Adventurous travellers take note- Sumatra is the perfect destination for you! Full of jungles, volcanic formations and exotic creatures, Indonesia's wild and untamed Western Island will both enlighten and entrance. As the sixth largest island in the world and one of the last remaining natural habitats of the orangutan, Sumatra is the place for those who want ... More>to explore the world outside of their comfort zone. So book a Sumatra hotel, grab your shoes and throw yourself into the jungle.
Whether you are flying in or taking the ferry from Malaysia or Singapore, you'll most likely arrive into the capital city of Medan. As the main city, Medan has some of the most entertaining traffic conditions you’ll ever experience. To get around, you’ll need to catch a public bus or hire a push bike.
From Medan, the rest of the island is yours to explore. Escape the capital and chill out on the banks of South East Asia's largest lake in Parapat, Lake Toba. Created by a volcanic explosion, the lake now provides visitors with a series of guesthouses on the water that cater to ultimate relaxation. Once you have chilled out for a few days, venture to Bukit Lawang for jungle trekking and a chance to get close to the orangutans. The Gunung Leuser National Park and its conservation centre provide care and protection to these endangered primates. Afterwards you might like to go tubing along the river; it’s the best way to cool off after a day of trekking.
For adventure tourists, Sumatra's backyard is also home to some of the best trekking and surfing there is. And inside its rainforests, Sumatra is the hiding place of the critically endangered Sumatran tiger, rhinoceros and orangutan. Sadly, this beautiful island has lost around 50 percent of its natural rainforest to logging and as a result, these animals may not last the decade. Sumatra's position right on the Ring of Fire means that the earth rumbles regularly. But don't worry- the dense jungle, tropical beaches and volcanic lakes will soothe any anxiety you have- it’s worth flying across the world for!
Sumatra is also the home of spicy food so prepare yourself, you'll need to get used to eating chilli. Try the beef Rendang or Soto, a Sumatran noodle soup similar to Laksa. AWD has a variety of Sumatra hotels catering to everyone's budget and preferences. From big international brands to small boutiques, find your hotel in Sumatra here.