It was actually kinda unplanned. The actual plan was just to go to KL. But then, the next thing we know, we bought tickets to Bandung, via KL.
Our flight to KL was in the morning. We arrived at LCCT around lunch time. Then, waited for a good few hours as our flight to Bandung was around 3pm. To cut the story short…
We arrived in Bandung on the 11th, arriving at Husein Sastranegara Airport. The temperature was around 23 degree Celsius, if I’m not mistaken. Trust me, you won’t drop a sweat there. According to our driver, it lasts until.. April? May? Right. I’m unreliable with sources.
What’s funny was the arrival “hall”. We got off the plan outside the building.. then as soon as we entered the “hall”.. well, that was already where we lined up for immigration. There’s only two immigration counters, one for local, the other for international.
After you passed the counter, just five steps to the right, there’s where you get your luggage. The space is reeeeally small to hold the passengers from one airplane.
What’s cool about Bandung.. they have a freaking pilot academy. So cool >.<
We arrived at the hotel around 6pm or so.. We stayed at Kenangan Hotel. The hotel is good enough, really. I like the environment, and it’s really near to the places we wanted to go. Most of the time, we used our driver though.. It’s easier since all of us are heavy shopper.
Because of the cold weather (cold enough not to make you sweat, but not too cold that it felt like you’re surrounded by AC) we don’t usually use the AC in the room. The room also has fan.
Outside the hotel, there’s always men selling stuff. They’re not allowed to go inside the hotel area, so they usually stay in front of the gate. Their price are usually almost the same with the ones at the shops, so if you need a last minute shopping for souvenir, you can just buy from them.
Also, the area has a lot of hotels nearby, ranging from the expensive-looking hotel to budget hotels.
Now.. what’s there to do in Bandung? Shopping, definitely! It’s way, way, way cheaper! First, there’s A LOT of Factory Outlets. It’s all branded stuff, except cheaper. People usually go to those along Jalan Riau.. and also Rumah Mode (pronounced as Mo-de). To start off the day in Bandung, we went to Merdeka Arcade Factory Outlet. Got my self few shirts there. Then we went to the mall in front of it.
We didn’t go shopping that much that night.
We went to Karamba for dinner. I think the driver always bring tourists to this place though. I like the environment there. Open-air kaliah! And the food is definitely great. The tempe and tauhu taste way different than Brunei’s. And not to forget, Alpukat Juice (avocado) and Juice Sirsak (durian belanda/durian salat/soursop) mesti order!
Also take note.. most of the shops close early. Always ask your driver about this. He would know what and where. He knows where to get stuff and such.
The next day, we went to….. Pasar Baru! Man, that’s like heaven on Earth. Well, not really. Everyone smokes at every corner of the building. So, that’s a minus. It feels like you’re gonna get lung cancer on the spot. But, hell, this is the place for all shopaholic. The building is uber big, and each floor has different purpose. If I’m not mistaken, Level 1 and 2 are for kain! So, we went mad kain shopping there. This is a must go place. Only if you don’t mind being in a crowded place, with a lot of smoke.. We spent the whole day there, from morning.. until the shop closes. We didn’t even go for lunch. We definitely bought too much.. even the hotel guy said “banyak nya..” and a lot of Malaysians go to Pasar Baru that some shopkeeper actually speaks good Bahasa and some accepts Ringgit Malaysia (RM). Also remember, you always have to bargain!
So after shopping, we went back to Karamba and had our lunch and dinner there. Can’t get enough of their food, really. And there’s free wireless lagi tu!
After filling our tummy.. we shopped at the factory outlets along Jalan Riau, such as Secret, Heritage, Unusual.. there’s a lot really. So, we just walked on foot, from one factory outlet to another. I think most of them close at 9pm or 9.30pm. And you can always leave your stuffs at the counter if you walk from one place to another, and they don’t charge 🙂
After tired shopping from morning till night, we.. had durian feast.We asked our driver to bring us to place with local durian. The super kuning durian is good! And kinda cheap, I think.
Most of our stuffs after shopping.. a lot of kains!!!
The next day, we went to Paris Van Java. There’s Zara, Topshop, Mark & Spencer, Carrefour.. mostly the branded ones. The toilet is a must go though. Open-air. Super nice. Amazing. Fishes. Everything. They definitely know how to use their amazing cold breeze. Save budget lah.
Oh! I made myself a new glasses in Pasar Baru. It’s way cheaper, really!
I also found this cafe.. and annoyed my dad the hell out of it. LOLOLOL. Man U for life.
This is my only favorite shop! They sell analogue camera (not from lomography though) and a bunch of cute stuffs you see on Tumblr! I regretted not buying this thing I wanted… #lesigh
Another shop we found there was this candy shop. They sell Korean ice-cream!… and Japanese, I think. Well the writings on my ice-cream was in Korean (glad that I learned hanggul! lol)
We rested a while at the sunflower village. There’s a place where you can take pictures (using their props and stuff, but you have to pay) and also a juice stall. Must, must, must buy their juice. It’s all fresh juice.
We went to Sangkuriang for lunch. The interior is nice and creative. They even have individual huts if you want to eat there. However, Karamba still has better food.
We then went to Rumah Mode, which is another must go place. The place is uber nice, trust me! And a lot of people, local and tourists. You can take pictures around. There’s even prayer room. There’s also other factory outlets nearby, within walking distance, just like Jalan Riau, but not as much.
Later then, we went to the mall next to Trans Studio. Trans Studio is like Universal Studio. One day, I wanna spend the day there! As for the mall, the security is really tight. It’s a big shopping mall with expensive shops. You know, those shops selling branded stuffs and such. So that’s why they are very strict with security.
Anyway, it was our last day in Bandung.. We went back to KL the next morning. The departure hall isn’t as small as the arrival hall though. In fact it looks quite nice. Although still smaller than Brunei’s, the interior is not bad.
Dear AirAsia, I hope there’s nearer flight to Bandung, instead of just KL.
That should conclude my days in Bandung. I will edit this post if there’s anything I forgot to write on.
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I forgot to add one thing though. Bandung is also famous with Kartika Sari. But no worries if you don’t get the chance to visit. The airport also sells goodies from Kartika Sari, like the cakes and such 🙂