Tangkuban Perahu

The legend of the fascinating mountain

When it comes mythical places with rich historical background and a view that is amazing, Indonesia has never failed to deliver. The Tangkuban Perahu Mountain is one of those place with a legendary backstory that accompanies its natural beauty, and it definitely is a place that is worthy of being on every tourist’s checklist.

This miracle of nature will please those who are interested in investing their day off on the scenic view of a volcano, with three craters that is available to visit, a hot water spring to enjoy and a cave to explore, Tangkuban Perahu offers a complete adventure for its visitors.

Destination Information

Location – The Tangkuban Perahu Mountain is located just 20 kilometers north of Bandung, on the outskirts of Lembang. The mountain itself is elevated about 2084 meters above the sea level, making its atmosphere to be cooler than the city of Bandung itself, and you can visit this site for further information.

The official address for Tangkuban Perahu is Gunung Tangkuban Parahu, Sukajaya, Lembang, Bandung Barat 40391, Jawa Barat, Pulau Jawa, Indonesia.

Operational Hours 

  • Everyday, 07.00 – 17.00
  • Everyday, 07.00 – 14.00 for the Domas Crater.

Phone Number – +62 22 8278 0654

Fees

  • Weekdays              : IDR 25,000 for domestic tourists and IDR 200,000 for foreign tourists.
  • Weekends              : IDR 30,000 for domestic tourists and IDR 300,000 for foreign tourists.
  • Car Parking            : IDR 25,000
  • Bike Parking           : IDR 7,000
  • Motorcycle Parking : IDR 12,000

How To Get There

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Road to Tangkuban Perahu, Img credit: jejakliburan.wordpress.com

The easiest way to find your way to Tangkuban Perahu is by a personal vehicle, be it a car or a motorcycle, because when you get to the main entrance of Tangkuban Perahu, there is still about a 4 kilometer climb to the top of the mountain, so it is preferable that you visit Tangkuban Perahu using a car or a motorcycle. On weekdays, the time needed to reach Tangkuban Perahu from Bandung is about 60 minutes, and 90 to 120 minutes on weekends.

It is relatively easy to get there from the city of Bandung. From Bandung, find your way into the hills from Jalan Gardujati, and follow the road to Jalan Sukajati, further down this road and you will find yourself in Lembang, and from Lembang, there is going to be a traffic sign that directs you into Tangkuban Perahu, follow the sign and it is going to be approximately a 10 kilometer drive to the main gate of Tangkuban Perahu from that point.

Public transportation that is available to get to Tangkuban Perahu is tricky, because the bus drivers are known to be a little bit sketchy when it comes to tourists, especially foreign tourists, but it is possible for travelers to get there by local carriers from Bandung. From Bandung, you need to get to the Ledeng Terminal, and then board the Subang-Bandung angkot that is going to take you straight to the main entrance of Tangkuban Perahu, and it is going to cost you about IDR 20,000.

Other option is if you are traveling from Bandung Hall Station, you can find the angkot that is going to Lembang, and then you can board the Cikole angkot, then you need to change angkot to the Bandung-Subang angkot and then you will reach the main entrance of Tangkuban Perahu., and this is going to cost IDR 30,000 all in.

If you are traveling by bus, your final stopping point should be Jayagiri Bus Station, and from there you can find the bus or a shuttle service that is going to take you straight to Ratu Crater.

There are options to board the shuttle available near the entrance to take you straight to the top of the mountain. The fare for this service is IDR 60,000 for one-way ticket and IDR 90,000 for round trip, or if you are traveling by a group of 10 or more, it is going to cost your group IDR 25,000 per person foe the one-way ticket and IDR 50,000 for the round trip, and the prices are negotiable.

Accommodation

Because the Tangkuban Perahu is quite famous among travelers, there are a lot of options to consider when it comes to a place to stay near Tangkuban Perahu. It is possible if you want to stay in a top quality hotel nearby, and there are also a selection of low to mid price range hotels around, so accommodation is covered well in this area.

D Green Villa is your first choice if you want to stay at a private villa that caters to your every needs. There is private pool available, Wi-Fi services, a scenic balcony, satellite TV and more, you can check its availability here.

For a more mid-range choice, may we suggest you the Bukit Cikahuripan Hotel, a hotel that delivers a natural vibe within its surroundings, while still maintaining high level of service, which going to cost you about IDR 600,000 – IDR 800,000, and you cind find out more here.

For a more flexible price range and creative living spaces, may we suggest you to check out the options provided by Airbnb, as it is usually more relaxed on prices, and there is usually homey places available. Here are some of our choices which you can visit here, here, and there is a camping site too, which you can see here.

Attractions

The main charm that attracts travelers here are the beauty of the craters. There are three craters that offers stunning views, The Ratu Crater, The Domas Crater, and The Upas Crater.

The Ratu Crater is the main crater that tourists usually visit, with authentic natural beauty and surroundings that reminds you of earth’s mystery, it is the largest crater of the three. This is the favorite place for tourists to enjoy Tangkuban Perahu, and the most crowded spot of this attraction, with souvenir shops set up near the car park, and a lot of food stands to replenish your energy whilst enjoying the brimstone-scented atmosphere.

If you are willing to explore a little more, you will eventually find the Upas Crater, a smaller crater with a view that is on par with its bigger counterpart, and If you are lucky, you can also spot some wild monkeys setting up camp here.

The third crater, Domas Crater, is the place where you can end your journey and relax, because it is allowed to sit around the edge of the lake and dip your feet for a while and enjoy nature’s way of bathing.

There is also a cave which you can explore if you have the time. There are guides available for the tour of this cave and also a renting service for your exploring necessities.

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Img credit: emilioarmadasrg.wordpress.com

Ambience

The ambience of this attraction is like nowhere else – a mixture of calm and contemplated, with a touch of breezy wind that goes through your hair. Because it is elevated so high above the sea level, it is recommended for you and especially your children to wear a jacket or a thick layered outfit to cope with the weather.

Best Time To Visit

The mornings are beautiful at Tangkuban Perahu, as it is still not as crowded as if you come in the afternoon, and it is recommended that you visit at weekdays, as it is cheaper and you will not be exhausted by the other tourists, that are going to be present a lot on weekends. Just be sure to check out whether the Tangkuban Perahu is currently erupting or not, because it is dangerous to visit when it is erupting.

Nearest Tourist Attraction

After an intimate engagement with nature, you may as well also visit the exotic places Bandung has to offer, and because it is relatively near to Lembang, switching destinations is not going to be difficult. There are a few places which you can check out, one of them is De Ranch Lembang.

De Ranch Lembang is a place where you can see stables and barns, and if you are travelling with children, this is one place that you should visit. It is possible to do horseback riding for fun, or if you really want to learn how to do it properly, also there are country music and more, which you can find out here.

There is also Grafika Cikole Lembang, a lodging place with several activities offered. You can enjoy staying on its cabin made of wood, or if you are more on the adventurous side, you can enjoy camping here, as well as several outbound games which you can look it up here.

Top Tips

Excited to go? Before your departure, we are going to provide the following tips for you to enjoy your trip even more:

1. If you are traveling by public transportation, be careful for sketchy drivers. It is going to be easier if you just find the Bandung – Subang angkot which is going to take you directly to the entrance of Tangkuban Perahu.

2. It is recommended that you are arriving with a vehicle. The climb from the entrance to the peak of the mountain is not that hard, but it is going to exhaust you, and then your time at the top won’t be as enjoyable. A personal or rented vehicle is the way to go.

3. Bring yourself a mask. The scent of the brimstone is going to be a bit strong, so bring one mask or two to reduce the smell.

4. Check for the volcano’s status before departing. Because it is a stratovolcano, sometimes the mountain is going to erupt, and it is not going to be completely safe to visit. You can check the official website provided for the volcano’s status before you plan your trip there.