An Off-Road Experience in Bandung, Indonesia

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Take a wild ride off-roading as you travel Bandung, Indonesia for the thrill of your life! Travel Bandung, Bandung Attractions, Bandung Tourist Attractions, Dusun Bambu, Bandung, Indonesia

 

Wisata Off-Road Adventure picked us up after lunch from Café Burangrang. We were at the unique leisure park, Dusun Bambu in Northern Bandung, Indonesia, where we had just had a relaxing lunch overlooking an amazing view of boats on a pond with thatched bungalows.

Take a wild ride off-roading as you travel Bandung, Indonesia for the thrill of your life! Travel Bandung, Bandung Attractions, Bandung Tourist Attractions, Dusun Bambu, Bandung, Indonesia

Take a wild ride off-roading as you travel Bandung, Indonesia for the thrill of your life! Travel Bandung, Bandung Attractions, Bandung Tourist Attractions, Dusun Bambu, Bandung, Indonesia

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The guides lead us down to the parking circle valet. One by one, we walked past the legendary UK Land Rovers circa 1970. They were quite a sight! Red ones with old tires attached to the hood. Military-issued, pale yellow types with a silver side panel, hunter green ones, a yellow one with a white top.

Take a wild ride off-roading as you travel Bandung, Indonesia for the thrill of your life! Travel Bandung, Bandung Attractions, Bandung Tourist Attractions, Dusun Bambu, Bandung, Indonesia

The five of us chose a white one with silver metal seats. It had floppy black vinyl seat cushions that didn’t provide much padding. But we were the lucky ones, as I heard some of them only had metal seats with no cushions. Yikes!

Take a wild ride off-roading as you travel Bandung, Indonesia for the thrill of your life! Travel Bandung, Bandung Attractions, Bandung Tourist Attractions, Dusun Bambu, Bandung, Indonesia

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I grabbed the hand strap and loaded into the back, choosing my seat closest to the rear for best viewing and photography (like I thought I could take photos… little did I know!). Soon we were a caravan of 8 bad-ass monster-like trucks making our way through this Indonesian town like a military crew entering a city on a mission. Nestled between three mountains, this area is known for its higher altitude, tea plantations, and a rich cultural heritage. Motorcycles zoomed past us on the right and on the left. Multiple riders had household goods strapped to their body! Like insane amounts of this. Traffic was crazy on the streets and freeway, but soon we made our dirt road exit by the lush green rice fields. We made our way further and further into the Jayagiri Rainforest.

Take a wild ride off-roading as you travel Bandung, Indonesia for the thrill of your life! Travel Bandung, Bandung Attractions, Bandung Tourist Attractions, Dusun Bambu, Bandung, Indonesia

We had no idea where we were headed, but the scenery was gorgeous!

Take a wild ride off-roading as you travel Bandung, Indonesia for the thrill of your life! Travel Bandung, Bandung Attractions, Bandung Tourist Attractions, Dusun Bambu, Bandung, Indonesia

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I put my mandatory helmet on. Hanging on for dear life, I braced one foot against the metal floorboard and the other against the seat in front of me. I had to stretch out my foot even to reach across the floor to the other side. My right hand held on tightly to the strap below my seat. My left hand, gripping the loop that hung by my head. The road was treacherous and muddy! Eventually, it wasn’t even a road, it was a ditch, like driving through a carved out muddy hill six feet deep. Most of the time I could hear the screams of the other passengers like they were on an amusement park ride. Even I cursed more than what I am accustomed to! My knuckles turned white and my heart was pumping. It was insane what these trucks could go through.

Take a wild ride off-roading as you travel Bandung, Indonesia for the thrill of your life! Travel Bandung, Bandung Attractions, Bandung Tourist Attractions, Dusun Bambu, Bandung, Indonesia

We rode.

We rode hard.

Sliding off our seat cushions.

We laughed.

We laughed hard.

We hung on.

We hung on for dear life!

Take a wild ride off-roading as you travel Bandung, Indonesia for the thrill of your life! Travel Bandung, Bandung Attractions, Bandung Tourist Attractions, Dusun Bambu, Bandung, Indonesia

Take a wild ride off-roading as you travel Bandung, Indonesia for the thrill of your life! Travel Bandung, Bandung Attractions, Bandung Tourist Attractions, Dusun Bambu, Bandung, Indonesia

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Take a wild ride off-roading as you travel Bandung, Indonesia for the thrill of your life! Travel Bandung, Bandung Attractions, Bandung Tourist Attractions, Dusun Bambu, Bandung, Indonesia

Eventually, we made it to the halfway point pitstop (thank God!), and when we arrived, faintly I heard the sounds of classic rock. But as we got closer, the music got louder and soon we were in the throes of a classic rock DJ experience in the middle of the rainforest in Indonesia. It was surreal, with them blasting the Scorpions singing Still Loving You.

“I’m still in love with you, ewww, ewww.”

I won’t mention who that song reminds me of, but just know, it was good memories!

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Take a wild ride off-roading as you travel Bandung, Indonesia for the thrill of your life! Travel Bandung, Bandung Attractions, Bandung Tourist Attractions, Dusun Bambu, Bandung, Indonesia

We carefully jumped out of the truck dodging mud puddles to meet the others, who had found the coffee guy’s food and pastry bright red truck. I think he was the one blasting the classic rock. Some people sat around on round wooden stools, some got on top of the trucks for photos, while others walked into the rainforest just to look up.

Take a wild ride off-roading as you travel Bandung, Indonesia for the thrill of your life! Travel Bandung, Bandung Attractions, Bandung Tourist Attractions, Dusun Bambu, Bandung, Indonesia

I went into the rainforest, feeling that moment of thrill you get when you know this experience is what you look for when traveling. The views were incredible as I gazed out across the trees.

Take a wild ride off-roading as you travel Bandung, Indonesia for the thrill of your life! Travel Bandung, Bandung Attractions, Bandung Tourist Attractions, Dusun Bambu, Bandung, Indonesia

 

The “roads” were thick areas of marshland against green tea plantations and of course, the tallest trees ever. I stopped for a moment to breathe it all in. Even now, as I write this, I pulled up You Tube on my Mac to listen to this song again to get right back into that mood this trip created! I love moments like this!

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Take a wild ride off-roading as you travel Bandung, Indonesia for the thrill of your life! Travel Bandung, Bandung Attractions, Bandung Tourist Attractions, Dusun Bambu, Bandung, Indonesia

 

We reloaded into the trucks for two more hours of off-roading even harder off-roading in giant mud puddles. This crazy experience was unlike any off-roading I have ever done before and it is a wild experience if you are up for it! As a licensed Chiropractor, I would say this is not for the light-hearted or anyone with back issues! But if you want hard adventure and fun in an “off-the-beaten path” area of the world, then this one is for you. I typically do soft adventure and so one hour  versus three hours of this would have been enough for me!

Take a wild ride off-roading as you travel Bandung, Indonesia for the thrill of your life! Travel Bandung, Bandung Attractions, Bandung Tourist Attractions, Dusun Bambu, Bandung, Indonesia

Watch this video and you will know what I mean: Bandung Off-Roading

Take a wild ride off-roading as you travel Bandung, Indonesia for the thrill of your life! Travel Bandung, Bandung Attractions, Bandung Tourist Attractions, Dusun Bambu, Bandung, Indonesia

Take a wild ride off-roading as you travel Bandung, Indonesia for the thrill of your life! Travel Bandung, Bandung Attractions, Bandung Tourist Attractions, Dusun Bambu, Bandung, Indonesia

Disclosure:  This trip was hosted by the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia. The fun and crazy memories I have from this trip were all my own.

 

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8 Comments

  1. stacey October 17, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    i want to go after seeing your photos … what an experience! the third photo from the end was awesome!

    • Cacinda Maloney October 17, 2016 at 8:37 pm

      Yes, put it on your #bucketlist… it was crazy!

  2. Sara Amburgey October 18, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Love the pics, Cacinda! I was smiling and laughing while reading about your adventure! Perfection!

  3. Kelly Stilwell October 18, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    So much fun! I loved hanging out (and on!) with you!!

    • Cacinda Maloney October 18, 2016 at 4:35 pm

      Ahhh, we had a great time, huh?

  4. Anne Reilly October 18, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    What an experience! Better you than me. I have an aversion to mud and bumpy rides.

    • Cacinda Maloney October 20, 2016 at 11:44 am

      ha ha! Well, it was an amazing experience, I just would have preferred an hour versus two!

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