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If you are planning a tour on Sumatra in the near future, you should inquire about the island beforehand. It is important to know if you need a visa in Indonesia, how the weather is there and which sights should be visited.
Connect to nature and immerse yourself in local culture on your trip to Sumatra
We specialise in private tours and trekking in North Sumatra. Our tour packages for Sumatra include orangutan treks in Bukit Lawang, visit the elephant park in Tangkahan, volcano tours in Berastagi and cultural tours around Lake Toba. Experience the natural beauty of North Sumatra with one of our customised package tours for your very own adventure. We can cater for your special needs and wished and organise tours around Sumatra from 2 days up until 3 weeks.
You can choose from one of our pre-designed tours and treks, or contact us to customise your very own trip. Our guides are all licenced by the Indonesian Tourist Guide Association (ITGA/HPI-Himpunan Pramuwisata Indonesia), very good in English with many years of experience in trekking and touring around northern Sumatra.
Roundtrips through Sumatra: The island
Sumatra is an island that belongs to Indonesia. With an area of approximately 473 km², Sumatra is also the sixth largest island in the world. About 50 million people live on the island. The economic situation of the island should not be disregarded. About 70% of the island contributes to the income of Indonesia. Rich is the island mainly of oil. Nonetheless, in addition to oil reserves, mining plays an important role as well. The gold, tin, coal and bauxite are particularly promoted. Of great importance, however, are products that come from agriculture. The island nation is a well-known producer of pepper, palm oil, rubber, tobacco and coffee. Thus, the island state of Sumatra is in second place to Malaysia as an agricultural producer.
A Sumatra trip offers its tourists a lot of interesting sights. Below are the top 5 attractions that you should definitely visit when touring Sumatra:
- Toba Lake: Lake Toba is an absolute natural spectacle on Sumatra. The lake is also the largest crater lake in the world. It was caused by an eruption of the volcano Toba. The natural spectacle is a real attraction for every tourist on Sumatra. The island of Somosir originated about 75,000 years ago and is located in the middle of Lake Toba. The island is rich in culture and offers a beautiful view of nature.
- Sipisopiso Waterfall: The approximately 120-meter-long waterfall offers a view of Lake Toba from the upper end.
- Bukit Lawang: Here you can look forward to free-living orangutans, which you can experience up close at Jungle Trekking.
- Medan: Medan is the capital of Sumatra and has as many attractions to offer. In the city you can see the breathtaking Maimonn Sultan’s Palace, where the Sultan still lives today, as well as the Chinese temple Vihara Gunung Timur.
- Berastagi: Berastagi is a mountain resort that offers a beautiful view of the volcanoes Sinabung and Siayak. Both volcanoes can be climbed.
If you want to spend your holiday in Sumatra, it is important to know what the weather conditions are like on the island. The island state has a tropical climate. Through a sea breeze, the heat can be mitigated. On average, the annual temperature is about 27° C. However, this can change quite a bit by region, especially in coastal areas. The average temperature is between 24° C and 35° C. From October to April the main rainy season is on the island state.
The traffic situation on Sumatra is a bit hectic compared to Europe. There are local buses, but they do not depart on a fixed schedule. In addition, there are tourist buses (shared cars with private driver), which connect the bigger tourist places. It is also possible to take a private driver for one or more days on Sumatra, mainly because of the unpredictable driving of the population of Sumatra.
Visas for the holidays in Sumatra
Tourists basically receive a visa for a maximum of 30 days. However, entry and exit must be via an international sea or airport. If you are planning your holiday in Sumatra for more than 30 days, then a Visa on Arrival (VoA) is required. The extension comes with a fee to be paid to the immigration office. The application for the extended visa should be made at least one week before expiry.
The food in Sumatra
On Sumatra food specialties play an important role. When you travel to Sumatra, you will soon realize that the population eats spicy food. Chili is the most popular spice on the island nation. The main foods of the population are still fish and rice. Nevertheless, there are some drinks that are traditional on the island nation. Tuak is a juice that comes from the flower of the sugar palm. The Tuak is drunk from the bamboo pipes. Arrak is an alcoholic beverage made from Tuak. Read also: Sumatra for foodies
Check out our comprehensive travel guide for Sumatra.
Jungle trekking in Bukit Lawang
Most holidaymakers travel to Sumatra to get close to orangutans while jungle trekking in Bukit Lawang. And rightly so, as it is a unique experience. We offer different treks for all fitness levels. Beginning with an introductory 3-hour trek up to an advanced 3-day trek with overnight stay in the jungle. Read our detailed guide to jungle trekking in Bukit Lawang.