Tangkuban Perahu – information and review

By May 25, 2012Indonesia

Tangkuban Perahu is one of West Java’s most important tourist attractions which sits just north of Bandung on the outskirts of the town of Lembang. Most visitors to Tangkuban Perahu are from Indonesia and choose to drive their own vehicles the 4km to the top of the volcano from the entrance gate. But this doesn’t mean you can get there by bus!

Tangkuban Perahu

Tangkuban Perahu

Tangkuban Perahu Craters

The main reason Tangkuban Perahu is so popular is that it is one of the few volcanoes in Indonesia where it is possible to drive right to the edge of the crater. In fact, there are three main craters at Tangkuban Perahu — Kawah Ratu, Kawah Upas and Kawah Domas. Kawah Ratu is the biggest of the craters and is the one that has the carpark on the edge of it. Most people stop here only and don’t elect to skirt around the edge the second crater, Kawah Upas. However they are missing out because around at Kawah Upas there are wild monkeys in the trees.


White monkey @ Tangkuban Perahu

White monkey @ Tangkuban Perahu

Kawah Domas is the third crater and it is located a long walk through the forest from the main carpark. In this location it is possible to bathe your legs and take a rest.

Tangkuban Perahu shops

As with all tourist attractions in Indonesia, there are many shops in the Tangkuban Perahu area selling all kinds of knick-knacks and food. The food in some of these warungs is pretty good and it’s worth dropping in to try some of the local flavours such as nasi bakar. Some may simply choose to stick with something well-known like nasi goreng. There are also some tasty gorengan fried snacks to be had if you’re into that sort of thing. Mmmm….

Kawah Upas, Tangkuban Perahu

Kawah Upas, Tangkuban Perahu

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How to get to Tangkuban Perahu

The distance from Bandung to Tangkuban Perahu is 30km and getting there is very easy. From the centre of Bandung, take Jalan Gardujati and head north towards the hills. Jalan Gardujati turns into Jalan Pasir Kaliki after a short while and that then turns into Jalan Sukajadi after about 1km or so. Keep on that road until you reach Lembang at which point the road comes to an intersection with a big sign that says “Tangkuban Perahu”. That is the turn you need to take. Take that new road for 9km all the way to the Tangkuban Perahu entrance gates. From the gates, it is 3.5km up to the top.

Kawah Ratu Tangkuban Perahu

Kawah Ratu Tangkuban Perahu

Catching public transport to Tangkuban Perahu is a totally different proposition and requires patience and determination as the bus drivers are known to be dodgy. Firstly, catch a black Subang bus which travels north along Jalan Gardujati and Pasir Kaliki all the way to the entrance to Tangkuban Perahu. Under no circumstances let anyone tell you you need to change buses because it is not true. At the entrance gate to Tangkuban Perahu, you can either walk to the top or enlist the help of an ojek driver. But be warned that they might charge a lot of money.

Shops @ Tangkuban Perahu

Shops @ Tangkuban Perahu

Tankuban Perahu ticket price / harga tiket masuk

The price of the ticket into Tangkuban Perahu (otherwise known as harga tiket masuk Tangkuban Perahu) is as follows:

Indonesia: 13,000 rupiah
Foreigner: 50,000 rupiah
Motorbike: 5,000 rupiah
Car: 10,000 rupiah

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