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Hi Folks,

I have been a couple of times in Indonesia en especially in Western Java where my parents in law are living.
Next month I will visit them again. Í have been in Bogor and Bandung before. But this time I want to visit the more remote villages in the area.

I am looking for places (or area) where there are beautiful sawa's and palmtrees and other fruit/tea plantations.

Can anyone reccomand such a place and also accomodation in the area?

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Hi Tigerhead,

First thing to do in Bandung will be a visit to Gran media, to buy the book: "All around Bandung" by Gottfried Roelcke (ISBN 962-593-030-2). This book has been my bible for finding beautifull spots around Bandung.

For teaplantations you have to go to Ciwidey. From Bandung you take Jl. Sukarno-Hatta and head south on Jl. Kopo. Follow this road untill you reach Soreang and after that Ciwidey. The tea plantations offer hiking opportunities and hot springs to relax in. You can also visit Kawa Putih (your parents-in-law should know what I'm talking about)

Nice tea plantations can also be found on the northernside of Gn. Papandayan. We ever hiked up Gn. Papandayan from Garut (Kampung Cisururupan) and crossed the crater to descend on the other side of the mountain. We ended up in the middle of tea plantations and a nice kampung (Setup) with a tea factory. The manager of the tea factory was very friendly and offered us... ... tea.

Between Bogor and Bandung, in Cipanas you can go up Gn. Gede/Pangrango. Try to avoid climbing it during the weekends, because then it is crowded. This (These) mountain(s) offer a lot of sights in a single climb. This includes a hot waterfall.

Reachable from the Ledeng terminal in Bandung, there are the Dago Falls (15 mins. walking from the terminal). These were a big disappointment, as the river was very polluted.

I hope you enjoy your stay!

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Hi André

Thanks for your message. After doing some research by myself and your advise, I guess I will visit Kampung Naga (near Garut) and the area of the Malabar tea plantation

But if we don't have much time than we will stay with my brother in law in Bogor and visit the surroundings of Sukabumi and Selabintana.

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