A tiny tropical rock off the tip of Sumatra, Pulau Weh is a small slice of beach and jungle that rewards travellers who’ve journeyed up through the turbulent greater mainland below. After you’ve hiked around the mainland’s jungles, volcanoes and lakes, it’s time to jump into the languid waters of the Indian Ocean.
Gunung Leuser National Park
The Aceh section of Gunung Leuser National Park has slipped under the tourist radar for years, seeing only a trickle of visitors as the masses head to the more-hyped Bukit Lawang. Its jungle is basically the same minus the well-worn paths and tourists clambering about trying to spot semiwild orangutans. This is the place for the real jungle experience.
This sweet little town, 96km northwest of Medan, next to dense Sumatran jungle, is built around the popularity of its orangutan-viewing centre. But Bukit Lawang has much more to offer beyond our red-haired cousins. It’s very easy to while away a few days lounging in hammocks, splashing in the river and hiking in the jungle.