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Sumatra

SUMATRA, A LAND OF ADVENTURE

>Indonesia’s second largest island, Sumatra is not a destination where you lie in the sun and get a tan. It’s a place of adventure with rugged mountains, the jungles of the Mentawai Islands, the fascinating Lake Toba where Batak culture thrives, enjoy the crisp cool air of the hill town of Berastagi, relish in the beautiful rice terraces of Bukittinggi, dive in the waters of Pilau Weh and watch the orangutan at play in Bukit Lawang.

Covering an immense area of 473,481 sq km Sumatra strategically straddles the Indian Ocean on its west and the Straits of Malacca on its northeast, making it historically an important route for shipping and trade and also a channel that has traditionally been plagued by piracy.

Sumatra is diverse, inhabited by numerous tribes speaking more than 52 tribal languages, with some still depending on the jungles for their livelihood. One of the most interesting is the Bataks of Lake (Danau) Toba, who are Minangkabau and indigenous to the highlands of West Sumatra. They practice the matrilineal culture, with property and land passing down from mother to daughter while religious and political affairs are the province of men (although some women also play important roles in these areas).

MAP & TRAVEL REGIONS :

  • ACEH
    Aceh

    Sun, sea, surf – that’s what Aceh province promises and delivers as it has some of the most beautiful, white sand beaches in Indonesia, from Gapang Beach and Iboih beach in Sabang to Lampuuk and Lhonga beach in Banda Aceh.

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  • BENGKULU
    Bengkulu

    Also known as Southwest Sumatra, is the smallest and lowest populated province of Sumatra. It is on the southwest coast of Sumatra and has a population of about one million comprising mostly Rejang, Malay, Bugis and Chinese ethnic..

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  • JAMBI
    Jambi

    Jambi province is located on the east coast of Central Sumatra facing the Straits of Malacca and shares borders with four other provinces in Sumatra – Riau, West Sumatra, South Sumatra and Bengkulu.
     

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  • LAMPUNG
    Lampung

    Lampung, also known as Southeast Sumatra, is located on the southern tip of the island of Sumatra and borders the provinces of Bengkulu and South Sumatra. Most of the inhabitants are descendents of migrants from Java, Madura and Bali

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  • NORTH SUMATRA
    North Sumatra

    North Sumatra Province has been touted as one of Indonesia’s last surfing frontiers and is a haven for surfers looking for that perfect surf. Consisting of five islands or island groups – Hinako Islands, Nias, Telos and two other obscure island groups..

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  • RIAU ISLANDS
    Riau Islands

    Riau Province is a province of Indonesia, consisting of Riau Archipelago, Natuna Islands, Anambas and Lingga Islands. The territory of this rich province includes a sizeable slice of the eastern Sumatran coast..
     

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  • SOUTH SUMATRA
    South Sumatra

    Situated on the eastern side of the Bukit Barisan mountain range, is relatively flat but fertile as numerous rivers crisscross and meander throughout the region. Part of this province are two large islands – Bangka and Belitung..

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  • WEST SUMATRA
    West Sumatra

    Commonly referred to as the Land of the Minangkabaus, is inhabited by a local tribe bearing the same name. A hospitable people known for their music, dance and colorful festivals the Minangkabaus follow the unique matrilineal system..

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