Bandung was a little town and used to be called â€śthe Paris of Javaâ€ť, with its cool climate, parks and lanes. Now it has grown into a big city with 2.5 million inhabitants.
We searched for a hotel on Lonely Planet and found this one: Wisma Asri: â€śMid-Range, it has comfortable standards and huge deluxes.â€ť So we booked this hotel ahead from Jakarta for 2 days. When we arrived, it was some kind of a hostel, 2 or 3 floors with a dining/television area in the middle surrounded by rooms. The rooms were old, the toilet and bath are broken, there were holes where mosquitoes could fly in and the sheets seemed dirty. Bad, but because it wasn't expensive and we booked ahead, we thought, donâ€™t whine, we can handle this. Good night!
At in the morning there were noise, people were laughing in the hall and the television was loudly on.
Soldiers on the streets for Hari ABRI (National day of the Army)
It was Ramadan, the fasting-month, the Muslims were having breakfast. We couldnâ€™t sleep. At it was quiet again cause the sun has come up. In the morning we sat quiet around the table to have breakfast: cold oily fried rice with cold oily fried egg. We paid and left immediately... (and the Lonely Planet, we'd figure out later what we did with it...)
Tangkuban Parahu means â€śupturned boatâ€ť the name originates from a local legend, but if you see this mountain, it has the shape of an upturned boat. Not many craters of a volcanic mountain can be reached by car, but here you can. Thereâ€™s also a path through the forest to another side downhill where you can see newly erupted area.
After Tangkuban Parahu, we visited the hot springs in Ciater. The water is more than 40Â°C with a pH of 2.5. Many locals come here to treat their skins. Itâ€™s really nice, especially cause the area is cool. You can also get massages here. Go in the water slowly, cause itâ€™s really hot. You can really feel the water bite cause of itâ€™s acidity. When we finished, my girlfriend wanted to pull out her bikini, but it came out in parts, so she threw it away.
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