Stay in our Sumatra accommodation and enjoy an exotic beach holiday with jungle trekking, adventure sports and the chance to see endangered animals in the wild.
Things to Do
After landing in Medan
, you might like to spend some time here in Sumatra's largest city, before exploring the rest of the island. Maimoon Palace is a great place to start, especially if you're a history buff. This palace was built by the Sultan of Deli in 1886 and is actually the residence of the current sultan. The Grand Mosque is another must-see, built in 1906 and best known for its unique black-domed roof.
Once you've finished discovering Medina, it's time to head a little further west. Ask your hotel to arrange a permit for you to go jungle trekking in the Gunung Leuser National Park, which is home to a number of monkeys, as well as elephants, rhinos, tigers and other big cats. While you're here, make sure you stop off at Bukit Lawang, a small village on the edge of the park, famous for its Orangutan Centre, which rehabilitates sick and injured orangutans. You can also visit some of the nearby waterfalls and have a go at rafting or tubing down the Bahorok and Wampu rivers. Catch a glimpse of one of the rarest and cutest mammels, the Sunda Colugo Flying Lemur, which is only found in South East Asia.
If you're here to surf, you'll find some fantastic breakers in the Aceh region in Northern Sumatra, as well as in the Mentawai Islands, just off the western coast. The Mentawai Islands are also a fantastic spot for scuba diving, as are the Banyak Islands and Simeuleu Island, so make sure you check them out.
No visit to Sumatra is complete without spending some time on Lake Toba, the world's deepest lake and South East Asia's largest. Once you're at the lake, take a ferry over to Samosir, a huge island in the middle of the lake, complete with hot springs, waterfalls and a museum. If you're here in July, you're in for a real treat because the annual Lake Toba Festival puts on a fantastic display of dragon boats, canoe races and swimming events.
To get to Sumatra, take advantage of these cheap flights to Medan
. Once you arrive, you can affordably get around the northern region by bus or minivan and go island-hopping by ferry or charter boat. You'll find that travelling inter-city is best done by air or sea though, as the roads are in quite a terrible condition.
If you're keen to see other parts of Indonesia
, make sure you check out our great deals on hotels in Bali
So wot are you waiting for? Book your flights and a room in one of our fabulous Sumatra hotels and get ready for an amazing island holiday!
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