Ketambe Travel Guide

  • Orangutan 'Raja' - A 'King' Orangutan in Ketambe
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Ketambe Things to Do

  • Street stalls

    A short walk out of Ketambe, past the derelict government owned bungalows and heading north towards Blangkejeran, are several street stalls selling coffee and snacks. The stalls are set up on a ridge overlooking Sungai Alas and offer great views and a cool breeze. The coffee, as in all Aceh, is good! These stalls sometimes act as road-side stops...

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  • Enjoying a walk down the street 2 -...

    The quiet village of Ketambe is used to having tourists and the people are very friendly, extraordinarily helpful and enjoy hving a chat. When I first arrived I was dropped off in the centre of the village and had to ask for directions to Friendship Guesthouse. A young man called out to his brother who promptly got his motorbike and took me and my...

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  • Enjoying a walk down the street 1 -...

    One of the nicest aspects of Ketambe is that you can appreciate vegetation and produce growing right on the edge of the street. Near the centre of the village is an organic chocolate/cacao plantation. You can also see durian, bananas, jambu and other fruit growing along the side of the road, along with corn plantations.In front of houses you will...

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Ketambe Transportation

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    The trip from Takengon to Ketambe takes between 8 and 9 hours. The mini-buses are generally crowded and stops are few. But the views as you travel through the mountains are spectacular. It is a long slow climb leaving Takengon, and then many ups and downs along mountain ridges, yet although I was squashed in the front seat - there was four across - and could barely move a muscle, the time seemed to pass quickly as we moved through some of the most scenic countryside.
    The lunch stop was at a small village - terrific coffee and plenty of fruit for sale. A goat decided it wanted to share my peanuts with me.
    Although it was basically a full day travel on a crowded bus, I really quite enjoyed it. The bus goes through to Kutacane so you need to tell the driver where you are intending to stay in Ketambe and they'll drop you at the front door.
    Price ranges from 80,000 to 120,000 rupiah - depends on whether you go directly to the bus station in Takengon or arrange the ticket through an intermediary/hotel.

    Roadside stop travelling from Takengon to Ketambe A friendly goat sharing my peanuts Roadside stop travelling from Takengon to Ketambe Roadside stop travelling from Takengon to Ketambe Roadside stop travelling from Takengon to Ketambe
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Ketambe Shopping

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    by Daihappydai Written Apr 4, 2012

    There are a couple of small shops in Ketambe selling foodstuff such as biscuits and other snack items, along with laundry powder and toiletries, but overall stocks are limited. It is best to ensure you have adequate batteries and personal items such as sunscreen before arriving.
    If you want fresh fruit, you should listen out for the travelling salesmen - the fruit shop comes to you on the back of a motorbike.
    If you have a motorbike yourself and need petrol, you will find several stands on the side of the street selling litre or two litre quantities of petrol from plastic bottles.

    Motorbike laden with fresh produce, Ketambe Travelling fruit and egg salesman, Ketambe Petrol station in Ketambe Travelling fruit and egg salesman, Ketambe Where to sit when the bus is full!
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Ketambe Warnings and Dangers

  • Water crossings in the jungle

    Whether you are on a day trip or overnight hike, the chances are that you will need to cross a river or two as you trek through the jungle. This will mean removing shoes and socks and possibly stripping down so your trousers don't get wet. But, the most important thing is ensuring your camera and other valuables are safely package in a waterproof...

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  • Be aware of the 'Creepy Crawlies'

    Treking in the jungle is a great experience but it does come with a certain amount of risk in terms of insect 'bites'. Most guides in Ketambe will give you 'leech-proof' socks, which are basically pieces of material sewn into a sock that you wear over your own socks and then tie up just under the knee. This certainly does offer additional...

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Ketambe Off The Beaten Path

  • In Search of the King

    While treking in Gunung Leuser National Park, we heard a loud rumbling sound, seemingly half from the throat, half from the gut. Our guide immediately stopped, looked up and excitedly claimed 'It's a King' - a huge male orangutan.Our guide asked us to wait as he went off to search. He was back in five minutes and we took off. Shortly afterwards we...

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  • Jungle Treking in Gunung Leuser

    There are a number of different treks that can be taken starting from Ketambe - day trips, overnight, or several days. Without prior knowledge it is hard to know whether you have a reliable guide. I was fortunate to have a young man named Achte on one of my day trips. He was very keen to ensure that we got to see as many animals as possible. He...

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  • Flora in and around the jungle

    At first it all seems so overgrown and green, but as you trek through the jungle other colours stand out. There are a wide array of wild flowers to be spotted including many varieties of delicate wild orchids.While most trek into Gunung Leuser Park to spot orangutans and other animal life, it could also be a botanists delight.

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Ketambe Favorites

  • Monkeys on the road side

    Apart from trekking in the jungle and relaxing by he river, just taking an afternoon walk was a highlight of my time in Ketambe. Heading north towards Blangkerejen, the road is lined on both sides with jungle. Often you will see a troup of monkeys, although the Thomas-leaf monkeys seem to be quite shy and will scoot into the jungle when they see...

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  • Close encounters with Chameleons

    I was sitting by the river at the Friendship Guesthouse reading a book when something landed on my shoulder, jumped to the ground and scampered across the grass. I quickly followed and realised it was a lizard-like creature. I went to grab my camera as it scuttled up a tree. When I looked up I noticed there were two chameleons on branches quite...

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  • Clusters of Dragonflies

    After considerable travel - Banda Aceh to Takengon and Takengon to Ketambe - and then a trek in the jungle, Ketambe was the perfect place for a couple of days of relaxing by the river. One of my fondest memories is the amazingly vivid coloring of the dragonflies - greens, reds, blues - busily enjoying the warmth and mositure of the gardens around...

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