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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; the most interesting attractions are located in Medan. There is Masjid Raya mosque, which is very unusual in terms of architecture; its main decoration is the black dome. The mosque was built in 1906 and is one of the main symbols of Sumatra. A historical monument of earlier period is Maimoun Palace (Istana Maimun), the residence of the rulers founded in 1888. Several rooms of the palace are open to public access, so vacationers could estimate its luxurious decoration. There is a very interesting military museum in Medan founded in 1971. It holds a rich collection of weapons including ancient artifacts and weapons of the 20th century. Bukittinggi is famous for its natural attractions; there are fantastically beautiful lakes called Maninjau and Singkarak. In the vicinity of the city lies a lot of attractive reserves; they will appeal to those who want to explore local flora and fauna. The second largest settlement of the island is the town of Palembang. It will delight curious tourists with its museums and cultural centers. Balaputra Dewa Museum and the Museum of Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin, which is famous for the variety of precious exhibits, are situated there. The majestic Krakatoa volcano is also among the main symbols of the island. Travelers who wish to walk on the slopes of the … Read further

Our guide to Sumatra

Travel guide to Sumatra

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. You should certainly diversify your … Open

Best beaches

Lagundri bay is very popular among surfers. Located in scenic bay of the same name, it remains popular for more than 40 years now and is widely regarded as one of the best in Indonesia. There are also prestigious surfing schools located along the coast making it a good choice even for newbie surfers. Miniature Pulau Asu beach known after its wonderful natural landscapes is another popular surfer's stop. After strong … Open

Advices for travellers

6. Those who expect to devote a lot of time to the study of natural attractions have to take comfortable shoes. It’s better to make trips in the morning or evening, when the sun is not that hot. 7. Prices in local markets and shopping stores are able to surprise even budget travelers. You can bargain with sellers, but don’t expect big discounts. The fact is that many indigenous people have a very … Open

Traditions and mentality of Sumatra

Due to religious traditions locals don't eat pork, so it is extremely difficult to find pork dishes on the island. Locals have very warm and hospitable attitude towards tourists from distant lands. Indigenous people are always happy to help, so you can always ask how to get to attractions of interest. The main condition for successful communication with indigenous population is polite behavior. Before you ask for … Open

Cuisine and top restaurants

Sweet tooth won't be disappointed with national cuisine too, as a significant part of popular desserts are made of exotic fruits. Fried bananas are very popular among foreign guests; that's the most simple and the most common local treat. At Sumatran markets you can buy a wide variety of fruits, including usual pineapples and bananas, as well as exotic durian and carom. It's also worth to note some exotic dishes; … Open

Attractions and active leisure

The charming park of Kerinci Seblat is situated around the Kerinci volcano; its main feature is a rich collection of flowers. Every day hundreds of tourists come to admire the huge size of plants, while fans of unusual entertainments enjoy popular excursion to the mouth of the volcano; a hike there takes at least two days. In the city of Palembang there is one of the most interesting and picturesque zoos. There … Open

Overview of festivals and celebrations in Indonesia

The Feast of the Sacrifice (Eid al-Adha) follows the end of the Holy month of Ramadan. This is a Muslim holiday. This day is an official holiday. It is dedicated to a religious event: the Allah through the Archangel Jibrīl commanded Ibrahim to sacrifice his son. He was replaced by a lamb at the last moment. Thousands of people gather at the Istiqlal mosque in Jakarta on this day. People go to visit and invite guests on this day. It is customary to meet this day in new clothes. Therefore, the holiday is one more reason for shopping. … Open

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