We paid IDR 20,000+ per person to get into Ciater hot springs. Once in, we discovered that we needed to pay once again to get into various sections of the complex. Having just paid to get into Tangkuban Perahu, we were experiencing an extreme aversion to being milked for more money so we decided to hang out at the first pool we came to. There was this friendly, chatty guy in a yellow jacket who talked to us about the springs and the healing properties of the water. In the centre of the pool there was an inner ring of stone that could be sat on, and he described how the water outside the inner rim was better for kids, and inside was really hot, and how we should get used to the outer water for 10min before trying the inner pool. The oldies I was with loved it. He kept up the patter and general chattiness, playfully splashing the kids (who were romping around in their swimsuits). My general reserve thawed in the face of his determined cheeriness. As we chatted, a disabled lady came along with minder. He helped her down the slippery steps and into the inner ring, where she sat down for a long session. He even helped her out. She was hefty and it was hard work - I was especially surprised to discover later he was not a tour guide but a "mere" ice cream seller. We continued on to find a complex of connecting pools... sure it was volcanic heated water, but it just reminded me of a hotel pool - lots of people around. I much preferred the modest pool we spent most of our time in. And of course, the Bandung weather - we heard a crack of lightning, got some large splashes of rain and then the rain came bucketing down. Locals started moving out of the area at the first crack. Umbrella renters were nearby to hold the umbrella for you. So we didn't explore the whole thing. Based on what I saw (it looked like there was something called 4D and other water park type things) I would say it was disappointing if not for the ice cream sellers!
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