Ampera Bridge In Palembang

Palembang, Sumatra’s Second Largest City

Palembang is Sumatra‘s second largest city after Medan and is a useful base for travellers heading out to Bangka and Belitung. Palembang was once a major trading route to Europe and the Far East due to its massive river the Sungai Musi. Ships still sail up and down this river delivering trade although today it[…]

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Weh island, Sabang

Weh Island, The Untouched Piece Of Indonesian Paradise

Pulau Weh or Weh Island is located on the northern most point of the Indonesian Archipelago. Due to its remoteness you can safely presume that Weh Island is an untouched piece of Indonesian paradise. The island is in the shape of a horseshoe and the main town of Sabang is where most of the locals[…]

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Pasar Raya, Padang

Padang, The Pretty Coastal Town in Southern Sumatra

Padang is most famously known around Indonesia for its Makanan Padang (Padang Food). It is not just the food that will entice you to this pretty coastal town in Southern Sumatra. The town itself is nicely laid out making navigation around the city quite easy. There are the famous buildings showing the distinct Minang architecture[…]

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The wild Bukit Lawang Orangutans

North Sumatra’s Treasure

Sumatra is a huge island running up a volcanic plate that has formed with steep ridges and mountains to the west and tropical plains to the east. The east has developed into cities such as Medan and thriving communities, yet the west lies as a natural treasure trove of biologic wonders. Starting on the west[…]

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Sorake beach, Lagundri bay

Nias : Lost Forgotten Tribes, Perfect Waves, Amazing Beaches

Nias is a place that conjures up images of lost forgotten tribes, perfect waves, deserted beaches and a culture that was once untouched for centuries. Although it has been said that getting here can be a pain, once you arrive, you will find it hard to leave this little gem of an island in the[…]

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The Museum of North Sumatra

Medan, The Multicultural City

Medan is Indonesia‘s fourth largest city and like the others has acquired a reputation of hot, dirty, overcrowded and full of traffic. This being said Medan has its charms in its early twentieth century colonial architecture and numerous temples scattered throughout the city. You can arrive in Medan by Plane, Bus or even Boat. Most[…]

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Koto Gadang village, Bukittinggi

Bukittinggi, The Minangkabau Highlands

Bukittinggi lies surrounded by lush forests and rolling hills in the Minang Highlands. Bukittinggi is the commercial centre of the region and a bustling hill town. It’s a great place to discover arts and crafts, as numerous surrounding villages are easily accessible from the town itself. These small villages named Koto Gandang, Pandai Sikat are[…]

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Tanjung Tinggi beach, Belitung

Belitung Island, Popular Destination For Beach Lovers

Belitung island has been overlooked for many years as a popular destination for beach lovers. This is slowly changing with the onset of an airport on Belitung and easy access from Palembang via hydrofoil. Tourism is slowly taking hold and it’s Belitung that has come off the better with her sister island, Bangka. Belitung will[…]

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Palambak Besar island, Banyak islands

Banyak Islands, The Hidden Paradise Of Sumatra

Do you ever feel like escaping? Do you ever wish to disappear into a world that only responds to the laws and rules of nature? Such places exist, they just take a little bit linger to get to. Away from main airports and highways there stands a group of islands that gaze out onto the[…]

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Rambak beach, Sungailiat

Bangka, The Wonderful Island With Great Beaches

Bangka is a wonderfully attractive island with great beaches and is ideally located to quickly escape the hustle and bustle of Palembang. It has a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere and acts as a first stop in island hopping to Belitung just 80 kms south. Bangka is relatively overshadowed by its sister island, Belitung. This being[…]

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Banda Aceh Fun Bike

Banda Aceh, The Capital City Of Aceh Province

Banda Aceh is often overlooked by many travellers and of course this leaves it as a destination that is infrequently visited. Of course the 2004 Tsunami left a devastating impact on the town however rebuilding has been constant and the town is starting to come back to life. There is so much beauty surrounding this[…]

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Mentawai tribe, North Sumatra

Authentic Sumatra, Ecotourism in Nagari Sungai Pinang, West Sumatra

“Nagari Sungai Pinang is a small fishermen village located not far from Padang, the capital city of West Sumatra. This paradise is a closely guarded amazingly beautiful secret as not many people know about it. Authentic Sumatra offers you to stay in an typical wooden bungalow near the Indian ocean and under the coconut trees. In[…]

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Orang pendek from Sumatra

Orang Pendek, The Little Man Of The Forest

Hobbits, Big Foot’s cousin Little Foot, Little man of the forest call it what you will but the search has been going on for hundreds of years for “Orang Pendek” (Short Person). The western world first learnt of this half human creature in the 1400’s when Sir John Mandeville returned to Europe with reports of[…]

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The lake of Seven Mountain, Kerinci Seblat National Park

Kerinci Seblat National Park, The Barisan Mountain

The Barisan Mountain range dominates the coast south of Padang in Sumatra. Here sits 1.5 million hectares of lush rain forest in hands reach of one of the major cities in Sumatra, Kerinci Seblat National Park. At the peak of this range, sits Gunung Kerinci towering over all that rests below. At 3,805 meters this[…]

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500 Lohan, the Buddhist temples in Tanjung Pinang, Riau Archipelago

Bintan Island, The Jewel Of Riau Islands

Bintan is one of two islands (the other being Batam) situated just off the southern coast of Singapore. Due to their proximity to Singapore, Bintan is easily accessible from the ferry terminal located on Singapore’s southern coast. The crossing only takes around 30 minutes by fast boat. Bintan has become increasingly popular with Singaporeans in[…]

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