No more writing debt this year! Oui! >:O

This years’ Eid Mubarok long holiday, my family picked Farm House in Setiabudhi, Bandung, as travel destination (Pops didn’t want to come so… welp). We had prepared for the horrible traffic jam before, so we left home right when all Muslims had Shalat and arrived at about 9AM in the morning. Guess what…! The Farm House, where we could see a miniature hobbit hole, was really full and we couldn’t find any empty parking lot! The condition was so horrible that every single private cars are forced to park on the side of the street or in front of someone’s house. The queue was so long that we quickly decided to abandon this planned travel and went to somewhere near instead.

Lucky for us, there was another travel destination near there, it was Floating Market, Lembang. It was located at Jalan Grand Hotel No. 33E, Lembang and had decent size parking lot, so even though the visitors increased double, we still could find some empty lot to park our car. And hey, the journey was also worth it.

As usual, every pictures were taken by Nokia N8 Camera (I know I should have gotten something better than that). I took some pictures with my sis’s Nikon DSLR too, but since the camera wasn’t at home at the moment, I couldn’t get the data.

Floating Market, Lembang

Floating Market, Lembang

The entrance ticket + car parking fee was about 110k IDR for five of us (20k-ish for one person). Once you enter inside the site, you’ll immediately enjoy the sight of “Situ Umar” (Situ is Sundanese for “lake”). The lake was preserved and blue. A boat decoration was placed as photo spot and some tree trunks could be used as chairs. You could trade your Floating Market entrance ticket for free coffee or snacks too. Enjoying nature with a free hot/cold coffee. Who wouldn’t want.

There were some gardens and facilities in Floating Market Lembang: The ROCK garden, Floating Houses, Kid’s Park, an aviary, farm geese, a miniature rice field, rabbit houses and a train museum. The ROCK was a garden full of… well… rock. Couldn’t describe it easily by words, but had its own beauty. Sad thing was some impolite visitors often breached the fence to take selfies inside. Just seeing them behaving like that made me want to throw their cameras and cellphones to nearest water body.

Anyways, the next was Floating Houses. This one was also photo spot, but you could also get inside the house. The white one had big table and chairs inside, but was locked. The smaller ones was empty and didn’t have any room (just a miniature houses), but you could also find a small chair in one of the house. Different than any other floating houses, these miniatures were close to boats, connected by bamboo bridges and tied with strong rope to the land so when you stepped inside you could feel it rocking.

Floating Market's Situ Umar

Floating Market’s Situ Umar

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Koi koi koi koi koi koi koi

Koi koi koi koi koi koi koi

Myup. Feeding -frenzy- fish. There was stalls that sell fish food so you could feed them… or throw the content in bulk to the pond. These fish were so barbaric that they would immediately come to the thrown food and fought for it. Because most of them had yellow color, somewhat the pond turned golden when they struggle. Not related to this article, for me it was like Jesus’s miracle of feeding 5000 (fish) with five (packs of fish food) and two (loaves of bread). Above the pond was goose farm, complete with mini bamboo house. These geese couldn’t be reached, so you could only see them from afar. If you were professional fish food throwing athlete, you could try.

Next was the main site of Floating Market Lembang: marketplace!

Floating Market Marketplace

Floating Market Marketplace. Hey, that was my lil bro’s head photobombing 😡

Don’t imagine it like Venezuela or Thailand’s traditional floating “market”. This marketplace was just food stalls on traditional or decorated boat. We didn’t plan on spending any for food since Mom had prepared bentos, but my sis and her hubby bought some crunchy spiral fried potato for us and some snacks. Couldn’t resist. The price was also fair, you should trade your Rupiah to “Floating Market tokens” and exchanged them for food in the stalls. The price ranged from 15k IDR to 30k IDR. Not really expensive for tourist spot like this. There were many varieties of food here, but most of them were traditional snacks and other were Sundanese food. Of course there wasn’t any Western steaks or spaghetti here.

Floating Market's Wooden Statues

Floating Market’s Wooden Statues

Venturing far from the lake was a park with animal statues. These statues were made of fine teak wood, probably imported from Jepara. They were well made and stood strong. You shouldn’t touch them, though. Next to the animal statue park was kid’s park, where there were usual rides for kids and another food stalls for those who didn’t really fancy buying something in the main marketplace. Most family with kids spent their time here. In kid’s park there was also a Rabbit House, where you could go in, buy some veggies near rabbit house’s entrance and feed the fluffs yourself. I noticed there were various kind of rabbits, not only common breed found in Lembang.

floating-market-rabbit-house

Floating Market Rabbit House

A small aviary was sitting not far from kid’s park, and there was also Train Museum. You wouldn’t know it was more than a “museum” judging by its look. Inside the building, there were train miniatures and dioramas showcases and a small entrance (need to buy a ticket) which would lead you to a big train outdoor diorama. I didn’t take any picture there because of low battery… sigh, it was beautiful inside :(.

Welp, that was it. We didn’t manage to go to Farm House but Floating Market Lembang was still worth a visit. Until now I’m still curious of Farm House’s Hobbit Hole – I wonder if I had time to visit it next holiday.

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