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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
http://www.backtonature.asia Tel: +6281375400921. A quiet and peaceful place, 4 rooms, all with balcony, surrounded by the jungle, and offering family style meals. With 120 hectares of private jungle and the option to bath in a private waterfall. US$15-25/night. Dutch, English and Russian spoken.
Internet is becoming more widely used in Indonesia, and warung Internet (warnet) - Internet cafés - are emerging everywhere. A lot of restaurants and cafés in big cities normally have wireless internet available for free. Internet connection speed in Indonesia varies between ISP and location. Prices vary considerably, and as usual you tend to get what you pay for, but you'll usually be looking at around Rp3,000 to Rp5,000 per hour with faster access than from your own mobile phone. In large cities, there are free WiFi hotspots in many shopping malls, McDonald restaurants, Starbucks cafes, 7 Eleven convenience stores, and in some restaurants and bars. Some hotels provide free hotspots in the lobby and/or in their restaurants and even in your rooms.
See also: International Telephone Calls
You can use 112 as an emergency number through mobile phones. Other numbers include 110 (police), 113 (fire) and 118 (ambulance).
The international phone code is 62.
If you have GSM cellular phone, ask your local provider about "roaming agreement/facility" with local GSM operators in Indonesia (i.e.: PT Indosat, PT Telkomsel, PT XL Axiata). The cheapest way is buying a local SIM card, which would be much cheaper to call and especially use internet compared to your own cell phone's sim card.
The Indonesian mobile phone market is heavily competitive and prices are low: you can pick up a prepaid SIM card for less than Rp 10,000 and calls may cost as little as Rp 300 a minute to some other countries using certain carriers (subject to the usual host of restrictions). SMS (text message) service is generally very cheap, with local SMS as low as Rp129-165, and international SMS for Rp400-600. Indonesia is also the world's largest market for used phones, and basic models start from Rp 150,000, with used ones being even cheaper.
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. 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. 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.
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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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.
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