Puncak (West Java-Indonesia)

West Java Travel Blog

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The River at Hotel Lembah Safari, Cisarua-Puncak, West Java-Indonesia.
A visit to West Java is an opportunity to discover a spectacular range of landscapes, so deciding how you will travel around West Java can be as important as choosing where you want to go.


Indonesia is served by direct air flights from North America, Europe, Australia and many Asian countries. The national carrier (Garuda Indonesian Airways) has the most connections, but nowadays many other international airlines fly into Indonesia. Jakarta and Denpasar (Bali) are the main gateways for long-houl flights. Smaller airports like Padang, Manado and Kupang receive shorter international flights from neighbouring countries.


The rainy season is not a reason not to visit Puncak as it rarely pours for days on end and in fact it is very unusual that it rains all day.
Some of the bungalows at Hotel Lembah Safari, Cisarua-Puncak, West Java-Indonesia.
It ends to rain in the afternoon almost at fixed hours so visitors can easily plan an exciting schedule no matters what the weather.

There are two seasons on West Java’s tropical climate: hot and wet & hot and dry. The rainy season extends from October to April, and the dry season runs the rest of the year.


Bahasa is the common and everyday language of West Java beside Sundanese. In the major cities and in hotels, English is widely understood. A few Indonesian words are highly appreciated, but not really necessary. In the outer regions, English is not spoken widely.
On West Java and in the main destinations many West Javanese also speak Arabian, Mandarin and Japanese. Assistance in other languages is not abundant but can still be found.
The Field at Hotel Lembah Safari, Cisarua-Puncak, West Java-Indonesia.


Major world currencies in the form or cash or travelers cheques can be easily converted into Indonesian Rupiah (Rp) at banks, authorized money changer (don’t forget your passport!) or the post office. Official daily rates are posted in newspapers and at banks and money changers. Paper currency is available in denominations of 1.000, 5.000, 10.000, 20.000, 50.000 and 100.000. While coins come in units of 100, 200, 500 and 1.000. It is advisable to carry at least Rp. 10.000 in small denominations as taxi drivers and street vendors often don’t leave change.

Western currencies and traveler’s cheques are easily changed at banks and money changers. Credit cards are widely accepted. In urban areas and certainly on West Java there are now plenty of ATMs. However it is advisable to conduct day-to-day transactions in the local currency (the Indonesian Rupiah (Rp)). Take note though, due to the volatility of the rupiah, most mid-range hotels, all top-end hotels and restaurants, some tourist attractions, car rental agencies and tour companies list their prices in US dollars.

The postal service in West Java has a type of postal traveler’s cheque called Cek Pos. You can exchange your cash for these cheques at a main post office and use them throughout Indonesia as traveler’s cheques or cash them at any post office.
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