31 days in Sumatra Itinerary

31 days in Sumatra Itinerary

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Medan
— 3 nights
Train to Binjai, Taxi to Bukit Lawang
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Bukit Lawang
— 4 nights
Drive to Kualanamu International Airport, Fly to Banda Aceh
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Banda Aceh
— 3 nights
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Pulau Weh
— 5 nights
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Bukittinggi
— 3 nights
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Padang
— 4 nights
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Tanjung Pandan, Belitung Island
— 5 nights
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Bangka Island
— 1 night
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Palembang
— 2 nights
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Medan

— 3 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.
Medan is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Maimun Palace, admire the sheer force of Sipiso Piso Waterfall, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and look for gifts at Sun Plaza.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Medan sightseeing planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Medan is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Western Indonesia Time (WIB) is minus 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Bukit Lawang.

Things to do in Medan

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Nature

Side Trip

Bukit Lawang

— 4 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 Safaris. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Bukit Lawang Holiday, Head underground at Bat Cave, delve into the lush surroundings at The Bohorok Orangutan Centre at Bukit Lawang, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Bukit Lawang trip itinerary maker tool.

Do a combination of train and taxi from Medan to Bukit Lawang in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Bukit Lawang are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Banda Aceh.

Things to do in Bukit Lawang

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rahmatullah Mosque and Siron Mass Grave. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Museum Tsunami Aceh, enjoy the sand and surf at Lampuuk Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ulee Lheue Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Baiturrahman Grand Mosque.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Banda Aceh trip itinerary app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bukit Lawang to Banda Aceh. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Pulau Weh.

Things to do in Banda Aceh

Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Pulau Weh

— 5 nights
Thick jungle crowns Pulau Weh, a small volcanic island perched just off the northern tip of Sumatra.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Iboih Dive Centre and "I Love Sabang" Monument. The adventure continues: Head underground at Wisata Gua Sarang, appreciate the history behind Monument 0 km Indonesia, step off the mainland to explore Rubiah Island, and contemplate the long history of Japan Bunker.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Pulau Weh trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Banda Aceh to Pulau Weh. In August in Pulau Weh, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bukittinggi.

Things to do in Pulau Weh

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Puncak Lawang and Kerinci Seblat National Park. There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Jam Gadang Bukittinggi and explore the stunning scenery at Sianok canyon.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Bukittinggi vacation planner.

Explore your travel options from Pulau Weh to Bukittinggi with the Route module. August in Bukittinggi sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Padang.

Things to do in Bukittinggi

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Pasumpahan Island and Wisata pulau pagang. There's more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Grand Mosque of West Sumatra and head off the coast to Mandeh Island.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Padang trip planner.

Getting from Bukittinggi to Padang by car takes about 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Padang are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. You will leave for Tanjung Pandan on the 23rd (Mon).

Things to do in Padang

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Tanjung Pandan, Belitung Island

— 5 nights
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Leebong Island and Kepayang Island.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tanjung Pandan road trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Padang to Tanjung Pandan. In August in Tanjung Pandan, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can fly to Bangka Island.

Things to do in Tanjung Pandan

Parks · Beaches · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Bangka Island

— 1 night
The largest of the provincial Bangka-Belitung islands, Bangka Island owns a reputation for having some of the best beaches in Indonesia.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): explore the activities along Kaolin Lake.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Bangka Island driving holiday planning tool.

You can fly from Tanjung Pandan to Bangka Island in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Bangka Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Palembang.

Things to do in Bangka Island

Nature · Parks

Palembang

— 2 nights

Venice of Sumatra

The history of the major port city of Palembang dates back a thousand years to the highly advanced Sriwijaya civilization, which ruled vast swathes of Southeast Asia.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Mosque of Palembang and then snap pictures at Ampera Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Kemaro Island.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Palembang trip itinerary maker website.

Explore your travel options from Bangka Island to Palembang with the Route module. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Palembang

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks

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.