8 days in Sumatra Itinerary

8 days in Sumatra Itinerary

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8 days in Sumatra Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  32​h
Banda Aceh
— 1 night
Drive:  13​h 15​min
Bukit Lawang
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  35​h
End: San Diego

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.
On the 26th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Baitul Musyahadah Mosque, don't miss a visit to Siron Mass Grave, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rahmatullah Mosque, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Lhoknga Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjid Oman (Mesjid Agung Al-Makmur), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baiturrahman Grand Mosque, and then contemplate the long history of Taman Putroe Phang.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Banda Aceh day trip planning site .

San Diego, USA to Banda Aceh is an approximately 32-hour flight. Traveling from San Diego to Banda Aceh, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Diego in March, expect nights in Banda Aceh to be somewhat warmer, around 73°F, while days are much warmer, around 91°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bukit Lawang.

Things to do in Banda Aceh

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Lhoknga Beach
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Baiturrahman Grand Mosque ©
Baiturrahman Grand Mosque
Baitul Musyahadah Mosque ©
Baitul Musyahadah Mosque
Taman Putroe Phang ©
Taman Putroe Phang

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): stroll through Bukit Lawang Jungle and then head outdoors with Sumatra Jungle Life. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): Head underground at Bat Cave and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bukit Lawang holiday planning site .

Getting from Banda Aceh to Bukit Lawang by car takes about 13.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. In March, daytime highs in Bukit Lawang are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bukit Lawang

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Nature & Wildlife Tours