Sightseeing in Sumatra - what to see. Complete travel guide

Sumatra is the fifth largest island in the world, famous for its unique mountain landscapes, beautiful lakes, endless beaches, rich history and unique original culture. By its popularity Sumatra can only be compared with two Indonesian islands, Java and Bali.
Culture and traditions of local people are very interesting. Before going for a trip, foreign guests have to become familiar with rules of conduct and learn about some of intricacies of the … Open
The capital - the city of Medan - is the historical and cultural center of the island. The city was founded in the early 19th century. These days, more than one hundred of the most valuable architectural monuments are situated there. Palace of Istana Maimon, modern monuments and temples, Masjid Raya - those are the most remarkable places that are recommended to every traveler.
Nature lovers can go on a trip to Lake Toba and explore picturesque foothill areas, waterfalls and coffee plantations. Toba is the largest lake in Southeast Asia. In the center of the lake there is the island of Samosir, visiting which you can learn many interesting facts about the history and life of local residents. There are several craft and souvenir shops on the island, where you can buy souvenirs. At the lakeside there is the modern resort of Parapat. The lovely hotel reminiscent of ancient palaces, luxury restaurants and entertainment venues would make vacations amazing. There are all necessary for water sports on the beach; the local craft store would amaze visitors. Artisans will welcome students in all comers. Copyright
Ruins of ancient temples and stunning beaches with dark sand, unspoiled nature and palaces - those are main attractions of Sumatra. Each city of the island cherishes historical monuments; … Open
Another bright landmark is located in the northern part of the island; we are talking about Gunung Leuser Reserve. While walking through the foothills you can see rare species of plants, as well as meet inhabitants of these places, including wild bulls, tigers and Sumatran rhinos. Bukittinggi is the most notable town the western part of Sumatra. On its territory there are numerous architectural monuments. During a walk through the ancient streets, you could see unusual houses with horn-shaped roofs; that's how local houses have looked about a hundred years ago. You can also find many notable places and nature reserves in the neighborhood. A great way to end your day is to have dinner in one of the outdoor restaurants along the coast.
The main advantages of Sumatra are unique nature attractions and incredibly beautiful beaches. As the island is volcanic, many local beaches are covered with dark sand. They look very exotic. Sumatra beaches provide excellent conditions for peaceful recreation, as well as for water sports.
Sumatra is the perfect place for fans of active leisure and eco-tourism. There is everything necessary for sports and active entertainment. There are interesting shops and entertainment … Open
On Samosir Island, there is one of the most popular beaches called Tuk-Tuk. Despite the beach being located on the territory of the national park, it is open for visitors. Near it, there is picturesque Mount Belirang that is very popular with hikers. In the submontane area and on the mountain slopes, you can admire rare plants during hiking tours. The mountainous district also attracts with several thermal springs, which water has incomparable healing properties.
Bintang Island is very popular with young tourists. It is a perfect place for beach recreation. There are a lot of tiny resorts with cheap hotels and a peaceful atmosphere. There are also a lot of pubs and disco clubs at the coast. You can have fun at such resorts 24 hours a day. Local beaches are perfect for water sports.
1. The best time to stay is late spring and early autumn, as at this time the weather is favorable and hotel prices are appropriate. Most travelers visit the island in summer; during this … Open
You should certainly diversify your vacation on Sumatra Island with your acquaintance with food traditions. National restaurants offer its visitors a lot of popular rice dishes that are not so expensive. Different meat and seafood dishes are also cooked here. If you are looking for national delicacies, you should drop in local markets. There is a wide choice of fresh vegetables and exotic fruit. Some of the most favorite desserts of tourists are fruit juices and salads.
View@Kayuaro Sumatra will impress shopping enthusiasts. Local shopping centers are famous for a wide choice of inexpensive clothes and beach accessories. In shops, you can buy accessories, beach bags, colorful scarves in the national style, and interesting hand-made souvenirs. The most popular souvenirs are colorful sun umbrellas. Local craftsmen also make beautiful wooden gifts.
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Songan remains one of the most interesting cities in the country. It is also the location of ancient temple Pura Ulun Danu Batur. There are several observation decks in the mountains, from which visitors can see amazing panoramic views of Lombok Island and Agung Volcano. Both are widely known as popular tourist destinations. The town of Sangsit is home to a unique sight – Pura Beji Temple. The temple is made of pink sandstone, a very unusual material for the country. … Open
Reference information
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Sumatra
♥   World Heritage Site 'Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra' , 0 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Nature Recreation Park 'Gunung Melintang' , 46.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Tesso Nilo' , 65.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Nature Recreation Park 'Seblat' , 94.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Bukit Tiga Puluh' , 130.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo

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