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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

OYO 2186 Tongging Beach
OYO 2186 Tongging Beach
2 out of 5
The price is SG$17 per night from 4 Nov to 5 Nov

Situated in Merek, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Toba and 4 mi (6.5 km) from Sipiso-piso Waterfall. Berastagi Fruits Market and Taman Mejuah Park are ...

OYO 2186 Tongging Beach
Four Points by Sheraton Medan
Four Points by Sheraton Medan
4 out of 5
The price is SG$44 per night from 31 Oct to 1 Nov

Located in the heart of Medan, this spa hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Medan Mall and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Sun Plaza. Sri Mariamman Temple and Rahmat International ...

4/5Very Good! (96 reviews)
Good

"The room is big and comfortable... located in central and convenient to travel to nearby malls or complex."…"

Reviewed on 6 Apr,2020

Four Points by Sheraton Medan
Wyndham Opi Hotel Palembang
Wyndham Opi Hotel Palembang
5 out of 5
The price is SG$53 per night from 2 Nov to 3 Nov

This family-friendly Palembang hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Jakabaring Sport City and Cheng Ho Mosque. Al-Munawar Arab Village and Palembang Indah Mall are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (12 reviews)
Not a 5 star hotel !

"This hotel is NOT a 5 star. Maybe a 3.5 stars. It is about one half hour from the airport. The cost from airport to hotel via Grab was Rp 125,000. The hotel tried to charge us Rp300,000. TV in room was small.Pool had boards loose and they wouldn’t let us take the towel from pool to our room. Very ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb,2019

Wyndham Opi Hotel Palembang
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Sumatra

Green Hill Villa Sibolangit
Green Hill Villa Sibolangit
2.5 out of 5
The price is SG$1,537 per night from 31 Oct to 1 Nov

Situated in Sibolangit, this villa is within a 5-minute walk of Hillpark Sibolangit and Two Colors Sibolangit Waterfall. Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra ...

Green Hill Villa Sibolangit
Royal Suite Condotel
Royal Suite Condotel
3.5 out of 5
Jl. Palang Merah No. 1, Medan, North Sumatra
The price is SG$77 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

Situated in Medan, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tjong A Fie's Mansion and Sun Plaza. Medan Mall is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) away.

3.1/5 (19 reviews)
Royal suite condotel

"Room is spacious. Good for family. Swimming pool also nice and large for infants until adults..but service is so-so"…"

Reviewed on 3 Jan,2019

Royal Suite Condotel
Aldeoz Dempo Pagar Alam Villa Sumsel
Aldeoz Dempo Pagar Alam Villa Sumsel
3 out of 5
Balai Depati Lawang Diwe Jl. Depati, Rt.07/02, Tebet Gunung, Pagar Alam, South Sumatra

Situated in Pagar Alam, this villa is 22.3 mi (35.9 km) from Mount Dempo and 30.3 mi (48.8 km) from Lahat Clock Tower.

Aldeoz Dempo Pagar Alam Villa Sumsel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top things to do in Sumatra

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