Bandung Indonesia is located just 165 kilometres from the capital of Jakarta. In reality, Bandung could be on the other side of the country due to the differences in the two cities. One is wrapped in the sea and the other in steep mountain terrain.

On your Bandung trip, you will see a growing metropolis approaching 3 million people and they all seem to drive cars all at the same time! You will find plenty of things to do in Bandung.

What we did find out on our Bandung trip is it’s known for 2 things more than anything else. Number 1 is its climate, sitting nearly 1000 meters above sea level the Bandung weather is much cooler than Jakarta they say (to be honest I did not notice the difference much when we visited both cities) Number 2 is its traffic.

The traffic in Bandung is seriously congested, the worst I have seen anywhere on this planet, so far. You could just stand on the edge of the road stunned at the sheer number of cars and scooters before you. It is one thing that will stun you on your visit to Bandung.

Bandung trip attractions for families

We spent 5 days visiting Bandung on our way through Java. Here is what we found to be some of the best places to visit in Bandung and things to do with teenagers and tweens around the Bandung area. So if you are wondering about what to do in Bandung while you are on holiday there we have the answers here for you!

Bandung tour on bus

The Bandung tour on bus holds 30 people for the Bandung city tour. The Bandung Tour on bus is like a small San Francisco trolly cart mixed with a London bus and it is a heap of fun.

Open sides and wooden seats greet you as you hop on at Dewi Sartika Park in the middle of Bandung city. The bus rattles its way through the traffic-clogged streets of Bandung but it has to be one of the best ways to tour the Bandung attractions.

Bandung Bus tour

If you are lucky enough the guide on board with speak Indonesian and English and they will explain to highlights and history of Bandung as you cruise around. Many of the best Bandung attractions are pointed out to you so you are able to return to them during your holiday in Bandung.

The journey through the city streets will take around 30-45 minutes and cost us 10,000IDR for a family of 4 and we think it is the best way to get all of your Bandung sightseeing done in style!

Where: City Hall Park at the end of Braga Street.

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Bandung Geoligical Museum

A visit to the Bandung Geological Museum is a must and for us was one of the best things to do in Bandung. As you walk into this amazing Bandung attraction, you are greeted by a giant 4 meters high Mammoth skeleton. This giant fossil dominates the entry hall and has the information about it on plaques on the side.

Around 70% completed with 30% missing some parts have been moulded to make this giant mammoth complete. The museum has a large collection of rocks and minerals found in Indonesia, the world and outer space.

Learning on a Bandung Trip

The Geological Museum houses 13 different meteorite fragments that have been collected from Java. The star of the show is a section of an 11.5kg meteorite that fell in Java. You will learn about the minerals found in Indonesia with examples of crystals, coal, iron ore and more.

The collection of fossils is amazing with more skeletons and a special exhibition that changes over time. No Bandung trip with teens is completed without a visit to the Geologic Museum. It was a fantastic day for us and if you are visiting Bandung with homeschooled kids this is the best place in Bandung for a learning experience. This was our top Bandung attraction

Jl. Diponegoro No.57, Cihaur Geulis, Cibeunying Kaler, Kota Bandung, Jawa Barat 40122, Indonesia

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Places to visit in Bandung

Trans Studio Bandung

Trans Studio would have to be on the Bandung itinerary on many teens during a trip to Bandung. Trans Studios Bandung is one of the worlds largest indoor theme parks. The theme park is divided into 3 different worlds: Studio Central, Lost City and Magic Corner.

Studio Central is designed to make you feel like you are in Hollywood with your favourite stars walking around. The lost city is all about adventure while Magic Corner will amaze and dazzle you.

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This amazing Bandung attraction is spread over 2 floors and has 20 different fantastic rides for you to experience. We think the would be a really fun attraction in Bandung for the whole family.

Where: Trans Studio Mall
Jl. Gatot Subroto No.289, Cibangkong, Batununggal, Kota Bandung, Jawa Barat 40273, Indonesia

Bandung is a popular choice for a weekend getaway for residents of Jakarta. They come seeking the cooler climate of the highlands area. Speaking to people in Jakarta they often say Bandung is the best city in Indonesia to visit.

The Maribaya Lodge

Fun at Maribaya Lodge

Located in the hills above Bandung just near the town of Lembang is the Maribaya Lodge. I am not really sure how to describe this place except to say it is an Instagrammers delight! It is fake…yes that’s the word but still one of the most interesting places to go in Bandung. It is certainly one of the most popular places to visit in Bandung. The concept of visiting the Maribaya Lodge is to get some great pictures doing fantastic activities that you are not really doing!

For instance, you get in a hot air balloon, the balloon lifts you 5 feet off the ground with a forest in the background making it look like you are up in the air. This also happens with hang gliders, swings, photo platforms and bike riding on a wire. It’s a good bit of fun that the kids will definitely enjoy.

On a sour note just across the road from the Maribaya Lodge is the Fairy Garden attraction which we visited as well. They will push you to buy a combined ticket for both attractions when you are buying tickets at Maribaya Lodge. They keep a lot of animals on display there and have horse rides. We found their horses had no food or water in the stalls on a day well above 30 degrees. Our oldest daughter Willow went and bought bottles of water and tried to give the horses water. It left us all slightly disappointed with our day out after that experience.

Tangkuban Perahu

Tangkuban Perahu Volcano crater is located about an hour and 15 minutes from downtown Bandung. You can drive all the way to the edge of the crater and is a great day trip from Bandung. Like all attractions in Indonesia, you will find food and drink stalls and souvenir shops selling everything known to man up there.

Volcano's and carousels

Don’t worry though, there is no hiking up hills or through forests to reach the crater. You just park your car, look over the fenced off area and there it is! A simple but quite thrilling Bandung attraction. The Volcano erupted in 1826, 1829, 1842, 1846, 1896, 1910, 1926, 1929, 1952, 1957, 1961, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1983, 2013 and 2015.

There sometimes can be a quite strong smell of sulphuric acid from the crater. Some people wear face masks like the types people wear in hospitals to help reduce the smell.

Western attractions in Bandung: If your kids are still looking for things to do in Bandung you will find shopping malls, cinemas and 10 bowling around the Bandung city centre. Most movies are in Indonesian but you will find the latest Hollywood blockbusters in Bandung showing.

CGV Cinemas – Istana BEC, Jl. Purnawarman No.7-11, Babakan Ciamis, Sumur Bandung, Kota Bandung, Jawa Barat 40117, Indonesia

Empire XXI – Jl. Merdeka No.56, Citarum, Bandung Wetan, Kota Bandung, Jawa Barat 40115, Indonesia

Bandung Indah Plaza – 3 story shopping mall featuring a mix of Western and Asian stores. You will find the mall at JL. MERDEKA NO.56 BANDUNG

Spincity Bowling Alley –  The Breeze, BSD Lot 60-61, Tangerang 15345, Indonesia

Siliwangi bowling centre – l. Aceh No.66, Merdeka, Sumur Bandung, Bandung City

Trans Mall Shopping Centre – Modern shopping mall with over 200 retailers & 100 dining options, home to the above mentioned indoor theme park and movie theatre. You will find the mall at
Jl. Gatot Subroto No.289, Cibangkong, Batununggal, Kota Bandung

How to get around Bandung: Just catch a Grab (Asian Uber). Download the app and order a car. It’s dirt cheap and will get you from point to point in Bandung. Just allow plenty of time with the traffic conditions.

kids fun on a Bandung trip
Where to stay in Bandung?

If you are looking for a hotel in Bandung we recommend staying at the amazing Holiday Inn Pasteur during your holiday in Bandung. The facilities are first class including 2 swimming pools, restaurant and cafe, atm, convenience store and car, driver service available. For more information. prices and booking click >>HERE<<

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How to get to Bandung

Train – Bandung is located on the main train line that traverses Java. You can easily visit Bandung from Jakarta, Yogyakarta and Surabaya.

Car – Bandung is located just 168 kilometers from Jakarta by car

Air – Bandung Husein Sastranegara International Airport is located just out of the Bandung city centre. If you are staying in the Pasteur region like we recommended you will see planes landing and taking off all day long from the Bandung Airport.

We hope this article gives you some great idea’s for Bandung kids activities. The city is big and congested but there are still some fun places to visit in Bandung Indonesia. Hope you have a great Bandung holiday.

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