Aceh Special Region Travel Guide

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

Aceh Special Region Highlights

  • Pro
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    Bonobo2005 says…

     Honest, helpful, hospitable and friendly people, unspoiled, wild natural beauty, not touristic at all and of course: COFFEE! 

  • Con
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    meiyergani says…

     Very bad infrastructure in some parts because of tsunami 

  • In a nutshell
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    meiyergani says…

     The Revival of The City After hit By Tsunami 

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Banda Aceh

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127,312,3

Sabang

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27,109,1

Takengon

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16,48,0

Langsa

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0,1,0

Pulau We

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12,50,0

Meulaboh

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2,3,0

Lhokseumawe

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1,4,0

Iboih

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3,19,0

Bireun

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0,3,0

Banda Aceh

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  • Volunteering at IHF Aceh

    Banda Aceh Favorites

    It's a predominately Muslim culture with breathtaking scenery. It's an incredibly interesting place to volunteer off the beaten track. Volunteering with IHF allowed me to get involved in the community and led to many great experiences. If you are interested, check them out online.I chose to volunteer in Aceh particularly because I wanted to...

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  • Hotel Medan

    Banda Aceh Hotels

    Rooms from Rp 175000

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  • Lhok Mata-Ie bay

    Banda Aceh Things to Do

    Taking our cue from a tip by VT-er Rinjani, we set out to find Lhok Mata-Ie. This is a bay on the peninsula west from Banda-Aceh, part of Peukan Bada district. As we found out the greater part of the district consists of relatively unspoiled rain-forest.The owner of our rental car told us to go direction Ujong Pancu. Almost at the end of the road...

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Sabang

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  • Snorkeling at Rubiah Island

    Sabang Things to Do

    It is good snorkeling at Pulau Rubiah. From the Peune Edenn resort on the east side just walk into the sea and start swimming. Or cross over to the west side of the island where one can jump from the jetty.Domestic tourists - on weekends - tend to stick to the Peune Edenn side, wearing life jackets. We preferred the side near the jetty: deep, clear...

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  • Rasa Seni Hotel Resort

    Sabang Hotels

    We passed by and were shown around by the German owner. With prices in euro the resort was a bit...

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  • Cooking asphalt

    Sabang Off The Beaten Path

    The Sabang government is working hard to make it easier for tourists to reach the attractions of Weh island. One example we saw was the scraping of the road to the Jaboi Geothermail Spot. And when we visited the Pria Laot waterfall, people were busy surfacing the access road. When we first passed by we wondered “What are they cooking there?” It...

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Ketambe

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  • Monkeys on the road side

    Ketambe Favorites

    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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  • Street stalls

    Ketambe Things to Do

    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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  • Stocking up on fresh fruit

    Ketambe Shopping

    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...

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Takengon

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  • Fresh fruit abounds...

    Takengon Favorites

    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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  • Road side snacks and views

    Takengon Things to Do

    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

    Takengon Things to Do

    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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Pulau We

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  • Plan for cancellations

    Pulau We Transportation

    Pulau Weh is certainly a place to relax and it is easy to forget any possible concerns. But it is important to be aware that weather conditions can impact travelling to and from the island. I had planned a seven day stay which turned into eight due to ferry cancellations. I had organised to take one of the afternoon ferries back to Banda Aceh, but...

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  • A surprise visitor...

    Pulau We Favorites

    For some this may not be a fond memory but it reminded me that nature has a right, and hopefully a way, of surviving.I was staying at Yulia's on Iboih Beach and went to the dining area for breakfast. The dining area is a large concrete based open air room built on columns over the water. Around the room, there is a narrow ledge with some pot...

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  • Afternoon Fish Feeding Frenzies

    Pulau We Things to Do

    Although visibility in the water is not as good in the afternoon due to the position of the sun, late afternoon appeared to be the time when large schools of fish would having a feeding frenzy in the waters alongside Yulia's.

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Meulaboh

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    sunset street racing by aj03

    by aj03 Written Aug 24, 2005

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    Every afternoon, as the sun dips toward the Indian Ocean and the ruins of blasted homes cast long shadows across scattered rubble, the roar and whine of motorcycles slice the languid air. Street racing has returned to the tsunami zone.

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Lhokseumawe

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    A Monument at LHOK-SEUMAWE City Center

    by meiyergani Written Jul 13, 2007

    I was travel from Banda Aceh to Takengon, then continue to Medan with a short stop at LHOK Seumwe in the afternoon. I just took a few hours to explore this small city by motorized Becak when the driver offer me to go around.
    The driver was very communicable and explained me a brief information which concern to this small city when it was in an internal conflict a few years back and told me that now everything is okey and the life condition were more better today
    After a few hours thence, the driver deliver me to the minibus travel agent and I continue my travel to LHANGSA

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Iboih

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  • From Balohan port to Iboi

    Iboih Transportation

    By Kijang/Shared Taxi Rp 50000, if you go a bit out of the port area you might get it after some haggling for 40000. Going back at the entrance of Iboi some people will arrainge a Kijang for 50000

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  • Boats can be canceled

    Iboih Tourist Traps

    Both boats can be canceled on the same day (happend to me), if you are on the last Day of your Visa you will have a problem Don´t leave the island at the last moment, do your sightseeing in Banda Aceh or visit at Lampuuk beach after you was in Pulau Weh

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  • Boat to Banda Aceh

    Iboih Transportation

    Boats leave from Balohan.Fast boat (1 hour, from Rp 55000) leaves at 8 am, weekend also at 4 pm. Car ferry (2 hour, from Rp 18000) leaves also at 8 pm, weekend also at 1.30 pm

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Top Aceh Special Region Hotels

Pulau We Hotels
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Takengon Hotels
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Meulaboh Hotels
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Ketambe Hotels
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