The Hellonolan Indonesia Travel Post
Tangkuban Parahu is one of the most famous volcanoes in Java. It is a dormant volcano 25 KM north of Bandung city. In administrative term, it is located in two regencies: West Bandung Regency and Subang Regency. Here I provide a useful information if you want to get there:
The craters on the volcano are best viewed on hot season or before 2PM on wet season (December - February). Sometimes the craters are hidden below the fog/smoke on rain season. If you find the crater is hidden below the smoke, you can wait for a while until the crater is visible again.
It takes about one upto one & a half hours from Bandung city in normal condition and longer in bad traffic condition, such as on the weekend. If you come to Bandung on weekend, you need to go to the volcano early morning to avoid bad traffic.
Visiting volcano on hot season is better than on rain season (December - February).
There are many peddlers selling crafts and souvenirs on there. Few of them will approach you as soon as you get out of your car. If you do not want to buy any craft from them, just say "no thanks". If you ask a question about the product, usually they will follow you wherever you go until you buy his product. It is a little annoying thing for most tourists.
There are three main craters (kawah): kawah Ratu (Queen crater), Upas crater (located next to the Queen), & Domas crater (located further down than the Queen). The biggest crater is the Queen crater. It is around 500 M deep from the edge of the crater's mounth. If you come by car, you do not need to take a walk into the Queen because we can park the car just on the edge of this crater.
If you want to get closer to a crater, directly boil an egg there, and soak your feed with sulfuric mud; the Domas crater is the answer. You can reach the Domas from the Queen or from Domas car parking lot. To go there, you have to pay an additional ticket and a local guide (it is required as a rule of the mountain administrator). Totally it cost about IDR 250,000 for an hour.
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