Puncak Pass to Bandung

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Puncak Pass - Bogor to Bandung via scenic paddy field
The Bogor to Bandung via Puncak Pass left at 9am. There were 2 options ,the one passing through scenic Puncak Pass and not. Cipanas, the nearest town of Puncak Pass before Cianjur where the bus drove on a narrow winding hilly road on a beautiful setting of green paddy fields and tea plantations. Street vendors were boarding the bus at any given opportunity when the bus picking up passengers, with their junk food,everyday item. Some of them were busking inside the bus too, I got annoyed at some point when a guy with his guitar singing nonstop next to me for 20 minutes. I didn’t ask you to sing nor I couldn’t stop you from singing, at the end we were expected to give some money? Or maybe other passenger were easily entertained, some rupiah went into to their pocket.
Paddy field
Tough life.

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.
Street of Bandung
Incredibly aggravating!

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.
Governor's Residence
So I went to the station and bought a ticket to Yogyakarta for the next day by Mutiara Selatan Line at 5pm. It will give me a day to wander around town before outbound journey. The Tangkuban Prahu , volcanoe crater 30 km north of Bandung allegedly is just a tourist trap. Lonely Planet, I hope this is true because decidedly I’m giving it a miss. Don’t want to pay overpriced trip, I’m saving it for the next exciting crater in Ijen and Bromo.

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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Puncak Pass - Bogor to Bandung via…
Puncak Pass - Bogor to Bandung vi…
Paddy field
Paddy field
Street of Bandung
Street of Bandung
Governors Residence
Governor's Residence
Puncak Pass - Bogor to Bandung
Puncak Pass - Bogor to Bandung
Waiting
Waiting
Puncak Pass - Bogor to Bandung
Puncak Pass - Bogor to Bandung
Puncak Pass - Bogor to Bandung
Puncak Pass - Bogor to Bandung
Mosque in the Puncak
Mosque in the Puncak
Puncak Pass - Bogor to Bandung
Puncak Pass - Bogor to Bandung
Tea plantation
Tea plantation
Puncak Pass - Bogor to Bandung
Puncak Pass - Bogor to Bandung
Puncak Pass - Bogor to Bandung
Puncak Pass - Bogor to Bandung
Dwelling in a valley
Dwelling in a valley
East Jawa- Cianjur
East Jawa- Cianjur
Puncak Pass - Bogor to Bandung
Puncak Pass - Bogor to Bandung
Waiting
Waiting
Puncak Pass
Puncak Pass
Waiting
Waiting
Masjid Besar Cianjur
Masjid Besar Cianjur
Street of Bandung
Street of Bandung
Street of Bandung
Street of Bandung
Governors residence
Governor's residence
Street of Bandung
Street of Bandung
back from school
back from school
rock climbing center at Cihampelas…
rock climbing center at Cihampela…
rock climbing
rock climbing
Rock climbing centre
Rock climbing centre
Jeans street
Jeans street
holland bakery
holland bakery
Street of Bandung
Street of Bandung
Street of Bandung
Street of Bandung
Street of Bandung
Street of Bandung
Bandung
Bandung
Street of Bandung
Street of Bandung
Warung booth
Warung booth
Hotel Patradisso
Hotel Patradisso
Bandung
photo by: yuness