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Bukit Lawang

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Travel Guide Asia Indonesia Sumatra Bukit Lawang

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Introduction

Located on the edge of Gunung Leuser National Park, Bukit Lawang is the launching point for trips into the park to see orangutans in the wild. The national park is one of the orangutan’s last remaining strongholds, with more than 5,000 animals thought to be living wild in the park. The village is dotted with many small guesthouses, where travellers can spend the night before heading off on one of the multi day treks treks on offer.

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Sights and Activities

  • Primata & Paradise Adventure - A jungle trekking, rafting, campsite, tour and adventure in Bukit Lawang. Offers trekking in Gunung Leuser National Park with licensed and experienced local guide and crews. Address: Timbang Jaya Dusun IV, Bukit Lawang-Indonesia 20774, Phone: +62 81265167679, Hours: 24hours, Price: EUR35- EUR488
  • Bohorok Orang Utan Sanctuary - Bukit Lawang is well known for the Bohorok Orang Utan Sanctuary. Visitors can take the short walk to the orang-utan feeding platorm, located just inside the national park, and get the opportunity to view semi wild orang-utans rather close up. Many travellers then head further into the park for a jungle trek. This can last anything from a few hours to 14 days. Generally the popular option is a 2-day trek with an overnight stay in the jungle.

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Weather

Sumatra is tropical so warm all year round. The dry season is the best time of year to visit Sumatra which starts in May and ends September. The wet season starts in September with regular afternoon showers and progresses through to January or February with longer periods of rain.

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Getting There

By Plane

The nearest airport to Bukit Lawang is Polonia International Airport, near Medan. The airport is well connected to the rest of Indonesia and beyond including to destinations like Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Penang, Ipoh and Singapore.

By Car

Many travellers make there way here from either Medan or Lake Toba. These routes can be taken by public bus but many travellers chose to hire a private driver. This is often a quicker and more comfortable option than the buses but obviously more expensive. The price needs to be negotiated with your driver.

By Bus

Buses leave from Pinang Baris station until around 5:30pm. Even though Bukit Lawang is only 86 kilometres from Medan the roads are very bad so expect the journey to take around 3 hours.

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Sleep

Budget

Back to Nature Inn Tel: +62081375657004. A quiet and peaceful place, surrounded by the jungle, and offering family style meals. With 80 hectares of private jungle and the option to bath in a private waterfall. US$10-15/night. Dutch, English and Russian spoken.

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Keep Connected

Internet

There are 4 internet cafes in Bukit Lawang. There is one place with wifi and 2 others with a regular internet cafe by LAN connection, another place has free internet with limited open hours.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

Post

Pos Indonesia provides the postal service in Indonesia. Pos Indonesia is government-owned and offers services ranging from sending letters and packages to money transfers (usually to remote areas which have no bank branch/ATM nearby) and selling postcards and stamps.

It is recommended to send letters from a Pos Indonesia branch, not by putting it inside orange mailbox (called Bis Surat) in the roadside, because some of the mailboxes are in very bad condition and aren't checked regularly by Pos Indonesia. Opening times of post offices usually tend to follow general business hours: Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm (sometimes shorter hours on Fridays), Saturdays from 8:00am to 1:00pm, closed on Sundays. Bigger cities, tourist areas and central post offices tend to keep longer hours, into the evenings.
Sending a postcards, letter or parcel is relatively expensive, but fairly reliable. It takes several days at least to send it within Indonesia, at least a week internationally.

Private postal services based in Indonesia include CV Titipan Kilat (CV TIKI), Jalur Nugraha Ekaputra (JNE), Caraka, and RPX. There are also foreign postal services that have branches in Indonesia, including DHL, TNT, UPS, and FedEx.

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Contributors

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Bukit Lawang Travel Helpers

  • Onyak

    I am living in Medan and BukitLawang is my hometown.My family from my father side are from Bukit Lawang. It is like my second home and spending many times there. My uncle and his sons are working as a Trek and Rafting Guide since longtime ago over years as family tradition. So based on my daily experiences in Bukit Lawang, of course answering questions about beautiful Bukit Lawang will be my pleasure.

    Ask Onyak a question about Bukit Lawang

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