After six fantastic days in Ketambe, I travelled to Berasatagi. Leaving early, I was first pick up on a 'van' out of Ketambe. Little did I realise that it would soon bcome a school bus. Before long I was cramped in a corner with my pack as 18 Moslem school girls, all dressed in white, squeezed in, while at least 14 boys clambered atop the van. It was quite an experience as students were dropped off at elementary, junior high and senior high schools. The trip to Kutacane took 45 minutes and cost 10,000 rupiah.
The van from Ketambe doesn't go all the way to the bus station in Kutacane so I then took a becak for the 10 minute trip to the bus station (5,000 rupiah).
I bought a ticket to Berastagi for 40,000 rupiah and stood waiting for about 15 minutes, unsure exactly what time my bus would be leaving. Then I was told to board a mini bus, my luggage was tied on to the roof and we were off. I was lucky enough to have the whole back seat to myself.
The bus made one long stop for early lunch and a couple of shorter stops and less than five hours later we arrived in Berastagi where I was dropped off on the main street.
The roads are relatively good, especially the first two hours out of Kutacane. There are some rough sections in the middle and they are narrow and busy for the last hour or so. But there was some great scenery and, all in all, one of the more pleasant bus trips I've had in Indonesia.
From Bohorok to Berastagi is pretty easy to take a pubblic bus which with a couple of hours ride will take you to your destination.
The pubblic transportation in indoensia is not the most “in time “ service, but is the most cheapest, at least...