Garut & Cipanas
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Sixty-three kilometres southeast of Bandung, Garut is a once-lovely spa town that’s now become featureless sprawl and leatherware centre. But 6km north of here the pretty village of Cipanas makes a tranquil base for a day or two exploring some stunning volcanic scenery and soaking away any travelling tensions in a hot spring-fed bath or pool.
The region is famed for its dodol – a confectionery of coconut milk, palm sugar and sticky rice. The ‘Picnic’ brand is the best quality, and it is possible to visit the factory in Garut.