14 days in Sumatra Itinerary

14 days in Sumatra Itinerary

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Medan
— 4 nights
Train to Binjai, Taxi to Bukit Lawang
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Bukit Lawang
— 3 nights
Drive to Kualanamu International Airport, Fly to Padang
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Padang
— 4 nights
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Medan

— 4 nights
The capital of North Sumatra, Medan earned the nickname "Paris of Sumatra" during Dutch colonial times due to its marked resemblance to the French city.
Maha Vihara Maitreya and Gunung Timur Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Berhala Island and Nature & Wildlife Tours. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Tjong A Fie's Mansion, tour the pleasant surroundings at Asam Kumbang Crocodile Farm, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kuil Shri Mariamman, and browse the different shops at Grand Palladium Mall.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Medan trip planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Medan is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Dubai to Medan, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Dubai in December; daily highs in Medan reach 86°F and lows reach 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Bukit Lawang.

Things to do in Medan

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Bukit Lawang

— 3 nights
Tucked away in Northern Sumatra, the small charming village of Bukit Lawang is best known for its World Heritage-listed Sumatran orangutan sanctuary, and also serves as a convenient base for accessing the surrounding jungle and national park.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sumatra Jungle Life and Bukit Lawang Holiday. Take a break from the city and head to The Bohorok Orangutan Centre at Bukit Lawang and Bat Cave. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bukit Lawang Jungle and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Bukit Lawang online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Medan to Bukit Lawang takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Bukit Lawang sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Padang.

Things to do in Bukit Lawang

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Padang

— 4 nights

Porch of Medina

The largest city on the western coast of Sumatra, Padang enjoys a reputation as one of Indonesia's cleanest and greenest cities despite its hub of residential and commercial activity.
You'll get in some beach time at Muaro Lasak Beach and Gandoriah Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Sarasah Gadut Waterfall and Lubuk Nyarai. Get out of town with these interesting Padang side-trips: Pariaman (Angso Duo Island & Pemandian Tirta Alami). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grand Mosque of West Sumatra, examine the collection at Minangkabau Documentation and Cultural Information Center, and enjoy the sand and surf at Pantai Padang Taplau.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Padang planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bukit Lawang to Padang. In December in Padang, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Padang

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Sumatra travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Sumatra, the largest island wholly in Indonesia, embraces wildness to the point that the region is steeped in myths and legends. Jungles here teem with orangutans, tigers, rhinos, and elephants, while smoldering volcanoes create an otherworldly environment. In the towns, cultural landmarks of religious and historical importance sit alongside new feats of impressive engineering, entertainment attractions, and tourist-focused shopping districts.