The cost of living in Bandung is very reasonable, especially when compared to other international holiday resorts. The three main daily meals (inclusive of a drink) will cost around USD 15 to USD 20 per person at local restaurants. Food and drinks at better hotels cost about the same as any category hotel elsewhere in the world. Breakfast is USD 8 to USD 30, lunch and dinner USD 20 to USD 70 or more per person – this does not include wine which can be very expensive. On the other hand, restaurants outside the large hotels are often 60% to 80% cheaper.
Customs allows on entry a maximum of one liter of alcoholic beverages, 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars, 100 grams of tobacco and a reasonable amount of perfume per adult. Cameras, video cameras, portable radios, cassette recorders, binoculars and sports equipment are admitted provided they are taken out on departure. They must be declared at Customs.
Prohibited items include firearms, narcotic drugs, pornography, trans-receivers and cordless telephones. Films, pre-recorded video tapes and laser disks must be screened by the censor board.
While there is no restriction on the amount of foreign currency, which may be brought into Indonesia, those who bring into the country currency worth more than 100 million Rupiah, it must declare it to customs upon arrival at the first port of entry.
The average temperature in Bandung in November is between 18°C (64°F)-28°C (82°F) and the relative humidity is about 71%. The comparison between day times with night time weather is relative drastic. Prepare your sweater or jacket to prevent you from getting cold. All conference sessions will be held in air-conditioned venues.
Indonesia is 7 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and 15 hours ahead of the United States Pacific Standard Time.
Bahasa Indonesia is the national language, but English is widely spoken and understood.
The Indonesian currency is the rupiah (IDR). Most foreign currencies are easily changed at airports, banks, hotels or money changers. The currency exchange rate fluctuates regularly. Please check your bank for the latest exchange rates. Banking hours are from 8.00 am to 2.00pm Mondays to Fridays, and from 8.00 am to 11.00 am on Saturdays. Banks in hotels usually stay open longer hours while money changers are generally open till evening. ATMs are available in many places, providing services to cards such as VISA, MASTER, ALTO and more.
Travelers Checks & Credit Cards
Travelers’ checks are accepted by leading banks and hotels in principal cities, including Bali. The use of travelers’ checks in Indonesia is as popular as in other countries. Diners Club and America Express, Visa and Master Card are widely accepted at hotels, department stores, shops, restaurants and pubs. According to Indonesian banking regulations, all payments will be charged in local currency.
The electric current in use throughout Indonesia is 220-230 volts at 50Hz. Most hotels can provide power outlet adapters.
IDD (International Direct Dialing)
Country Code (Indonesia): +62
City code (Bandung): 022
Strict security measures will be provided at the conference venue and all designated hotels. Security is provided at places outside the conference venue and hotels where official activities are held.
Business offices are open either from 8.00 am to 4.00 pm or 9.00 to 5.00 pm. Government offices operate from 8.00 am to 3.00 pm from Monday to Thursday, 8.00 am to 11.30 am on Friday and 8.00 am to 2.00 pm on Saturday.
Dress is normally casual and light clothing advisable due to the hot, humid climate. Trousers or slacks and shirts are generally considered appropriate but a jacket and tie are required for formal occasions when making official calls. For certain formal occasions, long-sleeved batik shirts are acceptable. For travel to mountain areas, a light sweater or jacket is recommended. Halter tops and shorts are frowned upon in most places except around sport facilities or on the beach, proper decorum should especially be observed when visiting places of worship.
Provide a tips is not encouraged in hotels and restaurants if a 10% service charge is already included in a bill. Extra tips from satisfied customers are for encouragement. At most hotels a service charge of 10% is added to the bills. An airport porter expects Rp. 15,000 / USD 2 per bag.
Bandung known the best for its shopping facilities. You can almost find anything you want in Bandung. Starts from common good such as clothes or any fashion items, local art culture, until heavenly tasted foods with reasonable price. For clothes, try to visit Factory outlets which are located around Dago and Riau Street. Or if you like department stores or malls better, you can try to visit Trans Studio Mall, Paris Van Java Mall, Bandung Indah Plaza and Cihampelas Walk. For art culture you can visit “Saung Angklung Udjo” in Jalan Padasuka Bandung.
Restaurant and Bars
These are only a few of so many other recommended restaurants in Bandung. The Restaurants listed below are amazingly delicious and some of them are simply affordable:
|Sundanese cuisine||:||Sindang Reret, Kampung Daun, Sunda Sambara, Laksana|
|Japanese cuisine||:||Sushi Tei Bandung, Shin Men, Torigen|
|Chinesse food||:||The Duck King Paris Van Java, D’Lampion Hongkong Barbeque Chinese Food|
|Hyped Place||:||Congo Cafe, The Valley Cafe, The Peak, Hummingbird Eatery|
|Fine Dinning||:||Jubilaire Dine and Wine, Burgundy Dine and Wine, The Club Lounge Trans Hotel Bandung|
|Italian||:||Maxi’s Resto, Fashion Pasta, Bakerzin|
|French||:||Le Petit Paris, The Cellar, Belle Vue Roof|
|Korean||:||Mujigae, Korean house Restaurant, EI JIE Paris Van Java Mall|
|International||:||Golden Lake, The 18th Restaurant, TIZI|
|German||:||Mama’s, Winner Bratwurst, Frankfutter Hotdog|
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Arts & science
Bandung has been the melting point between the local Sundanese culture and the high-end technology developed at the Institute Technology Bandung. There are some interesting places to visit:
There are many activities that you can do in the city or outside the city. As Bandung highland is surrounded by a string of mountains. Activities in the outskirts of the city are centred about the mountain resorts, adventure activities and outdoor sports. In the city, you can have culinary activities (see the Eat section) as there are so many food varieties, shopping with many clothing outlets and distros (see the Buy section) or just hanging around.