Touch of Nature from North to South
you love nature, Sumatra is the place. Starting from Aceh, Taman
Nasional Gunung Leuser, one of the largest national parks in
the world. The park is the home for the orangutan, gibbons,
monkeys, tigers, elephants, and the sumatran rhinoceros. Bukit
Lawang is one of the popular place for tourist to see rehabilitation
When entering North Sumatra, you can visit the Great Bukit Barisan
Forest Park with the zoological museum in the Karo highlands,
59 km from Medan. Enjoy the gazebo with an exquisite Karo ornament
design on top of the roof. Danau Toba is the famous lake at
the heart of the Batak people. This is the largest lake in Southeast
Asia and is one of the deepest lake in the world (450 meters).
In the middle of Lake Toba, is Samosir island, the original
home of the Batak Toba. Before reaching the lake, you will pass
through Parapat which is the main tourist resort.
For surfer lover, do not miss the Nias island. It is heaven
to ride your surfboard. Nias island is part of the West Sumatra
province also have an interesting performance called Lompat
Batu a traditional thrilling high jump ritual over a stone object
about 2 meters. Two hours driving from Padang, you will meet
the Bukittinggi highlands which is surrounded by three volcanoes:
Tandikat, Singgalang and Merapi. Beautiful coral reefs are found
on the offshore near the Mentawai iland. The Mentaai people
are one of the indigenous ethnic group which live in comparative
isolation. Gua Ngalau Indah is a deep cave cover with bats all
over. You would not be able to see it, but would hear and sense
as they fly close over you.
Contuinue your journey to Lampung and go to the Taman Nasional
Way Kambas, the place of the big elephant. Several elephants
are trained to carry visitor and do simple tasks, with the hope
that people will see them as useful and valuable.
At South Sumatra, you can walk through in the natural pine forest
called Punti Kayu and experience the fresh pine tree scents.
Exciting Places To Be Explored
more you explore the island, the more interesting experience
you will get. Minangkabau culture (West Sumatra) is the largest
matrilineal society in the world. According to the local tradition,
The Minangkabau derive their name from a victory in an ancient
fight between the Sumatran and Javanese water buffalo over land
ownership. Traditionally, the Minangkabau people live in multi-family
longhouse named Rumah Gadang.
Step into the Pugung Archeological Site, from the megalith,
pre-historic and classical Hindu Buddhist period. The site is
located in the Pugung Raharjo village, 40 km from Bandar Lampung.
In this area, a museum also has been built with the collection
of stone inscriptions, ancient Chinese porcelains, Polynesian
statues and the statue of Bodhisatwa.
One of the most popular handicrafts in Sumatra is the traditional
hand woven cloth. In North Sumatra, they call it Ulos. Ulos
Ragi Hotang a type of ceremonial mantle worn to announce the
birth of a boy or used at wedding ceremonies. Songket from Minangkabau,
a sarong or shawls woven in bold color silk combined with artificial
gold thread. The motive is usually in geometric shapes. In Lampung,
they make Tapis sarong, a woven cloth with embroidered gold
Collect them all, and see the beauty inside it, the beauty of