60 days in Sumatra, Sulawesi & Kalimantan Itinerary

60 days in Sumatra, Sulawesi & Kalimantan Itinerary

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60 days in Sumatra, Sulawesi & Kalimantan Itinerary

Start: Semarang
taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Medan
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Berastagi
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h 15​min
3
Banda Aceh
— 5 nights
Travel:  3​h 45​min
4
Sabang, Pulau Weh
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  17​h 15​min
5
Bukittinggi
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Padang
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
7
Palembang
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h
8
Tanjung Pandan, Belitung Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
9
Manado
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
10
Makassar
— 5 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
11
Rantepao
— 2 nights
Drive:  16​h 30​min
12
Pangkalan Bun
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Semarang

5
nights
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.
Medan is known for historic sites, shopping, museums, spas, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Maimun Palace, see the interesting displays at Upside Down World, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Maha Vihara Maitreya Cemara Asri, and kick back and relax at Berhala Island.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Medan trip planner.

Semarang to Medan is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of taxi and flight. You can also do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Medan are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Berastagi.

Things to do in Medan

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Sipiso Piso Waterfall
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 6:
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Marian Shrine of Annai Velangkanni ©
Tjong A Fie's Mansion ©
Tjong A Fie's Mansion
Maimun Palace ©
Maimun Palace

5
nights
Berastagi

Berastagi
Berastagi’s volcanic hillsides and rural beauty has historically made this Northern Sumatran town an appealing option for colonizers and settlers.
Change things up with these side-trips from Berastagi: Bukit Gajah Bobok (in Merek) and Sapo Juma (in Tongging). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Toba, relax in the rural setting at Gundaling Farmstead Berastagi, contemplate the geological forces at Mount Sinabung, and walk around Lumbini Natural Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Berastagi trip planner .

You can drive from Medan to Berastagi in 2.5 hours. In January in Berastagi, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Banda Aceh.

Things to do in Berastagi

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

North Sumatra, Sapo Juma, Bukit Gajah Bobok, Lumbini Natural Park
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Toba
Lake Toba
Mount Sibayak ©
Mount Sibayak
Mikie Funland ©
Mikie Funland

5
nights
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.
Banda Aceh is known for museums, historic sites, beaches, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Museum Tsunami Aceh, make a trip to Boat at Desa Lampulo, enjoy the sand and surf at Ulee Lheue Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lampuuk Beach.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Banda Aceh using our trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Berastagi to Banda Aceh. January in Banda Aceh sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sabang.

Things to do in Banda Aceh

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 17:
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Lampuuk Beach ©
Lampuuk Beach
Museum Tsunami Aceh ©
Museum Tsunami Aceh
Baiturrahman Grand Mosque ©
Baiturrahman Grand Mosque

3
nights
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).
Sabang is known for wildlife, beaches, nature, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Iboih Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Gua Sarang, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Jaboi Geothermal Spot.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Sabang route builder app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Banda Aceh to Sabang. In January, daytime highs in Sabang are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bukittinggi.

Things to do in Sabang

Parks Nature Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 20:
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Iboih Beach ©
Iboih Beach
Monument 0 km Indonesia ©
Monument 0 km Indonesia
Rubiah Island ©
Rubiah Island

5
nights
Bukittinggi

Bukittinggi ©
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.
Explore Bukittinggi's surroundings by going to Batang Palupuh Nature Conservation Center (Rafflesia Park) (in Palupuh) and Payakumbuh (Harau Canyon, Padang Mengatas, & more). And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Jam Gadang Bukittinggi, stroll around Kerinci Seblat National Park, get engrossed in the history at Museum Perjuangan Tri Daya Eka Dharma, and explore the fascinating underground world of Japanese Cave.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Bukittinggi trip itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sabang to Bukittinggi. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Padang.

Things to do in Bukittinggi

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Payakumbuh, Kerinci Seblat National Park, Batang Palupuh Nature Conservation Center (Rafflesia Park)
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Sianok canyon ©
Sianok canyon
Jam Gadang Bukittinggi ©
Jam Gadang Bukittinggi
Harau Canyon ©
Harau Canyon

5
nights
Padang

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.
Padang is known for nature, beaches, museums, outdoors, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Waterfall Lembah Anai, step off the mainland to explore Pamutusan Island, examine the collection at Minangkabau Documentation and Cultural Information Center, and enjoy the sand and surf at Pantai Padang Taplau.

To see ratings and tourist information, read our Padang trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Bukittinggi to Padang by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Palembang.

Things to do in Padang

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Waterfall Lembah Anai ©
Waterfall Lembah Anai
Grand Mosque of West Sumatra ©
Grand Mosque of West Sumatra
Pasumpahan Island ©
Pasumpahan Island

5
nights
Palembang

Palembang ©
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.
Palembang is known for shopping, nature, historic sites, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Ampera Bridge, buy something for everyone on your list at Palembang Icon, wander the streets of 26 Ilir Pempek VIllage, and head off the coast to Kemaro Island.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Palembang road trip planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Padang to Palembang. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Tanjung Pandan.

Things to do in Palembang

Shopping Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bangkinang Plaza
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 6:
Highlights from your plan
G Art Studio ©
G Art Studio
Ampera Bridge ©
Ampera Bridge
Great Mosque of Palembang ©
Great Mosque of Palembang

5
nights
Tanjung Pandan, Belitung Island

Tanjung Pandan ©
Tanjung Pandan is known for beaches, nature, outdoors, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Tanjung Tinggi Beach, make a trip to Kepayang Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tanjung Kelayang Beach, and head off the coast to Lengkuas Island.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tanjung Pandan trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Palembang to Tanjung Pandan. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in February, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Manado.

Things to do in Tanjung Pandan

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Belitung Island
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Tanjung Tinggi Beach ©
Tanjung Tinggi Beach
Lengkuas Island ©
Lengkuas Island
Kaolin Lake ©
Kaolin Lake

4
nights
Manado

Manado ©
As the largest city in Northern Sulawesi, Manado serves as a tourist gateway to the nearby Bunaken, known for its islands and reefs.
Change things up with these side-trips from Manado: Lake Linau (in Tomohon), PAL Marinsow Beach (in Marinsow) and Lembeh Strait (in Bitung). There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, buy something for everyone on your list at Manado Souvenir, and appreciate the history behind Christ Blessing.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Manado online day trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tanjung Pandan to Manado. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tanjung Pandan to Manado due to the time zone difference. In February, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Makassar.

Things to do in Manado

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lembeh Strait, Nain Island, Lake Linau, PAL Marinsow Beach
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Lembeh Strait ©
Lembeh Strait
Lake Linau ©
Lake Linau
Spas

5
nights
Makassar

Makassar ©
One of the nation's major port cities, the multicultural melting pot of Makassar gets most of its bustle from commerce and the shipping industry.
Change things up with these side-trips from Makassar: Maros (Rammang-Rammang Village, Bantimurung National Park, & more). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Losari Beach, get outside with Pulau Samalona, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and steep yourself in history at Fort Rotterdam.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Makassar online road trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Manado to Makassar. February in Makassar sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Rantepao.

Things to do in Makassar

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Maros
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Losari Beach ©
Losari Beach
Fort Rotterdam ©
Fort Rotterdam
Trans Studio Makassar ©
Trans Studio Makassar

2
nights
Rantepao

Rantepao ©
Rantepao, the main town in the Tana Toraja region, remains an unassuming destination where urban streets blend with country roads and lead to traditional villages and small farms.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rantepao: Mount Sesean (in Tana Toraja) and Wisata Religi Buntu Burake (in Makale). There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Londa Burial Caves, wander the streets of Toraja Village, and don't miss a visit to Tugu Salib Bukit Singki.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rantepao itinerary planner .

Drive from Makassar to Rantepao in 8 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Pangkalan Bun.

Things to do in Rantepao

Neighborhoods Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mount Sesean, Wisata Religi Buntu Burake
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Toraja Village ©
Toraja Village
Londa Burial Caves ©
Londa Burial Caves
Batutumongga ©
Batutumongga

3
nights
Pangkalan Bun

Pangkalan Bun ©
Pangkalan Bun or Pangkalanbuun, is a city in Central Kalimantan province on Borneo in Indonesia. Spend the 27th (Thu) exploring nature at Tanjung Puting National Park. The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Camp Leakey, and contemplate the waterfront views at Arut River.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Pangkalan Bun trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Rantepao to Pangkalan Bun in 48.5 hours. Traveling from Rantepao to Pangkalan Bun, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pangkalan Bun

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Central Kalimantan
Find places to stay Feb 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Tanjung Puting National Park ©
Tanjung Puting National Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Camp Leakey ©
Camp Leakey

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