Bukit Lawang is one of the main access to Gunung Leuser National Park - home to the endangered sumatran orangutan (pongo abelii) and other tropical wildlife. Bukit Lawang is located in Bahorok district, North Sumatra. It is approximately 90 km north-west of Medan the capital of North Sumatra.
Jungle trekking to see the orangutans (semi wild) in their natural habitat, jungle expedition to Kutacane (southeast Aceh), Rafflesia Arnoldii Trek (during rainy season, December -March), which you can organize with a tour operator and with standardized price by the Indonesian Guide Association - Bukit Lawang.
How To Get There
Take a flight to Medan/Kuala Namu Airport (KNO), continue with 4 hour non stop car drive to Bukit Lawang.
From the airport take a bus to Binjai. In binjai bus station take a minibus to Bukit Lawang (2 hour trip).
From Medan, go to 'Pinang Baris' bus station, here take a minibus directly to Bukit Lawang (3 hour trip).
From Lake Toba, go to the nearest bus station and take a bus to Siantar (2-3 hour trip). In Siantar take a bus to 'Amplas' bus station in Medan (2-3 hour trip). In Amplas continue with a minivan to 'Pinang Baris' bus station (2 hour trip), and another minibus to Bukit Lawang (3 hour trip).
From Berastagi, take a bus to Medan, 'Simpang Pos' direction (2-3 hour). In Simpang pos, take a minivan to 'Pinang Baris' bus station (1 hour), continue with a minibus to Bukit Lawang.
From Tangkahan, take a bus to Binjai (3 hour trip), continue with a minibus to Bukit Lawang.
Note. Bypass the hassle of dealing with any offers on the street/taxi/bus station, and pay the bus only on arrival, cause the real driver only ask for the bus fare on your arrival. Choose a guide recommended by your hotel or reputable tour operator. You always get what you pay for.
You can have your hotel/tour operator arrange you a shared/private taxi from Medan airport/hotel, Lake Toba, Berastagi, Tangkahan to Bukit Lawang, or find them yourself at the airport/around your hotel.
Wide selection of accommodation, like hotel, guesthouses, inns, and bungalows with river & jungle view room.
The indigenous people of Bukit Lawang are Melayu & Karonese. They are expressive and friendly people, like to chat & laugh. They like asking "where are you going?" same as western culture asks "how are you?". Sumatrans love to chat and will ask you all about yourself, and your life story in the first five minutes.
The different ethnic group brings Bukit Lawang with friendly cultures and kinds of delicious traditional foods worth trying - Sumatran fish/chicken barbeque, sour & spicy fish soup - especially will be part of your Bukit Lawang adventure. :)
It is best to respect local culture. For dress code for women, skirts or trousers should be to the knee or below, and shoulders and chest covered up, while men usually wear shirt/t-shirt and shorts or pants. It is polite to shake hands and do most things with your right hand, including eating. The left hand is considered unclean. Bukit Lawang is naturally a beautiful place and relatively safe.
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