26 – 28 February 2013
Bandung is situated in the highlands of West Java, and it was a welcome change from the craziness of Jakarta. We explored the city a little but most of the beauty of the area was in the landscape surrounding the city. It was volcanic and mountainous, with agriculture and small villages scattered through the countryside. A couple of new friends from our hostel and I hired a driver for the day to take us around a few areas we’d heard were worth visiting. So away we went, driving past rice fields, through strawberry and tea plantations, to Kawah Putih (vocalic crater lake), and ended up by visiting a small village surrounded by lush mountains and natural hot springs. The highlight… well, I can’t decide.