TOP 8 MUST-VISIT ATTRACTIONS IN BANDUNG

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KAWAH PUTIH

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Kawah Putih is a phenomenal tourist attraction that you have to visit and is one of the most popular places of interest in South Bandung. Kawah Putih is an amazing sulphuric lake and you can smell the odour of sulphur as you make your way down the pathway to the lake which is surrounded by the high walls of the crater. The magnificent scenery of Kawah Putih makes it a favourite place for those who enjoy photography and there are many nice photo taking spots to capture your perfect selfie. The mystical atmosphere of Kawah Putih is one of the best places to refresh your mind and soul while taking deep breath of the fresh cool air.

Address: Jl. Raya Soreang Ciwidey, Sugihmukti, Pasirjambu, Bandung, Jawa Barat 40973, Indonesia

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SITU PATENGGANG

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Another popular place of interest to visit in South Bandung is Situ Patenggang and is also known as the Lake Patenggang. Beside the fresh air, the journey to Situ Patenggang is a joy to ride with the natural lush green surroundings of the numerous tea plantations and strawberry farms. Arriving in Situ Patenggang, you will be greeted with the exotic and impressive landscape of the lake. There are many beautiful brightly colored boats that can take you around the lake or you can just sit by to enjoy the serenity and natural beauty of this place.

Address: Jalan Raya Patengan (Ciwidey), Bandung, West Java, Indonesia

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RANCABALI

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Rancabali is a large tea plantation estate and your eyes will be treated by an enormous view of a vast tea gardens with its beautiful segment.

Address: Rancabali, Bandung, West Java, Indonesia

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TEBING KERATON

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At 1200m above sea level, Tebing Keraton is a great place to see best view of the morning sunrise. You will be overwhelmed with the misty looks of the clouds over the mountains while overlooking the beautiful scenery of Bandung. Find a spot, take a moment to relax, breathe and admire the splendid view you are looking at. Enjoy the little moment in life for one day, you will look back and remember these beautiful memories you once had.

Address: Lembang, Ciburial, Cimenyan, Bandung Barat, Jawa Barat 40198, Indonesia

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LEMBANG

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Lembang is a peaceful place in the West Bandung, blessed with pleasant weather and abundant natural wealth. The fresh air and cool climate makes this region as the ideal location of agriculture plantation. There are also many cool cafes in Lembang to visit that make you look great on Instagram. One of the most instagrammable cafes that I went is ‘Lereng Anteng Panoramic Coffee Place’ and the trademark of this cafe is the outdoor area, where you’ll be seated inside a clear tent. You can enjoy the scenic mountain view while sipping your cup of coffee inside the tent.

Address: Lembang, West Bandung Regency, West Java, Indonesia

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FARMHOUSE

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Another popular place of interest to visit in West Bandung is Farmhouse Susu Lembang. Farmhouse Susu Lembang is a family-friendly attraction and will give your children hours of fun. An attraction recommended to see is the Hobbit’s house.

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You may also rent a European ethnic dress which I chose to wear the German traditional dress and walkaround with it. Not forgetting to take photos of myself wearing the traditional dress for memory’s sake.

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Another attraction within Farmhouses is the petting zoo and I just love how adorable the sheep is.

Address: Jalan Raya Lembang No.108, Gudangkahuripan, Lembang, Kabupaten Bandung Barat, Jawa Barat 40391, Indonesia

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DUSUN BAMBU

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Dusun Bambu is otherwise known as Bamboo Village, a popular family retreat in West Bandung. This mountain-top resort attracts many visitors, offering a wide array of activities from camping grounds, petting zoo, traditional food/ souvenir shops and many more. When you are hungry, you can either eat at any of the restaurants or the food court.

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It is lunch time and I am famished! I enjoy a feast of authentic Sundanese cuisine at Burangrang, the biggest cafe at Dusun Bambu, comfortably on a large oval couch with a clear panoramic view of the cafe’s surroundings.

Address: Jalan Kolonel Masturi KM. 11, Kertawangi, Cisarua, Lembang, Kertawangi, Cisarua, Kabupaten Bandung Barat, Jawa Barat 40551, Indonesia

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FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON BANDUNG

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I was gladly invited by Glenn for a 2 nights’ staycation at Four Points by Sheraton Bandung, an upscale 4 stars’ hotel featuring a striking classic-modern European style with monochromatic accent. Strategically located in Dago, the heart of Bandung tourist sites with everything you need is available within walking distance.

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When booking a hotel room for my overseas trip, I will look at the comfortability level of the hotel bed. Having regular and restful sleep is especially important for a frequent traveller like me, I have to feel refreshed and re-energised and be more ready than not to welcome a new day of activities that are planned out. The signature bed of Four Points is customed designed to give you the good quality sleep you have been yearning for.

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One of my favourite hangout spot in the hotel is the 12th floor Edelweiss Sky Lounge, with a view overlooking Bandung landscape day and night. I enjoy the cool night breeze over a glass of cocktail Sangria with the sound of contemporary music mix playing at the Sky Lougne.

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Four Points by Sheraton is your perfect choice of comfortable and convenient accomodations in Bandung. This is where you find a good combination of exceptional service and luxury place to stay with an affordable room rate. Make Four Points by Sheraton Bandung your home away from home by booking directly here. You may find more about the hotel at www.fourpointsbandung.com or follow Instagram @fourpointsbandung.

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I would also like to share this great news with my readers that Four Points by Sheraton Bandung is having a limited time offer for Singaporeans and Malaysians which you need to do is simply clicking fourpoints.ht/2jLTrk6 to book. Kindly note that this special promotion is only valid till 31 March 2017.  

Address: Jalan Ir. H.Juanda, Dago, Bandung, Indonesia, 40115

 

5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Bintan!

Are you planning a romantic getaway and wondering if you should visit Bintan Island in Indonesia? If you are looking for signs as to why Bintan deserves your most sought after escapade, here are the 5 reasons why you should head to an island blessed with beautiful white beaches and year-round tropical weather.

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Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal

REASON ONE: CLOSE VICINITY TO SINGAPORE

Bintan Island is just an hour ferry ride from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal and the return tickets can be easily booked here. The close vicinity makes it a popular destination for Singaporeans for a short weekend getaway or an impromptu vacation out of the country.

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On board the last ferry ride on the last day of 2016 and do I look like a Deejay with the headphone around my neck?

I have been wanting to visit Bintan again after my last visit to the island where I compete in the Spartan Beast Race. I was enchanted by the exquisite natural beauty of the place and the heartfelt hospitality that I received during my stay. Therefore, I accepted the offer when my Indonesian friend Shandy invited me over to welcome the New Year.

REASON 2: FRIENDLY AND TRUSTWORTHY LOCAL TOUR GUIDE

20161231_222209That’s my friend Shandy beside me and I am so glad that he extended his invitation to welcome me in Bintan for the New Year’s Eve celebration. He is the founder of Travelin, his own travel agency company start-up. Travelin is a short term for Travel Indonesia.

Shandy is a friendly and trustworthy tour guide who knows Bintan really well and just the right man you need to find when you visit this island. I’m absolutely grateful to him for taking care of my itinerary, lodging, meals, tour activities, and so on for the six days I spent in Bintan.

We even made an on-the-spot collaboration to make a carpool karaoke video which we had fun singing while counting down to the year 2017. This unique LED car with Maroon 5’s songs installed on it can only be found in Lagoi Bay Plaza, Bintan Island.

REASON 3: EXCITING AND VIBRANT NIGHTLIFE

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Another reason to visit Bintan is its exciting and vibrant night scenes. The newly relaunched Silk Night Club is the best place on the island to party and to get the ultimate party vibes. The dance floor is empty before the stream of crowd arrived at the club late night.20170101_012258The dance was getting insanely crowded with an overflow of partygoers grooving to the music and I was also getting high on alcohol.

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 This is the awesome house band singing and playing the latest clubbing hits at Silk Night Club.

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The girl holding on the mic is one of the lead vocalists in Silk Night Club and she can bring up the party mood in the crowd with her explosive vocal. I also had a chance to sing the latest clubbing hits like “Worth it” by Fifth Harmony live for few minutes to the partygoers.

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Address: Jalan Indera Segara Site A12, Lagoi, Bintan Island, Riau, Indonesia

Tel: +62 812-7073-602

Opening hours: Opens at 6:00pm till late everyday

REASON 4: EXCEPTIONALLY BEAUTIFUL AND SECLUDED BEACH

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The White Sand Island is one of the best-kept secrets of Bintan Island, merely less than 10 minutes boat ride from Trikora Beach. This island is so secluded and private that Shandy and I were the only visitors in this tiny island.

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Your eyes will be spoiled with an amazing view of the turquoise blue seas and your soul becomes calm that you felt at ease and relaxed. The sand is soft and clean, the sea water is crystal clear and cool. The weather was also wonderful, making it a beautiful day to enjoy at the clean and unspoiled beach.

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Floating in Vitamin Sea, Feeling the coolness of the turquoise blue seas

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You can take all your time to relax and have the hammock to yourself as the beach is so secluded. There are 3 to 4 hammocks and swings in White Sands Island where you can take a break after a swim in the blue seas.

20170105_144105 (2)The White Sand Island is unquestionably one of the places I will visit if I come to Bintan again.

REASON 5: FASCINATING FIREFLIES NIGHT TOUR

Bintan Island is considered one of the best places to see firelies and the fireflies’ night tour is definitely a must-do activitiy during your vacation here. As you journey through the Sebung River, you’d enjoy the enchating sights and serenity around you with plenty of fireflies lighting up in front of your eyes.

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Seeing the fireflies must be the prettiest sight I have seen on the first day of 2017 and it was an enthralling experience to get close up with these tiny little lighting bugs. Be sure to book this tour with Shandy, Travelin to have a memorable trip!

Amazing Thailand (Day 3, Part 1)

4th December 2016

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Complimentary breakfast at hotel

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0800 hrs Depart for Nang Loeng Market Walking Tour

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Murals depicting the different stages of life

Death and illness are morbid subjects to talk about and I have friends’ parents passed away or like my secondary school friend passed away due to leukaemia two years ago. When I was a flight attendant, I also have to face such situations and no matter what sort of emergency situations arise, we still have to regain our composure and provide immediate assistance. I try not to be a busybody and probe too much unless they choose to share with me, likewise, I do not like others probing into my personal life too. Everyday is a gift to be alive and I am thankful for it.

Never like to visit tombs or cemetery as it sends a chill down my spine.

0800 hrs Depart for Nang Loeng Market Walking Tour

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This is one of the oldest surviving bakery serving traditional Thai dessert. Can you believe that the shop owner is 88 years old and has been in this trade since her youth?

We were treated to the freshly made yummy Thai dessert and I like the yam paste.

These are all the delicious Thai dessert made by the shop owner.

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Cannot help but wonder how will I look when I am old. I think I can only slow down the aging process by using the correct and proper skincare products.

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They look like two best friends sharing close-knit relationship.

The Bang Loeng Market Walking tour also includes food tasting of the local delicacies.

1100 hrs Lunch at local restaurant (part of Nang Loeng Market Walking Tour)


Nom.. Nom.. Nom.. I do not have any dietary restrictions so I can enjoy all the amazing feast.

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1200 hrs Transfer to TrueLove @ Neverland

 We then visited the only husky café at Bangkok, TrueLove @ Neverland. TrueLove @ Neverland is a heaven for all dog lovers and especially the huskies lovers.

Meet MOMO (the white dog on the right picture), she is my favourite dog in the café! MOMO steals the limelight from time to time even though the huskies are the stars.

Interacting with the huskies does put a smile on one’s face because they are simply too adorable! These huskies feed on ice and carrots as their daily staple. The fur of Siberian husky is soft, nice to touch and these dogs are so cute to cuddle with.

WAH.. WAH.. WAH! The café owner is good looking! Anyway, he is trying to attract the dog’s attention to look at the camera. I want to find a boyfriend but the first and foremost criteria is the hair cannot look like balding. Secondly, facial complexion has to be good with no pimples. Thirdly, cannot be too touchy. Still waiting patiently for the right one to appear in my life…

 Feeding time for the huskies!

Cakes and drinks are available too!

– End of Day 3, Part 1 –

Amazing Thailand (Day 2, Part 3)

1730 hrs Dinner at NETA Fish & Meat (Buffet)

We have our dinner at NETA Fish & Meat and this is the first and only Japanese style buffet restaurant in Ratchada area that serves over hundred of delicious dishes. For as low as 499 Baht, diners can enjoy variety of dishes in 90 minutes.

Address: The Street Ratchada. Bangkok Thailand

Phone: +66 2 121 1992

Website: https://www.facebook.com/netafishandmeat/

Oh… I love to eat salmon and salmon contains high levels of healthy omega-3 fats. Salmon is my favourite fish and I like to eat it raw or seared, which slightly intensifies the flavour of the fish. The fortunate thing is that no matter how much I eat, I do not put on much weight and my BMI is within healthy range.

1830 hrs Transfer to Rot Fai Market Ratchada

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We visited Rot Fat Market Ratchada, a hipster market which originated at a disused railway yard in Bang Sue. Rot Fai Market Ratchada is located near the city at Thailand Cultural Centre MRT Station, which is significantly closer to the city and much easier to access than the bigger Talad Rot Fai Srinakarin.

You can also chill and enjoy a drink at one of the cool pubs, or simply go shopping at the many local stalls. Too little time, too much to shop at this hipster market! There is everything that one expects to find at Rot Fai Market Ratchada.

2000 hrs Transfer to Divana Nurture Spa

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Massage is what I always look forward during an overseas trip! Divana Nurture Spa  is a luxury spa concept and service here is top-notch! We experience the Phikat Bua Prakob Remedy Wellness Spa Program, easing the soreness of body through the application of Authentic Thai massage remedy. It is a total indulgence, you feel so pampered and relaxed in a bind treatment along with the healthy benefits of the “Phikat Bua Prakob”, a legendary herbal compress that adds up to the bona fides of therapeutic treat. Divana Nurture is certainly a place for the wealthy “tai tai” who has the money to splurge and indulge in the much needed relaxing massage.

– End of Day 2, Part 3 –

 

 

Amazing Thailand (Day 2, Part 2)

1300 hrs Transfer to Bangkok

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We have our lunch at this unique comic themed Bangkok restaurant, Lengzabb.

Not just another restaurant with fancy décor of Marvel Superheroes, Lengzabb also looms as a favourite lunch spot for many Thai young generation.

Address: Muang Samut Songgram, Samut Songkhram, Thailand

Phone: +66 85 514 2978

Website: https://www.facebook.com/lengzabb/

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One of the ‘MUST-TRY’ dishes is this spicy pork bone clear soup, locally known as Leng sab. The Leng Sab dish is served with hot steamed rice, the pork meat is soft, tender and tasty.

I have the tom yum soup with rice vermicelli for myself and the chicken satay is for sharing. The taste of the Thai chicken satay cannot measure up to our satay in Singapore.

1500 hrs Visit Dinosaur Planet

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The Dinosaur Planet is an entertainment centre in the heart of Bangkok, bringing visitors back in time to the ancient world of dinosaurs, where they’re come back to live.

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Anyone wanna hop in my truck and go for an adventure?

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Visitors can interact with the various types of dinosaurs and it can be a little intimidating because the dinosaur will suddenly charge towards you unknowingly.

The attractions are family-friendly and children can enjoy exciting presentation techniques, memorable activities and world-class performances at Dinosaur Planet.

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Bitten by a hungry Tyrannousaurus Rex

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All of us then check-in to Grande Centre Point Terminal 21, a good 4/5 hotel located at the heart Sukhumyit, with direct access to the transportation BTS and MRT. The hotel is modern in style with rooms that are clean and spacious. Whenever I check into such a grand and luxury hotel, I will feel lazy and I do not want to go out anymore.

Address: 2 Sukhumvit Soi 19 (Wattana), Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

Phone: +66 2 681 9000

Website: http://www.grandecentrepointterminal21.com

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The view overlooking the central business district of Bangkok is amazing and perfect.

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Just me.. cutting a lonely figure, taking time to admire the mesmerizing view of the city’s skyline.

 

 – End of Day 2, Part 2 –