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 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 Island in Tanjung Pinang

Pulau Penyenget

Pulau Penyenget, 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 Fort in Bengkulu

Fort Marlborough

Set on a hill overlooking the Indian Ocean, the star-shaped Benteng Marlborough, a former British fort, became the seat of British power in Bengkulu after 1719, when it replaced nearby Fort York. Despite its sturdy …
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 beautifully designed, hard-hitting museum commences with a walk through a dark, dripping tunnel that symbolises the 2004 tsunami waves. This is followed by a powerful set of images of the devastation…
Top Choice Volcano in Berastagi

Gunung Sibayak

Gunung Sibayak (2094m) 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 very good idea as the weathe…
Top Choice Volcano in Kerinci Seblat National Park

Gunung Kerinci

Dominating the northern end of Kerinci Seblat National 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 Gunu…
Top Choice Museum in Trikora

Museum Bahari Bintan

This fascinating maritime museum is a surprising find along this sleepy coastal road on Pulau Bintan. Housed within a building shaped like a ship, it has an unlikely setting in the middle of an Islamic study centre …
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 and Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic periods to Dutch colonial-era and military histo…