Travel Blogs from Sumatra, Indonesia

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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 ...

Intercepted, Medan, Indonesia travel blog

Intercepted

A travel blog entry by hpeier12

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... about 100 cameras on the way from reporters asking question.... It will be probably on the Local news tonight in Medan Indonesia, the standard Military procedure including Medical Check was applied , they even asked me if I wanted Lunch... really absurd ...

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paying "Ransom"

A travel blog entry by hpeier12

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... oppressive Government. The Commander told me the Regulation is that if you are intercepted and forced to land ,you actually entered Indonesia illegal . I have stay right here in VIP room with just the fundamental basic function and they wont let me go ...

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 ...

Bukit Lawang, Bukit Lawang, Indonesia travel blog

Bukit Lawang

A travel blog entry by kandg

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... play-fighting on the rivebank. The trek while knackering and despite the insects has been a great introduction to Indonesia. We wanted Sumatra to be a more challenging and therefore rewarding place before heading to Australia and after the relative ...

long trip in a mini bus, Many many cities, Indonesia travel blog

long trip in a mini bus

A travel blog entry by benabroad

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Soaking wet, i arrive in Bukittinggi, where i annoying lose my poncho on the way to the bus depot. There they tell me there is no economy class bus, before trying to overprice me on the air con one )this is Asia after all, and its pretty obvious I'm in a ...

off to toba, Danau toba, Indonesia travel blog

off to toba

A travel blog entry by benabroad

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Toba is a beautiful lake, and the village of tuk tuk is basically tons and tons of empty guest houses ligning the side of the lake, all desperate for your business. All this means is very very cheap rooms and great value for money. The water in the lake ...

Onto Medan...in a roundabout sort of way!!!, Medan, Indonesia travel blog

Onto Medan...in a roundabout sort of way!!!

A travel blog entry by dawn_smedley

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... and believe me my brain hurt afterwards! Paul just sat there laughing as ususal! All in all there's not really alot to see in Medan but the city has a great feel to it and lots of lovely people!!! Our first island in Indonesia and we had the ...

Medan: couchsurfing, Buda, Medan, Indonesia travel blog

Medan: couchsurfing, Buda

A travel blog entry by zanmaja

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Jah no, ocitno sva se ustela tudi pri tem planiranju. Se vedno sva v Medanu... Bukit Lawang je zaenkrat se na listi. V bistvu ravno cakava Ferrya da naju odpelje na avtobusno postajo za Bukit Lawang, kjer bova lahko videla nase bratrance (oz po Zanovo: ...

Luxury at the

Luxury at the "Ritz"

A travel blog entry by oshioshi

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Ok, we are not really staying at the Ritz but it might as well be...at least for me. This is by far the nicest hotel I slept in during this entire trip. The room has a very plush twin bed and a queen size bed, a TV, a dresser, and a refrigerator. We ...

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