- Jakarta — the chaotic, congested yet oddly fascinating Indonesian capital
- Bekasi and Depok — satellites of Jakarta
- Bogor — world-class botanical gardens (60 km south of Jakarta)
- Bandung — the Parijs van Java of Dutch colonial days, now a university town with great factory outlet shopping
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- Banten - the westernmost tip of the island, formerly an independent sultanate and now once again its own province
- Carita Beach - beach resort
- Puncak— Weekend getaway
- Ujung Kulon National Park - one of the last holdouts of the Javan rhinoceros and a UNESCO World Heritage site
- Pelabuhan Ratu - a port and resort in a spectacularly beautiful bay.
- Kampung Naga - a traditional village which still same for centuries until now.
- Pangandaran - a beautiful beach located in the south-eastern most part of west java, it is the best known beach tourism in West Java.
- Pulau Seribu National Park
Indonesian language, being official, is widely spoken and understood, and is the main language used in big cities and Jakarta metropolitan area. The local language is Sundanese, closely related to Indonesian/Malay but not mutually intelligible.
West Java surrounds Jakarta, the Indonesian capital city. Most of the cities in West Java can be reached by bus, car or train. To get to the southern parts of Cianjur or Sukabumi you need 4 wheel drive. Bandung, the largest city in West Java can be reached in two hours via Cipularang toll road.
You can get around easily in West Java use public transports or rent a bike, but be carefull of accident.
- Banten Kraton, the ruin of Banten Sultanate Palace. Burned and destroyed by Dutch in 1808.
- Umang Island, A beautiful private owned resort island on the west of Pandeglang, Banten. Near "Anak Krakatau" volcano. Website: Pulau Umang. Driving time: up to 5 hours from Jakarta.
- A Nobel Savage (Baduy Tribe), . As strange as its people and culture are, baduy Village offers a unique adventure opportunities for you who enjoy the outdoors. Explore the virgin tropical rain forest, alpine terrain, terraced hamlets and some more scenic considerations. Adventure the humble, simple and innocently smiling people who resist un-shiveringly your modern lifestyle for centuries. edit
West Java is best known for Sundanese food, which unusually for Indonesia places a special emphasis on fresh or even raw ingredients. The quintessential Sundanese dish is nasi timbel, which consists of rice wrapped up in a banana leaf, an assortment of raw vegetables known as lalapan (a term that covers cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, coriander leaves, cabbage and more), a freshly pounded chili sauce known as sambal dadak, some tofu or tempeh and maybe a chicken leg, catfish (ikan lele) or some salted fish. This is commonly served with sayur asam, a sour vegetable soup flavored with tamarind. A textural specialty of Sunda (West Java) is karedok, a fresh salad made with long beans, bean sprouts, and cucumber with a spicy sauce. Other Sundanese dishes include mie kocok which is a beef and egg noodle soup, and soto Bandung, a beef and vegetable soup with daikon and lemon grass. A hawker favourite is kupat tahu (pressed rice, bean sprouts, and tofu with soy and peanut sauce). Colenak (roasted cassava with sweet coconut sauce) and ulen (roasted brick of sticky rice with peanut sauce) are dishes usually eaten warm.
Please try Bajigur, a coconut milk plus coconut sugar drink with Banana steam or Bandrek, a ginger plus coconut sugar drink in Bandung surrounding area.
In Jakarta and Bandung you can find hotel up to 5 stars and many budget hotels can be found which are not star hotels, but clean, shower ready with only relative small room, but be aware some of them have only a limited parking lots. 2 stars hotels can be found easily in entire West Java.
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