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Useful Information

Living Cost
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
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.

Climate
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.

Time Zone
Indonesia is 7 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and 15 hours ahead of the United States Pacific Standard Time.

Language
Bahasa Indonesia is the national language, but English is widely spoken and understood.

Currency
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.

Electric Current
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

Security Arrangement
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 Hours
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.

Clothing
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.

Gratuities
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.

Shopping

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

Club & Bars :

  • L’SOCIETE Dine & Bar, Jl. Ir. H. Juanda No. 106 (Jl. Ganesha), Bandung
  • Mansion Club Bandung, Paris van Java Mall, Jl. Sukajadi No. 137-139, Bandung
  • Public Bar, 90 Gourmet Building, Jl. LLR.E Martadinata No. 90 (Riau), Bandung 40114

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:

  • Saung Angklung Udjo, Jl. Padasuka 118, (around 7km from Bandung), [13]. Angklung is a traditional South-East Asian musical instrument, made by bamboo.
  • Bosscha Observatory, Jl. Peneropongan Bintang, Lembang. ☎ +62 22 2786001. administration@as.itb.ac.id. [14], built in 1923 by Nederlandsch-Indische Sterrekundige Vereeniging (Assoc. of Dutch-Indies Astronomers) is the only observatory in Indonesia. It is now part of the Dept. of Astronomy, Institute Technology Bandung. To visit there, ask the department administration first for a reservation.
  • Geological Museum, Jl. Diponegoro 57, (near Gedung Sate complex). ☎ +62 22 7203205. Houses 250,000 rocks, a mineral collection, and 60,000 fossils. There are 3 major rooms in the museums: the geology of Indonesia, the history of life and the geology of human life. Visiting time: every day 09:00-15:00 except Friday. Price: Free. Recommended museum by locals.
  • Sri Baduga Maharaja Museum, Jl. Badan Kemanan Rakyat (BKR) No. 185, Tegallega, Bandung – 40243 ☎ +62 22 5210976. The museum is located on southern side of Tegallega square, south from city center. Opened since 1980, the museum houses historical and archaeological relics of West Java history; dated from the era of Tarumanagara, Galuh, to Sunda Pajajaran kingdom, also displaying ethnography of Sundanese culture. Visiting time: Monday-Friday 08:00-15:00, Saturday-Sunday 08:00-14:00.
  • Pos dan Giro Museum Inside the East Building of Gedung Sate
  • Mandala Wangsit Siliwangi Museum, located in Jl. Lembong 28, Bandung, is a military and weaponry museum depicting the history of Indonesian struggle for independence 1945-1949 and beyond. The museum building originally was a colonial heritage building built in 1910 as Dutch East Indies’ Militaire Akademie.

Must Do
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.

  • Saturday night at Jalan Dago. Every Saturday night, teenagers and youngsters are hanging around at Jalan Dago. The street stretches from Holiday Inn Hotel in the south and a few blocks to the north until Simpang Dago. The street is crowded with modified cars with loud music. There are some cafes and chic restaurants in the street that you can sit in.
  • Sunday morning at Gasibu Park. Early in the morning around 5-7AM. Go to Gasibu park at the front of the Gedung Sate complex and wear your sportswear. At the park, you can go jogging and do some stretching, and after you finish, food stalls are already waiting for you with a lot of food varieties. In the walking distance, there is a famous yoghurt drink cafe with a nice and relaxing setting at Jl Cisangkuy.
  • Lembang trip. A trip to the north of Bandung cannot be missed. Rent a car and start to go at the very early in the morning to Lembang, an uphill resort city.
    • On the way to Lembang, you can make a sidetrip to Bosscha, the only observatorium in Indonesia. Please make sure you have made a reservation and take a note on its opening hours. You can visit in the afternoon, to see the telescope, or at night. Their webpage is in Indonesian only.
    • Continue your journey to Lembang and stop at one of the food stall that sells fresh milk. You can drink fresh milk with many flavours. The milk is really fresh. While this stop is interesting, it it not extraordinary in that they serve only fresh milk (strawberry, mocca flavoured) and some poor quality bread sandwiches. Stop if you need a break, give it a miss if you do not.
    • Tangkuban Perahu. Go circling around Kawah Ratu (Queen’s crater) to see the volcanic activity closely.
    • Continue the journey to Sari Ater, a hot water spring complex. On the way, there is a good Sundanese restaurant, named Sindang Reret, that you can stop by for your lunch.s Read further down for details on visiting Kawah Domas.
  • Ram fighting: Villages around Bandung host ram fights on alternate Sundays. It’s a big event for locals who turn out in their hundreds to watch 5-minute bouts between prize fighter male sheep. Tournaments are held in purpose-built rings in outlying villages.
  • Kawah Putih (2,430 meters), about 50 km south of Bandung (Travel south through Ciwidey). Kawah Putih is a striking Crater Lake and tourist spot in a volcanic crater around 50 km to the south of Bandung. Allocate at least more than half day to visit this Crater Lake. The admission fee is not as cheap as other tourist spot.
  • Burangrang Street Culinary, Jl Burangrang (This road is two-way accessible by car. You can get in from Lingkar Selatan street from south or from ahmad yani street from north.). Burangrang street was officially inaugurated as culinary street by the city mayor on 7 June 2008. In this street you can find many kiosk, cafes, restos and street food stalls or hawkers (more than 60), selling various food of local culinary.

Outdoor activities

  • Alun-alun Bandung or city square. Alun-alun is the classical central core of the democratic city in Indonesia, since the 15th century. It is typically a square of grass field with 4 sides are the city major residence, pendopo (a place to meet between citizens and the government), a mosque and a prison..
  • Bandung Zoo, Jl. Kebun Binatang No. 6. ☎ +62 22 2502770. Built in 1930.
  • Mt. Tangkuban Perahu. Is on the northern side of Bandung, the closest city is Lembang. (Angkot route: St. Hall-Lembang). The name itself comes from the local legend of Sangkuriang (“Legenda Sangkuriang”) The legend is based upon a disobedient son who kicks his boat upside-down and was then transformed into stone. Hence the name of this mountain. Tangkubanflipped and perahu boat. It is still an active volcanic mountain. When you reach Tangkuban Perahu, the first thing you’ll see (and most popular) is the main crater (Kawah Ratu). A 30 min walk from Kawah Ratu there is Kawah Domas that trek 1.3 km down to get up close and personal with volcanic activity