Cave sights in Indonesia
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Taman Panorama, on the southern edge of town, overlooks the deep Ngarai Sianok (Sianok Canyon). This is especially scenic at sunset, when fruit bats swoop through the canyon. Guides will approach visitors under the auspices of friendship; don't get confused, this is how business works in Indonesia and payment is expected, even if an explicit price is never discussed.
They'll lead you through Gua Jepang (Japanese caves), which was one of many feats of engineering that the Japanese accomplished with slave labour during WWII.
The most interesting sight near town is a 20-minute walk, signposted from the Bukit Lawang Eco Lodge, to a bat cave. This 2km walk passes through rubber plantations and patches of forest. A lot of the trees are durian, so take care in late June and July, when the spiked fruits crash to the ground (there are signs warning people not to linger). You'll need a torch (flashlight) to explore the cave.