Tangkuban Parahu is one of the most famous volcanoes in Java. It is a dormant volcano 25 KM north of Bandung city. In administrative term, it is located in two regencies: West Bandung Regency and Subang Regency. Here I provide a useful information if you want to get there:
The craters on the volcano are best viewed on hot season or before 2PM on wet season (December - February). Sometimes the craters are hidden below the fog/smoke on rain season. If you find the crater is hidden below the smoke, you can wait for a while until the crater is visible again.
It takes about one upto one & a half hours from Bandung city in normal condition and longer in bad traffic condition, such as on the weekend. If you come to Bandung on weekend, you need to go to the volcano early morning to avoid bad traffic.
Visiting volcano on hot season is better than on rain season (December - February).
There are many peddlers selling crafts and souvenirs on there. Few of them will approach you as soon as you get out of your car. If you do not want to buy any craft from them, just say "no thanks". If you ask a question about the product, usually they will follow you wherever you go until you buy his product. It is a little annoying thing for most tourists.
There are three main craters (kawah): kawah Ratu (Queen crater), Upas crater (located next to the Queen), & Domas crater (located further down than the Queen). The biggest crater is the Queen crater. It is around 500 M deep from the edge of the crater's mounth. If you come by car, you do not need to take a walk into the Queen because we can park the car just on the edge of this crater.
If you want to get closer to a crater, directly boil an egg there, and soak your feed with sulfuric mud; the Domas crater is the answer. You can reach the Domas from the Queen or from Domas car parking lot. To go there, you have to pay an additional ticket and a local guide (it is required as a rule of the mountain administrator). Totally it cost about IDR 250,000 for an hour.
⦁ If you want to visit Fatahillah Museum and other museums around the Old Town of Batavia , come except Monday because on Monday the museum is closed.
⦁ Do not forget to bring your travel accessories such as a camera to capture your place or moment . Even a hat, umbrella or sunglasses to anticipate the scorching hot weather or rain.
1. Prepare yourself & your equipment. Bring what you need, but leave the others in your home or hotel. Some foods, drinks, camera, & mobile phone are typically what you need to bring. If you are going to swim at the water-park, don't forget to take your swimsuit. If you have a child, don't forget his/her milk, bottle, and change of clothes. Make sure you do not miss anything you need before you go.
2. If you want to avoid traffic jams and save time as well as your money, visit Taman Safari on weekdays or non- holidays .
3. On the way before you reach Taman Safari’s main gate, you will see some people selling carrots. If you want to feed the animals in the zoo, then you need to buy some carrots. The price is cheap enough. With only Rp. 10,000, you can get a few bunches of carrots.
4. After buying a ticket, you also get a schedule of special events, map, & other valuable information and do not throw away the ticket because it will be used for the control of passengers and vehicles on the way home .
5. Be careful & follow the rule. In some area, especially in the beast animals areas, we are prohibited to open the car’s window. They can hurt you accidentally if you open the window.
6. Accompany your children wisely. In the amusement park, they can play a lot of games and may forget you, so make sure they play the games safely & you do not lose them.
7. If you have a KITAS card (Kartu Izin Tinggal Terbatas/tetap; it is a semi-permanent stay card for students, workers, business people, etc. in Indonesia), bring it & show it to the gate staff, so you will get a domestic price. Domestic price is much more cheaper than foreign price.
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