Waterfalls, Gibbons, and Planting Rice
Trip Start Nov 08, 2006
260Trip End Ongoing
One of the cooler moments was planting rice. I've always wanted to try it, but it's usually large groups of people and we always feel like we're intruding when we come across people working. But this time it was a single woman planting her paddy, and so I motioned and asked if I could try (through some basic gesturing). She laughed and said sure. So I jumped into the knee-deep mud and she showed me how it was done. It smelled like death, but it was awesome
We stayed at Echo Homestay, which is nestled between two towering cliff faces and lives up to its name by providing perfect acoustics for the calls of gibbons in the canopy above. Macaques crawl up and down the mountainside and even roam through the guesthouse grounds, and the sounds of birds and other wildlife are omnipresent.
Our room was $28 a night after negotiations, which isn’t bad considering the picturesque location and amenities in the room. The bed, which I’m typing in right now, is awesome. But they also have cheaper rooms (huts) starting at $6 a night.
Long HD video of our motorbike ride through the Harau Valley. Click on 720 on the bottom right. It'll take a while to buffer, but it's worth it.
Video of the gibbons calling in the valley
Waterfalls in Harau:
Windy Pulau Weh:
General Thoughts on Sumatra:
Travelers, I highly recommend Sumatra