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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 12, 2017
One week in Saumatra  (1 Answer)

Hi mates,

I would like to visit Sumatra for a week, I will be flying from Kuala Lumpur to Medan (haven't decided from which city to fly back to Malaysia) and would like to visit Lake Toba (Danau Toba) so I will be appreciated if someone can suggest me any tips or info about the lake or any nearby attractions as well as I'm open to any suggested itinerary in Sumatra

Thanks a lot

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 23, 2016
Lake Toba, 4 months retreat, visa extensions and guesthouses  (1 Answer)

Hi, I wanted to do some meditation in a quietish place and Lake Toba looked good, but it seems Indonesia only gives 1 month visa so I would need to extend several times.
Can anyone say if this is easy or possible at Pematangsiantar, or how convoluted the process is, multiple visits ?
And could anyone recommend a budget clean place ?
Thanks !

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 22, 2016
Casual clothing  (2 Answers)

From my research it seems that there are no places where I can go in Java or Sumatra to have a beer in a bar wearing shorts, t shirt and scuffs ( flip flops)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 06, 2014
trekking in ketambe  (4 Answers)

Wondering what equipment to bring whilst jungle trekking over night in Ketambe?
Should i buy proper hiking boots?
Can anyone recommend any kind of leach and bug repellents?
Can anyone recommend any trek guides that will maximise the experience for my boyfriend and I?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 06, 2014
Self Drive Sumatra  (6 Answers)

Anyone have any advice for my boyfriend and I who plan to hire an SUV from Medan and drive around Northern Sumatra?
Our itinerary is; medan- Tangkahan - Berastagi - Danau Toba - Ketambe - Banda Aceh - Pulau Weh - back down around the west coast to Medan. We've planned to spend about 3 weeks.

Any advice would be great.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 28, 2013
Beach and snorkelling activities in Sumatra  (6 Answers)


I'm interested to visit Java and Sumatra with my parents this winter. Due to the tropical climate and beautiful coastlines I would like to know what are the best beaches on Sumatra. I heard about Iboih Beach but I don't know more.

Moreover - given that Sumatra is widely muslim - isn't complicated for women mainly to be in swimwear to go to the beach? I remember in Malaysia, men sometimes watched my mother with skepticism. We don't want to offense traditional way of life.

Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 06, 2013
banyak islands

has anyone visited the banyak islands? would it be ok to bring kids ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 05, 2013
trekking in ketambe sumatra with a 5 and 8 year old is it possible  (2 Answers)

trekking in ketambe

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 05, 2013
trekking in ketambe sumatra with a 5 and 8 year old is it possible  (5 Answers)

trekking in ketambe sumatra with a 5 and 8 year old is it possible

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 02, 2013
Southern Sumatra Info  (1 Answer)

Can anyone give me info on Way Kambas and/or Krakatau? I want to visit both places later in May. Is it possible to get a ride from Way Kambas to a boat that I could take to Krakatau? Is there any place to stay in or near the Elephant Training Center in Way Kambas? What about Krakatoa?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 27, 2013
Information about Way Kambas or Krakatau

I have been living in Bengkulu for over half a year now and it is about time for me to go back to the States, but before I leave my friend wants to take me on a short trip here in Indonesia. I have been really interested in going to Way Kambas park to try and see some of the animals there but recently I have also been interested in seeing Anak Krakatau. If I was in Lampung province for 4 or 5 days would it be possible to see both?
Does anyone know of someone who could help us get from Way Kambas to Krakatau or just help us with planning a trip in that area? I am very open to suggestions.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 11, 2011
Sumatra to Surabaya (by land)  (4 Answers)

Hi all,

Need advice and help, I am travelling to Padang of Sumatra next month from KL. I want to travel alone by land from Padang to Surabaya in about 2-3 weeks time. What do you suggest especially itinerary, what worth see, what to avoid?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 15, 2010
Honeymoon Trekking  (6 Answers)

Hi all

My fiancee and I are planning to spend our honeymoon next July in Indonesia. We hope to spend two weeks in Sumatra to do some real travelling (see the orangutans, do white water rafting etc)then fly to Bali or Lombok for a week of luxury.

Can you recommend the best way to spend two weeks in Sumatra with lots of adventure?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 24, 2010
what antimalarial drugs in Indonesia (Sumatra)?  (8 Answers)

hi fellow travellers,

im aware this is not the most suitable place to ask, unless some of you are actually medical doctors, but i will give it a shot.

a few months ago I visited a hospital immunologist consulting possible prophylaxes prescription ahead of my indonesia (sumatra) trip with, which is still due in a couple of weeks. It seems like I was a bit misinformed as i was recommended the medicine Lariam (Mefloquine), which i also eventually purchased.

Now doing my final research, I've come across on worrying reports and info (even on wikipedia) as for resistance to this kind of antiparasitic in indoenesia and in whole SE Asia for that matter. Not to mention all the undesirale effects the drug has got...

ok, no big deal, i havent intaken a tablet so far, so i can easily switch but, i was wondering your views and experience.

i can assure you I will visit the doctor again and ask him what he thinks now about the choice. Meanwhile, you go ahead... :)

thanks a lot


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 07, 2010
Sumatra - various questions  (5 Answers)

Hey guys,

i have a few questions related to my upcoming trip to Sumatra.

1) I am attracted to the idea of seeing the Kubu tribe in Sumatra. How much time should i reserve for this activity? I was advised that i'll need a guide from Kerinci to see them. How much can expect to pay? Has anyone actually tried this?

2) I would like to see flowers Rafflesia Arnoldi and Amorphophallus Titanum. I am aware that one the places where I can see these flowers is Kerinci National Park. In what other places in Sumatra can i for sure see the flowers? The thing is that i am still thinking if I will ever visit Kerinci NP, or I will give it a miss.

3) I'm keen to see and some exhibits of the local traditional dance or singing performance. I've heard of Minangkabau performing arts centre in Bukittinggi open on thursdays. Is it worth? I look for nothing organized or posed only for tourists; rather something that is sort of ad hoc. Are there any places in Sumatra?

4) When in Padang, how long in total does it take to get from there to Medan? To understand this, I dont want to make any trips or long breaks on the way there since i just want to absorb the countryside and the journey this way; ...thus missing out on the Lake Toba, etc.. My objective is to get to Medan as soon as possible and then proceed to Pulau Banyak islands.

5) Upon this, what is the best possible way to Medan? The cheapest option of transport is preferable. Could you please specify exactly what modes of transport should i take? im used to a rough solo travelling, so i don't mind using slow public buses (or even hitchhiking and individual transport if necessary). I'm open to any suggestions and if you say its not worth or its no spectacle, i may skip this route and will fly direct to Medan, anyhow...

thanks a lot

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 03, 2010
Sinabang, Simeulue.............  (4 Answers)

I plan to travel to Sinabang in Oct this year. I would be grateful for any help with how I get there from Jakarta and details of any cheap hotels, losmen I could stay in. Any other information would be greatly appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 23, 2006
Buddhist temple??  (3 Answers)

Hi - I am just beginning my research on Sumatra because I saw a documentary on Arte - I am in France now - about the matriarchal society, the martial arts there, and most of all because of the old Buddhist temple - tenth/eleventh century - that has exquisite sculpture and it seems practicing monks! all that is striking and I am trying to find out more about the temple, where it is etc - Does anyone have inof? I also read that summer is the best time to visit, dry, but in VT one guy says that is the monsoon season - thanks for any help - Jean

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 29, 2005
Hotel  (2 Answers)

I have a business trip to aiport code MES and need a place to stay for 4 days that is close by. The only hotel I cam up with is : Emeral Gardenia Hotel
Does anyone know if this place is good or have any other suggestions for me? Thanks.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 19, 2005

HELP! I am travelling to Bukit Lawang, Sumatra this Saturday, Sep 24th and I would like to seek suggestions from anyone who has been there recently as to conditions of accommodations and the Orang Utang Rehab Center after the floods of late 2003. Also any info on lodging and activities in berastagi will be highly appreciated. Thanks a million to anyone who can help.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 08, 2005
sumatra travelling  (13 Answers)

hello vt lesr

i was thinking about traveling up from jakaaarta through sumatra to malaysia. anything intressting on this way worth a stop :-) i d be glad for every tip! thanx and have a nice time


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 10, 2005
Who knows about Ipuh???  (1 Answer)

Hi! My concern is about Ipuh in Bengkulu Provinve in Sumatra. There was a quake there just after the tsunami and I would like to know how badly the region was affected. I have a friend who is from Ipuh. I cannot reach him since his mailbox is now full and I do worry a lot for him and his family. Let us never forget the victims....

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 01, 2004
ATM's in Sumatera  (3 Answers)

Is finding an ATM in Sumatera just as easy as it is in Jawa and Bali? Or are there any areas where you still have to rely on money changers? Thanx, Arno

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