If we are talking about tourism around West Java, Indonesia, it could be an endless discussion. Though it is not as famous as Bali, Lombok or even the neighbouring provinces of Central and East of Java, West Java is also special.

Previously I have written some posts about places or things to do in West Java, like enjoying the beauty of rural Java in Sawarna, going paragliding in Puncak and exploring Bogor, which is only 45 km away from Jakarta. Guess what? West Java is a lot more than that!

Bandung, which is the capital of West Java province, is a haven of development for creatives industries. If you take a look closer, there are plenty of creative industries that touch every aspects of life in Bandung. Local designers create a lot of interesting and great clothing. To prove that, if you have the chance to visit Bandung, you will find plenty of awesome local brands. Starting from t-shirts until boutique attire, there is a whole rang on offer. The creativity in Bandung is also exhibited in the culinary. You will easily find unique restaurants or cafes mushrooming around the city. Besides culinary and fashion, the uniqueness and coziness of accommodation in Bandung is also great to experience. Two of my favourite places are Cottonwood Bed & Breakfast House and Padma Hotel Bandung.

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There are several mountains around West Java that are also worth a visit. Mount Papandayan is one of the most famous one among local hikers. Two beautiful spots in Papandayan mountain are the death forest and Tegal Alun, where you can see a lot of Edelweiss. Besides Mount Papandayan, there is also Mount Galunggung, which is located near Tasikmalaya. Mount Tangkuban Perahu is also a great places to explore, located not so far away from Bandung. A visit to Tangkuban Perahu is a combination of sightseeing and learning about the legend of Sangkuriang. A legend that is very well-known among the Sundanese people.

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Pangandaran is the other area in West Java that you shouldn’t miss. Try the body rafting in Green Canyon if you are a bit of an adrenaline junkie. Just make sure to visit it during the dry season, then you’ll see the beautiful greeny turquoise water color. Besides wandering around and do the body rafting in Green Canyon, you can also explore the Batu Hiu (Shark Stone) beach, which is located around 14 km from Pangandaran. Talking about beaches, some beaches in Pangandaran are famous surfing spots. Make sure to rent a surf board (or probably bring your own) and surf at Batu Karas beach.

So, have you ever been explore around West Java? What is the most interesting thing about West Java that you have found?

Published by Nico

Originally from England, I'm slowly traveling the world on a whim. I love traveling, have an avid fear of heights and can normally be found googling location of the best coffee shop wherever I happen to be.

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  2. Hello James.
    First, Thank you for this beautiful post and your experience you shared with us thru this blog.

    This is something really very interesting to visit West Java and discover this wonderful nature 🙂

  3. Incredible pictures, it is really travel blog provide to all times the most fabulous destinations and different travel experience stories. I am always visit it. You know i love travelling and i love it.

  4. well once om admin , Indonesia indeed save a lot of beauty , especially West Java , especially as we know various tourist destinations in the city of Bogor is fabulous if we are grateful .. I am proud of this Indonesia , our lives as citizens keep well

  5. This is a great collection of tips and tricks for anyone planning a trip to West Java. I don’t have plans in the near future as I;m planning to go West in 2020 but I guess I will revisit this when needed. Thanks for your effort.

  6. A great and comprehensive guide to West Java. I just came back from Lombok and I am researching more places to explore in Indonesia. Pangandaran sounds like a great place to visit and I want to look more into climbing some of the mountains you mentioned. Thanks for the ideas!

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