I'm a travelling mother of one, from the UK but now living in Indonesia. Looking forward to sharing day out ideas with you.
Published July 3rd 2019
Get the low down on this attractive garden and lake area
I did so much research online before trying to visit this place but yet didn't really understand the full picture. In fact, the Floating Market wasn't our aim, we were actually trying to get to Kota Mini but more about that in my next feature.
So, what is The Floating Market As it turns out the Floating Market's a large green park on multi-levels. It has small ponds and a large main lake area. It's situated in Lembang, which means it has a nice cool climate, so I would recommend taking a jacket. The costs are as below but you exchange the ticket at either of the entrances for a drink – coffees, ice tea, orange juice, chocolate milk etc.
At the main entrance, near the factory outlet on the lower level, you'll find an ATM. If you'd like to avoid as many steps as possible then I would enter here. If, however, you want to swim, visit the Rainbow Garden or Kota Mini then the other entrance is better. But of course, if you don't mind a few steps then the whole park can be accessed from either gate. What I didn't realise was that once inside the Floating Market pretty much everything you see, you have to pay extra for.
What's included? Honestly, not much. My toddler and I simply walked around the whole lake and enjoyed the fish in the pond, trees (there was plenty of shaded areas), looked at the boats and walked along the river pathways. We had a sit down, enjoyed our drinks, exchanged from our tickets, and had an ice cream. We walked around all the little paths around the lake which had some flowers and photo opportunities. All in all, spent about 2 hours. We were able to see some of the animals like rabbits and birds which you need to pay to enter the enclosure to feed.
The actual floating market area is really interesting. It's basically a large pond with boats moored around the outside which has a sitting area next to it and is all covered. The prices are reasonable – like street market prices 15,000 IDR for fried rice – and there's a great range to choose from including snacks and drinks. For the markets you must visit a ticket booth – there was one at either entrance and also one near the food market boats. At these ticket booths you can then buy 'Floating Market money' like you would but chips at the casino. You then use them with the food vendors. These are non-refundable. There are also lots of other places to eat at, like fast food hangouts to restaurants. And you'll find there are lots of seated areas and gazebos should you bring your own food or just fancy a rest. On a practical note, there are plenty of facilities like washrooms.
And, what's extra The simple answer to this is pretty much everything else you see in the park. And I mean everything! And it's all per person from 2 years old and above. You need to pay cash on the spot, for example: Fish/bird food was about 5,000 IDR per bag The Rainbow Garden was 10,000 IDR to enter
Swimming pool open 9am until 6pm 50,000 IDR – I didn't go in fully so can't comment on the facilities but the pool did look clean and was very big, shaded and had stunning views. It was also advertised as being 29 to 33 degrees celsius. Looking at a mini train track 20,000 IDR per person Cycle track 20,000 IDR
We also walked around a Japanese dress up and picture area but didn't see the prices for these.
Was it worth it?
To say we only paid 20,000 IDR each for the entrance and 15,000 IDR for ice cream I was happy with that. It's a very well-kept area. Away from traffic and lots of space for children just to wander and be free. It was, however, a shame to keep having to say no to requests to do other things as I just didn't think all the extras were worth it. I do think it has a lot more to offer than just being a good place to get those all-important Instagram pictures.
Now that you've read this please take a look at my second feature which is about Kota Mini – the real place we had hoped to visit.
If you've been to the Floating Market please let me know what you think – has this write up helped you a little?