Aceh Special Region Off The Beaten Path

  • Off The Beaten Path
    by davidcreelman
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by davidcreelman
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by davidcreelman

Aceh Special Region Off The Beaten Path

  • Lampoh Beut Pulo Ie Calang

    For something well off the beaten track you might see if it is possible to visit Lampoh Beut Pulo Ie Calang (see Facebook). It is a place set up by a few Acehnese friends in the hills near Calang. They hope to create a place to teach people about the spirit of Islam. This is not at all a commercial operation, it’s more like crashing at someone’s...

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  • an Excursion by motorized BECAK

    Banda Aceh is a small city, traveling in and around the city in a good weather by becak is a nice experience, just take a motorized becak, tell the becak driver to go around Banda Aceh city Center and go negotiating how much the fare, the cost is not so expensive, as my experience when I take becak from Ulee Lheue to Masjid Baiturrahman at City...

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  • World WarSecond Weapons

    Just in the left side of Museum Negeri Aceh, in front of Gedung Perjuangan, you can see various kinds of World War Second Weapons

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  • Don't miss the SUNSET at Ulee lheue

    When tsunami happened in 26December 2004, Ulee Lheue was heavily destroyed by a 800 km run per hour sea wave. Now Ulee lheue is a sea port which connect to Pulau Weh or Sabang. This place also a nice place for week end and fishing. The SUNSET was also stunning beauty

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  • HeavyRainFall is a niceRain

    The first day visit Aceh, a heavy rain fall in the afternoon, from Aceh River in Gampong Jawa, I take a motorized Becak head on to MasjidBaiturrahman. A shop waiter said that it was almost a few weeks no rain in Aceh, but today is a heavy rain coming, a nice rain down pour over Masjid Baiturrahman is a scenic picture

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  • Simelue--How to Get There

    How to get to Simeulue now is not such a big issue as it was before.There are twoflight goes to Simeulue, from Banda Aceh and Medan.Those flights are Susi Air (small, lean, looks fragile but meet safety standards of big humanitarian organization), Riau Airlines (new airlines, can accomodate 40 people) There is also ferry travels to Medan or...

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  • Simeulue--Off The Beaten Path??

    Simeulue is situated in western part of Aceh province. This island was also affected by tsunami and earthquake in 2004. Even before the tsunami, not many people go to Simeulue.There was only small unreliable plan flew to Simeulue and ferry ship from Meulaboh, which takes 8 hours.Although the island has beautiful landscape, surrounded by small...

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  • Dobi---Local Laundry

    Those who have sharp eyes will spot little tiny shop with pile of clothers. You will start wondering "is it a taylor?". It is not a taylor. This kind of shops offer laundry and press services with slightly cheaper price than laundry parlour. It's a modest place, but pretty reliable. A press-man is still using traditional iron, so they can safe for...

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  • Fear Factor---Chew Betel Leaf

    Betel leaf or “sirih” is usually chewed by elderly in Aceh. The youngsters chew it sometimes, but mostly when they hang out with grandparents. While for visitors like me, it becomes a fear factor game. The juicy leaf will leave an orange mark in your lips, while the taste…well it’s a mixture of sweet, bitter and ….(better you try and you describe...

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  • Gunung Kemiri: this is how I imagined a...

    The second day we crossed a section of permanent mist. It involved steep and challenging climbing through dense moss forest, regularly using both hands and feet. This was really exciting! The trail was hardly visible and we had to make our way along huge curtains of moss, crawl under and clamber over strange and almost horizontally growing trees...

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  • Gunung Kemiri: descending in one day...

    Soon the weather got worse and, on my request, we decided to go down all the way from the summit to Gumpang Village the same day…which involved almost 9 hours of descending continuously. Due to the rain I slipped away several times and my sore and wet feet suffered from blisters. Usually this is split in 2 days, but I was really fed up with the bad...

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  • Gunung Kemiri: to the summit

    In the early morning of day 4 finally the sky cleared up and it stopped raining, and we walked the last 30 minutes up to the summit. The night before the peak had looked so inhospitable and I was afraid it would be completely out of reach. But now, we were very lucky.The area became more rocky and the last part was quite a scramble. The views were...

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  • Gunung Kemiri: no trails anymore

    Sometimes we could see the summit, but we still had a long way to go. There was no trail and it became more difficult to find our way, first crossing an area that burned down two years ago covered with remaining dead and partly destroyed trees, then up and down through lush tropical alpine landscape. Just after we pitched the tent on our last...

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  • Gunung Kemiri: separated from the world

    While the other men were preparing the breakfast, I was alone and felt the magic of this early morning. Separated from the rest of the world...By the way the food was very well, usually a combination of rice and instant noodles, mixed with fresh vegetables and eggs.

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  • Gunung Kemiri: sunrise and a carpet of...

    When I woke up at around 6am, I noticed that it was just getting light.So I jumped out of the tent and found myself a spot with great views over the valley. The valley was still covered with a carpet of clouds and the sun was just coming up from behind the higher peaks. Just fantastic !

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  • Gunung Kemiri: cultivation zone & tree...

    The guidebook promised me to find unspoiled lowland rainforest with an abundance of wildlife on the first day. Well, after leaving the cultivated zone behind, the first couple of hours we crossed only huge tree cemeteries and workers slogging through the mud constructing new trails.Soon after that, the climb was getting more steep, and the forest...

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  • Gunung Kemiri: departure time!

    The next morning we got up at 6 and washed ourselves at the common well.Another man showed up, Pak Ucman, who would assist us during the trek. He went for the first time up there and was poorly prepared, especially against the cold. Fortunately I brought enough blankets and warm clothes that I could share Not long after we departed.

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  • Gunung Kemiri / Gumpang village

    I had found an old Aceh travel book that described the trek to the top of Gunung Kemiri, one of the highest in the area (3300 m). I asked with Pak Mus (see under "accommodation") about this trek, and he suggested me to go with a friend of him, named Pak Abdul Karim, who lived in the village of Gumpang, at the foot of the mountain. From there it...

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  • escaping the chainsaws...

    When I stayed in Ketambe I decided not to go trekking in the area because the noise of chainsaws drove me crazy. For a long time the Gunung Leuser NP was a protected area with a research station and abundance of wildlife even around the villages. Recently the researchers and park rangers were sent away. Shortly after the first loggers arrived....

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