Holidays to Sumatra, Indonesia

In ancient times Sumatra was known as the Island of Gold, for the rich mineral deposits in the mountains. Sumatra itself means ‘gathering together of waters,’ which is an excellent summary of the rich blend of cultural influences that have shaped the island up to today. 

Sumatra is famous for its dramatic landscapes, live, steaming volcanoes, and stunning crater-lakes, and for its unique biodiversity—home to a host of exotic and rare animals such as orang-utans, the Sumatran tiger, rhinos, and the Sumatran elephant—and all set among the idyllic jungle-clad mountains and crystal-clear sea. As well as incredible views and stunning native wildlife, Sumatra boasts some of the greatest surf spots in the world. 

The cultural melting pot of Sumatra means it also has some fantastic and varied regional cuisines, from the Chinese-inspired north, to the spicy western regions, to Aceh’s bold flavour profiles, there is sure to be something for every palate. Dive into the cultural melting pot of Medan, the 'Paris of Sumatra', or head into the countryside for a trip into the wild side. 

Get an up close and personal view of the rare orang-utan at Bukit Lawang, or bathe the elephants at Tangkahan. Scale the spectacular volcano at Berastagi, or swim in Southeast Asia’s largest lake, the Lake Toba crater lake. 

Whether you’re looking for food, beach fun, or close encounters with rare and beautiful creatures, Sumatra has got what you’re after. 

Highlights

  • Spend time with rare and endangered animals

  • Hike through epic jungle-clad mountains

  • Climb an active volcano

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An extraordinary moment from my time in Indonesia was watching the sunrise at Ijen after a big climb up (and even down into!) the volcano. The country has stunning scenery and wildlife, from smoking volcanoes to fantastic dive sites, Komodo dragons and cheeky orangutans.

Map of Sumutra