapore -> Bandung
9.8: Bandung -> Kawah Putih -> Bandung
10.8: Bandung -> Jakarta
14.8: Jakarta -> Kuala Lumpur
This was a brief trip to Indonesia consisting of a weekend spent in
Bandung followed by four days in Jakarta. I chose Bandung because it
has a direct rail link to Jakarta and the city and environment sounded
sort of interesting. Bandung itself, if you restrict yourself to the
city centre, is a pleasant place with a couple of things to see. The
region to the south with the lakes and volcanoes is pretty and well
worth a daytrip.
Costs were overall relatively moderate, if compared to Malaysia and
Here I relied on a mix of standard restaurants and fast food
restaurants. One supposedly good restaurant, the Sindang Reret, was a
I stayed in two high quality hotels, of which one (the Gatot Subroto)
is part of a "business low cost" hotel chain, offering high quality
accomodation for business travel at moderate prices.
Exchange rate (August 2014)
1 Euro = 15600 IDR
1 Euro = 1.32 USD
For current exchange rates check the Universal
ATMs are everywhere, so that you can easily get cash with a
Cirrus/Maestro ATM card.
phones and prepaid cards
I bought a Telkomsel/SimPATI SIM card, paying 152000 IDR. This
50000 IDR mobile data package with 1.5GB of data and about 100000 IDR
of airtime. With the 01017 prefix international calls are quite
Here I relied on the smartphone (which I used as a modem for the
computer) to access the
Mostly sunny with a blue sky, with little clouds and rain.
The usual set of tropical vaccinations. I didn't refresh any
immunisations for this trip.
A visa on arrival costing 35 USD is available for
tourists of most western and developed countries.
No issues here.
- The daytrip to the lakes and volcano south of
- The train ride from Bandung to Jakarta is very
scenic, as it passes through mountains and valleys with rice farming
I had no bad experiences on this short trip. It's a good idea to avoid
driving from Bandung to Jakarta, as the road can be congested.
I chartered a taxi for the daytrip to Kawah Putih, which was necessary
as public transportation is not available. Then I used the train to get
from Bandung to Jakarta. Although not too fast, the train is a
comfortable way to travel between these two cities, because you avoid
traffic jams on the road.