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The island of Sumatra is in Western Indonesia and home to over 50 million people. Mountains, volcanoes, rivers, mangroves and swamps all combine to make Sumatra a natural wilderness waiting to be discovered. Sumatra is often referred to as ‘The Africa of Asia’ due to its abundant natural attractions.
Aceh is home to many beaches, national parks and the Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre (one of the largest of its kind). Take a trek to Lhok Mata-le Bay, surrounded by rainforests. Visit the Central Pasar for unique market stalls or take an emotional trip to the Tsunami Museum and the ‘Thanks to the World’ tsunami monument.
Located in central Sumatra, Lake Toba is 100 km long and 30 km wide, and described as not only a lake but a ‘super volcano.’ Often referred to as one of the world’s best natural wonders, Lake Toba is more like an ocean, perfect for reflection and relaxation. Hike, swim or sail the lake, or explore the island of Samosir in the middle of the lake, complete with waterfalls and water buffalo. Enjoy local Batak hospitality or sample the local palm wine.
Lampuuk and Lhoknga Beaches
17km from the township of Banda Aceh lies the beautiful beaches of Lampuuk and Lhoknga. Both beaches are quiet and perfect for surfing and swimming. Fresh fish barbecues are one of the highlights of the beaches, where the fish are fresh and plentiful. Explore the cliffs near Lampuuk where you’ll find a beautiful tropical forest. Lhoknga beach is perfect for exploring great local, street food. Photo by Vanina W, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic license.