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Kawah Putih Travel Guide (The White Crater)

by Marina Utami
The White Crater or Kawah Putih Travel Guide

Hey, I am back! Been so long since I last touched my blog again. So where the hell I have been to, missing for weeks? Aside from slipping myself on a couple of snorkelling trips in the middle of hectic works and study plans, June-July was fasting month for Indonesia! I didn’t get around to spend last year Ramadan with family and friends, so I figure I should give it all for this year. Who knows where I am gonna be at the next Ramadan. So I will start again by writing you the White Crater or Kawah Putih travel guide back in Bandung my hometown, in West Java Indonesia.

Oh ya, I am taking this chance also to say Minal Aidin Wal Faidzin for all my readers, I wish you all happiness blessing and a peaceful Ied 🙂white_crater_west_java_typography_iedThis month is also special because one of my travel buddy from Australia whom I met in Langkawi Island, finally come to visit and study in Indonesia. Back then Brit was already in love with the idea of travelling in Indonesia and wanted to speak Bahasa Indonesia so much. She even learns a couple of words in Bahasa Indonesia and that earned her my respect!

So this is us, Brit, Jade and me in Langkawi. Gosh, time sure flies!Marina and Friends in Langkawi MalaysiaWe finally met in Jakarta and she is already fluent in speaking Bahasa Indonesia. I was amused! We can even communicate in Bahasa Indonesia now. She is only 20 years old but she already travelled halfway around the world by herself. Yes. Solo! I even learnt many tips and tricks from her.

So I invited her to come to my hometown, Bandung before she goes back home. My best friends had an idea to visit Kawah Putih (The White Crater), which apparently is famous for the tourist. Last time that I came here was when I was 5 years old. I once saw the picture of me and my Dad in the white crater background, but I don’t remember. (Because what I remember from my childhood is always rolling my butt into the sea)

So when I finally step my foot there, I was stupidly stunning because of the view. Seriously. Was it ever this beautiful?

Without further ado, I’ll just show you the pictures so you know that you really have to come to my hometown!The White Crater or Kawah Putih Travel GuideThe White Crater or Kawah Putih Travel GuideThe White Crater or Kawah Putih Travel GuideThe White Crater or Kawah Putih Travel GuideThe White Crater or Kawah Putih Travel GuideThe White Crater or Kawah Putih Travel GuideThank you for 2 of my best friends who had the idea of coming back here and was so kind enough to let their weekend stolen for me and Brit! We both knows that you guys never treated me as a girl whenever we hang out, and that really makes me comfortable being myself. We always thrive to make our weekends more special than ever 🙂Marina and friends White Crater West JavaIn the middle of a crater, I suddenly remember pieces of my childhood with my Dad. I think this is also His way to remind me that I haven’t visited his grave since I came home. Brings me back to my memories of him. It was already 4 years since he left, but I always felt his presence when I was on the road. It’s not just an intuition or a sappy sad story. The truth is I have been helped many times with so many strangers – middle age men who live alone – while I was on the road. That reminds me of my late Dad.

Some part of me still feeling guilty of leaving him alone when he was alive. Maybe it’s time to payback to all those wonderful gentlemen who helped me so much. They were so kind and treated me like their own child.

Old Photo White Crater West JavaIt’s always good to be a tourist in your own hometown once in a while. You’ll never know what kind of memories could bring you back again.

Tips and Guide to visiting here:

1. Transport

As the place is a bit far from Bandung city, there are the only couple of options for you to get here. You need to cross the mountains and hills to get here though. A couple of options to get here:

  • Rent motorbike (make sure you are experienced enough to ride this). Usually, will cost you 50.000 IDR for whole day
  • Rent cars with other travellers and Indonesian driver
  • Go by Angkot (public transport).  It will be less cheap if you were going from Leuwi Panjang Terminal Station. Find the yellow Angkot with final destination to Situ Patenggatang. Normally it will be around 7000 – 10.000 IDR. When you get to the entry gate, get on the Ontang Anting to go up to the location by paying 10.000 IDR for two-way

2. Price

Westerners: 50.000 IDR.

Locals: 20.000 IDR.

4 wheels transport: 15.000 IDR

2 wheels transport: 6000 IDR

3. Time

The location opens daily from 07.00 am until 05.00 pm, sometimes depends on the weather itself.

As the place is quite on the top, no matter what time you’ll go, it will be a good day to spend!

4. Clothes & Condition

Don’t forget to bring your jacket as it cold most of the times. You need to adjust the smell there too as it will be full of sulphur, some of the visitors even bring their own mask or you can also buy there.

Oh another thing, prepare to bring proper shoes to make it easier for you to go around. We found an uphill with simple trekking path where you can view the whole crater!

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© 2017 Writing & Images copyright of Marina Utami.


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Ling Tan July 27, 2015 - 4:34 pm

What a lovely post! Thanks for sharing the insider’s perspective. I run a travel website, where parents share travel stories, and a my recently shared her account of Bandung – http://kidsonboard.net/blog/travel-moment/what-to-do-in-bandung-with-kids – now that’s a tourist’s perspective completely… She totally taken with your hometown though! Would you have any places in addition to recommend to families too?

jejakmarina July 28, 2015 - 8:34 am

Hello Ling Tan! Oh wow!! I am very happy that they loved my hometown! Oh I would recommend Saung Angklung Udjo very much for children. They can learn about the cultures and traditional music of West Java. Saung Angklung Udjo is also a school, where most of the student (lots of kids!) are performing on weekend. I am planning to write the post in the future.
Make sure to come back and check the place! 🙂

Walter Pinem July 28, 2015 - 1:56 pm

I’ve been there twice and this post makes me want to go there one more time. what a lovely story, love the photos as well! 😀

Yunita August 5, 2015 - 9:51 am

Hai Kak Marina! DO you have some tips to go to there from St. Hall Bandung? I really want to go there alone.

jejakmarina August 5, 2015 - 9:56 am

Hi Yunita! The best way is to use Angkot from St.Hall. I remember there’s an angkot to go there on weekend with other citizens. But if you are not lucky, rent the angkot is the only way to go. Best if you ask the angkot to stay and drop you back again to St. Hall.
If you could ride motorbike, that’s much more better 🙂

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