14 days in Sumatra Itinerary

14 days in Sumatra Itinerary

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14 days in Sumatra Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  13​h 45​min
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
Bukit Lawang
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h 15​min
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Dubai


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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Maha Vihara Maitreya and Medan Grand Mosque. Explore hidden gems such as Berhala Island and Kuil Shri Mariamman. Spend the 20th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gunung Timur Temple, examine the collection at Rahmat International Wildlife Museum & Gallery, buy something for everyone on your list at Grand Palladium Mall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Asam Kumbang Crocodile Farm.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Medan trip planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Medan is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Dubai to Medan, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Medan is a bit warmer than Dubai - with highs of 86°F and lows of 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Bukit Lawang.

Things to do in Medan

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums
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Tjong A Fie's Mansion ©
Tjong A Fie's Mansion
Maha Vihara Maitreya ©
Maha Vihara Maitreya
Gunung Timur Temple ©
Gunung Timur Temple

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sumatra Jungle Life and Bukit Lawang Holiday. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Bat Cave. There's more to do: stroll through Bukit Lawang Jungle and delve into the lush surroundings at The Bohorok Orangutan Centre at Bukit Lawang.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Bukit Lawang day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Medan to Bukit Lawang takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in December, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Padang.

Things to do in Bukit Lawang

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Nature & Wildlife Tours


Padang ©
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Muaro Lasak Beach and Lubuk Nyarai. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Grand Mosque of West Sumatra and Minangkabau Documentation and Cultural Information Center. Change things up with these side-trips from Padang: Pariaman (Kata Beach, Angso Duo Island, & more). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Sarasah Gadut Waterfall and kick back and relax at Pantai Padang Taplau.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Padang trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Bukit Lawang to Padang with the Route module. In December, daily temperatures in Padang can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Padang

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

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Gandoriah Beach ©
Gandoriah Beach
Grand Mosque of West Sumatra ©
Grand Mosque of West Sumatra
Pantai Padang Taplau ©
Pantai Padang Taplau