My boyfriend, my son (10 year old) and I were very happy to say that Sam's 3 nights package deal was an excellent choice for us. We paid IDR 4.5 million in total for 3 of us that was inclusive of private transfers to/from Medan, 3 nights in a 2 bedroomed bangalow and a full day jungle trek/rafting/lunch & snack with a private guide and a half day tuk tuk village tour.
We were promptly picked up by Sam's driver at Medan airport. You will need to be prepared for a long 3 hours journey through caotic Medan city and bumpy roads through seemingly endless palm oil plantations.
On the day 2, We very much enjoyed a full day jungle treking with a very helpful and knowlegeable guide, Sinar and saw 5 Orang-utans and numerous other small monkeys. The trek was not easy but we all felt that we accomplished something! We returned to the accomodation by a 20 mins river rafting ride. For the 3rd day, Sam organised a half day tuk tuk ride village tour with a guide. We wished that we stayed there longer and took more relaxed pace to recover from the previous day's trek and fully enjoy what Bukit Lawang has to offer. The whole village has a relaxed happy vibe and there are many options for dining, bar and cafe by the beautiful river over looking the jungle.
The room we stayed had a two separate bedrooms, one with a rustic sturdy wooden double bed and another with a single bed. There was no sitting room however we mostly spent time on the balcony. There was a hummock in the balcony and it offers a stunning jungle view and serene sound of running river. The facility of the room is very basic, such as cold shower (climate there doesn't require a hot shower anyway) and a toilet that needs a buket of water to flush, which we regarded as an authentic jungle experience. I even bathed in the river that was exhilarating.
Sam's and many other great accommodations in Bukit Lawang are situated right next to the jungle, therefore a car can't get you there. You will need to walk a bumpy path from the drop off point. Sam's staff offers a porter service and I payed IDR 20,000.
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