Sumatra’s Bukit Lawang and Tangkahan

Bukit Lawang ©Darragh K/flickr

Bukit Lawang ©Darragh K/flickr

Exploring Sumatra is about wandering in lush rainforests, cascading rivers, beautiful white sand beaches, limestone caves. You can see very exotic fauna and flora, sparkling crater lakes and very impressive volcanoes. Traveling in Sumatra is also about discovering the diverse traditional ethnic groups of Indonesia. Promising you the most exquisite views of volcanic landscapes, Sumatra suggest their highlighted spots such as Bukit Lawang, Tangkahan, Lake Toba, Lake Maninjau, Berastagi and Bukittinggi.

Gateway to the Hills, Bukit Lawang

Let’s start with Bukit Lawang which is 68km from Medan. It is a small village at Gunung Leuser National Park. The name itself means ‘Gateway to the Hills’ and this gateway is famous for the Orangutan Centre, the home to Orangutan. Here, you can also see Thomas Leaf monkeys, White Handed Gibbons, Black Gibbons, the Sumatran Tiger, clouded leopards, Sumatran elephants, marbled cat, sun bear, Sumatran Rhinoceros and also crocodile.

Trekking and Tubing

To experience the most of Bukit Lawang, it is best to go trekking, be it three hours or six hours, in days or more. You are bound to catch those beautiful swimming holes and waterfalls other than the wildlife. Hire an authentic trekking guide who grew up there. Find a chance to go to the Indra Inn (near Garden Inn and Jungle Inn). If you are adventurous enough, enjoy a tubing down the Bohorok river, the great food, the trek.

Bat Cave and Wampu River Rafting

The more adventurous can camp next to the river in the jungle. Check out the bat cave, cross the suspension bridge, follow the trail. Participate in the Indonesian cooking class and learn to prepare 3 course meal from entry to main to dessert. Whitewater rafting on the Wampu River. Avoid the peak season from June to August if you want to have a good time.

Elephant Rainforest Trekking in Tangkahan

Thankahan ©Will Smith-Keegin/flickr

Thankahan ©Will Smith-Keegin/flickr

Sitting on the back of an elephant, you can trek through the rainforest in an hour or even in days. Not just it is a great way to enjoy the nature but also a meaning eco-tourism option. Eco-tourism promotes and supports the local communities. So if you can do your part standing against illegal logging together with them by supporting their cause, it would have been more meaningful. Sustainable and responsible eco-tourism is impossible without the local and tourism. you can help to save the Asian elephants. The highlights in Tangkahan includes a small cave with a hot spring pouring hot water to the river. The Buluh River meets Batang River and with a small creek that reaches the waterfall.

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