Eventhough Lembang is only an hour away from our parent's house in Bandung, I seldom go to Lembang because of its traffic jam especially during weekend. Kampung Gajah and The Ranch didn't interest me to go there until I read blogs regarding Lembang Floating Market. The place is so awesome which made me planned a one night stay in Lembang with @rona_willis and @alisahaqiqi's families.
|colorful food stalls at Lembang Floating Market|
As it was a school holiday period, we left early from Jakarta to avoid the traffic jam, and went directly to Lembang Floating Market. We arrived there at 9 am, became one of their first guests coming that Saturday. We had to buy tickets IDR 10,000 per person and IDR 5,000 for our car. We could change our ticket with a cup of hot/cold coffee, chocolate or lemon tea inside the market.
|tickets & the entrance to the market|
We had to buy coins as all the selling transactions (including games) inside the market only accept these coins. There are several "money changer" inside just in case the one at the entrance is full.
|coins of IDR 5,000, 10,000, 50,000 and 100,000|
The Lembang Floating Market is at the opposite of the entrance. It is located in a lake called Situ Umar ("situ" in Bahasa Sunda means lake). Whoever has designed and made this place is brilliant. It combines recreation and also the culinary experience. And this place is also child friendly.
|the sight from the entrance|
We could walk or use the boat crossing the lake to get to the Lembang Floating Market. It cost only IDR 1,000 per person, but I bet you will give the boatman more than that after seeing how his effort rowing the boat.
|crossing the lake with this tiny boat|
Along the path from the entrance to the floating market, there are several wooden shoppes and booths selling traditional food, clothes and also there's a clay coloring corner for kids (IDR 60,000 per package including the clay and the coloring set).
|coloring the clays|
We walked further and found a lovely pond for the ducks. We could feed them by paying with a coin of 5,000 to buy the duck food.
What kiddos love the most was the Taman Kelinci (rabbit park). Lembang is famous for its rabbit, and having this Taman Kelinci at the Lembang Floating Market is really smart. The entrance fee to the rabbit park is IDR 15,000, we bought the tickets with our coins.
|having fun at the Rabbit Park|
Because it was only half way to go to the floating market from Taman Kelinci, we decided to walk through a park where we could see the entrance and all the shoppes from the opposite.
|all the booths and shoppes from the opposite|
Finally we made it to the Lembang Floating Maket at 11 am after many stops:p Kiddos didn't want to have their lunch yet and request to do a sampan ride. So we hopped on a sampan for 30 minutes cost IDR 70,000. There are several types of boat we could rent; paddle boat, sampan, dragon boat and canoe.
|our sampan is the one with the yellow roof|
We could also stop at the food stall to buy food from our rented sampan. I wanted to do that actually, but I need to have a better skill of rowing:p The 30 mins rowing was tiring, better to get on the transfer boat from the entrance to the floating market.
|(almost) approaching the food stall with our rented sampan|
It was not easy to decide what to eat at the Lembang Floating Market, there are so many food stall offering all yummy food with reasonable price. Oh yes very affordable compared to Sentul's Ah Poong floating market. We started with "Comro" (spicy fried cassava), and it was a real good one, as good as its look.
|must try at Lembang Floating Market|
As a satay freak, I tried what so called Sate Buntel. Hmm I should have ordered other food, this satay was not that good. This place gets really crowded at lunch time, and it was hard to find the seats.
|interesting to see how they prepare the food from their boat|
After lunch we went to Kampung Leuit, a place where kiddos could pick strawberries. This place offers you gazebo to sit overlooking an artificial paddy field. A perfect place to have your picnic at Lembang Floating Market.
|beautiful Kampung Leuit|
At the strawberry field, we have been informed that it might be difficult to find the strawberries, but as kiddos wanted to have it a try, we said no problem. After paying IDR 20,000 we went to the field and found only 5 strawberries! At the end the guy filled our box with their strawberries:p
|where are the strawberries?:D|
The Lembang Floating Market is a must visit place, but ensure you get to this place at 9 am. Otherwise this place will be very crowded, and you will have to pass the traffic jam around Lembang Market.
written on June 30, 2013
Tag: pasar apung Lembang, pasar terapung Lembang, liburan ke Lembang, wisata kuliner di lembang, floating market lembang
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