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Bandung is the capital
of West Java province in Indonesia, and the country's fourth largest
Located 768 m (2,520 ft)
above sea level, Bandung has relatively year-around cooler temperature
than most other Indonesian cities. The city lies on a river basin and surrounded
by volcanic mountains. This topology provides the city with a good natural
defense system, which was the primary reason of Dutch East Indies government's
plan to move the colony capital from Batavia to Bandung.
Dutch colonials first opened tea plantations around the mountains in the
eighteenth century, followed by a road construction connecting the plantation
area to the capital (180 km or 112 miles to the northwest). The city was
founded in 1906 and gradually developed itself into a resort city for the
plantation owners. Luxurious hotels, restaurants, cafes and European boutiques
were opened of which the city was dubbed as Parijs van Java.
After Indonesian independence,
the city experienced a rapid development and urbanization that has transformed
Bandung from idyllic town into a densed 15,000 people/km² metropolitan
area, a living space for over 2 million people. Natural resources have
been exploited excessively, particularly in the conversions of protected
upland area into highland villa and real estates. Although the city has
encountered many problems, ranging from waste disposal, floods to chaotic
traffic system, Bandung however still has its charm to attract people flocking
into the city, either as weekend travellers or living in..
by Josiah William
Indonesia is derived from "indos
nesos", meaning islands near India. It is the world's largest archipelago
with exactly 17, islands spread between the Asian continent and Australia,
and between the Pacific and the Indian oceans.
Air transport is the easiest
and most comfortable means of travel in Indonesia. Domestic air service,
including the remote areas are provided by Garuda Indonesia, Merpati Nusantara,
Sempati Air, Bouraq and Mandala Airlines.
|Garuda Indonesia, operates
both international and domestic routes and the only airline with an all-jet
fleet for domestic Indonesia operations. Garuda serves Honolulu, Los Angeles,
London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, Paris, Zurich, Rome, Vienna, Cairo,
Abu Dhabi, Jeddah, Riyadh, Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Taipei,
Manila, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Nagoya, Seoul, Singapore, Brunei, New Zealand,
Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Darwin, Port Hedland and Auckland. The country's
second national carrier, Merpati Nusantara Airlines, flies to 110 local
destinations and to Australia (Darwin), Brunei Darussalam and East Malaysia
The country's three main
gateways are Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Polonia Airport and
Ngurah Rai Airport.
International airlines that
serve Indonesia are Singapore Airlines, Malaysian Airlines System (MAS),
Qantas, Cathay Pacific, and JAL.
Citizens of most countries can stay 60 days without a visa.
climate is tropical, hot, and humid but moderate in highlands.
LANGUAGE The national
language is Bahasa Indonesia (a modified form of Malay), English, English,
Dutch, almost 600 local dialects, the most widely spoken of which is Javanese.
The official currency, Indonesian
Rupiah (IDR) is valued at IDR 9,704.7 per US Dollar.
|DOMESTIC TRANSPORT Domestic
rail service is available throughout Java, parts of Sumatra, Jakarta, Bandung
and Surabaya. There are comfortable sleeper trains that serve Yogyakarta,
Solo, and Semarang.
Bus services are also available
and ply the Bali - Banda Aceh route; many are air-conditioned with reclining
seats as well as TV with video programs. Cars can also be hired, for longer
out of town trips, from taxi or car rental companies.
Inter-island ships are comfortable
and offer an alternative to flying. There are regular sailing schedules
and routes at the main port of Jakarta.
International Direct Dial Country Code = 62 Fixed Lines = 10,000,000 Mobile
Cellular = 30,000,000
service is generally good, provided by an inter-island microwave system,
HF radio police net, a domestic satellite communications system and satellite
Indonesia's GSM cellular
service providers are Telkomsel, PTT Saleti Palapa, Excelcom and PT Indosat.
Several prepaid calling card
and phone card companies are available to call both to and from Indonesia.
About the Author: Josiah
William works in marketing for Cheap
Phone Cards, Deal King, Snap Mobile and eCellular
for Bandung Hotels
IN BANDUNG, INDONESIA
browsing Bandung Hotels
Boutique Hotel Bandung
Hotel Bandung is located in Bandung, close to Villa Isola, Bandung Zoo,
and Paris Van Java Mall. Nearby points of interest also include Bandung
Institute of Technology and Cipaganti Mosque. Dining options at Ardjuna
Boutique Hotel Bandung include a restaurant. Room service is available.
A complimentary breakfast is served daily. Recreational amenities include
an outdoor pool. This 4.0-star property has a business center. Wireless
Internet access is available in public areas. The property offers an area
shuttle (surcharge). Televisions are available in guestrooms. Air-conditioned
rooms also include coffee/tea makers.
The finest boutique
hotel in Bandung, a four-star outfit that blends the warmth of home with
the Swiss-Belhotel brand of service. Ideally located in the heart of Bandung,
we are 15 minutes from the city's airport, within walking distance from
the railway station and only 2 hours from Jakarta. Choose from over
100 guestrooms in six different types: deluxe, business, Family Suite,
Business Suite, Junior Suite, and Presidential Suite. Entertainment and
food choices abound, as a large variety of shopping and dining facilities
are either within walking distance or just a few minutes away by car.
Braga Hotel & Residence Bandung
A four star
deluxe property offering both short and long stay accommodation in an all-suite
hotel. Tastefully furnished with Art Deco interior, the Aston Bandung offers
the best of a modern city hotel and apartment with all of the luxuries
that matter. Aston Bandung offering 161 luxuriously appointed all-suite
guest rooms which is furnished with bedroom, living room, kitchen and dining
area, bathroom, utility area and private balcony. 161 luxuriously
guest rooms with individually controlled air conditioning, IDD telephone,
mini bar and voice mail. Condotel accommodation units are furnished
with bedroom, living room, kitchen and dining area, stove, washing machine,
bathroom, utility area, and private balcony.
Ciumbuleuit Hotel Bandung
situated in Ciumbuleuit area of North Bandung, combines comforts of a hotel
and an apartment, and is in close proximity to the Bandung airport. Set
on the main road of Jalan Ciumbuleuit, this hotel/apartment is surrounded
by shopping and entertainment options including the Cihemplas Walk Mall,
Alun-alun and Wayang Golek. Guests can cool their own meals in a fully-equipped
kitchen, or dine at a restaurant on premises. There are six meeting rooms
that cater for all needs. Other services include 24-hour room service,
laundry and dry cleaning. Swimming pool and karaoke facilities are also
there for guests to enjoy.
This is a 4
star plus hotel with fully serviced fitness centre like sauna, massage
services, spa and swimming pool. Bandung, where beauty comes from, is renowned
for its indigenous beauties, cool climate, people's friendly smile and
its exotic Parahyangan culture. The rooms are spacious and in a good
condition. They are nicely furnished and equipped with the modern facilities.
Kebun Bambu Restaurant at Ground Floor of the hotel is serving Breakfast,
Lunch and Dinner - International Cuisine. It offers buffet and a la carte
menu. Braga Bar and Lounge in hotel lobby area, serves afternoon tea and
coffee as well as your favourite cocktail or drink in a relaxed setting.
This is a 4
star hotel and considered as first class property. The hotel is good either
for business and/or pleasure. Banquet and conference facilities are also
available. The hotel has the latest additional boutique suite that adjacent
to old wing and has 75 suites with four different design themes. The concept
designs are minimalist, ethnic, Mediterranean and classic. The Jayakarta
Bandung has 138 guest rooms and suites. All rooms feature electronic keys
and air conditioning, and are equipped with; remote controlled TV featuring
cable tv & in room movies. North Dago cafe serves breakfast buffet,
lunch and dinner of Indonesian & International cuisine, Scenery bar
& lounge for a relax tea/coffee time with live piano, Cake & Bakery
Shop and Aoyama karaoke
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