Sumatra Travel Guide

Sumatra, at the furthest west of Indonesia, 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.

Nevertheless, it is a travel for those who seek adventure and nature, with the famous tourist attractions like trekking to see the Sumatran Orangutan in the wild at Bukit Lawang or chilling and swimming in the largest volcanic lake in the world of Lake Toba or climbing the smoking volcano craters that surround the hill town of Berastagi and diving deep into the unexplored sea of Pulau Weh.

Sumatra Travel Map

Sumatra Travel Map

Sumatra Travel Map

Popular Route

Medan -> Berastagi -> Parapat -> Lake Toba -> Medan -> Bukit Lawang -> Pulau Weh -> Banda Aceh

Places to Visit

North Sumatra

Lake Toba
Bukit Lawang

West Sumatra

Mentawai Islands


Batam Island
Bintan Island

South Sumatra

Bangka Island


Diving Pulau Weh (Island)
Orangutan Trekking at Bukit Lawang

Tourist Attractions

Lake Toba

Things to Do and Must See

Top 10 Must Visit Places in Sumatra
Top 10 Things to Do and Must Visit in Batam
Top 10 Things to Do in Bintan Island

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