Puncak Pass to Bandung
Bandung Travel Blog› entry 34 of 59 › view all entries
March 26th, 2010 – by: herman_munster
Reaching Bandung Leuwi Panjang bus terminal, my first impression is it’s not an appealing city. The public transport, the chaotic busy road doesn’t seem made any sense for outsiders. It’s incredibly frustrating just to get to Bandung Train Station only 5 km north, it took nearly 2 hours. The local Angkot have no other aim than getting money by filling it full before it departs. I said it clearly wanted to go to Bandung Train Station,Jalan Kebon Jati (where the accommodations were) , but it brought me to the other station before Bandung Train Station away in the suburb. To get going for a start, I was the 1st passenger had to wait 30 minutes till the minivan filled-up; it strolled up and down filling up passerby. Reaching the wrong station in this horrendous neighborhood, I felt I want to scream and punch him in the face! To go to intended place I have to take another 2 different Angkot.
And the hassle didn’t stop there as the Cihampelas Homestay I went, didn’t have any budget accommodation as stated in Lonely Planet. And it totally misleads guides. Lonely Planet you suck! In the end I checked-in into Patradissa Hostel at the dimly light road. For 120000 Rp, double room with tv, fan and ensuite toilet, I laid my head on the bed. From Jakarta to Bogor, none of the bed sheet looks clean and washed and it shows here too, traces of previous guest. For the same amount of money I could get way better dormroom in Malaysia and a decent dorm in Singapore.
The main train station is just opposite of the homestay. I’m feeling the city is lack of character, an endless sprawl of dwellers with interconnected busy roads that took me 15 minutes just to cross it. Though it’s mimicked to be ‘ Paris of the East’ I failed to see any resemblance.
In the morning the next day I strolled down the main street and there was Governor’s residence, white palace with lavish garden in-front of it. Further to the north was ‘Jeans Street’, one of the main student areas of the city lined with cafe’s, boutiques and clothes stores.
I’m just storing my pictures and updating my blog while waiting for business class train to Yogyakarta at 5pm. It’s likely I’m going to overnight at the train station before morning as I’ve called the hostels in Yogyakarta, all were fully book tonight.
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