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“Good for a country with terrible public spaces”

Forest Park Conservation Area Tahura Ir. H. Juanda
Ranked #11 of 143 things to do in Bandung
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Owner description: This is a 590 hectare conservation area, mainly a scenic walk trail consisting of pine forest, river and water fall. More over, there also the historical dutch cave made during the dutch colonialism era in Indonesia, and the Japanese cave which was made during the world war II.
Bandungan, Indonesia
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Good for a country with terrible public spaces”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

This is a 5/5 for Indonesia, which is so awful for public places.

It is actually clean - something that I could barely believe, given the relative rubbish strewn nature of all other Indonesian public spaces I've been to. They must hire people to pick up rubbish on a regular basis.

Not sure about the foreigners paying more part - I didn't want to have to fight about it so I just walked straight in without paying. So free was a good price for me. I also noticed a number of ways to enter out of site of the gate, so free it will be for all future visits unless they locals send me a personalised letter telling me they're not going to try to rip me off for being born elsewhere.

You shouldn't pay more than 10 ribu to get from the gate to the waterfall - anyway, zooming around on a motorbike kind of defeats the 'hiking in the forest' bit doesn't it? If anything, I found the motorbike touts the only annoying part of the park, and they ought to be banned. My daughter and I enjoyed a reasonably long horseride back to the gate for 20 ribu. Roughly the going rate - I could have haggled the price down, but given the horseman had been honest and was a decent working old man I didn't.

It is really nice - again, relative to the not-niceness of everywhere else - and early in the morning on a weekday it was peaceful - it quickly got busier - I imagine on a weekend it's rather less pleasant and pretty flat out busy.

The Japanese cave was rather unpleasant looking, the Dutch one looked cool - my little child cried not to go inside so I can't say how cool it is to wander. The Gua Belanda you can walk straight from one end to another without a torch, although note risk of falling and breaking your neck and becoming crippled.

Will definitely come again...and not pay to enter again:)

Visited October 2013
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singapore
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253 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“just an ordinary forest”
Reviewed 5 October 2013

nothing special about this place. hired a motorbike to visit the water about 6 km away (bargained down to rp40,000 from rp100 k). it is a small waterfall and very much polluted. many rubbish (left by local picnickers) are floating on the water.

Visited October 2013
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Bandung, Indonesia
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“Nice walking in the forrest,nice food at the warung”
Reviewed 26 August 2013

This area is a preserved forrest..you can go there to visit some historic caves fron the dutch and Japanese colonial .
Please take a walk to the top of this area (near maribaya) arround 40 minutes then stop at 2 famous warung (very small cafe..ha ha).
The first one serves traditional barbeque banana and traditional hot drink calls BANDREK. beside this warung,further up there is another warung serve traditional salty fish serve with rice and chili..try it.
The weather there is always cool as it's a forrest..
Good for jogging (all is a jogging track till the top) and good for eating !!

Visited October 2012
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Canberra Australia
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“Close to Bandung and very interesting and scenic”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

This is a very scenic part of Bandung, and easy to get to. Quite historic with historic tunnels and caves that were used by the Dutch and Japanese.

The sceneray is breathtaking and in places you can just stop and look into the valleys and rain forest for a lontg time.

Highly recommended.

Visited July 2013
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“breathe the fresh air, explore its history”
Reviewed 21 July 2013

great place to introduce nature to your children
like the natural scenery, disliked the locals habit

Visited August 2012
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