Welcome to North Sumatra


North Sumatra stretches from the Indian Ocean to the Strait of Melaka. From sea to shining sea, it is anything but homogeneous. The rolling landscape varies from sweaty plains to cool highlands, while the houses of worship switch between the metal domes of mosques to the arrow-straight steeples of Christian churches. In the highlands around Danau Toba are the delightful Batak, and then there’s the megalithic culture of Pulau Nias.


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$70 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Tour: Karo Highlands and Lake Toba from Medan

You will be picked up from your accommodation in Medan between 8am – 9am to begin your drive along the fascinating route through the jungle to the mountain village of Brastagi in the Karo Highlands.  Spend time in Brastagi between 10am – 11am. In Brastagi you can view two active volcanoes, the Sibayak and the Sinabung. Brastagi was around during the colonial times a famous mountain resort because of its pleasant cool climate.   Visit the colorful fruit market Brastagi between 11:15am -11:45am. Brastagi has volcanic fruitful soil which is ideal for growing fruits like passionfruit, mangistan, Solanum Betaceum which is locally called Terong Belanda, oranges and a variety of flowers.  At 11:45am – 12:30pm drive to the traditional village of Dokan to see traditional Karo Dokan houses where people still live. In these traditional houses, named Djambur, 8 families occupy one house. Cattle, pigs and water buffaloes live below the house. You can visit a house and see their way of life.  You will drive to Sipisopiso waterfall between 12:40pm – 1:40pm via beautiful rural scenery of the Karo Batak Highlands. The Sipisopiso is an impressive waterfall flowing into Lake Toba. From here you have beautiful views over the northern part of Lake Toba, the largest Crater Lake in South East Asia. You will be on the road back to Medan at 2:40pm arriving back at your accommodation by 5:40pm.

$110 Day Trips & Excursions

Medan to Gunung Leuser National Park Private Trekking Tour

Depart from Medan early in the morning to Bukit Lawang Gunung Leuser National Park, one of the largest national parks in the world containing over 800,000 hectares of rainforest. The journey leads past scenic rubber and palms plantations, where you can enjoy the cool mountain's air. A hike up further into the forest offers an up-close view of incredible scenery with various tropical plants including a tangle of enormous trees, twisting lianas, palms, ferns, and as well as weird and wonderful flowers. After the tour ends you will be transported back to your hotel in Medan. Expect to be back at your hotel at around 5pm. (The trek normally takes up to 3 hours both ways).

$67.50 Private & Custom Tours

Private Full-Day Bukit Lawang Trekking Tour From Medan

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Medan Mall, Medan, North Sumatra, SumatraOur driver will pick you up at 7am from your hotel centrally located Medan. Start your journey to Bukit Lawang, after 4 hour scenic journey you will reach at Bukit Lawang. Driver doesn't Speak English but you should not worry , Once you reached at Bukit Lawang our professional tour guide receive you at National park.Stop At: Bukit Lawang Jungle, Bukit Lawang, North Sumatra, SumatraThen start your trekking tour with our experienced guide. Walk through the jungle looking for orangutans, discovering medicinal plants, and learning about their use. With a lot of up and down the hills to give you an enough exercise you are guaranteed to have a best day ever doing this activity with the team. At around noon there will be a short break for lunch in the jungle, with the rest of the trek continuing after. If you feel too tired to walk back, you can combine tube rafting floating down the river back to Bukit Lawang.After finish the tour our driver will drop off you at your hotel accommodation in centrally located Medang. We may also assist you for 1 night accommodation at Bukit Lawang. It will cost you extra which you can pay cash.Duration: 4 hours

$45.42 Cultural & Theme Tours

Batam Private Car Charter & Transport Service

This tour is fully customizable. We are more than happy to adjust your itinerary to include or exclude anything you'd like. It is our usual policy to dive deeper into your itinerary when we pick you up from your hotel so everyone is happy with the plan for the day. With our wealth of experience heading to all the major sightseeing spots on the island, we will ensure that your journey is as smooth as possible.Inclusions • Comfortable Air-conditioned Car, • Car parking, • English Speaking Driver • Petrol. Exclusions • Meal, Drinks and Entrance Tickets Pick up :Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation.We can pick up you at Airport.

$627.95 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Sumatra Tour For School 3: Orangutans & Pulau Weh's Snorkeling or Diving, 8 Days

Sample of Itinerary ((The trip route and duration may vary according to local conditions, eg. bad weather, traffic jam))Day 1. Medan - Bukit Lawang (LD) • 12.00: Pick up at Medan airport/hotel • Trip to Bukit Lawang • Check in guesthouse (shared-room) river view, Bukit Lawang Day 2. Two day jungle trekking (BLD) • 07.30:  Breakfast • 09.00:  Start jungle trekking for orangutans & other wildlife in their natural habitat • Reach a peaceful campsite on a beautiful river bank, coffee break, dinner Day 3. Back to Bukit Lawang (BL) • Breakfast • Visit a natural pool & swim • Back to campsite, lunch • River tubing back to Bukit Lawang • Back to accommodation Day 4. Bukit Lawang - Medan (BLD) • 2 am: Transport to Medan airport • 07.00: Fly to Banda Aceh (own expense) • 09.00: Arrive in Banda Aceh Airport • Pick up from Banda Aceh airport/hotel • Banda Aceh city tour; tsunami museum, tsunami affected area, Gayo coffee • 16.00: Fast boat to Sabang • Local transport to Iboih • Check in lodge/guesthouse (shared-room), sea view, Iboih Day 5. Snorkeling/Diving all day (BL) • 07.30: Breakfast • Snorkeling/diving all day • Back to accommodation Day 6. Pulau Weh overland tour (BL) • Breakfast • Pulau Weh overland tour, include visiting Sabang 0 km. • Back to accommodation Day 7. Pulau Weh Snorkeling/Diving Day Tour (BL) • 07.30: Breakfast • Snorkeling/diving all day • Back to accommodation Day 8. Transfer to Sabang airport/harbor (BL) • 08.00: Breakfast • Free time • 12.00: Transfer to Sabang Harbor • Fast boat to Banda Aceh • Transfer to Banda Aceh airport • Trip end

$513.78 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Sumatra Tour For School 4: Orangutans & Nias Island, 8 Days

Day 1. Medan - Bukit Lawang (LD) • 12.00: Pick up at Medan airport/hotel • Trip to Bukit Lawang • Check in guesthouse (shared-room) river view, Bukit Lawang Day 2. Two day jungle trekking (BLD) • 07.30:  Breakfast • 09.00:  Start two jungle trekking for orangutans & other wildlife in their natural habitat, packed lunch  • Reach a peaceful campsite on a beautiful river bank, coffee break, dinner Day 3. Back to Bukit Lawang (BL) • Breakfast • Visit a natural pool & swim • Back to campsite, lunch • River tubing back to Bukit Lawang • Back to accommodation Day. 4. Transport to Medan airport (BLD) • 09.00: Breakfast • Transport to Medan airport • Fly to Nias (own expense) • Pick up from Binaka Airport/Gunung Sitoli Harbor • City tour • Continue to Sorake beach,  Check in lodge/surf camp (shared-room), sea view • Free Time; surfing/swimming/fishing Day 5. Nias Surfing (BL) • 07.00: Surfing in Sorake beach • Breakfast • 11.00: Nias Culture Tour; Visit a megalith stone, a 350 year-old Nias King's house and traditional houses made of the strong indigenous tree species, Ulin (Eusideroxylon zwageri Teijsm & Binn), see the famous Stone Jumping, 'Hombo Batu' - an ancient ritual of Nias with young men leaping over stone walls over two-meters tall. The tradition was born out of inter-tribal conflicts and was once potentially deadly.  • Back to accommodation Day 6. Nias Surfing tour (BL) • 07.00: Visit Lagundri beach; surfing/swimming/fishing • Breakfast • Free time; surfing/swimming/fishing • Back to accommodation Day 7. Transfer to Nias airport/harbor (B) • Surfing • Breakfast • 12.00: Check out • Transfer to Binaka airport/Gn. Sitoli Harbor • Trip end

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