A great option for the late afternoon in Takengon is to get a becak to take you a few kilometres to the north of the city centre. You will find several road side stalls selling freshly roasted sweet corn and selling fruits in season such as durian.
You also have the opportunity of some spectacular views as the sun goes down over Danau Laut Tawar.
In Simpang Balik, a town 15km north of Takengon, there are several hot spring pools. The concrete pools are fiiled with steaming sulphorous water and are said to help heal many ailments and ease aches and pains.
There are seperate pools for men and women. Be aware that as in many hot springs in Asia, the locals go there to bathe so be prepared for the sight of soap, shampoo and shoe cleaning.
Entry to the pool is 10,000 rupiah - although I got the impression that this price was for tourists as many locals wouldn't be able to pay that price.
Takengon is situated in the beautiful Gayo Highlands and the highlight of the natural beauty of the area is Danau Laut Tawar. I used a becak to take me the six kilometres along the lake to Loyang Koro and then walked back to the town centre. It was a beautiful day, the bright sun allowed the lake and surrounds to shimmer in vivid colors. Fishing platforms sit near the shores of the lake and fields of bright green line the lake sides.
A great way to spend a morning!
About 6 km from the centre of Tankengon, and adjacent to Danau Tawar is Loyang Koro. The caves have some interesting stalagtites -mineal water dripping from them has left some smooth and bulbous shaped rock on the floor of the cave. The cave is also home to a large number of wallets which are birds similar to sparrows. They build tiny nests from grasses that are 'glued' to the sheer walls of the cave.
Entry into the caves is free, although you can ask for the electricity to be turned on at a cost of 2,000 rupiah per person. I was quite happy to wander through the caves with a torch, and the flash on my camera worked perfectly well in the dark, but the becak driver who brought me to the caves came in too, and he was scared of the dark so I paid for the lights to be turned on.
You can negotiate a price with becak drivers from the centre of town - 10,000 rupiah to drop you there would be more than fair. It is a pleasant walk back around the lake.
Takengon is the Capital City of Central Aceh District, I was thought that Takengon is a beautiful small town with surrounded by green mountain range which offer a gorgeous landscape and is worth a visit if you travel to Aceh Special Region or welknown as Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam
Drive a mini van from Banda Aceh in the evening, after about 7 to 8 hours we reached Takengon down town in the very early morning, actually JUNE was a summer season, but when I was arrive at Takengon, a small rain greeting us and We feel a nice and cool weather of Takengon Mountain Resort