Attractions

Top Choice Mosque in Banda Aceh

Mesjid Raya Baiturrahman

With its brilliant-white walls, ebony-black domes and towering minaret, this 19th-century mosque is a dazzling sight. The best time to visit is during Friday-afternoon prayers, when the entire building and courtyard…
Top Choice Museum in Banda Aceh

Tsunami Museum

A visit to this beautifully designed, hard-hitting museum commences with a walk through a dark, dripping tunnel that symbolises the tsunami waves. This is followed by a powerful set of images of the devastation proj…
Top Choice Volcano in Berastagi

Gunung Sibayak

At 2094m, Gunung Sibayak is one of Indonesia’s most accessible volcanoes. A guide is only really essential if taking the route through the jungle, but if you’re trekking alone it’s still a good idea – a German touri…
Top Choice Island in Pulau Bintan

Pulau Penyengat

Pulau Penyengat, reached by frequent boats (7000Rp) from the Tanjung Pinang 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 Ra…
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…
Top Choice Ruins in 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 Kerinci Seblat National Park

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 West Sumatra

PT Studio Songket Palantaloom

Handicraft and textile fans should not miss this place near Simpang Bukit Batabuah, 7km southeast of Bukittinggi. Dedicated to revitalising the traditional Minangkabau art of songket (silver- or gold-threaded cloth)…
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…
National Park in Bukit Lawang

Gunung Leuser National Park

The vast Gunung Leuser National Park, one of the richest tropical-forest ecosystems in the world, is home to eight species of primate plus tigers, rhinos, elephants and leopards. However aside from orang-utans, gibb…