photo by Tanti Ruwani

Sumatra (also Sumatera) is a region of Indonesia and the 6th largest island in the world. Wild and rugged, it has a great natural wealth.


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Sumatra is divided into ten provinces.

  • Aceh

  • Bangka-Belitung

  • Bengkulu

  • Jambi

  • Lampung

  • North Sumatra (Sumatera Utara)

  • Riau province

  • Riau Islands (Kepulauan Riau)

  • South Sumatra (Sumatera Selatan)

  • West Sumatra (Sumatera Barat)


  • Banda Aceh

  • Bandar Lampung

  • Bengkulu

  • Kota Jambi

  • Medan

  • Padang

  • Palembang

  • Pekanbaru

Other destinations

  • Berastagi

  • Bukittinggi - a pleasant mountain town

  • Gunung Leuser National Park

  • Kerinci Seblat National Park - site of Mt. Kerinci, Sumatra's highest peak

  • Lake Maninjau

  • Lake Toba - for sure a place to visit beautiful lake and nice people

  • Puleu Wei

  • Harau Valley - a nature area which is located halfway between PekanBaru and BukitTinggi. Rice fields are dwarfed by cliffs.

  • Way Kambas National Park - Lampung Timur

Getting there

By plane

Medan, as the largest city on the island, has the most flights including many international services to Singapore and Malaysia. Palembang, Pekanbaru, and Padang and Banda Aceh also have domestic and some international services. Most international flights are by AirAsia.

By boat

There are numerous ferry services connecting Sumatra to Malaysia as well as other Indonesian islands. The main port is Dumai in Riau, which is a visa on arrival point and has direct links to Port Klang (3 hrs), Port Dickson and Malacca (2 hrs) in Malaysia, as well as to the Indonesian island of Batam near Singapore.


Nature is one of the primary attractions of Sumatra. There are jungles, volcanoes and lakes. A good way to see all the beauty is on a bicycle or mountain bike. For tips on this kind of eco-tourism see this very helpful page . The non profit organisation Aceh Adventure is also very helpful in providing information on hiking, bicycling and mountain biking in Aceh and wider Sumatra.


Look out for Tropical and natural disasters, look out for malaria. Get a vaccination!

Drink bottled water, use that also when you brush your teeth.

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