You know when you arrive at a particular place sometimes and know instantly if the vibe is good or not? Well i can certianly say that i felt a wonderful aura at Sam's Bungalows within seconds of entering the property.
Some friends and i were travelling around north Sumatra, and had asked Sam if someone was able to pick us up from Lake Toba, which was no problem at all. Considering it was an 8 hour car journey for the driver, he was there in Lake Toba bang on time. The drive to Bukit Lawang was comfortable and in a big spacious car. When you arrive in Bukit Lawang, a car can only take you so far. On arrival at the terminal there, through liason from the driver with someone from the bungalows, a member of staff was waiting for us to take us to our accomodation and helped carry our bags too.
The location of the bungalows is perfect, literally right by the river with stunning views of the jungle opposite where one can experience frequent sightings of monkeys. The rooms available at the bungalows were great too. There aren't any actual hotels in Bukit Lawang so the accommodation is pretty much guest houses and bungalows such as Sam's. The wooden rooms are basic, but with a comfortable bed complete with mosquito net, balcony, bathroom and best of all, clean.
One of the best features of this accommodation is the food offered at the restaurant. The menu is rather extensive, and you can tell that a lot of care and attention goes into every meal that comes out of their aromatic kitchen. The food not only comes extremely well presented but tastes sensational. By now you might be thinking about the price tag attached...nope, no catch! All the meals are very well priced and totally affordable. I'm not usually the type of person who eats at the hotel when travelling, but when its this good - why not! One of my friends that i was travelling there with, is writing an online food blog mostly for Asian dishes. The food he ordered was that good, that he went down to the kitchen and asked the cooks for the recipe for his blog!
Included in the price we paid for our package there, was a half day jungle trek with lunch, river rafting and a half day bat cave visit. All three activities were awesome and led by experienced guides who spoke good English too, making explanations of our trips more enjoyable and informative.
Transport at the end of our trip was also arranged by Sam to take us to North Sumatra's new and improved Kualanamu airport. Again, everything ran like clockwork. The government in that province have clearly spent a lot of time, money and effort in building a world class airport. Certainly the best and most functional airport i've experienced in Indonesia.
All in all, Bukit Lawang is a brilliant place to visit boasting majestic scenery. I highly recommend the area and i most certainly recommend this accomodation. Long live Sam, and his bungalows.
- Also Known As:
- Sam's Bungalows Bukit Lawang, Sumatra