Friday, December 27, 2013

The itinerary of Jakarta - Bandung, 2013

Family photo in Tangkuban Perahu Mountain, Bandung

As soon as the flight ticket was booked via "KLM" in October, I had prepared an itinerary of 3 days 2 nights in Jakarta, boarded a train to Bandung on 3rd days, spent 4 days 3 nights in Bandung and return to Jakarta for remaining days till we departed from Jakarta on 24th December 2013. Hotel was therefore booked via "". In November, the itinerary has to be modified due to Nazhif's examination schedule.

The schedule (in italic) and actual event of our trips are as follows:-

Day 01: Arrival Jakarta, 16 Dec 2013 (Monday)
2.05pm                 Naim to send us off to KLIA
3.05pm                 Arrived at the airport
5.05pm                 Departure at KLIA via KLM flight no. KL 0809
6.10pm                 Arrival at Soekarno Hatta Airport
6.30pm                 Transferred to the hotel for check in (*Transport to be arrange by Hotel 55).
8pm                       Dinner 

Remarks: Hotel 55 did not arranged any airport pick-up, hence we took airport taxi at Rp.180,000 to Mangga Dua from Soekarno Hatta airport. We had local cuisine, "Nasi Padang" that night at Mangga Dua area just outside the hotel compound.
2 nights stay in Hotel 55 located at Mangga Dua, read the review by Tripadvisor here

Day 02: In Jakarta, 17 Dec 2013 (Tuesday)
After breakfast (provided by Hotel 55), to visit the following places by taking Jakarta Commuter @ city trains:-
  1. Sunda Kelapa Old Harbour - undoubtedly the most historic site in Jakarta - an old Dutch port;
  2. National Museum - (Monas);
  3. Istiqlal Mosque; and
  4. Jakarta Cathedral 
Actual event: Syahirah and I took a commuter ride with assistance offered by the hotel staff from Jayakarta Station (seated right in front of the hotel) to Juanda Station at about 11am. From Juanda Station we took "Bajai" a motorbike similar to tuk tuk to Gambir Station to purchase a return train ticket to Bandung. We safely back to the hotel by lunch time. All 4 of us went out by taking a commuter train and stop at Gongdangdia Station thinking to shop at the biggest mall in Jakarta "Grand Indonesia". We had "Nasi Padang" lunch at Sederhana Restaurant located next to the Gondangdia station. While eating, we received a phone call from Dilla, my good friend who are now working in Jakarta. She sent her driver to take us to MONAS and for dinner at Ampera Sunda food house. Later the night, we made a quick stop at her place, met her children's and the driver sent us to Cikini Station that brought us back to hotel without any hassle of the traffic jam.

Remarks: We passed by Istiqlal Mosque and Jakarta Cathedral but did not stop for picture. A waste!

Most convenience way to avoid traffic is taking train when in Jakarta

Day 03: Jakarta, 18 Dec 2013 (Wednesday)

Plan to visit:
  1. Mangga Dua Shopping Complex;
  2. Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, miniature of Indonesia (#maybe);
  3. Ancol Dreamland (#maybe); and
  4. Booking 1 day transportation to fetch Nazhif/Naim from airport

Actual event: After breakfast, 3 of us left hotel heading towards Sunda Kelapa Old Harbour by train. We were advised to take a train to the last station, Jakarta Kota and take a taxi to the harbour. However, massive jam made us took a local mini bus and stuck in the middle of congestic traffic. It was unlucky event that forced us back to the train station and thereafter straight to hotel. We checked out from Hotel 55 to Hotel Aryaduta located in Central Jakarta at Tugu Tani, Menteng. After checked-in at 2pm, we just relaxed and enjoyed a movie without getting out anywhere, due to the facts of scary traffic experience in the morning. Hubby called the 2 boys who scheduled to arrive that evening to take airport taxi. We left their room key & notes with the reception when we went out for dinner with Dilla. They were at the swimming pool when we get back. 

City getaway in Hotel Aryaduta

Day 04: Bandung, 19 Dec 2013 (Thursday)

Train ride via "Argo Pranhayat", a direct train from Jakarta to Bandung. This train departed from Gambir Station in Jakarta and  stopped at Bandung Station. 1 way ticket was at Rp70,000 but a return was charged at Rp90,000 for each person. All coaches are air-conditioned and ours are classified as an Executive Class. We get a small pillow to use during the ride. Foods can be purchased on board. It takes about 2.5 - 3 hrs journey. 

Actual event: It was a perfect itinerary excepting a fact when I was ingested with a stomach ache after breakfast at the hotel and was in pain until we boarded a train to Bandung. We chose 10.50am ticket and safely arrived at around 2.30pm. We took a taxi to Hotel Majesty at Rp75,000 from Bandung train station. Later in the afternoon, we took a taxi to Trans Studio Bandung (again facing a massive traffic jam) and a nice dinner at Raja Sunda restaurant. Remarks: We stayed in Hotel Majesty for 2 nights.

Majesty Hotel, Bandung

Day 05: Bandung, 20 Dec 2013 (Friday)

Place of Interest (POI):)
  1. Visit Tangkuban Perahu Mountain;
  2. Sari Ater Hotspring which is very good for skin treatment;
  3. Shopping at Cihampelas Jeans Centre and Factory Outlet such as Rumah Mode, The Heritage, Summit,etc.
Actual event: We booked a hotel transport (Innova) for 1 day at Rp650,000. We first visited Tangkuban Perahu Mountain, second to Sari Ater Hotspring but 5 voted that I should go alone (sigh) while they waited for me in the car and later to the famous factory outlet spots at Gado. We had a nice Sundanese lunch at "Sambara" after finished shopping at Polo. The last stop after Pasar Baru was at the men's clothing (Jeans & T-shirt) before we headed back to the hotel at around 8pm.

Most recommended place to visit when in Bandung-Tangkuban Perahu Mountain

 Day 06: Bandung, 21 Dec 2013 (Saturday)

After breakfast at the hotel is to shop at Pasar Baru Wholeseller Market to buy Batik, Silk, Telekung & Sarong and local food products like Tempe Oncom,Sale Pisang,Keripik etc. I planned to walk in the park in the afternoon.

Actual event: During breakfast, ever body chatting non-stop about shopping heaven a day before especially when they were at Polo/Nike/Jeans etc Factory outlet. They were determined to continue the shopping spree at Jalan Riau where we  were going to stay for a last night in Bandung, at Hotel Amaroosa. As we were allowed to check-in at 2pm, we proceeded to the Heritage (another factory outlet within a walking distance from Amaroosa) for shopping. I had an opportunity to try a local street food (Bakso) after they called it off to rest while continued later after swimming session and Maghreb prayer. Later the night, we had lunch at Kodomochi Kitchen at the bowling centre just opposite the hotel. We got back to the hotel after the factory outlet was about to close the shop.
Nike factory outlet at Gado
Day 07: Bandung – Jakarta, 22st Dec. 2013 (Sunday)

Check out at the hotel at 12noon.
Get a train station, maybe via train schedule at 1425-1710 hours.
Late check-in at hotel in Jakarta (to book)
Dinner at Dilla’s place

Actual event: The boys decided to continue shopping, hence, I offered to pack our belonging and arranged for check-out. Told the boys to be back SHARP at the hotel by 11am. When we get down with the luggage, Naim is the only 1 waiting at the lobby whilst the other 2 were no where in sight. I was freak out as the train to Jakarta was leaving at 12.05 noon time. Considering the traffic, I would not gamble with anything. After the payment was cleared, hubby arrived and arranged for taxi. We told Naim to look for Nazhif. God bless, both of them turned up shortly after. We arrived at the train platform with ample time. Dilla was very kind in offering her place to accommodate our last 2 nights in Jakarta. The driver came to picked us up and later we went to a local area to survey the bikes and shopping 3 pairs of shoes (men) at only Rp950,000. Good bargain and thank you my friend, Dilla for being so thoughtful and considerate to entertain 6 of us.
Comfortable train ride in executive coach Bandung to Jakarta
Day 08: In Jakarta, 23 Dec 2013 (Monday)

Country Side & Safari Park Excursion to Puncak/Bogor
Duration: Approximately 8 hours include Lunch, Daily Departure.
Driving through one of Jakarta's suburbs and lovely countryside to Bogor, 60 Km south of Jakarta. Visit the famous Botanical garden, a pleasant drive to Puncak and visit Indonesia Safari Park. 

Actual event: The above was a dreaming place. Nobody wanted to accompany me to my dream place, hence, we stayed on at Dilla's with her 3 lovely children's at the pool. After lunch, we took a cab to "Thamrin City Mall" and "Grand Indonesia" for more shopping. We had dinner at the famous restaurant, "Natrabu" that night with Dilla.

Having great time with beautiful girls
Day 09: In Jakarta, 24 Dec 2013 (Tuesday)

12.00 noon Check out
Spend whole afternoon at Dilla’s place
Flight to KUL at 1925, to be at the airport at 1725
Remarks: To book taxi to airport.

Actual event: The boys again wanted to have a last minute shopping. I let them go as I wished to have a nice time for massage and packing our luggage to the airport. Dilla had booked 2 cabs at 3.30pm. The boys came back at 1pm with more shopping bags which allows enough time for them solat, lunch and changed. The cab came slightly late due to Christmas eve traffic and after a tremendous traffic drama, we barely arrived at 5.30pm to catch our flight at 7.25pm to Kuala Lumpur.

Selfie with the boys at KLIA

I'm so relieved and thankful when we arrived home after midnight. As a conclusion, I was not really 100% happy with the vacation as a lot of my itinerary being slashed by groups voting. It was annoying being a loser to the boys. In addition, the city is similar to Chenai, to Mumbai and more or less Karachi in terms of cleanliness and safety.  

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