Tangkuban Perahu is Bandungs local volcano, and it’s definitely worth visiting whilst you’re in or around Bandung. The sulphur pools surrounding the volcano, the views from the top and the breath of fresh air (minus the sulphuric gasses) you get from escaping the city make it worthy of a visit!
Despite the fact the volcano is located so close to the major city of Bandung, getting to the entrance of the volcano can be quite tricky. If you’re going from the centre of Bandung your best bet is to wave down an Angkot and ask if it’s heading towards terminal Ledeng. If you’re unsure whether any Angkots close to your accommodation are heading in that direction, then you can be certain to find one outside the Hilton hotel. This journey should cost only 5,000RP but you then need to catch another bus to the enterance of Tangkuban Perahu park. If you ask around at the station they should point you towards the correct bus and this should cost around 20,000RP.
The bus journey from Ledeng terminal to the entrance of the volcano was hilarious. The driver managed to fit 24 passengers onto a 16 passenger bus, it’s needless to say that the journey was uncomfortable!
Once you’re at the park, you’ll have to pay 200,000RP entrance fee, and then it’s completely up to you if you decide to walk around to the attractions or hire a car/motorbike driver, for a fee of course.
Once you’re in the park there are three craters you can visit, Kawah Ratu, Kawah Domas and Kawah Upas. I would recommend visiting Kawah Domas first, as it is the first crater you’ll come across if you’re walking up. You’ll arrive at the entrance to the first crater and if you want to visit it then you’ll have to hire a guide for 150,000RP. The guide will take you to the sulphur pools and hot geysers where you can purchase an egg and boil it, pretty cool right? I’d highly reccomend hiring the guide and doing this, it’s nice to relax with your feet in the hot pools.
The second crater, and the main crater is Kawah Ratu. You can easily get access to the viewpoints above this crater from walking up a path from Kawah Domas, although it’s fairly challenging, but well worth it!
Despite the typical ‘tourist sellers’ selling items that have absolutely no relevance to the attraction, such as husky hats, this view and area is stunning. Unfortunately for me, the other crater was not accessible as we was advised by the park rangers that poisonous gasses were released in the crater.
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