SUMATRA ISLAND

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Sumatra Island

Home to exotic wildlife including orangutans, and the unique, traditional Batak culture, the island of Sumatra has a host of offerings. You will find pristine tropical islands and dramatic volcanic landscapes, including the largest crater lake in the world, Lake Toba, which was formed by a massive eruption of a now dormant volcano. You can get good (Sumatran) coffee and find German bakeries in Lake Toba and enjoy the relaxed vibe and forested trails around the lake. Take a boat trip across the lake, and in about 2 hours you will arrive at a spectacular thundering waterfall that cascades off a clifftop into the warm lake water. You can swim right under it. Meet the local Batak people in small traditional villages, where you can find the women working away, using traditional ikat weaving processes, right next to the tombs of ancient Batak kings.

A trek in the Gunung Leuser National Park lands you in orangutan country. If wildlife is your thing, you can trek through Sumatran elephant and tiger country. The remote Mentawai Islands and nearby Nias Island attract keen surfers. The beautiful Weh Island, which lies at the top of Sumatra, in Aceh Province, is one of the best-kept secrets in Indonesia. It offers some of the finest diving and snorkelling in the region and is far less crowded than many other dive locations. Put Bukittinggi on the list, as it’s the gateway to the gorgeous Lake Maninjau, a pristine lake even more spectacular than Lake Toba. The fascinating Minangkabau live under a matriarchal system, hosting elaborate dances and building distinctive traditional homes. Sumatra is simply fascinating.


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Wild and rugged, nature is the primary attraction of Sumatra. In the last 35 years Sumatra has lost half of its natural forest cover but since 2008 there is a moratorium on further clearance and in the thick jungles that remain small pockets of hunter-gatherers still compete for survival with rare Sumatran tigers, orangutan and rhinos. 

Sumatra has one of Indonesia’s largest nature reserves, the Mount Leuser National Park.

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Kelok Sembilan

Is a winding road segment located about 30 km east of Payakumbuh, West Sumatera to Riau province of Indonesia. Kelok Sembilan means 9 sharp turns. This road stretches through Jorong Aie Putiah, Nagari Sarilamak, 

Lembah Harau

Harau valley is a canyon near the town of Payakumbuh, Limapuluh Koto regency, West Sumatra province. Harau valley flanked by steep rocky hills with height of 150 meters. Harau valley is also surrounded by steep colorful sandstone, with height of 100 to 500 meters.

The Orang Utan Sumatran

he Sumatran orangutan is one of the three species of orangutans. Found only in the north of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, it is rarer than the Bornean orangutan but more common than the recently identified Tapanuli orangutan,