Indonesia tour - Sumatra exploration
- Indonesia and Bali
Upon arrival at Kualanamu International Airport pick up by our tour guide and then transfer to hotel, afternoon free at own leisure. (Hotels: Emerald Garden / Hermes Palace / Similar)
After breakfast walking to the elephant station and then join the Mahout washing the elephants, feeding them and riding them. You will pass through the river and jungle on the elephant back, the elephant riding will take about 01 hour. After riding the elephant take a short rest and then enjoy tubing through the river.
A stop will be made at Fantastic Buluh Waterfall where you can enjoy the waterfall sun bathing and swimming on the river. Afternoon arrival at the village where you can get in touch with the local people and see their daily activities. Return to guest house on foot for overnight.
After breakfast leave Tangkahan for Bukit Lawang by jeep passing plantations and jungle roads, on the way stop at a plantation and several interesting places for enjoying the panorama and witness the activities of the local people. Upon arrival at Bukit Lawang check in to hotel. (Bukit Lawang Cottage / Rindu Alam Hotel).
After breakfast walk to the jungle to start a jungle tracking to explore the nature of Leuser National Park with its flora and fauna, there will be possibility to see Orang Utan in their own habitat and other kind of animals such as Thomas leaf monkeys, long tail macaque, gibbon, black gibbon and other kind of flora and fauna of the tropical rain forest. This tracking will take about 3 hours, after tracking return to the hotel.
Afternoon free at own leisure to enjoy the nature of Bukit Lawang where you can also walk to the village around the hotel
After breakfast drive to Brastagi, on the way stop at Sembahe River, passing Sibolangit, and arrival at Brastagi visiting Lhumbini Park with its duplicate of Shwedagon pagoda, then visit the fruit market and Gundaling Hill. Afternoon check in to hotel. (Grand Mutiara Hotel / Sinabung Hotel).
After breakfast drive to Samosir, on the way visit Batak Karo traditional village at Dokan, stop at Sipiso-piso waterfall, visiting “Rumah Bolon” (Long House) the old Palace of Batak Simalungun Kings and stop at Simarjarunjung to enjoy the fantastic view of Lake Toba.
Arrival at Parapat crossing to Samosir Island by ferry boat, upon arrival on Samosir Island check in to hotel. (Toledo Inn /Tabo Cottages / Samosir Villa)
After breakfast excursion on Samosir Island by car, visiting several Batak Toba traditional villages:
It is also possible to stop in a school to see the activities of young children, visiting the village where the people make traditional hand weaving. Afternoon return back to the hotel.
After breakfast crossing back to Parapat and then drive to Sipirok, on the way stop at the pineapple, clove, and coffee plantation and visit the traditional market at Balige Sigur-gur and Sipoholon Hot Springs. Before arrival at Sipirok, enjoy the nature by walking on the bank of Sarulla river and the ricefield-terraces. Arrival at Sipirok and check in to hotel. (Tor Sibohi Hotel)
Leave Sipirok for Bukittinggi by passing the rain tropical forest of Rimba Panti and a stop will be made to see the monkeys picking up the coconut. Visit pepper, vanilla, cardamon and cinnamon gardens, cross the equator line at Bonjol, afternoon arrival at Bukittinggi - the charming town of Minangkabau - directly check in to hotel. (Royal Denai Hotel / Pusako Hotel).
After breakfast drive to Batusangkar via Tabek Patah, on the way stop at Rao-Rao to visit Minangkabau traditional village and stop to see traditional coffee milling, arrival at Batusangkar and then drive to Pagaruyung to visit the duplicate of the Palace of Minangkabau Kingdom.
In the afternoon return to Bukittinggi via Padang Panjang and visit Pandai Sikat village to see Minangkabau traditional hand weaving and wood carving, arrival at Bukittinggi city tour visiting Sianok Canyon (from the panorama point), Fort-De-Kock, Museum and Market. Afternoon return to hotel.
After breakfast drive to Panampuang village, it will take about 30 minutes driving from your hotel in Bukittinggi, arrival at Panampuang village visiting traditional embroidery and then start the trip with bicycle to explore the villages where you will stop at rice field to see the farmer working on rice field traditionally during planting the rice or harvest time.
You may also try and join the farmer while working at the rice field, then continue by bicycle to visit a school in the village and keep in touch with local people in the village during their daily activities such as making traditional handy crafts or snacks. You can also stop at a coffee shop in the village to try traditional coffee and get in touch with the villagers, since the coffee shop is used by the villagers for social contact. Afternoon return to hotel in Bukittinggi.
After brekfast drive to Padang via Anai Valley, on the way stop at Anai Waterfall, arrival at Padang directly and transfer to the airport,
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