Bukittingi & Naresianok

Bukittinggi, as one of favorite places to visit in Sumatera, is constructed by remarkable giant rock cliffs, stunning rugged trees that grow on top and the dramatic surrounding mountains, which make this area has a spellbinding view. Located over 900 meters above sea level, Bukittinggi is an ideal place to get beyond the average trail journey. Walking around at the hills and enjoy the picturesque landscape as well as witness the local culture is a must to do.

Just on the outskirts of the hill town of Bukittinggi highlands, lays a breathtaking canyon which is called Ngarai Sianok (the Sianok Canyon). Get the best captures of the valleys panorama in the golden sunrise which becomes so remarkable with the majestic Mount Singgalang at its background. The beauty of Sianok can be seen from Panorama Park in Bukittinggi or walk down through the gorge while passing settlement and paddy fields. Don’t forget to bring your camera and take pictures of Ngarai Sianok!


Tangkahan, “the hidden paradise in Sumatra” is definitely hidden literately. It is the perfect place to get off the beaten track, but still have access to good food and comfortable bungalows. Located on the border of Gunung Leuser National Park, North Sumatra, Tangkahan situated at the junction of 2 rivers, the Buluh River and the Batang River. Tangkahan is an interesting place in many ways. The elephants, the jungle, and the clean rivers are obvious attractions. What makes Tangkahan different is that it is a good example on how community based eco-tourism can stop illegal logging, improve livelihood, and develop a sense of pride amongst the locals.

Ride the 7 trained Sumatran elephants in the jungle; float down the clear river by inflatable boat, lay back and enjoy the mixture of the hot spring waters; go jungle trekking; soak yourself in hot springs just across from the Jungle Lodge, or take a course in how to handle and care for elephants! Don’t forget to experience picnic lunch inside of the jungle or beside the river! These complete adventurous activities can be joined in Tangkahan.

Enjoy the natural wonder of Sumatran forest! Join this eco-trip and feel the challenging off the beaten track journey!

Lake Toba

Located in north Sumatera, Lake Toba is one of the awesome natural wonders of the world, the largest lake in Southeast Asia and the deepest lake in the world. This enormous crater’s lake has an island (which is almost the size of Singapore) in its center named Samosir Island. At over 1,145 square km, and a depth of 450 meters, Lake Toba is actually more like an ocean.

Toba is a place to come and sit back, relax and absorb some beautiful pristine scenery. Enjoy the view of the picturesque mountains set adjoin the enchanting clear lake. Go across the lake and explore the Samosir Island. Visit some Batak tribe (the indigenous tribe of North Sumatera) sanctuary sites as well as learn about their culture and history. At this island you can visit one of the tallest waterfalls in Indonesia called Sipiso-Piso Waterfall or, for one who loves walking adventure, can trekking the Pusuk Buhit to enjoy the remarkable view of Toba Lake from higher level. Feel the relaxation of a journey at off the beaten track of Sumatera!