Best things to do in West Java and sightseeing in West Java
Rancabali - West Java
Kawah Putih - West Java
Kawah Putih is a volcanic crater with its beautiful blue water coupled with a sulphur smell. It was a beautiful sight especially when there was a white mist in the back drop. But please take note not to stay too long there as the sulphur smell is really strong and it gets stronger if you walk closer to the crater lake.
Floating Market - West Java
This is a floating market food court concept. You will need to pay a small entrance fee to get in, but in return you get a free drink. So not that bad a deal! There are several food options in there but most would be heading to the floating market to buy their food. The stalls are set up in boats and you will purchased the food directly from them. Please take note never to let your food unattended on the table because there are never-ending houseflies targeting your food.
Kampung Daun - West Java
This restaurant is located in the hills and you get to dine in your very own hut. Set is lush greenery, you will be able to hear streaming water running through the area and the sounds of insects. Definitely a very different experience. Food prices are reasonable and it serves Indonesian and Western cuisine.
Tangkuban Perahu - West Java
This place needs to more introduction. Do set aside about 1.5 to 2 hours to explore this place. Please also be careful of people who approach you and insist that you hire them as a tour guide. There is NO NEED to hire a tour guide.. simply just ignore them and walk away.
Keraton - West Java
In formal terms, it’s called, “Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat.” Less formally, the Keraton. It’s the royal palace, and home, of the ruling sultan in the province of Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He is technically a governor but is able to retain the title of sultan. The Keraton is open to the public in the first portion of the day yet it is still used for meetings, official functions and as a home where the sultan and his family live. About 100 guards are on duty during visiting hours though at any time around one thousand are actively serving the sultan. In one direction, it faces the Indian Ocean which highlights a belief in the sea spirit. The other direction faces Mount Merapi. The layout has many meanings and now different portions and decorative elements pay homage to all of the elements of Indonesian religious culture, a fusion of Buddhist, Islamic and Hindi beliefs. There is also a wonderful exhibit of royal clothing and batik fabrics that helps the visitor to understand what different patterns mean and why they are such an important part of Javanese culture.