Sumatra

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Visit Sumatra

A vast, mountainous and largely unspoiled paradise, Sumatra is where adventurous travelers can spot orangutans, swim in crater lakes, trek through jungle and explore remote outer islands.

Sumatra is the world’s sixth-largest island, yet unlike Java to the west and Malaysia to the north, it remains largely undeveloped. It is a land of active volcanoes and picture-perfect lakes, where ancient communities live as they have done for centuries and primates run wild through dense tropical forest.

Most travelers arrive in Medan in the north of the island. West of here, the Gunung Leuser National Park offers trekking opportunities in majestic and remote rainforest. To the south, find Danau Toba, and spend a day exploring south-east Asia’s largest lake. Also relatively close by is Bukit Lawang, a forest park where you have the best chance of spotting the native orangutans.

Discover Pedang on the island’s west coast and book a boat trip to the enigmatic Mentawai Islands. They hold some of the best surf waves in the world. If you don’t want to get in the water, the islands offer numerous opportunities for exciting discoveries on land. Spot stunning native species of flora and fauna or learn about the local indigenous communities that still live according to their ancient customs.

Divers will love the chance to explore the underwater wonderland at Pulau Weh. For a challenging hike, tackle the volcanic peaks around Berastagi.

Traveling between locations can be arduous in Sumatra as the distances are long and the roads poor. The best way to move between major cities is by plane, which is usually inexpensive. Sumatra is reasonably underdeveloped for tourism, so come prepared for some serious adventure travel. The island’s climate is hot and tropical year-round. March to October is generally the best time to visit Sumatra, as the air is less humid and the views from the mountain tops are clear and more spectacular.

Top hotels in Sumatra

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
JW Marriott Hotel Medan
JW Marriott Hotel Medan
5 out of 5
Jalan Putri Hijau No. 10, Medan, North Sumatra
SG$82
per night
22 Dec-23 Dec

Located in Kesawan, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tjong A Fie's Mansion, Medan Mall and Sun Plaza. University of North Sumatera and Marian Shrine ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (444 reviews)

"The room is clean and spacious , appreciate if can improve the cleanness of swimming pool"…"

Reviewed on 26 Nov,2019

JW Marriott Hotel Medan
JAV Front One Hotel Lahat
JAV Front One Hotel Lahat
3 out of 5

Situated in Lahat, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Lahat Clock Tower and within 3 miles (5 km) of People's Struggle Monument and Ribang Kemambang Park. Muara ...

JAV Front One Hotel Lahat
Mercure Padang
Mercure Padang
4 out of 5
Jl Purus IV No 8 Padang, West Sumatra Indonesia, Padang, West Sumatra
SG$72
per night
1 Jan-2 Jan

Located in the heart of Padang, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of University of Eka Sakti and Air Manis Beach. Taman Budaya Cultural Centre and Adityawarman ...

4.1/5Very Good! (103 reviews)

"Muy bueno estuvo todo tranquilo gracias, volveré pronto y conoceré más Sumatra"…"

Reviewed on 9 Jul,2019

Mercure Padang

Top activities in Sumatra

Medan As You Please Private Car Full-day Charter
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Medan As You Please Private Car Full-day Charter

SG$29

Discover Medan and surrounding countryside at your own pace and be free to go wherever you want to for maximum 10 hours with your personal car, and driver. Daily starting anytime from 7am (pick up time) and ending no later than 10pm (drop off time)Type of vehicle: Toyota Innova for 4 and Toyota Hiace for 5-13 passengers.

Medan as You Please Private Car Full Day Charter, with Guide
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Medan as You Please Private Car Full Day Charter, with Guide

SG$37

Discover Medan and surrounding countryside at your own pace and be free to go wherever you want to for maximum 10 hours with your personal car, driver and English-speaking guide. Daily starting anytime from 7am (pick up time) and ending no later than 10pm (drop off time).

Medan Private Tour Lake Toba view from Highlands of Karo
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Medan Private Tour Lake Toba view from Highlands of Karo

SG$123

Start the journey to Medan suburb gaining the altitude as you traverse Sembahe, the forested foothills of the Bukit Barisan mountain; through the Nature Reserve of Sibolangit with its pleasant patch of undisturbed rainforest amidst giant ferns & moss - covered trees Explore the picturesque town of Berastagi a former hill station during Dutch colonial era, located on the northern edge of Karo Plateau at 1,300m altitude.

Sipisopiso Waterfall Full Day Excursion - Seat in Coach
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Sipisopiso Waterfall Full Day Excursion - Seat in Coach

SG$99

Relaxing and Joyful View of Berastagi, a Journey That Should Not Be Missed! Only for about 2 hours and 30 minutes travel time from Medan, you will arrive at Berastagi.

On the Road
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On the Road

SG$45

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Sampuran Waterfall, Tornagodang Village, Pandumaan, Balige, Samosir Island 22351 Indonesia As we head into the mountains past tomok we will see this small waterfall, just falling onto the road.

FD - Medan Brastagi Around About
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FD - Medan Brastagi Around About

SG$75

Pick up at 08.00 hrs from your hotel by our Asia World Indonesia Representative and proceed for a circle trip of Medan City tour. First visit will be the Great Mosque, the largest and most beautiful mosque in Northern Sumatera.