Welcome to Tangkahan
A low-key alternative to the Bukit Lawang tourist scene, tiny, remote Tangkahan sits on the edge of Gunung Leuser National Park, and offers wonderful opportunities for jungle-trekking, river tubing and spotting orang-utan during fruit season. However, it's developed a reputation as a place for elephant interaction, with some 10 elephants kept as part of a post-logging conservation program. While elephant rides are available, they're considered by many animal-welfare groups to be harmful to the animals, so opt for other activities such as giving them their daily bath.
Tangkahan is not so much a village as a bus stop, a park entrance and a handful of basic riverside bungalows on the wild banks of the Sungai Kualsa Buluh.