19 days in Sumatra Itinerary

19 days in Sumatra Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sumatra attractions planner

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Make it your trip
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Banda Aceh
— 5 nights
Drive
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Meulaboh
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lhokseumawe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Medan
— 8 nights
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Banda Aceh

— 5 nights

Porch of Mecca

The relaxed, relatively peaceful atmosphere and viable tourism industry in Banda Aceh attests to the city's resilience in rebuilding after over 160,000 people were killed in the 2004 tsunami.
Appreciate the collections at Aceh State Museum and Museum Tsunami Aceh. Explore hidden gems such as Rahmatullah Mosque and Rumoh Cut Nyak Dhin. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Taman Putroe Phang, take in the spiritual surroundings of Baiturrahim Mosque, make a trip to Baitul Musyahadah Mosque, and stroll the grounds of Makam Sultan Iskandar Muda.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Banda Aceh road trip tool.

Stockholm, Sweden to Banda Aceh is an approximately 27-hour flight. Traveling from Stockholm to Banda Aceh, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Stockholm in June; daily highs in Banda Aceh reach 39°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Meulaboh.

Things to do in Banda Aceh

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Meulaboh

— 2 nights
Meulaboh was the capital of West Aceh Regency, Indonesia, as of July 8, 2013 is an independent city Kota. Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): admire the striking features of Baitul Makmur Grand Mosque.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Meulaboh trip maker tool.

You can drive from Banda Aceh to Meulaboh in 4 hours. In June, daytime highs in Meulaboh are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lhokseumawe.

Things to do in Meulaboh

Historic Sites

Lhokseumawe

— 2 nights
Lhokseumawe, is the second largest city in Aceh Special District, in the north of Sumatra, Indonesia. Discover out-of-the-way places like Islamic Center Lhokseumawe and Ujong Blang Beach. There's more to do: head off the coast to Seumadu Island.

To find ratings and tourist information, refer to the Lhokseumawe trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Meulaboh to Lhokseumawe takes 7.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 11th (Fri), you're off to Medan.

Things to do in Lhokseumawe

Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Medan

— 8 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 Cemara Asri and Kuil Shri Mariamman are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at Rahmat International Wildlife Museum & Gallery and Tjong A Fie's Mansion. Go for a jaunt from Medan to Deli Serdang to see Fun Sumatra Tour & Travel about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Maha Vihara Maitreya, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Asam Kumbang Crocodile Farm, and make a trip to Maimun Palace.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, you can read our Medan road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Lhokseumawe to Medan in 7.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Medan are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Medan

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

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.