31 days in Sumatra Itinerary

31 days in Sumatra Itinerary

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Medan
— 3 nights
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Tongging
— 2 nights
Drive
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Berastagi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bukit Lawang
— 3 nights
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Ketambe
— 2 nights
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Banda Aceh
— 2 nights
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Pulau Weh
— 4 nights
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Bukittinggi
— 5 nights
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Tanggamus
— 2 nights
Drive to Radin Inten II International Airport, Fly to Tanjung Pandan
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Tanjung Pandan, Belitung Island
— 3 nights
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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, take in the spiritual surroundings of Medan Grand Mosque, examine the collection at Tjong A Fie's Mansion, and admire the sheer force of Sipiso Piso Waterfall.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Medan itinerary maker site.

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 to Western Indonesia Time is minus 1 hour. In August in Medan, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tongging.

Things to do in Medan

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Tongging

— 2 nights
On the 5th (Thu), explore the activities along Lake Toba. On your second day here, explore the stunning scenery at Bukit Gajah Bobok and then take some stellar pictures from Sapo Juma.

To find out how to plan a trip to Tongging, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Medan to Tongging by car takes about 3.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Tongging can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Berastagi.

Things to do in Tongging

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Berastagi

— 2 nights

City of Passion Fruit

Berastagi’s volcanic hillsides and rural beauty has historically made this Northern Sumatran town an appealing option for colonizers and settlers.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): stroll around Lumbini Natural Park. Keep things going the next day: pick up some local products at Berastagi Fruit Market.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Berastagi tour builder tool.

You can drive from Tongging to Berastagi in 1.5 hours. In August in Berastagi, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 27°C at night. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Bukit Lawang.

Things to do in Berastagi

Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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.
Bukit Lawang is known for nature, wildlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take a peaceful walk through The Bohorok Orangutan Centre at Bukit Lawang, Head underground at Bat Cave, get outside with Sumatra Jungle Life, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Bukit Lawang sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Berastagi to Bukit Lawang in 4.5 hours. In August in Bukit Lawang, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ketambe.

Things to do in Bukit Lawang

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Ketambe

— 2 nights
On the 12th (Thu), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

Plan trip to Ketambe with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bukit Lawang to Ketambe. You will leave for Banda Aceh on the 13th (Fri).

Things to do in Ketambe

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Banda Aceh

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Boat at Desa Lampulo and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lampuuk Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): examine the collection at Museum Tsunami Aceh and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Baiturrahman Grand Mosque.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Banda Aceh vacation planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Ketambe to Banda Aceh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Banda Aceh are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Pulau Weh.

Things to do in Banda Aceh

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Pulau Weh

— 4 nights
Thick jungle crowns Pulau Weh, a small volcanic island perched just off the northern tip of Sumatra.
Pulau Weh is known for wildlife, beaches, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with Monster Divers, Head underground at Wisata Gua Sarang, head off the coast to Rubiah Island, and pause for some photo ops at Monument 0 km Indonesia.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Pulau Weh tour 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Bukittinggi.

Things to do in Pulau Weh

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Bukittinggi

— 5 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.
Spend the 23rd (Mon) exploring nature at Kerinci Seblat National Park. There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Jam Gadang Bukittinggi, admire the striking features of Pagaruyung Palace, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Maninjau, and explore the stunning scenery at Sianok canyon.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Bukittinggi trip itinerary maker tool.

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 your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Tanggamus.

Things to do in Bukittinggi

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Tanggamus

— 2 nights
On the 25th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tanggamus vacation planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bukittinggi to Tanggamus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. You will leave for Tanjung Pandan on the 26th (Thu).

Things to do in Tanggamus

Parks · Nature

Tanjung Pandan, Belitung Island

— 3 nights
Tanjung Pandan is known for beaches, nature, and outdoors. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tanjung Tinggi Beach, step off the mainland to explore Lengkuas Island, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kaolin Lake.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tanjung Pandan day trip site.

Explore your travel options from Tanggamus to Tanjung Pandan with the Route module. August in Tanjung Pandan sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Palembang.

Things to do in Tanjung Pandan

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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.
On the 30th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Great Mosque of Palembang and then snap pictures at Ampera Bridge. On your second day here, step off the mainland to explore Kemaro Island.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Palembang trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tanjung Pandan to Palembang. August in Palembang sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Palembang

Historic Sites · 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.