30 days in Sumatra Itinerary

30 days in Sumatra Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sumatra route planner

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Banda Aceh
— 3 nights
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Pulau Weh
— 3 nights
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Ketambe
— 1 night
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Bukit Lawang
— 3 nights
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Drive to Kualanamu International Airport, Fly to Radin Inten II International Airport, Drive to Krui
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Krui
— 2 nights
Drive to Radin Inten II International Airport, Fly to Tanjung Pandan
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Tanjung Pandan, Belitung Island
— 5 nights
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Bangka Island
— 2 nights
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Sungailiat
— 2 nights
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Bukittinggi
— 3 nights
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Padang
— 3 nights
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Banda Aceh

— 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lhoknga Beach and Aceh State Museum. Rahmatullah Mosque and Baiturrahman Grand Mosque are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Ulee Lheue Beach, see the interesting displays at PLTD Apung 1, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alue Naga Beach, and make a trip to Masjid Oman (Mesjid Agung Al-Makmur).

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Banda Aceh trip simple and quick.

Marrakech, Morocco to Banda Aceh is an approximately 29-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Marrakech to Banda Aceh. Traveling from Marrakech in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 26°C in Banda Aceh. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Pulau Weh.

Things to do in Banda Aceh

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Pulau Weh

— 3 nights
Thick jungle crowns Pulau Weh, a small volcanic island perched just off the northern tip of Sumatra.
On the 6th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Iboih Beach, then see some colorful creatures with Iboih Dive Centre, and then relax and rejuvenate at Flying Elephant Yoga. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Monument 0 km Indonesia, explore the fascinating underground world of Wisata Gua Sarang, and then head off the coast to Rubiah Island.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Pulau Weh trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Banda Aceh to Pulau Weh. September in Pulau Weh sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ketambe.

Things to do in Pulau Weh

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Ketambe

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ketambe itinerary maker website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Pulau Weh to Ketambe. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bukit Lawang.

Things to do in Ketambe

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Bat Cave, delve into the lush surroundings at The Bohorok Orangutan Centre at Bukit Lawang, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Sumatra Jungle Life, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bukit Lawang Jungle.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Bukit Lawang day trip tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ketambe to Bukit Lawang. September in Bukit Lawang sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Krui.

Things to do in Bukit Lawang

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Krui

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): head off the coast to Banana Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Tanjung Setia Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Krui Beach.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Krui travel itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bukit Lawang to Krui. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tanjung Pandan.

Things to do in Krui

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Tanjung Pandan, Belitung Island

— 5 nights
Step out of the city life by going to Pulau Pasir and Bebilai Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Tanjung Tinggi Beach and Lengkuas Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tanjung Pandan trip itinerary builder tool.

Explore your travel options from Krui to Tanjung Pandan with the Route module. In September, daytime highs in Tanjung Pandan are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Bangka Island.

Things to do in Tanjung Pandan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Bangka Island

— 2 nights
The largest of the provincial Bangka-Belitung islands, Bangka Island owns a reputation for having some of the best beaches in Indonesia.
On the 20th (Mon), kick back and relax at Penyusuk Beach, see the interesting displays at Tin Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fuk Tet Che Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Kaolin Lake, then admire the natural beauty at Bangka Botanical Garden (BBG), and then kick back and relax at Pasir Padi Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bangka Island trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Tanjung Pandan to Bangka Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September, daytime highs in Bangka Island are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Sungailiat.

Things to do in Bangka Island

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Sungailiat

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): stroll through Tukik Babel Sea Turtle Hatchery, enjoy the sand and surf at Tongaci Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pantai Rambak, then don't miss a visit to Puri Tri Agung, and finally don't miss a visit to Vihara Dewi Kuan Yin.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Sungailiat road trip planner.

Getting from Bangka Island to Sungailiat by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September in Sungailiat, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Bukittinggi.

Things to do in Sungailiat

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Bukittinggi

— 3 nights

London of Sumatra

With a population of over 117,000 spread out over an area of 25 sq km (9.7 sq mi), Bukittinggi represents one of the largest cities in Western Sumatra.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum Rumah Kelahiran Bung Hatta and Masjid Raya Bukittinggi. Step off the beaten path and head to Mount Marapi (Gunung Marapi) and Batang Palupuh Nature Conservation Center (Rafflesia Park). Go for a jaunt from Bukittinggi to Payakumbuh to see Ngalau Indah about 48 minutes away. Spend the 25th (Sat) exploring nature at Kerinci Seblat National Park. It doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Sianok canyon and appreciate the history behind Jam Gadang Bukittinggi.

Planning Bukittinggi trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Sungailiat to Bukittinggi takes 81 hours. September in Bukittinggi sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Padang.

Things to do in Bukittinggi

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Padang

— 3 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 Suwarnadwipa Beach and Pantai Carolina Bungus (Carolina Beach). Get outdoors at Muaro Lasak Beach and Pamutusan Island. There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Pasumpahan Island, delve into the mystery of Malin Kundang Stone, enjoy the sand and surf at Bungus Beach, and admire the striking features of Grand Mosque of West Sumatra.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Padang driving holiday planner.

Drive from Bukittinggi to Padang in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Padang

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · 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.