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Highlights of Sumatra

Sumatra is the sixth largest island in the world and yet remains largely unexplored by western tourists, lagging a long way behind Bali and Java in terms of annual visitor numbers. The scenery here is remarkable and diverse with thick with virgin forests, lush vegetation, powerful rivers, beautiful waterfalls, peaceful sandy beaches and large volcanic lakes. Wildlife lovers will enjoy the elephant camp at Tangkahan and the large Orangutan Sanctuary at Bukit Lawang and those after a cultural experience can immerse themselves in the many ancient tribal cultures found across the island.

Bukit Lawang

Bukit Lawang

Bukit Lawang is a small village in North Sumatra and is famous as a large sanctuary for Sumatran Orangutan (around 5,000 Orangutans occupy the whole area), and also the main access point for excursions in the Gunung Leuser National Park.

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Lake Toba & Samosir Island

Lake Toba & Samosir Island

Created by an enormous seismic event thousands of years ago, Lake Toba is surrounded by beautiful natural surroundings and is a great place to spend a few days relaxing and learning about the unique local Batak culture.

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Berastagi

Berastagi

Located roughly halfway between Medan and Lake Toba, Berastagi is a large town set in the fertile plains of the volcanic Karo Highlands. The town flourished in the Dutch era, as the traders flocked to this lush cool location set 1300m above sea level.

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Bukittinggi

Bukittinggi

Set in the Minangkabau Highlands north of Padang, the market town of Bukittinggi is considered the cultural heartland of West Sumatra.

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