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Jul 20, 2016 - Trekking à Bukit Lawang, Sumatra - Indonésie

Notre intérêt pour Bukit Lawang sur l'île de Sumatra était de voir les orang-outans dans leur milieu naturel...la jungle. Après avoir réservé un séjour de 5 nuits dans un sympatique Hostel au pied de la jungle, on s'informe des forfaits disponibles pour aller voir ces beaux grands primates roux. Sachant que la majorité des touristes choisissent un forfait d'une nuit et ayant toute confiance en notre forme physique de jeunes dans la cinquantaine, nous avons opté pour un 2 nuits - 3 jours qui exigent approximativement 8 heures de marche...

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Feb 19, 2013 - Bukit Lawang/Berastagi/Lake Toba

Reluctantly left Palau Weh, heading for Banda Aceh on the ferry. As we had a few hours to kill before our flight back to Medan, hired a (kind-of) taxi to drive us around town. He then showed us to an extremely battered, very ancient Bluebird (no door handles, no springs, everything that could be broken without actually disabling the vehicle was). Got in. After trying to start this heap of shit, the driver, in hysterics and apologising profusely, indicated that we had to get out and push. Happened several times but his embarrassment, coupled...

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Jul 10, 2012 - Sumatra- Day 23 - Berastagi

We took the early ferry at 7:45am back to Parapat, where we purchased two tickets on a mini van headed to Berastagi. We left just before 9am and arrived in Berastagi just after 12:30pm, ride coming to an end 3.5 hours after departure. The entire ride consisted of turning, twisting roads and at many points coming to a stand still, in congested traffic. Our driver seemed to be on a mission and drove like a 'bat out of hell', aggressively weaving his way through traffic, as a result having to avoid several head-on collisions. - all this while...

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Jul 9, 2012 - Sumatra - Day 22 - Tomb of Sidabutar Kings

We rented two bicycles and peddled 6km's into the town to Tomok, to visit the tomb of the Sidabutar Kings. Sidabutar is the ancient ruling clan in the Batak village. King Ompu Soribuntu was highly respected by the Tomok Batak people for having established the Dalihan Natolu, literally "three principles", the general philosophy that guided the Batak people. According to custom, when the king died, he was not buried in the ground, but had a sarcophagus carved in stone, and placed at the centre of the village. Seven days later, his descendants...

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Jul 7, 2012 - North Sumatra

A flying visit to Medan North Sumatra, we caught a bus on Saturday for Medan from Bukittinggi. The bus would arrive in Medan at about 1030 on Sunday. Tisna’s uncle met us at the bus station, to help with the extra parcels of food that her mother had sent to the Medan family. Of course we would have as many parcels on the return trip for Trisna’s parents. I liked what I saw of Medan although it was old and decrepit looking, there appeared to be a more relaxed atmosphere as it is not staunchly Muslim with a good mix of Christians living...

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Jul 5, 2012 - Sumatra - Day 18 - Motorcycle trip around Samosir Island

Today we took a motorcycle trip around Samosir Island. When we set out it was close to noon and started in a counter clock-wise direction. Little did we know how bad the roads got, it took us close to six hours to complete the 150km journey back to Tuk-Tuk island to our resort. Along the way we went through the towns of; Tomok, Lontung, Gultom, Nanrung Gu, Nainggola, Urat, Mogang, Pangururan, Buhit, Simanindo and Ambarita. Along the way, several times we stopped to take in the breathtaking scenery and stunning volcanic mountain views. The...

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Jul 4, 2012 - Sumatra -Days 14-17 - Batak Cannibalism, Lake Toba!

Lake Toba is one of the awesome natural wonders of the world, it is a supervolcano. This is a crater lake so enormous it has an island almost the size of Singapore in its centre. The Toba caldera is the only supervolcano in existence that can be described as Yellowstone's "bigger" sister. The lake is 100 kms long and 30 kms wide, and 505 meters (1,666 ft) at its deepest point. Located in the middle of the northern part of the Indonesian island of Sumatra with a surface elevation of about 900 meters (2,953 ft). Lake Toba is the site of a...

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Jan 31, 2011 - Bukit Lewang to Medan

It is so easy to slip into the lazy lifestyle here. We spent our final day lounging in hammocks and listening to the wildlife. We said goodbye to all our friends and set off for our trip to Medan as we fly out early in the morning. It was a shock coming back to the city. We're definately more inclined to country life. Medan is a major indonesian metropolis and it's polluted, dirty and poor. It took us a good couple of hours to get through the traffic and smog. Udin came back in the car with us and made sure we got accomodation OK near the...

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Jan 29, 2011 - The end of our jungle adventure

Jungle floor isn’t comfortable. I managed to get off Ok but woke on numerous occasions needing the toilet or uncomfortable from the rock hard floor. I had been told to be careful of Snakes and Leeches when I got to the loo in the night so that put me right off. I tried to forget and drifted back off dreaming that our guides woke us in the night and told us we were moving to a 5 star hotel with the most comfortable beds. No such luck. Joss had pretty much the same experience and we finally threw in the towel and woke up at 6.30am. I...

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Jan 28, 2011 - Into the wild

Yesterday we didn’t do much, just again wandering around the guesthouse grounds and village. In the afternoon there was the most intense thunder and lightning. The thunder was so loud the ground rumbled and you could hear it cracking as if it was directly above your head. As the lightning struck the whole sky illuminated and the rain came pouring down. This lasted the whole evening and Joss lay in the hammock enjoying the show whilst I sat inside enjoying the safe haven of the room. According to the locals compared to what they are used to,...

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Jan 26, 2011 - Sumatra, Indonesia

WOWOWOW, Sumatra is incredible. I can’t believe how long we have spent in Thailand when we could have been here, big mistake. We had a great flight over with Air Asia. As soon as we took off and reached our highest peak, we sustained altitude for 5 minutes and then came in to land. I only had time to fill out our Indonesian arrival cards and I had to put my seatbelt back on. When we arrived into the airport everybody seemed friendly although wanting to give us lots of advice which I’m sure would come at a price. They have changed...

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Dec 26, 2010 - Lake Toba

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