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One week in West Java, Indonesia


Do you often say, “So many things to do but so little time”? I totally feel the same way because I often say that to myself when I travel. Especially if I only have a short time to explore a particular destination. If you have one week in West Java, where would you go? Here’s a quick travel guide that will help you plan that one-week itinerary.

West Java has a total population of over 46.3 million people. It is the most populous and most densely populated of Indonesia’s provinces according to Wikipedia. During my stay in Bali, I met a bubbly guy named Gilang. He shared so many things to us about his hometown, Java.

Kebun Raya

The main attraction in Bogor is the fabulous botanical garden called Kebun Raya. It was expanded and developed by a Dutch botanist with the assistance from London’s Kew Gardens. No wonder why it’s the top choice for all travelers across the globe. If you’re a botanophile like my mom, I’m pretty sure that you will appreciate all the 15,000 species of trees and plants. They also have an Orchid house that has huge water lilies about 1 metre in width.

botanical gardens java

Pangandaran National Park

Pangandaran is the local’s favorite seaside town. But aside from the fantastic beach and fresh seafood, you can also check out the national park that has an abundance of wildlife such as porcupines, barking deer, hornbills, monitor lizards, and monkeys. I recommend you get a tour guide so you won’t get lost when you get around the recreational park and jungle.


Ujung Kulon National Park

This is UNESCO World Heritage-listed national park. If you want to see a one-horned Javan Rhinoceros, you can try your luck here. But sad to say, they are only 50 to 60 remaining Javan rhinoceros, and they are considered one of the most critically endangered mammals in the world.

Ujung Kulon

Gunung Halimun National Park

Mount Salak and Mount Halimun can be found inside the national park. They said it would take you 4 hours to reach the Mount Halimun summit and another 4 hours going down the national park. I’m not sure if I can hike that long, 2 hours of hiking is already exhausting for me. Aside from hiking, you can also find 500 hundred plant species in Taman Nasional Gunung Halimun, but make sure to speak to the staff of the tourist board because you will need a permit to enter this park.

things to do in west java

Kebun Raya Cibodas

One thing I can say about Indonesians is that they take pride in maintaining their gardening. The level of attention is very impressive. In Cibodas Botanical Garden, you will find an outstanding collection of palms, ferns, cacti, pines and cherry trees. When you visit, make sure to go around October to February. (cherry blossom season)

Kebun Raya Cibodas

Getting around:

In West Java, they have a small public transportation called “Angkot.” It is a mini bus that holds as many as ten passengers. You can also rent a car with a driver if you are traveling with a group so you can split the bill.

Where to stay:

Since Bogor is famous for travelers and backpackers, you won’t have a hard time finding the best room to stay. My friend Gilang, suggested finding a mid-range hotel with a good value such as Zest Hotel Bogor and Santika Hotel.

Where to eat:

Nicole’s Kitchen & Lounge – if you are looking for a romantic concept and great landscapes, this is the best place to be.

Cimory Riverside View – Good for people who are not lactose intolerant. They serve milky food and dairy products. They have an amazing view and it it perfectly situated across a river.

Ah Poong – it is a floating market like in Thailand. They have an extensive food selection from Indonesian to Japanese food.

Speak Bahasa:

hello = Halo

thank you = Terima kasih

reply to thank you = Sama sama

how much is it? = Berapa harganya?

What is it? =Apa ini?

I hope you find my guide helpful. Java is a great tropical island to relax and explore. My fellow travel blogger Stefy from Born2travel advised me always keep an open mind, embrace different possibilities, opportunities, and interests. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You don’t have to agree, but you may be surprised what you’ll learn. Terima kasih!

***Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. Photos from Pinterest.


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Karla Thea

KT is a digital nomad who quit her job, bought a ticket somewhere, got a tan, fell in love with mother nature and she would never return to the normal life that society dictates. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @pinaynomad


  1. Great Tips Pinaynomad!

    I have to say that, out of all these great attractions, the Pangandaran National Park spoke to me the most. I love nature and water will always be my fist choice among all the possible attractions!

    • Pinay Nomad

      Thank you for the thoughtful comment Mitch. Pangandaran is my favourite spot too. I can meditate and do yoga near the beach.

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