34 days in Sumatra Itinerary

34 days in Sumatra Itinerary

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Medan
— 3 nights
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Tanjung Pandan, Belitung Island
— 4 nights
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Bangka Island
— 3 nights
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Palembang
— 3 nights
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Padang
— 4 nights
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Bukittinggi
— 4 nights
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Pekanbaru
— 5 nights
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Banda Aceh
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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.
Bring the kids along to Tjong A Fie's Mansion and Maha Vihara Maitreya Cemara Asri. Change things up with a short trip to Pelaruga Waterfall in Tanjung Pura (about 1h 45 min away). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Marian Shrine of Annai Velangkanni, get engrossed in the history at Tjong Yong Hian Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Berhala Island, and look for gifts at Sun Plaza.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Medan trip itinerary tool.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Medan is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Medan, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tanjung Pandan.

Things to do in Medan

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

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Tanjung Pandan, Belitung Island

— 4 nights
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Tanjung Tinggi Beach and Lengkuas Beach.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Medan to Tanjung Pandan. In July, daytime highs in Tanjung Pandan are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Bangka Island.

Things to do in Tanjung Pandan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Bangka Island

— 3 nights
The largest of the provincial Bangka-Belitung islands, Bangka Island owns a reputation for having some of the best beaches in Indonesia.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Parai Tenggiri Beach and Sea Goddes Temple (Klenteng Dewi Laut). Step out of Bangka Island to go to Sungailiat and see Tongaci Beach, which is approximately 4h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Kelayang Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pantai Tanjung Berikat.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Bangka Island day trip app.

Getting from Tanjung Pandan to Bangka Island by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Bangka Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Palembang.

Things to do in Bangka Island

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Palembang

— 3 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.
Family-friendly places like Great Mosque of Palembang and 26 Ilir Pempek VIllage will thrill your kids. Step out of Palembang with an excursion to Bangkinang Plaza in Bangkinang--about 13h 15 min away. There's much more to do: make a splash at Amanzi Waterpark, enjoy some diversion at Jakabaring Sport Complex, take an in-depth tour of Museum Balaputradewa, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cheng Ho Mosque.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Palembang sightseeing tool.

Explore your travel options from Bangka Island to Palembang with the Route module. In July in Palembang, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Padang.

Things to do in Palembang

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping · Museums

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Lubuk Nyarai and Pamutusan Island. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Pasumpahan Island, see the interesting displays at Minangkabau Documentation and Cultural Information Center, don't miss a visit to Masjid Taqwa Muhammadiyah, and enjoy the sand and surf at Muaro Lasak Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Padang trip maker site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Palembang to Padang. In July in Padang, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Bukittinggi.

Things to do in Padang

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Bukittinggi

— 4 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.
Attractions like Kerinci Seblat National Park and Puncak Lawang make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Bukittinggi's surroundings by going to Nagari Tuo Pariangan (in Batusangkar), Batang Palupuh Nature Conservation Center (Rafflesia Park) (in Palupuh) and Payakumbuh (Bull Race, Harau Canyon, &more). There's more to do: appreciate the history behind Hatta Monument Park.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bukittinggi trip builder site.

Drive from Padang to Bukittinggi in 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Pekanbaru.

Things to do in Bukittinggi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Pekanbaru

— 5 nights

City of Good Fortune

Known as one of the cleanest cities in Indonesia, Pekanbaru boasts unique Malay architecture and a thriving economy based on exports of crude oil, palm oil, and paper.
Bring the kids along to Spas and Siak River. Explore Pekanbaru's surroundings by going to Taman Hutan Raya Sultan Syarif Hasyim (in Siak Sri Indrapura) and Bingkuang Lake (in Danaubengkuang). Next up on the itinerary: browse the collection at HS Soeman Library, explore the striking landscape of Minas Elephant Training Centre, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tri Dharma Dewi Sakti Temple, and don't miss a visit to Al-Falah Darul Muttaqin Mosque.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Pekanbaru trip maker tool.

Getting from Bukittinggi to Pekanbaru by car takes about 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Banda Aceh.

Things to do in Pekanbaru

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Banda Aceh

— 4 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.
Kids will enjoy Museum Tsunami Aceh and Baiturrahman Grand Mosque. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Banda Aceh: Lhoknga Beach (in Lhonga) and Baiturrahman Great Mosque (in Semarang). There's much more to do: stroll through Lampuuk Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Ulee Lheue Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rahmatullah Mosque, and make a trip to PLTD Apung 1.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Banda Aceh trip itinerary maker app.

Explore your travel options from Pekanbaru to Banda Aceh with the Route module. In August, daily temperatures in Banda Aceh can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Banda Aceh

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.