Started with a good early breakfast at hotel, limited food but good enough to fill your morning appetite.
With Amaya, who really amused us
Our driver Bayu reached by 7:30. We made our own itinerary and asked our driver to just drive us there. Our short itinerary included Tangkuban Perahu (a stratovolcano to the north of the city), PTPN Tea plantation, Curug Cimahi, lunch at Kampung Daun and shopping. we kept limited places to visit as traffic in bandung is pretty bad.
We started our journey at 8 am. First stop was the volcano, good to go there early as later the mist will cover the mountains and we may not get good clicks. And it was not crowded early morning!
Market shops on the side of the Kawah ratu, not all shops were open early.
Kawah Ratu or the queen’s crater is the biggest among many. It is active puffing up smoke and filling the air with a strong sulphur smell. Bring a mask with you incase if you cannot stand the smell.
A Selfie shot 😉
That is volcano ash and Sulphur stones collected by the villagers for sale
Bakit wood which is a unique tree bark found only in Bandung.
I did my first horse riding.. that was 100k IDR (10SGD) for a 15 min ride.
Yes I didn’t give Ajay a chance, took all the pics of mine with the horse!
A pine tree on the way
Our driver Bayu showing us how resin is extracted from Pine trees. This resin is widely used in turpentine.
This is coffee plant that is grown between the pine trees
Me under a cinnamon tree on the way to tree factory
The tea factory where 90% of the tea is exported and labelled outside as “Lipton”
Drying of tea leaves
Processing dried tea leaves to powder
1Kg cost 3 cents(USD). That one sack is 54KG. Now you do the math!
Tasted just like Lipton tea
vast areas of tea plantation owned by the government.
Us in the midst of tea plantation
On the way we stopped at a local fruit shop and picked some avacados for 10k (1SGD). They are hugeee!!
Juicy Grapefruits1 SGD for 1
Curug Cimahi or Rainbow Waterfall
We went down 600 steps to the foot of the waterfall and climbing up took us 30 mins
He and his family were there all the way you should be careful of your belongings
After climbing up and down 600 steps we were really exhausted and that called us for a heavy lunch so we decided to stop at Kampung Daun.
Kampung Daun is a traditional Indonesian restaurant located beside a mountain. The ambience here is unique and the food is yummy.
We had this place for ourselves for our lunch
He with our driver Bayu
Ci Hideung is a flower village. All the villagers live by selling flowering plants and trees.
On the way back we stopped at a Kartikasari, a famous bakery to pick some local tid bits, not cheap though.
As I said it was my birthday trip. Ajay had been planning way before about this and surprised me on the night. One of my most memorable birthdays ever!