Travel Blogs from Sumatra, Indonesia

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the orangutans of Bukit Lawang...., Bukit Lawang, Indonesia travel blog

the orangutans of Bukit Lawang....

A travel blog entry by rawhideone

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... this guy Udin, minutes after we get off of the plane in Medan, Sumatra.  I was never aware of the fact that Sumatra is part of Indonesia...thought of it as it's own country...and the culture is very unique, just as it was in Java and Bali.  My ...

The Gift of Sickness, Banda Aceh, Indonesia travel blog

The Gift of Sickness

A travel blog entry by thewyndilady

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The gift of sickness. I think sickness hits us all. Everyone that has gone over seas ends up sick some way or another. I have in every way embraced this malady. The gifts sickness gave me....projectile vomiting and diarrhea simultaneously, mind you! Oh ...

DRIVING 101, Banda Aceh, Indonesia travel blog

DRIVING 101

A travel blog entry by thewyndilady

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Hey guyz, guess what? I learned to drive today in a foreign land. Everything is on the opposite side. Everything is opposite from what I've learned. I now sit where my passenger once sat. The gear shifter is now on my left side, I now drive on the ...

Peter Pan Concert!, Banda Aceh, Indonesia travel blog

Peter Pan Concert!

A travel blog entry by thewyndilady

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Winter, Rini, Nurel, Winter, Elijah, Rance, Richo, Judi, Derrick, Randy, myself and a few other Acehnese guys all went to the Peter Pan concert. Peter Pan is a very popular band here in Southeast Asia and I'm huge fan as well. Yes, I know, Wyndi a huge ...

Home Sweet Home, Banda Aceh, Indonesia travel blog

Home Sweet Home

A travel blog entry by thewyndilady

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Hey All! I'm home.. joy is bursting from every fiber of my being. I pray it overflows. I'm EXACTLY where I'm supposed to be at the very moment I'm supposed to be here. What an incredible feeling... My job here will be running the ...

another of life's passages..., TukTuk, Sumatra, Indonesia travel blog

another of life's passages...

A travel blog entry by rawhideone

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... (that's about 15 dollars)....sounds really cheap although the place we were staying in previously was only 4 dollars each night.  Sumatra may be a little rough around the edges but with a place like this, I can't imagine wanting to leave ...

Beautiful Danau Toba, Danau Toba, Indonesia travel blog

Beautiful Danau Toba

A travel blog entry by nomadic-brands

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... out of Java before Idul Fitri (the festival which marks the end of Ramadan and which causes chaos to descend throughout Indonesia as families make their way home for the celebrations) we quite possibly could have spend much, much longer here. ...

Sponsored by Roxy, Banda Aceh, Indonesia travel blog

Sponsored by Roxy

A travel blog entry by thewyndilady

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... Law. Went to swimming class with Peter, Luke and Winter...was asked to help coordinate Aceh Water Sports by the National Surfing Champion of Indonesia. He wants to teach me to surf and windsurf. He thinks I could be the next big thing! I thought that was ...

Pulau Weh, sabang, Indonesia travel blog

Pulau Weh

A travel blog entry by nomadic-brands

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DOMINIQUE HERE: Day : 87 Temperature : 32 degrees Weather : Overcast Indonesia!!! It's so great to be here. This country is immensly vast and has so much to offer with thousands of different islands each with their own different cultures, landscapes and ...

Tsunami Memories, Banda Aceh, Indonesia travel blog

Tsunami Memories

A travel blog entry by tdv95

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... itself didn't seem to have many visual scars from that fateful day and, in fact, looked like any other town in Indonesia (outside of the roads which will have to deteriorate greatly before matching the chaotic mess in the rest of the country)- we ...

Lounging by the lake & smiling til our jaws ache!, Tuk Tuk, Lake Toba, Indonesia travel blog

Lounging by the lake & smiling til our jaws ache!

A travel blog entry by tomandcharlie

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... increasingly difficult as the same question was being asked but just reworded a little... 'What are your feelings about North Sumatra?' 'What were your first impressions about North Sumatra?' 'What have you enjoyed most in North Sumatra?' "What do you ...

Wild Men Of Sumatra, Bukit Lawang, Indonesia travel blog

Wild Men Of Sumatra

A travel blog entry by tdv95

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... .  The reasons they’re disappearing?? Primarily loss of habitat, although poaching continues to be a problem (Indonesia has serious penalties for poaching but apparently those responsible for capturing the orangutan babies for pets are those ...

The Banda Brothers, Medan, Indonesia travel blog

The Banda Brothers

A travel blog entry by thewyndilady

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Our next flight we depart the plane outside, which is always the first indication we are in another land. As I step off the plane I am overwhelmed by all the familiar aromas of this place....cigarettes, incencse and body odor. Awwwwhhhh...I love this ...

Waterfalls, Gibbons, and Planting Rice, Harau, Indonesia travel blog

Waterfalls, Gibbons, and Planting Rice

A travel blog entry by dane

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The Harau Valley is a must-see.  Like much of Sumatra, it seems like  it’s always the low season and you’ll have the place pretty much to  yourself.  We only saw a couple of other travelers in the entire valley over the ...

Day 160, Somewhere in the Sea, Indonesia travel blog

Day 160

A travel blog entry by poolman99

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21st September - Set Sail at last! All through the night the cranes were loading containers into the boat. In the morning I got a good video of one going right past my window! At 1pm I sensed we were moving and we had finally set sail. ...

Motorbike Ride near Aceh, Banda Aceh, Indonesia travel blog

Motorbike Ride near Aceh

A travel blog entry by dane

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We had plenty of time, so I was glad we took a day to see the area around Aceh. You can tell not a lot of foreigners head out that way. Although, we did meet a lot of people very interested in us. They love to practice their English and show visitors ...

Minangkabau Tour, Bukittinggi, Indonesia travel blog

Minangkabau Tour

A travel blog entry by dane

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... lot safer. It's just tough to carry your packs, negotiate traffic, and deal with weather while riding a motorbike. HD Videos from Sumatra if you're interested. Just click on the right side of the video and choose 720: Train Ride:  ...

Diving and motorbiking on the east coast, Padang Bai, Bali, Indonesia travel blog

Diving and motorbiking on the east coast

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And so it was goodbye Flores... we'd seen and experienced some unique and traditional ways of life, revelled in the vast, sparsely populated landscapes dotted with volcanoes, and loved the people. We arrived in Denpasar at about sunset on Thursday 22 ...

Lake Maninjau, Danau Maninjao, Indonesia travel blog

Lake Maninjau

A travel blog entry by dane

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There wasn't much to do here, but we weren't looking for lots of excitement. We had a nice view and were the only people at the resort (I use that word lightly) most of the time. We were right on the water and saw people fishing and working in the ...

Settling in on Pulau Weh, Sabang, Indonesia travel blog

Settling in on Pulau Weh

A travel blog entry by dane

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This was an email I wrote while on the island. Now it'll be my travel blog with a little reflection at the end. We've been here a week. Our bungalow is perched on the side of a hill overlooking the reef.  The water is a swirl of turquoise and ...

Exploring the Town, Banda Aceh, Indonesia travel blog

Exploring the Town

A travel blog entry by dane

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... and Sulawesi over the course of 2 months, but Air Asia stopped their flights to Sulawesi. So we settled on just spending 6 weeks in Sumatra. We started in Aceh before making our way south toward Padang to fly back to KL then Bangkok. We flew from KL to ...

Motorbike Ride through the North, Bukittinggi, Indonesia travel blog

Motorbike Ride through the North

A travel blog entry by dane

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This was a great trip. I love the countryside. And even after 4 years in Southeast Asia, I still love rice paddies. The terracing and the unending fields of green just mesmerize me. HD Video. Watch it in 720. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjxjL0nUVmQ ...

ooh ooh aah - Jungle Trek...., In the jungle!, Indonesia travel blog

ooh ooh aah - Jungle Trek....

A travel blog entry by tomandcharlie

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We decided to come back down to Indonesia with Kate and Darren in search of the wild orangutans and to see Lake Toba. We had been told many good things about the lake last time we were in Bukittinggi but the 18+ hours bus journey complete with sick bags ...

Hotel Nightmare, Berastagi, Indonesia travel blog

Hotel Nightmare

A travel blog entry by tdv95

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... Berastiga had to be the one night in a hotel that had the gall to promote itself as one of the best options in North Sumatra. After months of uneventful hotel stays, we seem to be on a streak of bad experiences- after the Penang noise and smoke nightmare ...

Sumatran Sickness Strikes!, Banda Aceh, Indonesia travel blog

Sumatran Sickness Strikes!

A travel blog entry by nomadic-brands

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DOMINIQUE HERE: Day : 93 Temperature : 30 degrees Weather : Sunny Apologies once again for being tardy on the blogging front but unfortunately Kevin and I succumbed to a nasty, nasty, stomach bug that has been going around. Kevin managed to get away ...

Care Packages, Banda Aceh, Indonesia travel blog

Care Packages

A travel blog entry by thewyndilady

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... of you have mentioned wanting to mail me some care packages. My address here is: Wyndi Roebuck PO Box 830 Banda Aceh, Indonesia 23001 DHL is probably the best way to mail packages overseas/here. You can send packages to me via regular mail, but ...

Motorbike Ride around Pulau Weh, Sabang, Indonesia travel blog

Motorbike Ride around Pulau Weh

A travel blog entry by dane

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... chopstick. I have mixed feelings about religion, but I did make the following note while I was in Sumatra: Islam is woven into the fabric of life in Indonesia, literally in the intricate patterns of the prayer rugs that people kneel on 6 times a day, ...

Batak Land, Tuktuk Sonak, Indonesia travel blog

Batak Land

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... baskets carried by the women on their heads. As part of the fixation on death, the Toba Batak people of northern Sumatra have also created sophisticated puppets (si gale-gale) controlled by a complex system of internal strings and levers that allow them ...

A Week on Danau Toba, Toba, Indonesia travel blog

A Week on Danau Toba

A travel blog entry by dane

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Danau Toba is the largest crater lake in the world. It's actually what first got me interested in going to Sumatra, so I was pretty excited to finally see it. Looking back on the photos, it is beautiful. But at the time, it didn’t quite live up to ...

Rafflesia and Leeches, Batang Palupuh, Indonesia travel blog

Rafflesia and Leeches

A travel blog entry by dane

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I don't really care about flowers. I especially don't care enough to go hiking a couple hours into dense jungles and wading through rivers to see one. But the Rafflesia is famous, and we had an afternoon free to wander around somewhere. Might as well be ...

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