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Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Inaugural flight to Bandung on Silkair, The region's best airline.

11 October 2011 marks another inaugural route launch from SilkAir. This time the destination is Bandung. The capital city of West Java, Bandung is a cool, green enclave that still bears traces of its colonial past. The Dutch opened tea plantations in the area in the mid-19th century and over time, Bandung evolved into a resort city with magnificent art decorations and architecture that makes the city such a visual pleasure.

New retro fitted ergonomicaly designed seats
You can visit Bandung all year round. During the wet season (September – April) the temperature is pleasantly cool between 17 – 20 ˚C. The distance from the Husein Sastranegara International Airport (BDO) to the city is about 4 to 5 km. Flight journey takes about 1 hour and 40 mins, with three flights weekly between Singapore and Bandung. SilkAir are using the Airbus A319 on it's inaugural route.
Airbus A319
One of the country's top tourist destination is the Mount Tangkuban Perahu. It is a dormant volcano 30 km north of the city of Bandung, the provincial capital of West Java, Indonesia. It last erupted in 1959. It is a popular tourist attraction where tourists can hike or ride to the edge of the crater to view the hot water springs and boiling mud up close, and you can even boil an egg on the hot surface!
Mount Tangkuban Perahu Volcano Crater
There are also other popular Bandung must see attractions such as the Gedung Sate, Villa Isola, Kawah Putih, Ciater Hot Spring, Saung Angklong Udjo, Kampong Gajah which is an amusement theme park. For hardcore shoppers, you can explore fashion products at Paris Van Java and Pasar Baru Trade Center.
Villa Isola by Charles Prosper Schoemaker
Tapai Ubi being hanged to dry
When you are in Bandung, it is recommended that you try their Sundanese cuisine. It is one of the most popular traditional food in Indonesia, and it is also easily found in Indonesian cities. The Sundanese food is characterize with its freshness; the famous lalab eaten with sambal and also karedok demonstrate the Sundanese fondness for fresh raw vegetables. Similar to other ethnic groups in Indonesia, Sundanese people eat rice for almost every meal with side dishes of vegetables, fish, or meat are added to provide variety of taste.
Sundanese restaurant called Balibu

Nasi Sunda with Fried Kampong Chicken, Fried Tofu, spicy chilli sambal, tomato and lettuce.
Ikan Goreng Gurame or Deep Fried Fish Gurame
Night view from Punchak Bandung
 If you haven't been to Bandung yet, do give it a try. It's much more less hectic and busy than Jakarta. See ya!

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