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The fact that one of its main attractions is a clock-tower says enough about what to do here. We had a little stroll around its busy market and had a look at the canyon before waiting on a bus for an hour and a half before setting off

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Lake Toba


We decided to travel around Sumatra on public transport as much as possible. This is an experience in itself; fellow travellers ranging from 2 to 70 years old unwittingly humming along to bad American x-rated rap music, several chain smokers on board and hours of very bad televised Indonesian karaoke music videos. All is forgiven though when you encounter the locals genuine kindness and the constant echos of “hey mister” from every school kid we passed.

Lake Toba was without doubt the highlight of our trip to Sumatra. The sheer size of the lake is immense - to give you an idea of its size the island at its centre is larger than Singapore.

We spent days alone (bar the local kids) jumping into the lake and trying to capture acrobatic moves on film. We’ve added some of our successes. We had a great room which overlooked the lake which had a balcony furnished with a leather couch which we simply could never have afforded elsewhere in South East Asia. Amazing views, great value and lovely people.

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We went to Berastagi with Ally (a German girl we meet in Bukit Lawang) where we found a charming little guesthouse close to one of the town’s active volcanoes. We set off early for our hike up the volcano, charged with bottomless coffee and toast loaded with homemade strawberry jam from our lovely Indonesian host. It was a nice walk up with great panoramic views of the neighbouring volcanoes from the top. To break up our journey we had a dip in the local hot springs before the exhausting walk home.

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Bukit Lawang


rain 29 °C

Butik Lawang is home to Sumatra’s most famous inhabitant, the Orangutan. We spent a couple of days in this jungle village sat by the river sheltering from tropical rainstorms and watching the locals tubing downstream when the sun broke through.

As well as observing the Great Apes from the sanctuary’s feeding platform we went on a half day trek deeper in to the jungle with one of the rangers. Luck was on our side and we observed at least four females with their young. It was great to meet them up close in the wild.

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sunny 29 °C

We spent just a night in Penang’s Georgetown but this was long enough to sample some of it’s diverse street food.

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