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.