When Mount Krakatau erupted in 1883, Bandar Lampung became the historical location of one of the world’s biggest catastrophe. But today, the town is Sumatra’s main gateway to the island of Java, a central point to major attractions within the Lampung province and an area that offers some of the best scenic views of Sumatra. Travel to Bandar Lampung and explore a destination which boasts a rich cultural and natural heritage, offering something new to discover each time you visit. From breathtaking national parks to historical sites, Bandar Lampung attractions provide an enriching holiday experience that can be enjoyed by the young and old alike.
Run with the wild
Calling all animal lovers, the Way Kambas National Park is an animal reserve area covering 1,300 square kilometres of the Lampung province, two hours away from Bandar Lampung. Famous for its Elephant Training Center, which features performing elephants and elephant rides, the park is a haven for exotic flora and fauna. Also included in the national park area are several sub-districts, including Right Way, the Sumateran Rhino Sanctuary and Way Kanan, which is a favourite of birdwatchers. The national park is the oldest in Indonesia, established by the Dutch in 1937. Around 200 Sumatran elephants live within the park along with the five endangered Sumatran rhinos.
Brush all sides of the city
Walk through the city’s history and browse through the vast collection at the Sang Bumi Ruwa Jurai Museum, which houses artworks, antique ceramics, currencies and plenty more. Another way to learn more about Bandar Lampung is by visiting Kampung Ulok Gading and Kampung Kedamaian, where traditional Lampung houses still stand, complete with authentic furniture and decoration. If you’re looking for some relaxed fun, take a detour to White Sand Beach, just 20 kilometres away from the city centre.
The typical Lampung food, seruit dishes are normally large river fishes that are fried or baked with sauce mixed with shrimp paste, tempoyak (processed durian) or mango. Eating seruit is an activity on its own called nyeruit and always done together. Because for the people of Lampung, seruit isn’t just considered food, but also a part of the tradition and culture as they symbolise family togetherness. It’s best served with warm rice.
Instead of its fried counterparts, these fish crackers are roasted to the brim, making it a healthier choice for snacks. It has a savoury taste, usually dipped into a sauce or even with vinegar. Being inexpensive and addictive once eaten, plenty of people visiting Lampung will drop by the local supermarket and buy a pack or two to bring home as gifts.
These days, in a multicultural town like Lampung, it’s rare to find a place that specializes solely on Lampung food. But at the few eating places scattered around town, the pindang lampung is sure to be on the menu. Usually served in a medium-sized bowl with warm, yellow-coloured broth, the pindang lampung is spicy in flavour – Bandar Lampung’s answer to Thailand’s tom yum. There are many kinds of pindang lampung – Bawung Pindang Nanas, Cumi Pindang Kemangi and Udang Pindang.
With just 900,000 people living in Indonesia’s fourth largest city, you can probably tell that compared to other big cities, Bandar Lampung is more of a sleepy little town. For those who prefer the peace and quiet side of a city, Bandar Lampung might just be the best place to tie the knot. Just choose your backdrop – beach, city or the wilderness. Bandar Lampung has a bit of it all.