Travel Blogs from Sumatra, Indonesia

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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 ...

Face to face with a person of the forest, Bukit Lawang, Indonesia travel blog

Face to face with a person of the forest

A travel blog entry by andrewanderica

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We got up at about 8am after sleeping like logs. We walked out on to our porch way to a totally different scene.  Last night it had been so dark we couldn't see anything but now this morning we were overlooking the river and the village on the other ...

Welcome to the cheap seats, Bukit Lawang, Indonesia travel blog

Welcome to the cheap seats

A travel blog entry by andrewanderica

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... (all quite loudly so the bitches could hear). Finally we were back on another Air Asia flight to Medan the capital of Sumatra in Indonesia.  Back to the country which we had started the day in 9 hours earlier.  We arrived in Sumatra without ...

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

A travel blog entry by tdv95

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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 ...

The real Crocodile Dundee experience, Bukit Lawang, Indonesia travel blog

The real Crocodile Dundee experience

A travel blog entry by andrewanderica

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We got up at 7.30am and made sure that we both had pineapple porridge for our breakfast to give us some energy. We packed everything that we thought we might need for the next two days and met Thomas, Ewa, Graeme and the rest of the gang, two Chilean ...

Lindsey's Bus Ride through the 7th Level of Hell, Bukittinggi, Indonesia travel blog

Lindsey's Bus Ride through the 7th Level of Hell

A travel blog entry by dane

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I'll just let Lindsey tell her own story. Although I will point out that she did not like watching me read comfortably while she was so motion sick that she threw up for 7 hours. So I stopped reading. But I just don't get motion sickness. :) ...

Local Beach Day, Sabang, Indonesia travel blog

Local Beach Day

A travel blog entry by dane

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One day, the usually empty beaches were full of locals from Aceh on a day trip. It was fun to watch everyone have such a great time, but it was also interesting to see women in traditional Muslim clothing playing in the water. As Westerners, we ...

Diving Pulau Weh, Sabang, Indonesia travel blog

Diving Pulau Weh

A travel blog entry by dane

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Diving was a phenomenal experience. I'll come back and write more about it later. For now, I'm just uploading some pics. I don't have an underwater camera, so I got these from a woman on our dive. I hate posting pics that aren't mine, but this is a rare ...

trying journeys and Ramadan, Bukittinggi, Indonesia travel blog

trying journeys and Ramadan

A travel blog entry by pshemek

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... our karma permanently with the hardship that we experienced. However, at no point could our short side trip to Indonesia be considered boring. Frustrating, aggravating, delightful, welcoming, shunning, trying, eye opening and miraculous might fit the ...

Minangkabau culture and jungle trek, Bukettinggi, Indonesia travel blog

Minangkabau culture and jungle trek

A travel blog entry by grizzly

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... at the clock tower after the cultural performance but rain hampered the plan and we had to resign our self to a cafe and have a cup of Sumatra cafe instead. The next day, I left with my guide Erick for a three day jungle trip. he explained some of the ...

From Melaka to Dumai by boat, Bukittinggi, Indonesia travel blog

From Melaka to Dumai by boat

A travel blog entry by grizzly

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... is also the first time that I was unable to communicate with the people. Central/South America was a piece of cake compared to Indonesia. There, at least, I could talk to the people. Well, getting out of the ferry station to the bus station outside of ...

Danau Toba - Medan, Danau Toba - Medan, Indonesia travel blog

Danau Toba - Medan

A travel blog entry by kandg

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... of the mosque via a pedestrian walkway is McDonalds. I guess it's best to avoid the five times a day rush! We leave Sumatra tomorrow headed initially for Bali. As I've said before we've only scratched the surface but have been hugely impressed. Places ...

Jungle Trekking, Bukit Lawang, Indonesia travel blog

Jungle Trekking

A travel blog entry by kandg

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Day 111 - Bukit Lawang Five minutes into the day and we started to get worried. Covered head to toe with mosquito bites (Kirsty even looks like she's got a black eye because of a particularly nasty one) it promised to be an itchy day. Less than an ...

volcano, Berastagi, Indonesia travel blog

volcano

A travel blog entry by benabroad

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... is why your still in Asia after 8 months' was the first thing that sprung to my mind. I would strongly recommend to anyone in Sumatra to come to Beragstagi for that alone.      Piddled around at the top for a while before making my ...

bukittinggi, Bukittinggi, Indonesia travel blog

bukittinggi

A travel blog entry by benabroad

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Arrived in Bukittinggi and decided on a whim hat due to time constraints i'd pass straight through and go straight to Danau Mannninjau, so got the bus straight ...

Penang - Medan - Bukit Lawang, Bukit Lawang, Indonesia travel blog

Penang - Medan - Bukit Lawang

A travel blog entry by kandg

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... - 110 - Penang - Medan - Bukit Lawang After inexplicably and inexcusably failing to get the ferry from Penang to Medan in Indonesia yesterday (we felt particularly lazy when the alarm clock went off), we 'wasted' a day lounging around. This forced us ...

Medan - Sanur (Bali), Medan - Sanur, Indonesia travel blog

Medan - Sanur (Bali)

A travel blog entry by kandg

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... networks. In Jakarta we suffered a brief panic about catching our connecting flight. Knowing that Bali was an hour ahead of Sumatra but not knowing where Jakarta fitted into the equation we were left with either five minutes or an hour and five ...

Indonesia, Medan, Indonesia travel blog

Indonesia

A travel blog entry by benabroad

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... (no obvious station) filled with shady characters, a ludicrous number of cars and minivans and dirty food stalls. I was new to Indonesia but it doesn't take a genius to work out that in a place like this, whenever you are approached by someone shouting ...

travel begins, On the road between places, Indonesia travel blog

travel begins

A travel blog entry by benabroad

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Not much to say about these two days of travel, had to sleep in a horrible overpriced room in Takengon, then left in the morning for the bus station, on a bus which left 2hrs late. I finally arrived in Ketambe at about 8 in the evening, truly shattered. ...

Swimming with the fishies, Pulau weh, Indonesia travel blog

Swimming with the fishies

A travel blog entry by benabroad

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... value (and neither were worth$5!). Further comedy ensued when we saw the mandi (the name for the washing facilities in Indonesia; usually a large well like tub from which you use a bucket to scoop water over yourself), which was a well right in ...

singkil and the 99 islands, Pulau banyak, Indonesia travel blog

singkil and the 99 islands

A travel blog entry by benabroad

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Ooh getting to Pulau Banyak was a mission, involving many many bus journeys, feeling like a tit several times and often wondering where i was going to end up. First i was ripped off by the guys from my guest house for the short motorbike ride to the bus ...

Bukit Lawang - Berastagi, Berastagi, Indonesia travel blog

Bukit Lawang - Berastagi

A travel blog entry by kandg

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Day 113 - Berastagi I imagined Berastagi to be more on the backpacker trail than it appears to be. We were the only tourists on the bus and a novelty to the other passengers. Many fingers were pointed in our direction accompanied either by nervous ...

Indonesia - the adventure begins..., To Pekanbaru - via lots of other places!, Indonesia travel blog

Indonesia - the adventure begins...

A travel blog entry by dawn_smedley

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... boat! IT WAS GREAT! People watching central and everybody really friendly - we were to find that this is the way throughout Indonesia! Other things we also found out - everybody smokes lots, everywhere infact I think we inhaled so much smoke on our ...

cycling the lake, Maninjau, Indonesia travel blog

cycling the lake

A travel blog entry by benabroad

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The road from Bukitt winds and turns around a series of tight bends )44 of them to be precise) as you descend to the lake and this, combined with the minuscule size of the bus and my lack of sleep on the cockroach infested bus journey from Tigga make me ...

Heaven on earth!, Lake Toba, Indonesia travel blog

Heaven on earth!

A travel blog entry by dawn_smedley

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... only place we've really wanted to stay and after having the 'Should we stay or should we go?' quandry, we had to move on really as our time to see the rest of Indonesia was so short but leaving was hard!!!! The most naturally beatiful place in the ...

when they say hot springs, they mean hot!, Ketembe, Indonesia travel blog

when they say hot springs, they mean hot!

A travel blog entry by benabroad

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After a long, rejuvenating sleep, i ventured out into the village to check things out. The village is a tiny, tiny picturesque jungle community and the people are super friendly, with the children literally running out of their houses upon sighting me ...

Crater lakes and Bemos!, Bukittinggi, Indonesia travel blog

Crater lakes and Bemos!

A travel blog entry by dawn_smedley

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... to the most beautiful gorge - neither of us really had any expectations of what to find in any of the places we went to in Indonesia which led to excellent surprises round every corner! We ended up paying to go into this zoo (which had 3 birds and 2 ...

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