An island of extraordinary beauty and untouched nature, it is filled with life and vibrates under the power of nature. Due to its location, Sumatra already had to endure several eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis over the years. Highlights on this island are the wonderful jungle areas that are filled with Orang-utans that not only host these wonderful animals, but also tigers, rhinos and elephants. Moreover, Lake Toba, which is the biggest lake on the world, attracts tourists globally to see this natural miracle
WHERE TO GO?
The northern part of Sumatra is covered by the provinces, Aceh and Sumatera Utara (North Sumatra) province, and exists out of not only the northern part of the main island, but also hundreds of small islands surrounding the coastal area. Medan, the capital of Sumatra is the main portal to enter and has a strategic location from Bukit Lawang, Lake Toba, Samosir Island and Gunung Leuser National Park.
The prime tourist attractions of West Sumatra province are the natural environment, and the culture and history of the Minangkabau and Mentawai people. Next to the province Riau, also the Riau Islands, which are scattered east from Sumatra between Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.
In the Southern part of Sumatra 4 provinces cover the area, with Sumatera Selatan and Lampung covering most of this area. This area is maybe not the most popular place to visit by tourists, but especially divers and nature lovers are attracted to this this area.
Lake Toba, is the largest crater lake in the world and located in North Sumatra. This lake is even bigger than the country Singapore, and in the middle you can find Samosir Island.
Bukit Lawang is a small village situated 90 kilometers northwest of Medan, and is most famous for being a site to easily spot semi-wild orangutans.
Banda Aceh is located in the North of Sumatra, and is most famous because of the tsunami in 2004. Most of the city has been rebuild and several places, such as a museum, are build to inform people about the tragedy. A positive highlight of Aceh is its Grand Mosque which is one of the most beautiful religious monuments in Indonesia.