Orchid Forest Cikole's Fresh Breath of Air
You can plan as long as you want but end up never executing it but you can also pops an idea and five minutes later you’re actually doing it. We had a latter moment weeks ago. We had a free time, my little sister is in town (she’s currently studying abroad), and we felt like it’s time to see places we haven’t seen. I popped up the idea that i always wanted to go to Orchid Forest (a thematic park) at Cikole (about 15 minute-ish from Lembang) but we never had a chance to do it, how about to do it now?
The next thing i knew was we’re on our way to Orchid Forest.
Orchid Forest Cikole
Orchid Forest is one of the recent thematic park built in Kabupaten Bandung Barat area. The weird thing about the place is it is named Orchid Forest but it is located in a pine forest. So it is kinda weird to call it “Orchid Forest” but when you explain it you’ll keep saying you’re surrounded by a Pine Forest all the time.
The place is located 1km after Grafika Cikole entrance. The road access is pretty good. The parking space is also located in pine forest so the moment we step out of our car, we were greeted by tall pine forest everywhere. The air felt unbelievable fresh.
The entrance fee for Orchid Forest is pretty affordable, only IDR 35,000 per person if i remember it correctly. However, the place looks amazingly well designed and managed; we could feel it the moment we entered the gate.
(left to right) – 1) Orchid Forest parking space in the middle of pine woods, 2) Path to Orchid Forest Entrance, 3) Orchid Forest signage
The first thing we saw after entering Orchid Forest is long pathwalk to the bottom of the hill and several “tree balconies” (not really sure what these things are called) hung on the various trees on various sizes where you can see Orchid Forest from 3 – 5 meter-ish high.
The scenery was awesome.
1) The entrance gate, 2) One of many tree “balcony”, 3) Other tree balcony seen from tree balcony, 4) More scenery from high above
1) There are description card attached on the tree, 2) Wife, sister, mom, and son 3) Tiger wood sculpture sold as merchandise that can be found on the gift shop
The Orchid House
The Rabbit Forest
After walking for a while, we stumbled upon a must-have attraction for thematic park in Lembang area: rabbit mini-zoo. Orchid Forest names it “Rabbit Forest” (all thematic parks in lembang have rabbit mini-zoo). The site looks pretty much like other rabbit mini-zoo with several distinctions:
- The area is pretty large
- It is still free of charge
- The rabbit’s cage are shaped into mini-house made from the wood. So it looks like the rabbits live on their own cute-mini town.
We were pretty tired and starved after we got out from Rabbit Forest. Luckily, there was a food court right after Rabbit Forest. We took some time for rest and ate some snacks. The food court was pretty clean and well designed. There was not many people; Probably because it was monday.
The Wood Bridge
The bridge was pretty long. I estimated the length was at least 300 meter-ish.
1) The Wood Bridge’s Signage. Orchid Forest is generally well designed except for its attraction signage: they use green color which is surrounded by other natural greenery. Not a good contrast, 2) A path walk down the hill which you can choose if you don’t want to zip line, 3) We were at the bridge, 4) We were still at the bridge, 5) The length of the suspension bridge, 6) The view from the above