GarutAn old Dutch hill station surrounded by mountains, volcanoes, and crystal clear lakes. Garut Hindu Temples and hot springs are often the destination for hikers attracted by spectacular views from the mountain tops. The choices of where to plan your next trek in the area are as varied as the sights along the way. Some like hike across to Gunung Telaga Bodas with its pale-green crater lake bubbling with pure sulfur.Mount GalunggungAn easy trip from Tasikmalaya by minibus, motorbike ride then a two hour walk is Mountain Galunggung. An active volcano that rumbled and belched less than ten years ago in an eruption that interfered with air traffic all over Java.If you enjoy walking around surrounded by spectacular views, hikes around the Golden Crater of Mount Papandayan, south west of Garut, an active steam hissing volcano that forms one of Java most glorious landscapes. The mountain is named after its bright yellow sulfur deposits and giants its fame due to its highly active and potentially dangerous steaming geysers and poisonous gases.TasikmalayaKnown for its painted umbrellas and unique blend of indigo, burgundy and mustard yellow batik, Tasikmalaya is a major center of various type of handicrafts made from rattan, bamboo, pandanus and other natural materials. Floor mats, baskets, hats, purses and lampshades produced by thousands can be found and may are sent through Jakarta to International market place including Bali.Kampung NagaThe small Salawu Distric Village of Kampung Naga is unique in that it has kept much if its traditional customs over the centuries. The village was built according to ancient Sundanese customs that dictates the use of only wood, bamboo, thatch and stilts.PangandaranPangandaran has both the advantage and disadvantage depending on how much time you have got of being further away from Bandung or Jakarta than the more well known Pelabuhan Ratu. Simple but adequate accommodation is readily available and the area of features a game reserve with hundreds of monkeys and other free roaming wildlife.Inland Boat TripOn the southern coast the next town east of Pangandaran is the small fishing town of Kalipucang. Its nearby river is the staging area for a great boat trip that take you pass the mouth of river and then further east, skirting the mainland between an elongated island that parallels the coast until Cilacap.Karang BolongAlong the south coast of West Java near Karang Bolong lies a small outcropping called Birds Nest Cliff. Here high above the rocky beach and pounding surf are several rickety bamboo scaffolds supporting a few very brave souls risking life and limb in search of bird nests deep in the half submerged cliff caves.