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I want to go to sumatra but have no clue where!

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I want to go to sumatra but have no clue where!

I am flying to Kula lumpa on April 28th From here I want to get a flight to Sumatra for a week to ten days to visit and then make my way back to Singapore for the last few days before I go home.

Could anyone advise me on optins such as where to fly in sumatra,and who with? I want to see Orangs but would like a bit of culture too im not fussed about the beaches

many thanks


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1. Re: I want to go to sumatra but have no clue where!

Hi Katie,

From KL you can get a flight into Medan North Sumatra, possibly with AirAsia.

From Medan you can get a 4 hr bus from Pinang Baris bus terminal to take you to Bukit Lawang to see the orangutans on a trek.

Or if yuo ask around you can possibly get a air con Kijang with driver for about 350,000 rupiah and yuo will get there in about 3hrs.

My 19 day visit in Jan/Feb 2005 photos travel.webshots.com/album/354912564dvtkJh

showing my trek in the jungle looking for orangutans. I only saw one, but then I am the most unlucky person when it comes to seeing orangutans.

I wasn't even lucky in Ketambe in south Aceh in Nov 2006.

Besides going on a trek yuo can also go to the feeding platform twice a day and seeing the feeding of the rehabilitated orangutans.

A report of my 5 weeks visit to Bukit Lawang in Sept 2006 http://tinyurl.com/2rf6nh

My photos of my visit travel.webshots.com/album/558520498gktPwo

Once in Bukit Lawang you can get an ojek(rider and motor bike) to take you down to Tangkahan- 2hrs away a paradise in the jungle, stay at Jungle Lodge and enjoy this magic place.

I spent 5 days there in September 2006.

Photos of Tangkahan here at travel.webshots.com/album/558220008eKUdnh

Have a read of the many reports written on Sumatra in this link


Myself and a lot of other travellers have contributed to these reports.

Another informative website on Bukit Lawang is this one http://tinyurl.com/38e37o

Or if you want to join a group of young travellers on a group trek then contact Romi or Wanda at this website.


I have known these guys for about 3 years now- they live in Bukit Lawang and can imagine you would have so much fun on one of these tours, camping out in the jungle, sitting around a camp fire.

You are welcome to contact me if you wish through the Private Message.


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2. Re: I want to go to sumatra but have no clue where!

hi Katie, I would recommend flying into Medan then taking the bus / private driver to Bukit lawang. We did a 2 day overnight trek and saw loads of orangs but admittedly all in the first few hours and it was no walk in the park it's pretty hard going but then I'm not fit so you could be fine.

best advice on Bukit Lawang is proabbly from Pamela but I could give you the contact details for the guide we used if you're interested (be advised they prefer payment in euros for the trek for some strange reason)

Lake Toba - Samosir was beautifull and would definitely recommend fitting it into your itinery. Bukkittingi was interesting but the weather was terrible.

If you decide on Samosir or Bukittingi and need some more info just ask and i'll try to help

You'll have a great time the Sumatrans are lovely!

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3. Re: I want to go to sumatra but have no clue where!

Hi Katie,

Are you still reading this forum? Did you get to go to Bukit Lawang?

I am just back from 27 days in Indonesia and spent a week in Bukit Lawang.

Would love to hear how you went.


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