Archive for November, 2009
Tangkuban Perahu is actually a volcano mountain, which still active but no eruption seen for so many years. The last eruption in 1983 developed hardening rocks and cliffs, makes this place interesting with its crater and panoramic scenery. From Bandung, you can see Mount Tangkuban Perahu looks like the upside down boat, and the name of Tangkuban Perahu came from the local legendary about this mountain.
Tangkuban Perahu is exactly located at the mountain hill. From the top, you can enjoy the cooling weather and see a huge cliff with smoke coming out from it. But the most irritating thing was the sulfur smells. The smells became more and more solid when you get nearer to the crater. There are also many people selling souvenirs, local hand-made products, snacks and instant photo services.
Besides enjoying the scenery, you can also hike down to the crater through the forest. The forests have been open and steps was built by the locals to enable visitors enjoy the pleasant journey and save downhill. But to be honest, even though the journey down hill will be much more easier with a proper steps, the deep slopes down trail to the crater caused many people have difficulties to climb up back. For visitors who like challenging sports, you will like it.
During my visit with my family last year, we managed to get down to the crater. It was a very interesting place and you can see hot smokes came out from the gaps between the stones. Besides, there are small natural pond with boiling water in it and people selling eggs for you to boil inside the pond. It is quite dangerous to boil the eggs yourself. So, pay a little more and you can get the eggs seller to boil for you.
This is one of the tourist attractions in Bandung and it will makes your trip worth with its nice scenery. Only one thing that you need to take into consideration is the local tour guide. Many people get cheated as tour guide ask for more after you reach the crater or they will not guide you back. Actually, tour guide there is not necessary as it is only one way down and 2 ways up. As there are definitely many people down there, you can just follow other people’s way up and down, and that what we did during our trip there.