I am going to travel to Indonesia for about 4 weeks with my girl-friend in March, the bit in Sumatra will last for about 10-14 days. We are about 30 and I did some trips to SEAs during the last years - but so far never to Indonesia.
Here`s my set of questions :-)
_I) Medan to Bukit Lawang_
We are arriving by plane in Medan (from SIN) at 4 pm or so. I am not so confident about customs and immigration procedures. - So, will there be any chance to catch a transport to Bukit Lawang?
In the LP I checked out that the latest one might leave about 5 pm (quite tight schedulre isn`t it)?
Is there a viable option to go privately that day - what option would that be and how much is it? (Taxi, Mini-Bus, ...)
_II) Medan to Berastagi and Lake Toba_
After getting a glimse of Orang-Utans we are planning to visit Berastagi. Can you do it in a day from Bukit Lawang or is that an issue of beeing desperate?! :-)
As I understand, there is at least a chance to make it from Berastagi to Lake Toba - any experience?
_III) Lake Toba to Padang_
It is said that this trip is long and hard - and that flying is a prefereable option. Well, I rather like to see a country by travelling through it not over it, in general. And I would have hoped that the new highway softens the travel a bit, or at least makes travelling quicker.
Does anyone have current experience?
Not to bother you with more details of the trip - from Padang we will head by plane to Yokyakarta, which seems to require switching planes unfortunately.