Bandar Lampung hotels
Bandar Lampung Rundown
Sumatra is the sixth-largest island on the planet. At well over the twice the size of Great Britain and five times the size of Ireland, the island home of 50 million people is a big draw for visitors to Indonesia. The “Land of God and Gold”, as Sumatra was known in ancient times, still has the ability to inspire awe, wonder and wow even the most cynical backpacker.
The fact that Sumatra is three and half times the size of Java but has almost 90 million people less is significant. Sumatra is relatively wild and unfettered in comparison to the island of Jakarta and Borobudur and, needless to say, a world apart resort mecca Bali. The capital of the province of Lampung is a convenient gateway to this island of splendour and mystery.
Much closer to Jakarta than, say, Banda Aceh, Bandar Lampung is the fourth most populous city in Sumatra. The provincial capital resides just over the Sunda Strait from Java and the vast national capital of Indonesia. Though the city is not much more than a mere stopover and, truthfully, quite devoid of any viable attractions of interest, a few beaches do dot the coast. Ultimately, however, Bandar Lampung is a springboard to Sumatra’s constellation of star landmarks, such as Lake Toba, Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, Gunung Leuser National Park, Kerinci Seblat National Park and Siberut National Park.
Bandar Lampung History
- Krakatau Monument – Named after the famous volcano, this is a memorial to those that died in the 1883 eruption.
- Pugung Archaeological Site – Contains relics from prehistoric and megalithic times, including a trenched fortress surrounding the site.
- Pasemah Highlands – The site of many megalithic structures dating back 3,000 years in Bandar Lampung.
- Agung Mosque – Built in the 19th century and about a half-day drive from the city.
- Muara Jambi – A Buddhist-Hindu complex that was the capital of Malayu more than 1,000 years ago.
Bandar Lampung Art & Culture
- Lampung Provincial Museum – Contains Chinese ceramics, archaeological collections and other ethnographic pieces from the area.
- Tambra Prasasti Inscription – A contract that describes the exchange of merchandise from Lampung and the kingdom of Banten from the 7th century.
- Thay Hin Bio Temple – One of the few Chinese traditional temples found in the area.
- Kalianda – A small town that is characteristic of the traditional fishing villages found in this area of Sumatra.
- Bukit Barisan Military Museum – A small museum that contains items from World War I.
Bandar Lampung Shopping
- Pasar Bawah – A traditional market that consists of many stalls selling household items.
- King’s Department Stores – A supermarket that also sells souvenirs.
- Tanjung Karang Plaza – A newer shopping centre containing many small shops, a large department store, fast food and supermarkets.
- Bundo Kanding Plaza – A concrete structure in Bandar Lampung that holds a traditional market.
- Fish Market – Have fun bidding on fish at the auction and enjoy fresh fish caught that day.
Gay & Lesbian Bandar Lampung
- Sheraton Lampung – A gay-friendly hotel that offers a range of rooms in Bandar Lampung.
- Space Lounge – Premier club that boasts high-quality electronic dance music.
- Bukit Randu Karaoke – A popular karaoke bar that has suddenly become popular in Sumatra.
- Indra Puri – A hotel that contains a bar and features a relaxing atmosphere in the evenings.
- Pasir Putih – Take a midnight swim at this beach or enjoy a romantic walk as the sun sets.
Bandar Lampung Outdoors
- Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park – A park that contains the largest flower in the world is in Bandar Lampung.
- Way Kambas Nature Reserve – The perfect place to see hundreds of different birds, tigers and Sumatran elephants.
- Krakatau – This island can be reached by boat and has emerged from the sea after several volcanic eruptions.
- Way Kambas Elephant Training Centre – Learn all there is to know about training elephants or even ride one.
- Coffee Plantations – Visit one of the many of the coffee plantations found to the south.
Bandar Lampung Sport
- Spend time surfing or swimming at Merak Belantung Beach just south of the Bandar Lampung.
- Take to the water and sail through the Sunda Straits.
- Grab a mask and snorkel around Pulau Sebuku and Pulau Sebesi.
- Play a round of golf at the Padang Golf Sukarame.
- Hike through the rainforests on the many trails found in Way Kambas.
When To Go
While Bandar Lampung has a similar climate to Jakarta, the city is far from the Special Capital Territory in the realm of urban sprawl and human crush. As a result, expect slightly cooler weather in the Lampung capital.
The tropical monsoon seasons of south Sumatra bring heavy rain from November to May, particularly in January and February, and relatively dry conditions from June to October. Temperatures hold steady, often cruelly so, between 76°F (24°C) and 92°F (34°C) for the year.
Tiny Radin Inten II Airport serves as a mini-hub of sorts for Bandar Lampung, with regular flights to and from Jakarta, Batam, Bandung and Palembang.
A bus ride from Jakarta to Bandar Lampung takes approximately seven hours. Scores of ferry and boat operators navigate the waters of the Sunda Strait between Sumatra and Java.
Bandar Lampung is a small city and takes little time to cross on a motorbike taxi or rental car.