June is a rather boring month in Singapore as there are no holidays or long weekends but I have no choice but to like  this month as my birthday falls in June . Singapore is getting hotter than ever so we decided to celebrate my born day overseas this year. Being in a strategic location is a plus to us as there are ample locations within 1 or 2 hours flight distance that we can travel to and get away. We chose Bandung as it has a relatively cool tropical weather and enough places to shop! What else can make a girl happy?

 Bandung is the capital of west java province in Indonesia. It is located around 2500 ft above sea level and thus has a cool climate year round. We had friends who had been there and raved about the place so made an itinerary for 3 days and booked flight from with hotel for S$420. We love checking out duty free shops in Changi, hence checked-in early. Few purchases later we found out that our flight got delayed by an hour . Dropped our lunch plans in Bandung and had lunch at Burger King at Terminal 1. That’s when we saw ‘the Cactus garden’ which we hadn’t checked out yet. We killed our time in the garden and made our way to the boarding gate just in time for the flight.

DSC_4930Cactus garden at Terminal 1 Changi Airport.

sastra negaraBandara Husein Sastranegera Bandung Airport

Airasia BandungOur Flight from Singapore, you have to get down and walk to the Airport through the runway

Indian travelers can enjoy visa free stay in Bandung for up to 30 days now, but if you need visa the counter is right when you go inside the airport from runway. We had to show our return ticket before getting the on arrival visa stamped.

Taxi counter(a desk) is right outside the airport door after you come out from the luggage collection point, very small counter its always better to get the token from there if not you might get ripped outside when you bargain. We knew this and bought the token from the counter and walked towards the taxi pickup area. Hubby asked a driver price to our hotel without showing him the token. He gladly quoted a price 3 times higher than the token price. Traffic in Bandung is horrible a mere 15 mins journey took us 40 mins to reach hotel.

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