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10 Top Places in Sumatra Island

Few isles entice the creative energy with the draw of escapade like the furious Indonesian place that is known as Sumatra. An island of remarkable excellence, it rises with life and vibrates under the force of nature, seismic tremors and waves. Steaming volcanoes brew and rave while standing over lakes that drowsily lap the edges of the pits. Orangutan-filled wildernesses, tigers, rhinos and elephants are abundant in the jungles of Sumatra. Also down adrift level, untainted left shorelines are shelled by clear barrels of surf.

Sumatra is an amalgamation of blended societies, from the sincere Muslims in Aceh to the indulgent Batak Christians around Danau Toba and the matrilineal Minangkabau of Padang. All are bound together by a trepidation, appreciation and adoration for the wild and wondrous place that is known as the Sumatra Islands.

When in Sumatra, there are some things that you must not miss.  We have made  a list of the best places to visit, to make your life simpler.

1. Weh Island, Aceh

Sumatra Island - Weh Island Aceh

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Weh Island is a small volcanic Island, located in the northwest region of Sumatra. Weh Island was once connected to the Sumatran mainland and became separated by sea after the last volcanic eruption. Weh Island is still considered a well kept secret, untouched and far away from commercialisation. More than 20 different dive spots are accessible in just 20-50 minutes by boat from Banda Aceh, the capital of the westernmost province in Indonesia, Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam.

2. Lake Toba, North Sumatra

Lake Toba - North Sumatra

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Lake Toba is the most stunning lake in Indonesia. Lake Toba is stated as the largest volcanic lake in the world.  A massive volcanic eruption occurred there 75,000 years ago. In the middle of Toba Lake there is Samosir Island. Sometimes this fact is frightening to some people, but those are nothing compared to the facts that Lake Toba is a magnificent lake.

3. Lawang Hill, North Sumatra

Lawang Hill - North Sumatra

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Bukit Lawang (Lawang Hill) is known as a gate to explore the diverse flora and fauna in Mt. Leuser Forest Conservation. Lawang Hill commits to the protection, breeding and research of various kinds of species, especially orangutans and Sumatran elephants. Lawang Hill is a popular spot for nature-lovers.

4. Kampar River, Riau

Kampar River - Riau

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Bono wave in the Kampar River has attracted a lot of surfers, both national and international. It’s a new challenge for surfers to surf in the river. Bono or better known as the Seven Ghosts Bono is an amazing natural phenomenon. Steve King, an international surfer from the United Kingdom, successfully set a Guinness World of Records, covering a total distance of 20.65 Km (or 12.8 miles) in 1 hour and 4 minutes. Steve King broke the longest, continuous Bore-ride World Record on the Bono of the Kampar River.

5. Mount Kerinci, Jambi

Mount Kerinci - Jambi

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Mount Kerinci is located in the archipelago’s ring of fire, soaring into the sky to an altitude of 3.805 meters above sea level. From the top of Kerinci you will witness a volcanic crater as wide as 400×200 meters, and if the sky is bright, you will see the beauty of the cities around Mount Kerinci, such as Padang, Jambi, Bengkulu, and even the Indian Ocean.

6. Harau Valley, West Sumatra

Harau Valley - West Sumatra

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Harau Valley is the most wonderful valley in Indonesia. Green rice fields are surrounded by brown cliffs and is one of the favorite places for tourists to take pictures. Harau Valley has splendid waterfalls and tropical forests. There are also Seribu (Thousand) caves located in the forest. Their name represents the number of branches in it.

7. Mentawai Island, West Sumatra

Mentawai Island - West Sumatra

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Mentawai archipelago is known as the paradise for surfers. This archipelago has 4 big islands which are inhabited and dozens of small islands which are not inhabited. Mentawai Island’s beauty is exotic and has been famous especially for surfing, thanks to the best waves in the world. This island also houses the wealth of underwater marine life. Other potential attractions offered by Mentawai Island are the National Park and culture of the Mentawai tribe.

8. Belitung Island, Bangka Belitung Province

Belitung Island - Bangka Belitung Province

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Belitung Island started gaining prominence after it was used as a filming location. In 2011. In the past, Belitung Island was known as the tin producer of Indonesia. The beauty of Belitung Island lies in its giant granite rocks that make the island exotic. You don’t need expertise in photography to take good pictures because this island is already artistic.

9. Krui,  Lampung

Krui - Lampung Sumatra Island

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One of the beaches in Krui is Tanjung Setia Beach which is popular for high waves. With a height of  5 meters and a length of 200 meters, it is no wonder that more than 100,000 tourists who come from Australia, Portugal, the Netherlands and Japan have always been to this beach each year for surfing. Krui has not only wonderful beaches, but it also has a beautiful lake (Ranau Lake), and forests.

10. Kiluan Bay, Lampung

Kiluan Bay - Lampung Sumatra Island

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A village in Tanggamus District, this is a hidden paradise. In Kiluan Bay, you can see hundreds of wild dolphins in the sea. There are 2 species of dolphins here, Tursiops Truncatus dolphins, with big body and Stenella Longirostris dolphins with small bodies.

You can also visit small islands near Kiluan Bay such as Kelapa Island, and some amazing beaches such as Pegadung Rock Beach, Laguna Beach and White Sand Beach with spectacular scenery.

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