Takengon Travel Guide

  • View across Danau Laut Tawar towards Takengon
    View across Danau Laut Tawar towards...
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  • Just inside the entrance to Loyang Koro
    Just inside the entrance to Loyang Koro
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  • Interesting rock formations on the cave floor
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Takengon Things to Do

  • Road side snacks and views

    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.

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  • Ease the muscles in Hot Springs

    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...

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  • Walking along Danau Laut Tawar

    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...

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  • Loyang Koro - Buffalo Cave

    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...

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  • TAKENGON Town Center

    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

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  • Takengon Down Town

    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

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Takengon Restaurants

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    by Daihappydai Written Mar 16, 2012

    There are a number of restaurants in Takengon selling Padang style food and at night street stalls are set up along the roads beside the market. Freshly cooked noodles and a range of other dishes with fresh vegetables can be purchased.

    Favorite Dish: My favorite was definitely the chocolate filled pancake. Huge, but light, it was a meal in itself. Purchased warm, the young cook wrapped it in paper to keep the steam in and so keep it from drying out. For 5,000 rupiah, you can't go wrong.

    Pancake maker behind his stall, Takengon
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Takengon Transportation

  • The long trip from Banda Aceh to...

    Several mini buses depart Banda Aceh for Takengon every day. While there is some sort of schedule - departing Banda Aceh at 9 am and departing Banda Aceh at 11 am, buses usually don't go until they are fairly full, so this may mean the 9 am is cancelled.The trip, which costs 80,000 rupiah and leaves from Banda Aceh central bus terminal, takes...

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  • Around Takengon by Becak

    There are plenty of becaks travelling up and down the main streets so it is easy to find transport for a trip around the lake, around town or to specific sights. I used a becak to view the lake, travel to and from Loyang Koro, around town and to the hot springs out of town. Negotiate rates beforehand. I paid 20,000 rupiah an hour - could have...

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Takengon Shopping

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    by Daihappydai Written Mar 16, 2012

    Bintang Timur is a 'Toko Souvenir' located in the heart of Takengon. The shop sells a range of gifts including handbags and accessories, but what attracted me most was the traditional Gayo style tapestry. A wide range of products are made from the thick tapestry including cushion covers, table runners, placemats, purses and even pencil cases. The store owners are very friendly and prices are very reasonable. They even threw in souvenir key rings gratis with my purchases.
    Well worth a look!

    What to buy: Apart from tapestry items, Takengon is well known for its coffee. Approaching Takengon from the north you will see the road lined with coffee plantations. There are several stalls in the market selling fresh coffee, and they have the equipment to vacuum seal for transporting home.

    What to pay: I was amazed that I was able to buy beautiful cushion covers made from the traditional tapestry for 50,000 rupiah each - less than $6 U.S.

    Toko Souvenir Bintang Timur, Takengon Toko Souvenir Bintang Timur, Takengon
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Takengon Off The Beaten Path

  • Takengon Wet Market

    if you want to see what kind of spices were used at Takengon's kitchen or culinary, wet market is worth a visit ...here you would see so many spices, vegetables, etc etc which sell in an open market...red and yellow tomatoes, red hot chilli, onion, so many kind of salads, chicken meat, fresh water fish ....and so on ....it was colorful market which...

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  • berastagi to takengon,

    dear travellers,do you want to have a nice time to visit Takengon or another side of Aceh from Berastagi.Ask some info with :Ramona Gintinghttp://360.yahoo.com/ramonaginting

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  • Fresh fruit abounds...

    One of the things I'll remember most about Takengon and the surrounding area is the amazing array of fresh fruit and vegetables available. Trucks pull up in the streets every morning and sell produce directly from the back of the truck. The market is full of fresh fruit and road side stalls are full with fruit of the season.

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  • Some of the best coffee ever....

    The Gayo Highlands are famous for the coffee produced. The cooler climatic conditins are ideal for growing coffee and you will see plantations along the road side as you drive into Takengon. In the markets fresh robusta and arabica varieties along with coffee luwuk can be purchased. There are many coffee shops where men socialise. It is fun to...

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  • Cleaning the mosque roof...

    This is not really a tip, but more of a memory of how working conditions in Asia can be so different to those in the west. I was walking up the main street in Takengon to view the mosque and as I was approaching I noticed something on its roof. On closer inspection I realised it was two men standing on a rope ladder cleaning the curved roof with...

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