Indonesia, Sumatra, Medan, View of Maimoon Palace

Getty Images/AWL Images RM

North Sumatra

For many visitors, the northern part of Sumatra bordering Aceh is their primary focus. With good air connections to Medan, from here you can trek in search of orang-utans in Bukit Lawang, climb volcanoes from Berastagi, laze away on the shores of Danau Toba, skim the waves off the Banyaks and Nias, and easily venture further north to Pulau Weh or south to Padang and the Mentawais.


Must-see attractions for your itinerary


Purchase our award-winning guidebooks

Get to the heart of North Sumatra with one of our in-depth, award-winning guidebooks, covering maps, itineraries, and expert guidance.

Go Beyond

North Sumatra and beyond