11 days in Sumatra Itinerary

11 days in Sumatra Itinerary

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11 days in Sumatra Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Medan
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
2
Bukit Lawang
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  12​h 30​min
3
Sabang, Pulau Weh
— 1 day
Travel:  2​h
4
Banda Aceh
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h
5
Bengkulu
— 1 day
Fly:  9​h 45​min
6
Tanjung Pandan, Belitung Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: London

1
day
Medan

Medan ©
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.
On the 1st (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Marian Shrine of Annai Velangkanni, take in the spiritual surroundings of Medan Grand Mosque, then make a trip to Maimun Palace, then see the interesting displays at Tjong A Fie's Mansion, and finally browse the different shops at Grand Palladium Mall.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Medan tour site .

London, UK to Medan is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to West Indonesia Time (WIB) is 7 hours. In August, Medan is somewhat warmer than London - with highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bukit Lawang.

Things to do in Medan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Marian Shrine of Annai Velangkanni ©
Tjong A Fie's Mansion ©
Tjong A Fie's Mansion
Maimun Palace ©
Maimun Palace

2
nights
Bukit Lawang

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Bukit Lawang Jungle and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Bat Cave and then take a peaceful walk through The Bohorok Orangutan Centre at Bukit Lawang.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bukit Lawang road trip tool .

You can drive from Medan to Bukit Lawang in 3 hours. In August in Bukit Lawang, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Sabang.

Things to do in Bukit Lawang

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
day
Sabang, Pulau Weh

Sabang ©
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).
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): kick back and relax at Iboih Beach and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sabang road trip tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bukit Lawang to Sabang. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Banda Aceh.

Things to do in Sabang

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Iboih Beach ©
Iboih Beach

1
night
Banda Aceh

Banda Aceh ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baiturrahman Grand Mosque, don't miss a visit to Al Makmur Grand Mosque, examine the collection at Museum Tsunami Aceh, then contemplate the long history of Taman Putroe Phang, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Makam Sultan Iskandar Muda.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Banda Aceh journey planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sabang to Banda Aceh. In August, daytime highs in Banda Aceh are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bengkulu.

Things to do in Banda Aceh

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Baiturrahman Grand Mosque ©
Baiturrahman Grand Mosque
Museum Tsunami Aceh ©
Museum Tsunami Aceh
Masjid Oman (Mesjid Agung Al-Makmur) ©

1
day
Bengkulu

Bengkulu ©
An area historically occupied by British forces, Bengkulu maintains a heavy anglophone influence to this day.
On the 6th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Rumah Ibu Fatmawati Soekarno, contemplate the waterfront views at Dendam Tak Sudah Lake, then kick back and relax at Panjang Beach, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Fort Marlborough.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bengkulu trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Banda Aceh to Bengkulu. August in Bengkulu sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tanjung Pandan.

Things to do in Bengkulu

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Panjang Beach ©
Panjang Beach
Fort Marlborough ©
Fort Marlborough
Rumah Ibu Fatmawati Soekarno ©
Rumah Ibu Fatmawati Soekarno

2
nights
Tanjung Pandan, Belitung Island

Tanjung Pandan ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): kick back and relax at Tanjung Kelayang Beach and then kick back and relax at Tanjung Tinggi Beach. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Hok Tek Che Pagoda, stroll through Lengkuas Beach, and then head off the coast to Lengkuas Island.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tanjung Pandan trip itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bengkulu to Tanjung Pandan. 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 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tanjung Pandan

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Belitung Island
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Tanjung Tinggi Beach ©
Tanjung Tinggi Beach
Tanjung Kelayang Beach ©
Tanjung Kelayang Beach
Lengkuas Beach ©
Lengkuas Beach