I have some questions and would be very grateful if any one could help!
1. Itinerary. I don't really have one set in stone. Basically I am a travel blogger and want to have some good experiences, see local life and have some spectacular views and stuff to write about. I have already been trekking in Borneo before (Danum Valley in Sabah) and seen orangutans there so I'm thinking there may be not much point me going to Bukit Lawang. Am I being flippant or would you agree?
I would like to get high up and see some mountain/volcano views, and experience a range of scenery and terrain. If a place is interesting I am genuinely happy just relaxing and exploring with my camera, eating local food, capturing local life. Simple stuff. So I was thinking of travelling straight to Lake Toba once I get of my flight at 8am and hanging out there for a few days. After that head to Berastagi and do the same. After that, well I'm not sure. Should I just spend the full 10 days in this area or is that too long? The Aceh region looks really interesting, but looking at the map I don't know if I could pull that of in such a short time frame. Any input gladly welcomed!
2. Weather and what to pack. I know it's monsoon but I also assume its pretty hot? So shorts obviously. But if travelling to Toba and Berastagi I'm just checking how cold it gets there: would that be trousers, shoes, socks, jacket? I remember visiting Malaysia one time and while KL was sweltering, Cameron Highlands was freezing. I needed thick blankets on my bed and a coat for walking about. Is it like that? I'm only bringing a small backpack so would like to keep things to a minimum. I love hot weather, cold not so much...
3. How busy will it be? I usually book accomodation in advance but I'm thinking I may not on this trip due to possibility of landslides, Sinabung erupting again etc. Just in case my itinerary changes last minute. Just wondering if this OK to do, how busy it will be over Christmas and if I will have trouble finding somewhere. (I was in Myanmar last Christmas and if I had not booked somewhere to stay in Bagan I would have had to sleep at the local monestary on the floor as every room was booked!)
I'm sure I will have some other questions once you reply, but for now I just want to thank you for reading this and any advice you can give me. This Sumatra board seems to have some very experienced people on it.
Here are a couple of past blog posts, illustrating type of stuff I like to see and do.
Myanmar: LIfe on the Streets
The day I saw a body being burned in Denpasar