22 days in Sumatra Itinerary

22 days in Sumatra Itinerary

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Fly to H.AS. Hanandjoeddin International Airport, Drive to Manggar
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Manggar, Belitung Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Tanjung Pandan, Belitung Island
— 5 nights
Fly
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Bangka Island
— 4 nights
Fly
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Padang
— 4 nights
Fly
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Banda Aceh
— 1 night
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Sabang, Pulau Weh
— 2 nights
Drive to Sultan Iskandar Muda International Airport, Fly to Melbourne International Airport

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Manggar, Belitung Island

Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): appreciate the history behind Kwan Im Goddess Statue and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dewi Kwan Im Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Serdang Beach, then examine the collection at Museum Kata Andrea Hirata, and then take a stroll through Ahok Village.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Manggar online road trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Manggar is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Melbourne to Manggar due to the time zone difference. In September, Manggar is warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tanjung Pandan.

Things to do in Manggar

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Tanjung Pandan, Belitung Island

Get in touch with nature at Teluk Gembira Beach and Bukit Berahu Beach. Bring the kids along to Bebilai Beach and Burung Mandi Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tanjung Pandan day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manggar to Tanjung Pandan takes 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Tanjung Pandan are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Bangka Island.

Things to do in Tanjung Pandan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Bangka Island

The largest of the provincial Bangka-Belitung islands, Bangka Island owns a reputation for having some of the best beaches in Indonesia.
Get some historical perspective at Penataran Agung Temple and Fuk Tet Che Temple. Take a break from the city and head to Penyusuk Beach and Pantai Tapak Hantu. Step out of Bangka Island to go to Sungailiat and see Matras Beach, which is approximately 4h 30 min away. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Romodong Beach and see the interesting displays at Tin Museum.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bangka Island tour builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tanjung Pandan to Bangka Island. In September in Bangka Island, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Padang.

Things to do in Bangka Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

4
nights
Padang

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.
Attractions like Suwarnadwipa Beach and Lubuk Hitam (LBH) Waterfalls make great kid-friendly stops. Get in touch with nature at Bungus Beach and Waterfall Lembah Anai. Go for a jaunt from Padang to Bukittinggi to see Lake Maninjau about 3 hours away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pantai Carolina Bungus (Carolina Beach), stroll around Nirwana Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Tiram Beach, and take in the waterfront at Teluk Bayur.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Padang trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Bangka Island to Padang with the Route module. In September, daily temperatures in Padang can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Banda Aceh.

Things to do in Padang

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

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Banda Aceh

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): make a trip to Sheikh Syiah Kuala Graveyard, examine the collection at Museum Tsunami Aceh, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Baiturrahman Great Mosque, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Baiturrahman Grand Mosque. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Rahmatullah Mosque, stroll through Alue Naga Beach, then explore the ancient world of Fort Indrapatra, and finally make a trip to Jacky Chan House.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Banda Aceh travel route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Padang to Banda Aceh. September in Banda Aceh sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sabang.

Things to do in Banda Aceh

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

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Sabang, Pulau Weh

A peaceful fishing port with a sprinkling of old colonial buildings, Sabang ranks as the biggest town on verdant Pulau Weh (which isn't to say it's very big at all).
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Gua Sarang, then take in the natural beauty of Jaboi Geothermal Spot, and then pause for some photo ops at "I Love Sabang" Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): head off the coast to Rubiah Island.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sabang trip maker site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Banda Aceh to Sabang. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sabang

Parks · Nature

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.