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Travels in Indonesia with children part 3 (Lembang)

By good fortune this morning it didn’t rain and instead we had gorgeous weather. We hired the hotel car and driver and set off through Lembang to the nearby volcano, passing street food vendors and terraces growing delicious vegetables and fruits including the tastiest strawberries that I’ve ever tried.

Fried tofu vendor

Fried tofu vendor

These roadside vendors sell many of life's essentials including a lot of cigarettes. Interestingly, cigarettes are advertised here whereas in Australia now cigarettes are hidden away in shops and have plain packaging covered with health warnings.

These roadside vendors sell many of life’s essentials including a lot of cigarettes. Interestingly, cigarettes are advertised here whereas in Australia now cigarettes are hidden away in shops and have plain packaging covered with health warnings.

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Amazing terracing makes even the flanks of the volcano arable

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Market garden

The Tangkuban Perahu volcano is easily accessed by a road to the crater. The crater is surrounded by walking paths, lookouts, souvenir stalls and touts. We enjoyed peering into the crater and seeing sulphurous gases pouring out of vents. The hydrogen sulphide gas is a bit unpleasant but not overwhelming.

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Tangkuban Perahu crater

Souvenir touts abound

Souvenir touts abound

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View towards Bandung

We were careful not to show interest in trinkets because that is tantamount to drawing a target on your chest for all touts in the surrounding area to descend like vultures. Because of the touts we did not relax and enjoy the crater at leisure. The only thing that I bought was a lovely sample of native sulphur for my mineral collection.

The walking track through the forest is lovely

The walking track through the forest is lovely

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This carved tree fern stands sentinel at the entrance to the volcanic vents

A guide attached himself to us the instant we disembarked from the car and he convinced us to buy a ticket to walk about 1.2km down the hill to some active vents and thermal pools. I’m unclear on whether we really needed tickets and a guide or if we could have just walked down there for free… We paid for 1 hour of his time which meant that we had to rush the whole time. We tried to release him so that we could enjoy the vents and pools without rushing but he insisted on guiding us back to the car and reminded us to tip him so that he can buy food for his baby.

Volcanic vents

Volcanic vents

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Volcanic gases boil the water and deposit sulphur on the rocks (yellow)

This is the first volcano that I’ve visited despite having studied a geology degree and it was exciting to see. The hot gases bubbled mud up at 120°C and bubbled through various pools of water. The guide took me to see beautiful crystals of native sulphur. Overall it was a splendid experience.

Beautiful native sulphur crystals

Beautiful native sulphur crystals

On the way up the mountain we saw two large black monkeys and on the way down we enjoyed looking out over vast tea plantations on our way to the village of Ciata and the hot springs.

Forest near volcano

Forest near volcano

Tea plantation on the flanks of the volcano

Tea plantation on the flanks of the volcano

The hot springs that we visited are part of a resort and we were the only westerners there with predominantly Indonesian and a few Arab tourists. I had foolishly packed my bikini but after regarding the women in full clothing and burkinis I simply rolled up my trousers and waded into the knee deep water while looking longingly at the people standing with their shoulders being pounded by hot water from waterfalls. Our children had fun playing in the warm water. Two separate groups of lovely women asked me for photos and posed with me. We tried to talk but with my limited Indonesian and their limited English we mostly smiled.

Sari Ater Hot Spring Resort

Sari Ater Hot Spring Resort

Hot waterfall

Hot waterfall

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We eventually were chased away from there by heavy rain and while we waited under a shelter for the rain to abate my husband read us a chapter of the second book by Cressida Cowell in the dragon training series. When the rain continued we hired umbrellas from a smiling vendor and walked to the exit where I changed our children behind my sarong into dry clothes as friendly Indonesians huddled close around us watching with great interest.

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3 comments on “Travels in Indonesia with children part 3 (Lembang)

  1. twng32
    January 10, 2014

    Beautiful photos! Brings back so many memories of my trip there. You visited many of the same places I did. Thanks for sharing!

    • strivetoengage
      January 10, 2014

      Thank you for the kind and encouraging comment! I’m interested to know where else you travelled on your Indonesian trip.

      • twng32
        January 11, 2014

        You did a much more thorough breakdown of areas than I did. I like the way you divided your posts into multiple posts. I did mine in only two separate posts. You can see mine in the link provided. http://twng32.wordpress.com/category/asia/

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