Your travel guide to Sumatra, lying at the furthest west of Indonesia. It is a gigantic island largely unexplored. This giant island situated on the Indian Ocean hides many lush jungles and brewing many active volcanoes while the major cities are chaotic and packed. Sumatra is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire and thus had some of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded.
Sumatra, the 6th largest island in the world, has a diverse population of 50 million people with its biggest city Medan having over 4 million people around the urban area. It has the ethnic Malay at the east, Lampung and Minangkabau in the south and central, Batak at the highlands and north while northernmost the Acehs. There are minorities of Chinese in the urban centers. The majority of religion here is Muslims with others like Christian, Buddhist and Hindu.
Sumatra Travel Map
Places to Visit
Medan – The main city that serves as the gateway to Sumatra. Many flies in here to get to other locations in the northern Sumatra.
Lake Toba – most popular travel destination in Sumatra, this is the largest volcanic lake in the world with resorts dotted around it.
Bukit Lawang – part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Indonesia and as a National Park that serves as an orangutan sanctuary.
Mentawai Islands – a small archipelago off the west coast of Sumatra. Best known for its surfing conditions.
Pekanbaru – this is the capital of Riau and well known for its modernity and cleanliness while maintaning the many of its unique heritage architectures.
Bintan Island – Popular weekend getaway for the Singaporeans, as it is affordable and hassle free, with beautiful beaches and delicious seafood.