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In 2004, immigration figures showed just under 1,500 expatriates living in Bandung, mostly Koreans, British and Americans. The expat community lives throughout Bandung but 90% of them live in North Bandung where the air is fresher and the traffic more reasonnable. There is a teachers' community in Dago Atas, and expatriates with better incomes tend to live in Setra Sari, Setia Budhi, with a few in the Buat Batu and Kopo areas.
Links to community resources for expats living in Bandung:
Bandung Expat Directory and Guide to Bandung, published by the Friends of Bandung International School, is an absolute must-have resource for all expats moving to Bandung, published in January 2003.
Rotary Club of Bandung Kota Kembang - need contact information
Bharat Club - social club for Indians in Bandung for more information, please email the club
A few tips from local expat residensts:
Indonesia Airport Services can assist you and your friends, family and colleagues on their arrival at the airport in Bandung. We meet them off the airplane, can pre-purchase their VOA, and will then fast-track them through immigration to a chauffeured car or their hotel rep.
For shopping, Pasar Baru in Pasir Kaliki is recommended.There, you can bargain for clothes. Pasar Baru will be hectic after lunch time. Not only fabrics and clothing are avilalbe there, but also a food court, jewellry stores, and bag counters.Another shopping locale is Kings; it sells clothes, bags. For shopping malls, PVJ is nicer than Istana Plaza in Pasir Kaliki. PVJ is in Sukajadi, a little bit farther than Istana Plaza. There is a Carrefour, Gramedia bookstore, Sogo Department Store, Body Shop, Crocs Store, J.Co, Taiwanese Restaurant, Duta Suara Musik, Gelato, Auntie Anne's Pretzel, Lemonade Cafe at the back side, Blizt Theatre, and Papaya Mart (sells many imported product from Japan, Korea, European and American).
The Peak Resort Dining
Discover a unique dining experience with a cozy ambience at an elevation of 1200 meters near the summit of a steeply rising, symmetrical hill in Karyawangi Village, Ciwaruga. The Peak is a modern country-style resort dining establishment, offering discerning indoor and outdoor dining service with an incredible view of the Bandung valley. “The mood is precious”; it is so precious that we serve it even if you do not order it! Enriched by visionary architecture, integrated landscape, and cultural décor, the dining atmosphere offers an endless variety of unexpected delights. For a gathering with colleagues, family or friends our catering team is wholly committed to delight your palate with a gastronomic array in an international buffet spread or an irresistible five-course dinner with your choice of spirits and a good selection of wine and cigars.
The Luxton Hotel is
located within walking distance of the Bandung Indah Plaza, the Luxton has an Exquisite Lunchtime Buffet Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday from 1200 until 1500 (3 pm).
Drinking water and fruit juices are included, there’s traditional, western, and Pasta dishes and some mouth watering sweets. If you require Tea or Coffee this is extra.
The price USD 7.50 USD (equivalent) per person (7/2011).
On weekends there’s a late night supper for just over 3 dollars per person (equivalent)
The Luxton is a non-smoking hotel but there is a special room for those who enjoy the habit.
This is a video of the lunchtime buffet at the Luxton Bandung
The Bandung Hyatt -
The main dining room of the Bandung Hyatt serves up a western style buffet every Wednesday and Thursday evening starting from 6 pm. Drinking water is included and the staff speak English and are very courteous. Now here’s THE tip, if you live within Indonesia you can obtain a “Club at the Hyatt” card at the Bandung Hyatt PR office. Miss Tasha will help you here. The cost of the card is around 140 dollars per year. For this you will have amazing discounts as well as a free dinner, entrance to the Hyatt swimming pool, low room rates, and when dining at the Hyatt for two people the cost using the card is half price, for three people there is a reduction per person of 33 and 1/3 percent.
So you can pop into the Bandung Hyatt any time of day or night, order a meal A La Carte and for two people it is half price. There’s about a ten percent discount on the drinks.
The “Club at the Hyatt” card can be used in Hyatt Hotels in much of SE Asia including Australia. The Hyatt Bandung has a list of applicable Hotels and the discounts. Applies also to parts of the Grand Hyatt Jakarta.
The Bandung Hilton - As far as food is concerned the Bandung Hilton is the ultimate of hotel buffets perhaps in all of Indonesia! Each and every night from 6 pm there is a huge spread. Drinking water is included, but for other drinks there is a charge. There are different themes each week night - eat as much as you can and the charge per person is all of USD 17 (equivalent). The building itself is unique, a pleasure for the eyes! There’s an Italian styled restaurant at the Bandung Hilton which is A La Carte and reasonably priced.
If you’d like to stay at one of the aforementioned hotels, the prices are usually less than 100 dollar per night for 2 persons with breakfast included.
One more very nice Hotel Eatery that should not be overlooked, if you’d like a beautiful tropical jungle setting and sometimes live music, try the Padma Bandung. Great food and friendly English speaking staff and the décor is unique.
And now for something completely different - Sapulidi Resort and Dining (pictured at right). Sapulidi is just a little way out of town. Using Jalan Setiabudi in the direction of Lembang, turn left at the Ledeng Bus Station. About 3- 4 kms along this road there is a turn right to Sapulidi. Plenty of photo ops here as the eating area is vast and contains traditional “Sundanese style” huts. Little lakes with wooden boats and fish. You can even eat on board a raft. My suggestion is to try the hot ginger and palm sugar drink “Bandrek” - .a most refreshing “cure-all” brew. If you’re not sure of what to order, the English-speaking manager will surely assist and guide you. Prices are reasonable. There’s a souvenir shop with low priced gifts and postcards, and as Sapulidi is a resort, you canalso stay there for a night or more.
Bandung Mall Eateries - For good coffee you can try Excelso which is at the Bandung Istana Plaza and the Bandung Super Mall. Excelso has light meals too. And for tasty and fast Chinese style dishes there’s The Rice Bowl which is at the Bandung Istana Plaza, the Bandung Super Mall and the Bandung Indah Plaza. The Bandung Paris Van Java Mall requires a lot of footwork. It is vast, and there are some nice eateries there. If you’re a Netherlander, try the H E M A restaurant - lots of Belanda/Dutch memories and an enjoyable little spot of Europe in the tropics with low prices!
Traditional Sundanese restaurants can be found around Kings, Kota Kembang and in Pasar Baru.
Thanks to Stephan J Fleay, .retired correspondent CBS / BBC, for sharing this info of his favorite Bandung restaurants!
City public transportation is easy to get around with.The Angkot public transport costs around Rp 1.500 or Rp 2.000 per ride (5/2008) If you prefer to travel by taxi, just use Blue Bird by phone (022-756.1234). It will come to your place 5 minutes before your time, but expect delays during rush hour.
Honorary Consulate of Austria
Honorary Consualte of France in Bandung
The French Consulate has a small cafe, a library with books, CDs and DVDs and courses to learn French.
Honorary Consulate of the Republic Hungary
Netherlands Consulate in Bandung, Indonesia
Great article on travel to Bandung - At the Crater's Edge
Other interesting sites on Bandung
If you live in Bandung and would like to assist us to provide more information to newcomers to Bandung ... please contact us.
Our thanks to Stephen Fleay, Nissi Roring, and other great community members for sharing the information above!
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