Aceh Special Region Warnings and Dangers

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Aceh Special Region Warnings and Dangers

  • Pythons

    There used to be far more dogs, chickens, geese etc etc in Gapang, but in the night the enormous jungle-dwelling pythons come into the village to feed. If your girlfirend is 5ft or under (like mine is), remember to always accompany her to the toilet in the night. Nothing ruins a holiday more than a girlfriend being eaten by a python...

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  • Earthquake

    Earthquake is still a common visitor in Aceh (and to be honest, it never fails to frighten me). Occasionally the quake is pretty strong and I saw people flee to look for safer place. It’s not earthquake which scared most people, but the possibility to have another tidal waves. When there is a quake, it’s a good idea to run outside to avoid worst...

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  • Shariah

    I hope I am not offending anyone by putting Shariah under Warning or Danger post.The Islamic Shariah implementation in Aceh has invited polemic, divided by pro and contra version. Some think that the implementation is too forceful, while some supporting it wholeheartedly, Let’s leave the polemic in the forum discussions.For foreigners, there may...

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  • Is It Really Safe Place for Travelling?

    In the past, one was considered “mad” enough to travel around Aceh. No matter how pretty the landscape is and how gorgeous the beaches are, the news about Aceh was rarely good ones.After peace agreement in August 2005, the situation is much better. Yes, there are few incidents here and there. But, overall, Aceh is much more welcome the visitors to...

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  • Strong Current

    In Lhonga, a famous beach in Banda Aceh, the current can be strong sometimes.Data has recorded that several locals and expatriates have found death due to the strong current. Cases are varying from droughn to death. Numbers of people are never found, death or alive.Latest news I heard, there are beach guards now. But still, the beach is too big for...

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  • Service

    Well, don?t expect about it too much my dear fellows. Service is almost at the last priority throughout Aceh. No matter you are a customer and you bring money with you, service is usually make me headache on my first weeks in Aceh.But surprisingly, once you start to know them, they will drastically change and serve you much better. In some places...

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  • Never Swim Alone

    Lhonga and Lampuuk, although beautiful, but its blue and clear water are very dangerous sometimes. The strong current is too tough to beat and the victims are rarely to find alive. There is no beach guard and first help is quite far.A wise tips is never swim alone. And ask around where the safe spot to swim.Most people will try to stop you from...

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  • “Off Road”

    You can find holes and water in a road. This makes you have a lot of “Off Road” trip. When you are walking, this can cause a hassle to keep your trouser and shoes clean. The damaged roads are caused by earthquake and tsunami.

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  • About travel warnings

    ***the present situation has become less safe for tourism recently -check before you go***Many travellers don't even consider travelling through Aceh because of safetywarnings. However the violence is not aimed at foreigners. In fact I encountered elements of both sides several times without any trouble. The chance of being very unlucky is a little...

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  • Don't have to be a Muslim to be welcome...

    The Achenese are amongst the most conservative Muslims of Indonesia. But this doesn't mean that you're not welcome. On the contrary! For Muslims there's the Islamic law, but to foreigners they are very tolerant. Nobody expects female non-muslim travellers to cover up, for example. To keep it this way, It's very important to show respect however,...

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