Bandung looks like Cambodia, with Hong Kong style shopping malls in between. Starving cats on non-existing sidewalks, surface cables galore, shanty homes, waste water channels, and then... King Kong, Gucci, and Chanel.
I won't attempt a socioeconomic study of what went wrong here, so let's take a look at Trans Studios Bandung on its own merit: and it's surprisingly great! Situated inside a first-rate shopping mall, the indoor theme park sports a Universal Studios-like atmosphere (the future Universal Studios Moscow may look and feel like this), with meticulous theming throughout, a thrilling outdoor roller coaster, and a superbly atmospheric ghost train, one of the best I have ever encountered. Everything went right in here.
...And everything went wrong out there: once you leave the gleamy mall behind, it's back to the reality of starving cats, surface cables and shanty homes. What would you do with your Chanel bag there?
Trans Studio Bandung mall and theme park
An honest opinion
Universal Studios-inspired facades
Trans Studio Bandung indoor theme park
Magic Corner section
Harry Potter, without the glasses
Great theming all around!
Ghost train entrance
This inconspicuous ghost train...
...is one of the best and most atmospheric I have ever encountered, anywhere!
Mayan-themed flume ride
Jungle Cruise ahoy!
Marvel 4-D cinema attraction
It's just a mediocre ride
Featuring all the superheroes you can think of
Autopia for the kids
And here's the equivalent...
...to Disney's It's a Small World!
The only ride that lets you breathe some (fresh) air
King Kong, with coaster in action
The reality beneath the gleamy mall