We had little time for actual sight seeing, but somehow, thanks to our tour leader, we managed to squeeze in a short half day trip to Tangkuban Prahu, an active volcano crater on a mountain top in hilly Bandung. The journey in itself was a 2 hour slog through hills and valleys, bends and curves and the non-inescapable traffic jams of Indonesia known locally as Macet (pronounced Mah-Chett).
As soon as we arrived we were hit with the pong of sulfur, causing some to experience mild nausea! From the parking area, we needed to be bussed up another kilometer up (our own chartered bus wouldn't have made it up the gradient) after a bout of being hounded the the ubiquitous street peddlers selling overpriced touristy trinkets.
A short ride after, we were greeted with an amazing sight (and somehow, we all got accustomed to the rotten egg pong of the volcano, probably dumbed down by the panorama). And like all tourists everywhere, our cameras went clickety click non-stop from there-on.
|Scenes of the adjacent hills|
|So called active crater (more like mouldering puddle!)|
|Rizal n Jamal in the distance. Strike a pose!|
|Yes, they were selling Hamsters at the top of the mountain!|
|Trinket & Food Peddlers taking a breather.|
|Trinketman selling all manner of rabbit (or kelinchir as the locals call it) merchandise.|
|Poor horseys! Hahahaha..|
|Tehehehe! Camwhore me!|