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Perched on the hills overlooking Lampung Bay, Bandarlampung is the capital and largest city of Lampung, the southern-most province on the island of Sumatra. The city acts as an inter-island hub and main gateway to Sumatra from Java. As the fourth largest city in Sumatra, Bandarlampung plays a pivotal role in the development and economic activities of the island. Located approximately 165 kms northwest of Jakarta, the city is the starting point for visitors before making trips to the Way Kambas National Park, the Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, the still active remants of Mount Krakatau, and many other attractions found throughout this province.
Calling this the gateway to Sumatra is not an exaggeration. Its proximity to the Bakauheni Seaport and the international Airport of Radin Inten II in South Lampung makes it a central point, accessible both by air and sea. From the south end, Bandarlampung is also the first major city on the inter-province highway called the Trans Sumatra. This highway leads all the way to the northern -most end of Sumatra as well as this large island’s western parts, covering a total distance of no less than 2,200 Kms. An overland journey on this road offers its own pleasures, as you will discover some of the best scenic views on Sumatra.
Bandarlampung is an amalgamation of two separate towns; Tanjungkarang on the hilly areas and Teluk Betung on the coast of Lampung Bay. In 1990, the two towns, along with Panjang area converged into a single integrated city.
History recorded that during the catastrophic eruption of Mount Karakatau in 1883, the town of Teluk Betung suffered the heaviest blow. From a total of 36,000 million who died that day, almost half were residents of Teluk Betung. As a reminder of this disaster, a huge steel buoy that was washed up from the sea has been made as monument commemorating this huge eruption and ensuing tsunami. Set in a small park on Veteran Street, the Krakatau Monument shows the sheer power of the eruption, and tsunami when a half-ton steel material could end up so far away from shore.
As a tourist destination, Bandarlampung has plenty to offer, from natural splendors, cultural legacies, to various recreation parks. On Lampung Bay, 20 km south of the city center, visitors can enjoy the calm beach and the soft pearly white sand at the White sand Beach. Still in the Teluk Betung area, the Bumi Kedaton National Park features countryside ambience, complete with cool breeze, accompanied by the soothing soundsof the running river.
If you wish to further explore the history of Lampung on your holiday, the Museum Sang Bumi Ruwa Jurai and the provincial Museum of Lampung offer centuries of collections and legacies of the province. The distinctive culture of Bandarlampung is reflected through its buildings. At Kampung Ulok Gading and Kampung Kedamaian, the traditional houses of Lampung are presented, along with all the house wares, heirlooms and other traditional accessories.
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. If you wish to mingle with the locals, you can try to take a ride in the angkutan kota or angkot, that came with different designated routes for different areas and distinguished by different colors. When you are near your destination, don’t forget to shout “Stop Kiri”, asking the driver to stop at the left side, so you can get off. For more personal comforts, you can use taxis or Ojek (Motorbike taxies)
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.
TO GET THERE
Bandarlampung is accessible by air via the Radin Inten II international airport located at Branti Raya, South Lampung district. The airport was initially built for domestic flights, but since 2008 the airport was officially declared as an international airport that can accommodate large airplanes such as Boeing 737-200, to Boeing 737-500, Airbus A320. Flights to and from Lampung are served by the following airlines from Jakarta and Batam:
Garuda Indonesia (from Jakarta)
Merpati Nusantara Airlines (from Jakarta)
Sriwijaya Air (from Jakarta)
Batavia Air (from Jakarta and Batam)
Saudi Arabian Airlines (Jeddah) for hajj embarkation
Bandarlampung is fortunate to be one of only two major cities in Sumatra to have fully operating railway systems. The single route train connects Bandarlampung with Palembang in South Sumatra, charging IDR 28,000 for economy class, and IDR 80,000 for executive class. The train leaves daily at 08.30am and 09.00pm from the Tanjung Karang Station.
The Rajabasa bus terminal is the main public transportation center of the city. As one of the busiest terminals in Sumatra, the Rajabasa terminal is the destination of inter-provincial buses from Jakarta and other cities in Java. The terminal also connects Bandarlampung with other major cities on the island, such as Palembang, Medan, Pekanbaru and more. Other terminals that can get you through some of the destinations in Bandarlampung are:
Here are the list of some of the travel agents available at Bandar Lampung :
Krakatau Lampung Tour and Travel
Jl. Kartini 19-25
Bandar Lampung 351167
Elendra Tour and Travel
Jl. Sultan Agung 32 Way Halim
Bandar Lampung 35141
333 Tour and Travel
Jl. Ikan Banyung 2 Sukaraja
Teluk Betung, Bandar Lampung
Villa Citra Blok RD 10
Jl. Antasari Bandar Lampung
Wita Sejahtera Permai
Jl. Ikan Lumba-lumba 39
Bandar Lampung 3522307
Eleste Tour and Travel
Jl. Ikan Simba 23
Teluk Betung, Bandar Lampung
Megah Express International Tour and Travel
Jl. Yos Sudarso 32-34
Femmy Tour and Travel
Jl. W. Mongonsidi 134
Bandar Lampung 35215