Sunway Putra Hotel Kuala Lumpur Launches “Stay-Kawtim, Makan Unlimited!” Package

Staycations don’t have to be pricey affairs.

If you’re keen to explore the city over the weekend, book a stay for you and the whole family at Sunway Putra Hotel Kuala Lumpur, which has just recently launched its new “Stay Kaw-tim, Makan Unlimited!” package, offering unbeatable value at an affordable price. Priced at just RM238 nett per room per night, the package combines:

Superior King Room

  • A 2D1N stay in a Superior Room for two (2) adults and two (2) children (under 12 years old), inclusive of breakfast.
  • An 8-hour eat-all-you-can spree of a la carte orders with over 25 specialties to choose from including Malay, Chinese, Indian, Western and vegetarian favourites and appetising selections for children starting from 12.00pm at the Coffee House.
  • A minimum of RM100.00 in redeemable cash vouchers from participating tenants plus amazing discounts and offers at the adjacent Sunway Putra Mall, which is directly linked to the hotel.

*Terms &Conditions apply.

Chicken Chop

eat all you can on ala carte orders! 

The all-inclusive staycation package is perfect for families and friends who want to take the opportunity to explore Kuala Lumpur’s Diamond Triangle and rediscover the city’s many hidden gems. The package is available for stays on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and on Public Holidays, while bookings are to be made from now until 31 August 2020, for a stay period from 14 August to 27 December 2020. While the check-in time is at 3PM, guests can arrive from 12pm onwards to start their 8-hour Makan Unlimited. Make bookings now at www.sunwayhotels.com/sunway-putra/offers/stay-kawtim-makan-unlimited. or call +603 40409888 / email spkl.reservations@sunwayhotels.com.

4 REASONS TO STAY AT SUNWAY PUTRA HOTEL KUALA LUMPUR

Convenient Location

Sunway Putra Hotel Reception

The 5-star, 650-room hotel is nestled in the heart of KL’s Diamond Triangle – known for its vibrant streets lined with trendy cafes and bars, bustling markets and landmarks – making Sunway Putra a great base for your exploration of the city. Aside from being close to hotspots like KL Sentral, Publika, Mont Kiara and Bangsar, the hotel is also conveniently linked to the PWTC LRT station, so you can hop on and get to the KL city centre in Bukit Bintang in under 10 minutes. You can also opt for a semi-guided tour of KL via the Hop-On Hop-Off double decker tour bus.

In short, SPHKL is close to the action, but away from the crowds.

State of the art Facilities 

Fitness Centre

Swimming Pool

Spacious, comfy rooms with top notch amenities, a swimming pool with gorgeous views of the city, a gym where you can work up a sweat (in air conditioned comfort!) – the hotel has got it all. You can indulge in delicious food at the Coffee House as well.

There’s an award-winning mall just steps away 

Sunway Putra Hotel Mall Link

The hotel is part of an integrated development and is direclty linked to Sunway Putra Mall, a shopping haven with eight floors that host over 300 international and local brands. Shop to your hearts content, enjoy the recreational and entertainment facilities such as cinema, indoor children’s playground and karaoke centre, and tuck into delicious food from over 80 renowned F&B outlets and specialty restaurants.

Safety is of the utmost priority 

Regular Sanitisation in key hotel areas

Let’s not kid ourselves – we are in the middle of a pandemic. But given that everyone adheres to SOPs and hygiene practices, there’s no reason why we can’t go for holidays to help boost the local economy. To ensure complete guest safety, the hoel has implemented new normal standard operating procedures (SOPS) and enhanced is hygiene practices and procotols. The Sunway Safe Stay programme, which is implemented at all Sunway brand hotels, incorporates five pillars of safety and hygiene comprising over 30 protocols of heightened cleaning practices – so you can check in and stay with peace of mind.

DID YOU KNOW? 

With the resumption of interstate travel within Malaysia, Malaysians can take advantage of the personal income tax relief of RM1,000 on expenditure related to domestic tourism and hotel accommodation – more reason to enjoy holidays locally. The period for claiming the income tax relief has been extended to 31 December 2021.

Also announced as part of the National Economic Recovery Plan by the Government of Malaysia in June 2020, a service tax exemption on accommodation and related services has been extended to 30 June 2021. Hotel rates are now quoted nett in Ringgit Malaysia (RM) inclusive of a 0% service tax. Additionally, an exemption of tourism tax (TTx) will be given to all foreign tourists staying at any accommodation in Malaysia until 30 June 2021.

SUNWAY PUTRA HOTEL 

100 Jalan Putra, 50350 Kuala Lumpur

General inquiries: +603 4040 9888 or email spkl.enquiry@sunwayhotels.com

 

*Photos courtesy of Sunway Putra Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Hop On Hop Off – Sightseeing Bus around Kuala Lumpur

KL’s muggy weather and confusing roads are terrible for walks – but there’s a way for tourists to get all the sights in without getting lost/drenched in sweat. The Hop On Hop Off service takes riders sightseeing around the city on a double-decker bus, complete with insightful commentary. Riders can choose to sit on the open-air deck, or enjoy the comforts of a cool air-conditioned coach. The buses run every 20-30 minutes and stop at over 42 attractions.

True to its name, tourists can simply hop on and hop off whenever they like – as long as they have passes. Convenient to get around, and you save on exorbitant taxi fares (taxis charge cutthroat rates in KL).

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Got to try the service for the first time as part of an event. Weather was great, so a whole bunch of us sat on the upper deck.

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Some of the popular spots that the buses stop at: the Petronas Twin Towers, Bintang Walk, Merdeka Square, KL Tower, KL Sentral, Lake Gardens, Petaling Street (Chinatown), Jamek Mosque, Sri Mahamariamman Temple and St Mary’s Cathedral.

If weather permits, sit on the upper deck. You’ll get views of KL you won’t get from the ground. The route offers scenic views of both old and new KL – colonial structures with beautiful English architecture, colourful/beautiful places of worship, vibrant business districts as well as tall, modern skyscrapers.

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KL Tower, located at the top of Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve. The bus drives right up to the entrance, so you don’t even have to hike up the steep hill.

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Afternoon traffic.

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Feeling dwarved in the commercial district, where I cricked my neck looking up at the skyscrapers.

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The iconic KLCC towers from afar.

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And upclose.

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The shopping district of Bukit Bintang.

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Stop here to shop for branded items if you have the cash to spare.

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Traffic is unavoidable in KL, but hey, at least you can look down and laugh at tiny people  there are lots of interesting things to see while waiting.

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Looping past Petaling Street (Chinatown), Central Market and Kota Raya, which, from what I hear, is now dubbed ‘Mini Manila’ because of its huge OFW population.

Where do I Hop On? 

There are hundreds of bus stops all over KL, marked by colorful signage. The buses stop at over 100 major hotels in the city.

There are 24-hour tickets and 48-hour tickets, which allow riders unlimited access within that time period. The 24-hour ticket is priced at RM40 for foreigners. Children below 5 ride for free. Tourists can purchase them online at http://www.myhoponhopoff.com/.

 

Dusk to Dawn: Chin Swee Cave Temples, Genting

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Hi guys! We’re at Genting Highlands, a mountain retreat that houses the only casino in Malaysia, at 6,000 ft above sea level. While most people would opt for resort hotels and apartments at the top of the hill, the fam and I went for a tranquil, less crowded option, away from all the entertainment. Just a 10min drive downhill, the Chin Swee Cave Temple is a Taoist temple that also doubles as a hotel, with very basic accommodation. When I say basic, I mean really basic – they don’t even have WiFi or TV!

The beautiful views more than make up for that, however. Perched on a slope, the temple commands a wide view of the valley below, and the high elevation often makes the buildings seem like they are floating on clouds.

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The temple sits just next to the cable car line. In the distance, deep blue mountains stretch as far as the eye can see. This is the Titiwangsa range, also known as the ‘backbone’ of West Malaysia which has mountains running all the way from the tip right down to the bottom of our sweet potato-shaped peninsula.

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The pagoda structure glows with a fiery red light at night, like an ember.

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The temple grounds are pretty and peaceful in the daytime.

The place was built thanks to Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong, the same businessman who founded Resorts World Genting, who rallied friends and relatives from his native province in Fujian, China in order to establish the temple. The name, Chin Swee, actually refers to a Fujianese deity.

It was tricky to build on such a steep hillslope, but the spot had the best fengshui and Tan Sri Lim was determined to make it work. Being the project’s chief architect, planner, designer, contractor and supervisor, he employed workers who set to work using manual labour in order to dig the foundation for the temple, since modern machinery was useless in the rocky terrain.

Construction took a long and arduous 18 years. It was finally opened to the public in 1994.

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The hard work has definitely paid off! The temples are a popular tourist attraction as well as a place of pilgrimage for many devotees, who come to marvel at the views and beautiful structures. There is a multi-tiered pagoda at the bottom, and a large open courtyard which houses several shrines.

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One of the shrines, featuring ornate decorations and detailing. Golden lotus flower carvings on a backdrop of blue seem to represent the blossoms floating on a lake. These are accompanied by dancing dragons, as well as paintings of deities, flowers and animals on the shrine’s wooden doors.

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Deities.

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Buddhism/Taoism in Malaysia is an odd mix of culture, religion and philosophy. Many Chinese people,my relatives included, follow a blend of Buddhism/Taoism and Confucianism. The latter two has roots in China, and place strong emphasis on rituals. The Hungry Ghost Festival, for example, is a Chinese belief, but over time, these rituals have has blended into ‘Buddhist’ culture as well. Tibetan or Sri Lankan Buddhism is markedly different, and sometimes might even have different beliefs. I don’t really know how to explain it, but the best comparison I can give is probably how Christians have different sects, like Catholics and Protestants, etc.?

Correct me if I’m wrong. We’re all here to learn.

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GuanYin, or the Goddess of Mercy, is often depicted seated on a lotus flower with a bottle of holy water in her hand that has magical healing powers. She is the embodiment of compassion and kindness, hence the name. Often referred to as an ‘East Asian Bodhisattva’ (Bodhisattva being one who has achieved Buddhahood), she is revered in East Asian Buddhist cultures, including Chinese, Japanese, Burmese, Thai, Vietnamese and Korean cultures. She also appears as a male deity in Tibetan Buddhism.

When I was very young, my parents ‘baptized'(?) me to Guanyin for protection and blessings. I am supposed to be under this protection until a day comes when I choose to sever it, or if I don’t, for life. I use the word baptized in English, but in Chinese we call it ‘siong kai‘ or ‘to be adopted’ – so it’s like she becomes my godmother (literally).

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A large stone statue of Guan Yin looks down on the valley from above.

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Parents were tired, so bro and I continued exploring the temple grounds. Here are some scenes from a popular Chinese legend, Journey to the West. Can you recognize the characters?

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The story goes that the monk, XuanZuang, was decreed to travel to the West (hence Journey to the West) to collect sacred texts (sutras) on order of the Buddha. To aid him on his journey were three protectors: Sun Wukong the monkey, Zhu Bajie the pig and Sha Jing the sand demon, as well as a dragon prince who was to be the monk’s white steed.

Journey to the West was published in the 16th century and is considered one of the 4 Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature. While the story is fictional, it’s actually based on a real person, Tong XuanZuang. Born in China’s Tang Dynasty in the 600s, he was a monk and scholar who traveled all around China gathering sutras. He wanted to expand his knowledge to other places – and so began Xuan Zuang’s 17 year journey to Central Asia and India.

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Statues of deities line the courtyard. Each represents a different virtue.

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The centerpiece is a three-storey tall stone Buddha statue, which sits amidst a backdrop of forest and greenery. Behind the statue is a giant rock which holds it in place, and a natural stream that supposedly provides water with healing properties.

Everything seems really beautiful in this part of the temple, but there is a less pleasant ‘Path of Enlightenment’ section, which chronicles one’s journey through Taoist hell. I’ll cover that in another post though.

If you’re ever in Genting, pay a visit to these beautiful temple grounds and just soak in the fresh mountain air and peaceful environment. A word of warning though – Idk if this is pure superstitious belief, but this is what my mum told me – don’t go betting at the casino after visiting this temple. Apparently you’re bound to lose money lol.

First World Plaza, Resorts World Genting

Located just an hour away from downtown Kuala Lumpur, Genting Highlands is a cool retreat for many locals, especially over the weekends. Many years ago, a wealthy Chinese businessman called Lim Goh Tong made a gamble to turn the then unexplored hilltop into a casino/theme park. The bet paid off, as Genting is now a popular tourist attraction and entertainment center, right in the heart of the mountains.

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There are many hotels at Genting, but the parents wanted somewhere quiet, so we stayed at the Chin Swee Cave Temple Hotel, about 10 minutes from the hill top. The hotel/temple is built into the hillside, with some parts designed to follow the natural contours of the cave.

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We entered through the back entrance, through a small shrine. The lobby is on the 12th floor.

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View from lobby. The rooms were very basic, with no TV. We had to cram into a triple room (one double, one single bed) coz they didn’t have any more rooms. Reception was bad, let alone Wifi… this is truly a place to ‘get away’ from the city.

A quick rest and shower later, we drove up to First World Plaza, which is part of Resorts World Genting at the hilltop. The theme park has been closed for renovations and will reopen sometime next year as FOX Studios (wow!). For now, guests can enjoy the busy world-themed shopping center and numerous casinos within the complex.

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Why ‘world-themed’?Well, the complex has various replicas of landmarks from around the world, such as a stage with Times Square and a statue of Liberty in the middle. Some restaurants are also surrounded by a moat, like the canals of Venice, with bridges and arches running through them.

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Food in Genting is expensive. The cheapest options are the food court on the top floor, or fast food chains such as McDonalds. I love the fried chicken from Marrybrown, which is a homegrown fast food chain. They don’t have many branches in KL, so I have to have this while in Genting! 🙂 The chicken was fried to crispy, golden brown perfection and had salty, crunchy skin wrapped around juicy, tender and piping hot meat on the inside. The fries are well-salted, and I like that they have gravy to go with the meal. Idk why but Malaysians don’t seem to like gravy with their fried chicken. 😡

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There are loads of entertainment ‘centers’ in First World Plaza. You can get on rides, such as a mini reindeer ‘coaster’ and colorful flower ships on rails that give you a birds eye view of the place. There is also a Ripley’s Museum, a haunted house, Snow World, bowling center, and numerous arcades. The prices are all jacked up. Would be a nice place for youths, but since the parents weren’t impressed, we didn’t go for anything lol.

Bought some snacks to munch on at the hotel later, then headed back.

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It rained, so the weather was really cold. Temperatures regularly dip below 12C at night, so its a nice place to sleep.

How to Get There 

From KL Sentral, there are many buses/taxis that go up to Genting, and they shouldn’t cost over RM100. The ride takes about an hour. Alternatively, you can take a cab to the Skyway (cable car station) at Gohtong Jaya and ride it up the top.

 

Ranca Upas Deer Farm, Ciwidey Bandung

Located within vast camping grounds, the Ranca Upas or Deer Farm was our last stop for the day on our tour of Bandung’s south district. The road leading to the place was bumpy, but lined on both sides by gentle forests and fields dotted with tents and cooking pits. The grounds are a popular weekend getaway with city folk and offer extreme sports activities such as flying fox and ATV riding.

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Crossing a small stream to the farm.

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The deer farm is a wide enclosure with an elevated wooden walkway, ending in a low platform. Visitors can buy deer feed for the animals, and walk down into the enclosure if they wish to.

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It was really muddy and soggy though, probably because it rained the day before.

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Not wanting to ruin my only pair of shoes, I was content to watch the deer from the walkway. They were all clustered up at the other end, where there was more green.

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A visitor feeding a deer. I think the feed was baby carrots. They eat out of your hand!

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You can touch them, but be careful since these are still wild animals after all.

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Once the deers knew that there were visitors with food, they started swarming the platform. Some even tried to climb up !

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Other than feeding the deers, there’s nothing else to do here, unless you’re camping or taking part in other outdoor activities. Good for a quick stop if you’re returning to the city from Kawah Putih and Situ Patenggang.

RANCA UPAS (Deer Farm) 

Jl. Raya Ciwidey – Patenggang KM 11
Rancabali, Ciwidey Bandung

Contact:  0853-2000-0743

Cat ‘Poop’ Coffee? – Kopi Luwak Cikole, Lembang

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Ever tried cat ‘poop’ coffee?

Okay, so they’re civet cats and it’s not really poop, but still. Kopi Luwak, or civet coffee, is famous all over the world for its supposedly superior quality and flavor. While I’ve always wanted to try it, they are very expensive in KL (RM60+ for a cup)! But since we’re in Indonesia, where the coffee originated from, it would be a shame to leave without tasting this peculiar coffee.

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Our guide brought us to Kopi Luwak Cikole, in the Cikole district of Lembang. This small farm-cum cafe has several civet cats and a home factory where they process the coffee beans into consumer-ready products.

In the wild, civet cats eat coffee cherries as part of their diet. After ingesting, the cherries will ferment along with other food in the animal’s stomach, and come out partially digested. They look kind of like yellow soy beans.

Traditionally, farmers collected the kopi luwak from the wild, but this has since given way to farms. While some farms adopt less-than-savoury practices of force feeding the animals, the one at Cikole seemed decent. The cages were clean, and the animals looked well fed and healthy. There was a ‘cafe’ area where guests can sit and enjoy a cuppa, or browse through the products they have in store. At the back of the farm is a small processing area.

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This cage was rather small, but there were bigger enclosures as well.

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Our guide explaining to us the process of making Kopi Luwak. As coffee is only part of the civet cat’s diet, they rotate the feeding with other items such as milk, banana, papaya and chicken. This allows the cat’s digestive system to produce enzymes for better tasting Kopi Luwak.

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Coffee cherries.

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The animals poop out the cherries, and these are collected and sun dried. The end product resembles peanuts.

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These will be sorted (there’s a difference in quality produced by male and female civet cats), ground to a powder, and then packaged for sale.

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RM200 (50USD) for a pack of 10 sachets. Much cheaper than if we were to get them back home.

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We got two cups to try. In order to get the purest flavour, the server told us not to add sugar or creamer.

I’m not a coffee connoisseur, so I can’t really tell.. but the coffee tasted more like a strong herbal brew. Bitter, with a slight tang to the tongue and a ‘dry’ texture when it goes down your throat. They give you three refills, but it doesn’t dilute the coffee at all.

Apparently the Kopi Luwak has lower caffeine content and can even help with improving one’s health, such as lowering the risk of diabetes, inhibiting inflammation, and a whole host of other benefits.

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Dad had another one with ginger.

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They also serve snacks! These piping hot banana fritters were fresh out of the wok and balanced the bitter coffee really well.

We didn’t buy any Kopi Luwak because it was way to expensive; but I can now tick one item off my bucket list of things to do. 🙂

KOPI LUWAK CIKOLE

Jalan Nyalindung No. 9, Cikole, Lembang,

Kabupaten Bandung Barat, Jawa Barat,

Indonesia

Phone: +62 22 82780643

Open daily: 8am – 6pm

The Upturned Boat Volcano – Tangkuban Perahu, Bandung

Note: It’s the Eid/Hari Raya holidays in Malaysia.. but it seems like the Internet connection has gone on a holiday as well. Rushing to type this before it gets disconnected again for the umpteenth time in the past two days. This happened last year as well;  calls to the center went unanswered so we were left without Internet for four days. When you’re freelancing and have to rely on a good net connection at all times, this is fkin infuriating. Granted, I’m not ‘working’ today, but still… I wish Malaysian ISPs would buck up. What ‘vision 2020’ are we talking about when we have one of the slowest connections in the region (just slightly above the Philippines?)

But I digress.

Here’s my first trip to a volcano! 🙂

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Bandung on the Indonesian island of West Java is surrounded by mountains, and is home to quite a number of volcanoes. The one we visited, Tangkuban Perahu (translated to ‘upturned boat’) , is active – but because it is a ‘stratovolcano’, it doesn’t look like the volcanoes we see on TV (ie with a big hole spewing lava out of it). Instead, it’s sort of grey and ashy, from layers of hardened ash/lava built over hundreds of millenia. The danger with stratovolcanoes is that because the ‘signs and symptoms’ cannot be seen on the surface, it might explode with sudden eruptive force.

Er.. good to know all this after I’m safely home typing this post. O-O

As we made our way up to the place, we were greeted by tall, pine forests on either side. Because of its high elevation, the landscape in Bandung is quite similar to European countries: unlike the dense, humid tropical jungles of Malaysia.

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Parked the car and got off. Loads of stalls selling souvenirs, and a couple of ponies for riding. And then there was the crater….

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BOOM. 

Nearly floored. We were standing at the precipe of Kawah Ratu, or the Queen’s Crater – the largest crater in the area. And it looked majestic indeed.

The crater was massive, encircled by steep cliffs of black and dark grey. The earth around it looked like broken asphalt. Smoke rose slowly from multiple openings, disappearing into the chilly air.  The high altitude, coupled with a clash of temperatures, created a dense fog around the area. It was haunting and beautiful at the same time. You can almost feel like you’re suspended in time; that mortal lives did not matter. The volcano was here, perhaps even before mankind.

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Of course, with such places, there is always a local legend. Through the ages, men have often weaved stories so that they can understand and make sense of things beyond their control.

In the case of Tangkuban Perahu, it tells the legend of Dayang Sumbi, a beautiful woman who lived in West Java. She disowned her son Sangkuriang for disobedience, and the Gods, pitying her sadness, granted her the power of eternal youth. After years in exile, Sangkuriang returned home and the two, not recognizing each other, fell in love. Sangkuriang intended to marry Dayang Sumbi, but before he left for a hunting trip, she spotted his birthmark and recognised him as her long lost sun. To stop the marriage, Dayang Sumbi asked Sangkuriang to build a dam on the river Citarum and a large boat, before sunrise. When she saw that the tasks were almost completed, she called on her workers to spread red silk cloths east of the city to imitate sunrise. Fooled, the disappointed Sangkuriang kicked the dam and upturned the boat, which caused severe flooding and created Tangkuban Perahu.

No offense, but why Dayang Sumbi didn’t just tell Sangkuriang that he was her son instead of going to all that trouble, is beyond me. 

 

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There is a strong stench of rotten eggs, thanks to high sulfur content. Which is why you won’t find any trees or animals in the immediate area surrounding the crater.

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We ventured to the ‘village’ area, where there were loads of souvenir shops housed in simple attap roofed structures.

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Volcanic rocks, ground up stones and mud are used for home remedies.

I have a bottle of volcanic mud mask at home.. it’s actually really good ! I’ve just been lazy to use it too often… -_-

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Bead bracelets, bangles and charms.

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Another viewing area.

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Shops. Most were not open because it was the fasting month for Muslims.

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Be very careful when buying stuff from the shops! You can haggle, but make sure you’ve found the best price. Mum took a fancy to a mounted wall clock and got it after negotiating for a cheaper price.. but when we got to another shop, the same thing was selling for 40% cheaper. Oof.

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These pretty animal carvings are made from a single piece of wood. The patterns on the tigers naturally occur that way. Amazing.

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In case all that walking and admiring made you hungry, there are some snack stalls selling local favourites like fried tofu (above).

Tangkuban Perahu is an hour and a half from Bandung City. The entrance fee is quite hefty, but it’s worth the price.

Entrance Fee: 200,000 rupiah  on weekdays and 300,000 (RM90 wut .___. or about USD22+)on weekends.

Getting There:  Public transport stops at the gate, so you’ll have to hike 2km (!!) up steep and windy roads. For that reason alone, it is advisable to hire a private driver. You can also hire a cab but make sure the driver waits for you or you won’t be able to find taxis back to town.

Opening hours: 8am – 6pm

 

Rainbow Falls – Curug Cimahi, Bandung

Note to self: Don’t drink Starbucks frapp after 10pm… unless you want the sugar rush to keep you up all night. 

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Leaving the hustle and bustle of downtown Bandung, the scenery becomes increasingly quaint and gorgeous. Tall modern buildings disappear: to be replaced by swathes of flower gardens and vegetable farms on either side. These are packed so closely together that they sometimes block the view of the valley below, only for the car to pass by an open area to reveal how far up the hills we’ve driven. Bikes, vans, and modified trucks putter up and down the narrow roads, some laden with fresh produce.

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Our first stop for the day was Curug Cimahi, also known as ‘Air Terjun Pelangi’. Dubbed ‘Rainbow Falls’, the waterfall comes alive with bright lights at night, creating a magical, fountain-like effect.

While we couldn’t catch the night view, the scenery in daytime was no less beautiful.

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Pathway leading down to the falls. They can be slippery though so it’s best to wear some rubber shoes.

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Stunning. Flowing from the Cimahi river, the falls cascade some 87m  into a crystal clear pool, the force of the spray creating a soft mist at the bottom. All around, trees bursting with greenery reached up to the skies above. It was like being in a secret garden, yet to be sullied or touched by man. I felt really humbled and in awe at Mother Nature’s beauty.

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The air was as clean and refreshing as only mountain air can be. Felt like we were the first ones to breathe it in, right from the source! Birds chirped and sang in the trees, the temperature was cool and just full of positive energy. Now I know why people come to meditate in the mountains 😀

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It was 587 steps to the bottom, where the pool was. I didn’t fancy the climb back up, so we stopped by at a platform to take in the sights. There are several platforms built into the hillside, so visitors can take a rest while hiking up/down.

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Spotted some wildlife 🙂

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If you’re headed up to Bandung’s star attractions, Tangkuban Perahu volcano, then stop by the Curug Cimahi falls on the way. The entrance fee is minimal and you’ll be blown away by how pretty it is. Great place to relax the mind and just get away from the stresses of life for a while. You’ll leave rejuvenated! 🙂

Entrance fee: 12,000rp before 5pm; 15,000rp (RM4.50 – USD1.10) after 5pm.

Jalan Kolonel Masturi, Desa Kertawangi,

Kecamatan Cisarua, Kabupaten Bandung Barat,

Jawa Barat, Indonesia.

Getting There 

Public transport is not the best in Bandung, but visitors can take the local ‘Angkut’ vans following the Ledeng-Sukasari line from Ledeng terminal. Alight at Sukasari Terminal, and the falls are a 15-20min walk from there.

Other options: take the Cisarua-Lembang line, or from Cimahi, from Terminal Pasar through the Cimahi-Cisarua line. From Bandung City: Hop on the St-Hall-Lembang line from Bandung station, before switching to Lembang-Cisarua line.