29 days in Sumatra Itinerary

29 days in Sumatra Itinerary

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Fly
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Medan
— 4 nights
Train to Binjai, Taxi to Bukit Lawang
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Bukit Lawang
— 3 nights
Drive
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Berastagi
— 2 nights
Drive to Kualanamu International Airport, Fly to Banda Aceh
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Banda Aceh
— 2 nights
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Pulau Weh
— 4 nights
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Bukittinggi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Padang
— 3 nights
Fly to H.A.S. Hanandjoeddin International Airport, Drive to Tanjung Pandan
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Tanjung Pandan, Belitung Island
— 3 nights
Drive to H.A.S. Hanandjoeddin International Airport, Fly to Palembang
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Palembang
— 3 nights
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Medan — 4 nights

The capital of North Sumatra, Medan earned the nickname "Paris of Sumatra" during Dutch colonial times due to its marked resemblance to the French city.
Medan is known for historic sites, shopping, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Maimun Palace, take in the dramatic scenery at Sipiso Piso Waterfall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Marian Shrine of Annai Velangkanni, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Medan route builder tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Medan is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Medan. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in July, with highs in Medan at 38°C and lows at 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bukit Lawang.
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Historic Sites · Spas · Nature · Museums
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 11:

Bukit Lawang — 3 nights

Tucked away in Northern Sumatra, the small charming village of Bukit Lawang is best known for its World Heritage-listed Sumatran orangutan sanctuary, and also serves as a convenient base for accessing the surrounding jungle and national park.
Bukit Lawang is known for nature, wildlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Bukit Lawang Jungle, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, Head underground at Bat Cave, and get outside with Sumatra Jungle Life.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Bukit Lawang online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Medan to Bukit Lawang by combination of train and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. July in Bukit Lawang sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Berastagi.
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Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 14:

Berastagi — 2 nights

Berastagi’s volcanic hillsides and rural beauty has historically made this Northern Sumatran town an appealing option for colonizers and settlers.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): experience the excitement of Mikie Funland and then contemplate the geological forces at Mount Sibayak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Lumbini Natural Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Berastagi driving holiday planning site.

You can drive from Bukit Lawang to Berastagi in 4.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Berastagi can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Banda Aceh.
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Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Fun & Games
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Find places to stay Jul 14 — 16:

Banda Aceh — 2 nights

The relaxed, relatively peaceful atmosphere and viable tourism industry in Banda Aceh attests to the city's resilience in rebuilding after over 160,000 people were killed in the 2004 tsunami.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Boat at Desa Lampulo and then kick back and relax at Lampuuk Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baiturrahman Grand Mosque and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rahmatullah Mosque.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Berastagi to Banda Aceh. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Pulau Weh.
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Find places to stay Jul 16 — 18:

Pulau Weh — 4 nights

Thick jungle crowns Pulau Weh, a small volcanic island perched just off the northern tip of Sumatra.
Pulau Weh is known for wildlife, sightseeing, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with Monster Divers, pause for some photo ops at Monument 0 km Indonesia, tour the pleasant surroundings at Iboih Beach, and step off the mainland to explore Rubiah Island.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Pulau Weh road trip planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Banda Aceh to Pulau Weh. In July, daily temperatures in Pulau Weh can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Bukittinggi.
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Find places to stay Jul 18 — 22:

Bukittinggi — 4 nights

With a population of over 117,000 spread out over an area of 25 sq km (9.7 sq mi), Bukittinggi represents one of the largest cities in Western Sumatra.
Spend the 26th (Tue) exploring nature at Kerinci Seblat National Park. There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Jam Gadang Bukittinggi, admire the landmark architecture of Pagaruyung Palace, explore the stunning scenery at Sianok canyon, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Maninjau.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Bukittinggi route builder website.

Explore your travel options from Pulau Weh to Bukittinggi with the Route module. July in Bukittinggi sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Padang.
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Nature · Parks
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Find places to stay Jul 22 — 26:

Padang — 3 nights

The largest city on the western coast of Sumatra, Padang enjoys a reputation as one of Indonesia's cleanest and greenest cities despite its hub of residential and commercial activity.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Grand Mosque of West Sumatra and then stroll through Pantai Padang Taplau. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Lubuk Nyarai and then kick back and relax at Air Manis Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Padang travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bukittinggi to Padang in 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Padang are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. You will leave for Tanjung Pandan on the 29th (Fri).
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Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 29:

Tanjung Pandan, Belitung Island — 3 nights

Tanjung Pandan is known for sightseeing, beaches, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tanjung Tinggi Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Kaolin Lake, and head off the coast to Lengkuas Island.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tanjung Pandan vacation planning site.

Explore your travel options from Padang to Tanjung Pandan with the Route module. In July in Tanjung Pandan, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow time for travel to Palembang.
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Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 1:

Palembang — 3 nights

The history of the major port city of Palembang dates back a thousand years to the highly advanced Sriwijaya civilization, which ruled vast swathes of Southeast Asia.
On the 2nd (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Mosque of Palembang and then take in the views from Ampera Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Kemaro Island and then make a trip to Benteng Kuto Besak.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Palembang online tour planner.

Explore your travel options from Tanjung Pandan to Palembang with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
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Nature · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 4:

Sumatra travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Sumatra, the largest island wholly in Indonesia, embraces wildness to the point that the region is steeped in myths and legends. Jungles here teem with orangutans, tigers, rhinos, and elephants, while smoldering volcanoes create an otherworldly environment. In the towns, cultural landmarks of religious and historical importance sit alongside new feats of impressive engineering, entertainment attractions, and tourist-focused shopping districts.
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