Lembang, a destination for families visiting Indonesia
Southeast Asia has become more and more popular as a vacation destination for families. When planning a trip to Indonesia, most focus in on Bali; and for good reason. However, there are other gems worth exploring while visiting the beautiful country. One that is often missed and yet should be on the top of everybody’s list is the town of Lembang in the West Java region.
High elevation in Lembang
Due to high elevation, Lembang and its surroundings have a pleasant temperature all year round and serves as a great respite from all the heat and humidity that is common in Southeast Asia. This town’s pleasant climate is also the reason for its verdant landscape and is regionally renowned for its vegetables. Jalan Raya Lembang, the main road, is where one can find colorful and lively fruit and vegetable vendors.
This is a great way to introduce yourselves to vegetables and fruit that are not frequently found anywhere else. There are also food stalls, where one can sample some of the local cuisines. Favored by locals is rabbit usually cooked in the Indonesian style of curry or satay. There is, of course, the world famous floating market. Situated on a beautiful lake, the lively atmosphere found here captures the spirit of the people and the soulful food they serve.
Lembang’s high elevation makes it prime for those searching for lush landscape and natural wonders. Take in the fresh air and be in the midst of tropical birds in the green hills of Dago Park. There is also the Lodge Earthbound Adventure Park where there are activities ranging from climbing trees to get a wonderful view of the nature that surrounds to paintball games. As for natural resources, Lembang has been renowned for its famous hot springs which were popularized by the Dutch in the early 1900’s. Perfect after a day of activities and travel. Soak your tired bones and worries away.
Great family accommodations
There are excellent family friendly accommodations to be found. One of the best in the region is the Grand Paradise Lembang. The hotel has a resort sensibility, with hospitality topping the list of priorities. The staff is there for you whenever needed, especially in helping plan your day trips to some of the places mentioned above. The rooms are tastefully designed, spacious and replete with all the amenities that make for a pleasurable stay. There are dining options, wifi, and a pool for the whole family to enjoy. Visit Traveloka.com for booking.
A trip to Lembang, however, is not complete without a visit to the world famous Bosscha Observatory. Book with your concierge or agent in advance as it’s extremely popular, and give yourself and your family the opportunity to view meteor showers and a close up view of planets such as Jupiter and Venus; all for the equivalent of $1USD.
So if you’re looking for exotic cuisine, top accommodations, nature and relaxation; along with some fun, be sure that next time you are making plans to visit Indonesia include the wonderful town of Lembang on your itinerary.