Bandar Lampung is the capital city of Lampung province. Once a popular backpacker stopover city for those who want to travel from Java to Sumatra, and vice versa. Bandar Lampung is now a bustling city with fast growing economy. Since flying is becoming cheaper and cheaper, today's Bandar Lampung sees much less tourists. Only travelers who plan to head to Krui on the west or Way Kambas National Park on the east give this city a second glance.
Located on the hillside of Lampung Bay, Bandar Lampung is the capital as well as the largest city of Lampung. The city itself is a result of a merge of two conjoined towns, Tanjungkarang (inland) and Telukbetung (coastal). This makes Bandar Lampung sprawls to every directions with no actual city center. Sizeable portion of the population of Bandar Lampung is Javanese, most of them settled on this city decades ago following the government transmigration program, designed to off-load excess population in Java and cultivate less-populated Sumatra. As such, its population composition is far more cosmopolitan for a provincial capital of its size. For years, Bandar Lampung has grown into one important city in Sumatra.
Bandar Lampung is a big and sprawling city. It has two main regions, Tanjungkarang and Telukbetung. The city was even initially called Tanjungkarang-Telukbetung before it was renamed into Bandar Lampung back in 1983.
As the largest city in the province and the gateway of Sumatra, Bandar Lampung is the melting pot of various ethnics. The proximity to Jakarta has contributed a lot to the growth of the economy. The urban agglomeration of Bandar Lampung consists of twenty districts with almost one million population (based on 2012 survey). With more than four thousands people per square kilometer, the people of Bandar Lampung are surprisingly friendly. Since the city has seen much less foreign tourists nowadays, be prepared for being under instant spotlights. As you stroll along the streets, friendly "Hello, Mister!" from locals are not uncommon.
The earliest record of Bandar Lampung was written by Pangeran Aria Dipati Ningrat in 1682. It stated that today's Bandar Lampung was an administrative area with only 3,000 inhabitants. During the occupation of The Dutch, Bandar Lampung was included into Onder Afdeling Telokbetong which consisted of Telukbetung and surrounding residential areas. Before 1912, Onder Afdeling Telokbetong also included Tanjungkarang. Tanjungkarang-Telukbetung was merged into one city under the Japanese occupation during the World War II, ruled under a shicho (mayor) and fukushicho (vice-mayor).
When Indonesia gained her independence on 1945, Tanjungkarang-Telukbetung remained as one city, part of South Lampung districts. It was not until 1984, Tanjungkarang-Telukbetung was renamed into Bandar Lampung, sealed both cities together until today.
The economy grows in line with the population. In the last five years, Bandar Lampung sees the annual 1.1 percent population growth which is forcing the city to overgrow until Gedong Tataan on the west, Tanjung Bintang on the east, as well as Natar on the north.
Bandar Lampung is one of the most important city in the southern part of Sumatra. Trading has been the most prominent sector among others, supported by strategic location of the city and trans-island activities. The wealth also comes from farming and fishing, with commodities ranging from sugar, coffee, pepper, coconut, to shrimps.
Bandar Lampung stretches from a coastal city up into some low-altitude foothills. Temperatures during the day can be very hot but evenings often cool off quickly, allowing for a comfortable sleep in well-ventilated accommodation.
Bandar Lampung can be reached by plane from Jakarta (40 minutes). The airport in Bandar Lampung is Raden Intan II airport. It is only used for domestic flights.
Flights are to and from from Jakarta (major airlines) and also to Batam Island (Batavia Air), Palembang (Merpati), and Bandung (Merpati). The airlines flying to/from Jakarta are Sriwijaya (6x daily), Garuda Indonesia (4x daily, Lion Air (2x daily) and Merpati Nusantara (daily). Average cost about US$40 one way.
From the airport you can take a prepaid taxi to Bandar Lampung city center. There is a taxi counter which lists the various destinations with the prepaid rates.
Buses from Jakarta are regular and travelling time is about 7 hours. One of the best known services is run by DAMRI who depart from Jakarta's main train station, Gambir Complex and Tanjungkarang train station. Tickets are available from their service desk. There is a ticket office for DAMRI at Gambir station, and tickets for 'Bisnis' class buses are IDR184,000, which includes the ferry crossing and a small snack, and takes you right through to Bandar Lampung. 'Executif' and 'Royal' Class buses are also available as more comfortable options, roughly IDR260,000 and IDR350,000 respectively. Buses depart at 0900 and 1000 in the morning and 2000 and 2100 in the evening (prices and times updated July 2015).
First you need to get to Merak Port in Banten province which takes about 1.5 hours from Jakarta. Ferries operate around the clock from Merak to Bakauheni. Ferries can carry up to 20 vehicles and 200 passengers at one time and take 1.5 to 2 hours to cross the Sunda Strait. From Bakauheni to Bandar Lampung will take about 90 minutes by car, or longer by bus.
Speedboats also ply the route but during daylight hours only.
Getting around in Bandar Lampung is easy and relatively inexpensive because it is a small city. Traveling between the 2 main areas, (Tanjungkarang to Teluk Betung) will only take about 30-40 minutes by car.
Bandarlampung Transportation Office has announced that in October 2011 will serve two of seven routes planned by Bus Rapid Transit, the Rajabasa-Sukaraja and Sukaraja-Korpri housing complex in Sukarame.
By Angkutan Kota
Angkutan Kota or abbreviated as Angkot or Oplet is actually a car, usually either a Daihatsu Carry or Toyota Kijang, with the interior re-designed to give more space for passengers to seat. By doing this, an Angkot can carry up to 11 people at a time. Angkot is used as a mode of transportation in most of the cities in Indonesia. Different routes can be easily recognized from the color of the car. You may not want to bring anything valuable when traveling by angkot because pickpockets are very common. When you are ready to get off, you can tell the driver "Stop Kiri" which means stop at the left side.
Ojek or motorbike taxi is the omnipresent mode of transport here as it is in many Indonesian cities. Although a little more expensive than Angkot, it gives the advantage of a totally personal conveyance. You can find ojeks at most of the main street crossings in the city. An ojek can be hired for a single destination journey or for a full day. As always, don't forget to bargain the price.
Gita Persada Butterfly Garden
In Indonesia, the name is translated to 'Taman Kupu-Kupu Gita Persada'. This butterfly garden is located on the foot of Gunung Betung, Tanjung Manis, Kemiling (Jalan Griya Persada Blok IIB No. 8 Way Halim Permai Bandarlampung). It was founded in 1997 to counter the extinction of Sumatran butterflies due to deforestation and damage to their natural habitat. The founders of the garden, Anshori Djausal and Herawati Soekardi, hope that this park can be a model for butterflies conservation. The garden can be reached in about 30-45 minutes from Bandar Lampung, however it is not serviced by public transport so a personal Ojek (motorcycle taxi) may be the best option . The garden currently contains over 180 species of Sumatran butterflies. Admission IDR10,000 (July 2015) http://gitapersada.weebly.com/ / http://kupukupu.my.id/
During Mount Krakatau massive eruption in 1883, a metal buoy from a lighthouse in nearby island was thrown almost sixty kilometers ashore. It landed about two kilometers north of Telukbetung coast. The buoy is now stand as a monument of remembrance for this eruption. Around the monument, a small garden was built and popular to locals.
Thay Hin Bio Temple
The oldest Buddhist temple in Bandar Lampung that shows great deal of beautiful ornaments. Located on Chinatown of Telukbetung area, this temple is more than one hundred years old. This temple was built right after the Mount Krakatau eruption and was originally named Kuan Im Thing. A priest named Sek Te Thi came from China to teach Buddhism on this place. During the Chinese New Year, this temple is running a lot charity activities.
Museum Sang Bumi Ruwa Jurai
Step into the history of Lampung and discover the vast collection and trails of the province from one to the next period. The museum houses collections ranging from artworks, ceramics from China and ancient Siam, ancient currencies and many other. The museum is open daily, except Mondays and national holidays.
Pasar Seni or Art Market
Located at the Enggal Field within the Saburai Sports complex, Pasar Seni is the place where art lovers and art performers gather. There is an open air stage used to perform musicals and other art shows. There are also art shops selling various kinds of artworks and souvenirs.
Kampung Ulok Gading and Kampung Kedamaian
If you wish to learn more about Lampung, you can visit these sites where you can observe the authenticity and originality of Lampung’s traditional houses. The architecture of the houses, their furniture and decoration maintain the authenticity of Lampung’s culture.
Hop on one of the traditional boat in pasir putih beach and visit one or more small islands in Lampung bay.The beach can be reaced within 30minutes from city centre.and the distance to the islands ranging from 5 minute boat ride to hours. The clean white sands and quiet island (most visitors here are local people who only come on weekends) make the islands a good location for you to relax and get fresh air. The sea is blue and green in some part. You dont need to check out from your hotel, because you can come in the morning and ask the boat operator to pick you up in the afternoon. pantai mutun is preferred by many locals as they consider it cleaner (pantai pasir putih being on the same coast as the factories and port). 1000rp to enter, 10k rp to park all day, 10k rp per person to cross the water to the small inland island (still under developed) 10k to be in the middle island per person, and 50k to rent a beach warung (gazebo). On the small island there is a jetski and great inflatable rings (like a banana boat). this makes the snorkeling at the beach a little dead, but tours and glass bottoed boats are available.
Purchase kain tapis, traditional weaving style clothes from Lampung. It consists of a striped, naturally-coloured cloth embroidered with warped and couched gold thread. Traditionally using floral motifs, it has numeorus variations. It is generally worn ceremonially, although it can be used as a decoration. It is considered one of the symbols of Lampung. Traditionally, tapis is worn as a sarong for weddings, Eid ul-Fitr celebrations, and welcoming ceremonies. However, tapis can also be used as a wall decoration. When worn, it forms a cylinder around the wearer's legs.
Tapis is generally made by Lampungese women. It consists of a woven, naturally coloured fabric with warped gold and silk embroidery. The gold thread, shaped in stripes, chevrons, and checks, contrasts the colours of the fabric. Tapis can also be decorated with beads, mica chips, or old colonial coins. The gold embroidery is affixed using couching techniques, minimalizing waste. The gold thread is attached in sections, then couched with a different, less expensive, thread at turns. This ensures that none of the gold thread is used in a non-visible area.
Traditionally, tapis has floral motifs. However, modern tapis may also be based on the weaver's own design and include non-floral motifs, such as Arabic calligraphy. Other designs may include snakes, ships, and mythical creatures. Some tapis, called tapis tua (old tapis), are covered entirely in golden embroidery. The price of tapis reflects its age. Generally, the older a tapis the more it costs. Antique tapis are also collectors items, collected by both Indonesians and foreigners.
Pempek(made from tapioca flour and fish)in Bandar Lampung is one of the best in the country.Originated from palembang(south sumatra).You can get it from street vendor or a restaurant like places.served with dark sweet and sour sauce.You can opt for hot(more chilli) or not hot for this sauce.
Kemplang## one kind of fish cracker.cooked by heating it over fire.served with hot sauce(a kind of pempek sauce but thicker).
Keripik(chips in western cuisine)## Banana chips,pineapple chips and jackfruit chips are the must to buy when visiting to this city.
Guest House Palapa - Jl. Pangeran Diponegoro No 154-156. Clean simple accomodation, hot & cold drinking water, free tea and coffee, Western style toilets/shower and free Wifi. Single rooms 100,000; double from 150,000. 100m South of the roundabout with the Elephants playing football.
The following are cheaper accomodation options in Bandar Lampung however most prices start at around IDR250,000, making them more of a mid-range option when compared with other cities in Indonesia:
Hotel Arinas - Jl. Raden Intan No 35 B. Ph: 0721-266778
Hotel Nusa Indah - Jl. Raden Intan No 132.: 0721-265242
Hotel Kurnia Perdana - Jl. Raden Intan No 114. Ph: 0721-262030
Hotel Andalas - Jl. Raden Intan No 89. Ph: 0721-263432
Hotel Kurnia II - Jl. Raden Intan No 75. Ph: 0721-252905
Hotel Purnama - Jl. Raden Intan No 75. Ph.
Wisma de Green - Jl. Jendral Suprapto No. 18 Ph: 0721 260630 (300-400k rp) (motor rental 30k rp per day - manual) hot water and Ac in top rooms. (as of 9/8/13)
Aziziah Guesthouse - Jl. Teuku Umar Gg. Romeo No 100. Ph: 0721-702065. This Guesthouse is run by a nice family with 40 rooms. Basic double room with toilet and fan for 100k rp, with AC for 175k rp.
Wisma Delima - Jl. Mayjen Sutoyo no. 5A & 5B. A chic guesthouse with minimalist design run by a former lifestyle journalist. The price ranges from IDR200k - 300k per night. Ph: +62821-1089-9192
Sheraton: 40-50 USD per night
Indra puri Hotel: 30-40 USD
Hotel Shahid: 30-40 USD
Hotel Bukit Randu: 40-50 USD
An hour south of Bandar Lampung lies Pulau Maitem (also called Pulau Mahitam),a beautiful island with quiet, clear water and beautiful beaches. You can cross the 200m stretch of water by foot but during high-tide the water will reach up to your waist. Alternatively, you can get a small ferryboat across.