Attractions

Top Choice Ruins in Muara Jambi

Muara Jambi

This scattering of ruined and partially restored temples is the most important Hindu-Buddhist site in Sumatra. The temples are believed to mark the location of the ancient city of Jambi, capital of the kingdom of Ma…
Top Choice Volcano in Berastagi

Gunung Sibayak

At 2094m, Gunung Sibayak is one of Indonesia’s most accessible volcanoes. There are three ways to tackle the climb, depending on your energy level; a guide is only essential if taking the route through the jungle, b…
Top Choice Volcano in Kerinci Seblat National Park (TNKS)

Gunung Kerinci

Dominating the northern end of the park is Gunung Kerinci (3805m), Southeast Asia’s tallest volcano and one of Sumatra’s most active. On clear days the summit offers fantastic views of Danau Gunung Tujuh and the sur…
Top Choice Arts Centre in Around Bukittinggi

Sumatera Loom

Handicraft and textile fans should not miss Sumatera Loom near Simpang Bukit Batabuah, 7km southeast of Bukittinggi. Dedicated to revitalising the traditional Minangkabau art of songket (silver- or gold-threaded clo…
Top Choice Museum in Gunung Sitoli

Museum Pusaka Nias

This superb museum, housed inside several traditional-style buildings, offers an in-depth introduction to the indigenous culture of Nias. The displays run the gamut from jewellery worn by noblemen, weapons, crocodil…
Top Choice Museum in Banda Aceh

Tsunami Museum

A visit to this hard-hitting museum commences with a walk through a dark, dripping tunnel that symbolises the tsunami waves, with plaintive, terrified voices and the sound of rushing water all around you. This is fo…
Top Choice Museum in Medan

Museum of North Sumatra

Housed in a striking traditional building, this museum has a well-presented collection ranging from early North Sumatran civilisations to Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic periods to Dutch colonial-era and military histor…
Island in Pulau Bintan

Pulau Penyenget

Pulau Penyenget, reachable by frequent boats (8000Rp) from Bintan’s main pier, was once the capital of the Riau rajahs. The ruins of the old palace of Rajah Ali and the tombs and graveyards of Rajah Jaafar and Rajah…
Mosque in Banda Aceh

Mesjid Raya Baiturrahman

With its brilliant-white walls, ebony-black domes and towering minaret, the 19th-century Mesjid Raya Baiturrahman is a dazzling sight. The best time to visit the mosque is during Friday afternoon prayers, when the e…
Palace in Medan

Istana Maimoon

The grand, 30-room Maimoon Palace was built by the sultan of Deli in 1888 and features Malay, Mughal and Italian influences. Only the main room, which features the lavish inauguration throne, is open to the public. …