Pineapple And Ginger Sumatra

13 days from £4,000 pp incl flights, accommodation & transfers

Tiger reserves, islands in the middle of a lake, distinctive architecture and of course Sumatra hospitality

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The Central highland spine of Sumatra is the main reason for people visiting the island as well as the richness of the flora and fauna that rivals Borneo’s almost limitless variety

Animal Conservation

Tales of pygmy rhino and tigers are the stuff of legend and they do exist but in remote parts of the island, moreover visitors are here to visit the highland towns and pristine coastline and with easy access from Singapore or Kuala Lumpur it is not to difficult to reach

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Aceh at the top end of the island was before the 2006 tsunami a beautiful if troubled region of the country, after the tsunami many of the monuments have disappeared, but many of the people remain, as hospitable and friendly as ever
Day 1 - Medan

• Day 1: Upon arrival at Polonia airport you’re transferred to the hotel with the rest of the day free to settle in and recover from the journey. Overnight in Medan

Day 2 - Bohorok

• Day 2: Medan – Bohorok, After breakfast a city tour by visiting the great Mosque, the Sultan’s Palace and a nearby Crocodile farm, then the drive to Bohorok, on the way stopping at palm and rubber plantations, upon arrival at Bohorok check in to hotel. Overnight in Bohorok

• Day 3: Bohorok – Visit Orang Utans!, After breakfast you walk into the jungle to meet Orang Utans by crossing the river within a traditional canoe and then trekking to the feeding site to see the Orang Utans at feeding time. After feeding time you’ll then return back to hotel or you could spend more time in the jungle for two hours more which is optional (an extra charge is levied for clients who want to go on this jungle trek) Overnight in Bohorok

Day 4 - Brastagi

• Day 4: Bohorok – Brastagi, After breakfast drive to Brastagi with stops at the Sembahe river and the Sukulikap waterfalls then visiting the Batak Karo traditional village at Peceren. You then visit a local fruit market, checking into your hotel in the afternoon with the evening free. Overnight in Brastagi

• Day 5: Brastagi – Samosir , After breakfast you set off for Parapat on the way visiting the Sipiso-Piso waterfall, Rumah Bolan (a traditional long house), the old palace of the Batak Simalungun kings and Simarjarunjung to take in a view of Lake Toba. Upon arrival at Parapat you cross to Samosir Island by ferry boat arriving at Samosir to check in at the hotel. Overnight at Samosir

Day 6 - Samosir

• Day 6: Samosir Excursion , After breakfast an excursion on Lake Toba by ferry boat and visiting several Batak Taba villages : - Tomok : to see the old tomb of the Sidabutar Kings. - Ambarita : to see the stone chair and table which was the execution site of the Sialagan kings. - Simanindo: to catch a Batak Toba traditional dance (Tor-Tor) and museum. During the afternoon you’ll be returning to the hotel. Overnight at Samosir

Day 7 - Samosir

• Day 7: Samosir – Sipirok, After breakfast crossing back to Parapat then driving to Sipirok, on the way stopping off at pineapple, clove, and coffee plantations and visiting a traditional market at Balige Sigur-gur and the Sipoholon hot springs. Before arrival at Sipirok enjoy a walk beside the banks of the Sarulla river passing through a rice terrace with eventual arrival at Sipirok checking into your hotel. Overnight at Samosir

Day 8 - Bukittinggi

• Day 8: Sipirok – Bukittinggi , Leave Sipirok for Bukittinggi by passing through the tropical rain forest of Rimba Panti and a stop will be made to see the spectacle of monkeys picking up coconuts and opening them! You’ll then visit pepper, vanilla, cardamom and cinnamon gardens while crossing the equator at Bonjol. An afternoon arrival at Bukittinggi passing thorough the charming town of Minangkabau directly checking into your hotel. Overnight at Bukittinggi

• Day 9: Bukittinggi – Minangkabau. After breakfast drive to Batu Sangkar via Tabek Patah, on the way stopping off at Rao-Rao to visit a Minangkabau district traditional village, also stopping off to see traditional coffee making with eventual arrival at Batu Sangkar. You then are driven to Pagaruyung to visit the palace of the Minangkabau Kingdom. There is then an afternoon return to Bukittinggi via Padang Panjang visiting Pandai Sikat village to see Minangkabau traditional hand weaving and wood carving. Overnight at Bukittinggi

Day 10 - Maninjau

• Day 10: Bukittinggi – Maninjau , After breakfast a city tour of Minangkabau by visiting Sianok Canyon with its Japanese wartime tunnels, the colonial Fort Dr Kock museum and Jam Gadang (Big Ben) these are landmarks of Bukittinggi then driving on to Maninjau. En route stopping off at Koto Gadang village to see traditional silver work and then traversing the fantastic 44 hairpin curved road with an eventual arrival at Maninjau. Overnight at Maninjau

Day 11 - Maninjau

• Day 11: Maninjau Free , A free day to swim in Lake Maninjau, taking a local hike or cycling around the lake itself. Overnight at Maninjau

Day 12 - Maninjau

• Day 12: Maninjau – Padang , After breakfast drive to Padang via Pariaman with a stop at Artha beach arriving at Padang with a possible visit to Muara beach. Overnight at Maninjau

• Day 13: Transfer Out. After breakfast you’re free until the transfer to airport and eventual flights back to the UK or you following destination

Sumatra Hotels

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    Hotel Grand Zuri Padang

      Grand Zuri Padang is strategically located, just 45 minutes away from Minangkabau International Airport and 5 minutes from Padang CBD. The hotel features 131 well-appointed rooms, with modern design and other facilities

      The hotel houses 131 rooms. All rooms are modern in design, combining simple contemporary look with exceptional comfort and convenience. All suites feature a separate living area, a spacious work desk, a large bathroom with bathtub and are complemented by WiFi, 32-inch LCD TV and minibar. Sleep easy on customized Zuri Dream by King Koil bedding with a plush pillow and duvet blanket

      24 hours. 1 Private room is available. Located on 2nd floor, CERENTI Restaurant offers a wide selection of Indonesian and International dishes, also serving buffet breakfast daily. Interiors are designed to create a professional yet welcoming ambience. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner
    Location: Padang, Sumatra Barat - Indonesia

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    Silintong Hotel

      Silitong Hotel is the perfect base for exploring the natural beauty of Lake Toba and the surrounding area. Trips to nearby Samosir Island are possible by motorboat, and you can also easily visit tourist sites such as the traditional Toba Batak Villages, the tomb of the Batak king Sidabutar or the palace of the former King Sidauruk via day trips. Onsite dining is provided by a tasty and reasonably priced restaurant with the large swimming pool ideal for cooling down after a days sightseeing
    Location: uktuk Siadong Kec. Ambarita Samosir, North Sumatra - Indonesia

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    Royal Denai Hotel

      The Denai aims at the middle to upper market in Bukittinggi, it is set over a number of floors and the facilities are congruent with a 3 star billing, indeed you are supplied with a hair dryer as standard in all rooms to give a flavour of what is presented. The hotel is also sympathetic in it's facilities to non-smokers and the disabled
    Location: Bukittinggi, West Sumatra - Indonesia

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    Tor Sibohi Nauli Hotel

      Tor Sibohi is situated within a green setting with the properties constructed in the traditional Sumatran style of pointed roofed houses. These chalets on Samosir island are spacious with expected views covering the vista of the island and the surrounding waters

      The hilltop location of the hotel gives you the tranquality of the surrounding rural area, away from the hustle and bustle of the city
    Location: Sipirok, North Sumatra - Indonesia

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    Sinabung Hills Berastagi

      Sinabung Resort Brastagi features a restaurant. Room service is available. The hotel serves a complimentary buffet breakfast. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available in public areas. The property offers a roundtrip airport shuttle (surcharge). Self parking is complimentary. Additional property amenities include tour/ticket assistance
    Location: Berastagi, North Sumatra - Indonesia

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    Ecolodge Bukit Lawang Cottages

      As an eco-lodge the Bukit Lawang set in the middle of the Sumatran Rain forest also boasts of having an Urang Utan room with the in-house restaurant serving up organically sourced and home influenced cuisine. Real primates are part of the lodge's raison d'être and they can be seen close by as part of the rehabilitation facility provided. The river is nearby, and al fresco bathrooms are the norm in these retreats

      Located 80 kilometres from Medan, our Ecolodge is nestled in the rain forest bordering the Gunung Leuser National Park, on the banks of the Bohorok River. Designed to serve as a model for sustainable livelihoods, running the Ecolodge Bukit Lawang is just one of the activities of PPLH-Bohorok (The Bohorok Environmental Education Centre) run by Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari or YEL; the Foundation for a Sustainable Ecosystem. As a non-profit organisation, all revenues realised by our Ecolodge are put straight back into community development, social programmes and nature conservation. Ecotourism plays a critical role in protecting and enhancing the environment, both for the guests and for the local communities

      We provide you a unique opportunity to enjoy the tropical rain forest, its orang-utans and over 700 other animal species, an enormous wealth of different plant species, jungle treks, including to the bat caves, rafting, our traditional medicine garden, our organic food or just the natural peace and tranquillity of relaxing at the Ecolodge itself
    Location: Bukit Lawang, Bohorok, North Sumatra- Indonesia

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    Tiara Medan Hotel

      The Tiara is located in the heart of downtown Medan and is a fairly large building spread over several floors. Located only 8 minutes from the local airport it's a fairly convenient base from which to transfer to your next port of call. The rooms are spacious and well lit and the hotel in general is one of those well appointed ventures that are refreshingly common in the Far East

      We are currently renovating the Hotel slowly with small regular projects. These projects are undertaken at periods of low-occupancy during daylight hours, and we will keep any inconvenience to a minimum
    Location: Medan, Sumatra - Indonesia

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    Grand Mutiara Hotel

      The Mutiara is a kitschy place with a sweeping grand entrance to it's facade, but notwithstanding that, this hotel is very well appointed and one of the better places on Sumatra which will provide a vestige of upper star luxury before getting down with the wonderful charms of Sumatra. Rooms are very much kitted out in a grand tourist style and comfort is guaranteed

      The views from even the basic rooms look out on greenery with a hot spring spa less than 5 minutes walk from the hotel itself!
    Location: Medan, North Sumatra - Indonesia

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