22 days in Sumatra, Surabaya & Jakarta Itinerary

22 days in Sumatra, Surabaya & Jakarta Itinerary

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22 days in Sumatra, Surabaya & Jakarta Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Tanjung Pandan, Belitung Island
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
Sungailiat
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  12​h 30​min
3
Padang
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
4
Banda Aceh
— 1 night
Drive:  13​h 15​min
5
Bukit Lawang
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
6
Samosir Island
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  12​h 15​min
7
Surabaya
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Jakarta
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Melbourne


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3
nights
Tanjung Pandan, Belitung Island

Tanjung Pandan ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Leebong Island and Tanjung Pandan Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Pantai Pasir Panjang and Pangkuan Hill.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tanjung Pandan online trip maker .

Melbourne, Australia to Tanjung Pandan is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Melbourne to Tanjung Pandan. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Melbourne in August: high temperatures in Tanjung Pandan hover around 38°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sungailiat.

Things to do in Tanjung Pandan

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Belitung Island
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Hok Tek Che  Pagoda ©
Hok Tek Che Pagoda

1
night
Sungailiat

Sungailiat ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): kick back and relax at Tongaci Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Padepokan Puri Tri Agung, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pantai Rambak.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sungailiat trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Tanjung Pandan to Sungailiat with the Route module. August in Sungailiat sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Padang.

Things to do in Sungailiat

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Padepokan Puri Tri Agung ©
Padepokan Puri Tri Agung

2
nights
Padang

Padang ©
The largest city on the western coast of Sumatra, Padang enjoys a reputation as one of Indonesia's cleanest and greenest cities despite its hub of residential and commercial activity.
Step off the beaten path and head to Grand Mosque of West Sumatra and Muaro Lasak Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Pasumpahan Island and Pulau Pagang. It doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Pamutusan Island and examine the collection at Museum Adityawarman.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Padang online tour itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sungailiat to Padang. In August, daytime highs in Padang are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Banda Aceh.

Things to do in Padang

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Pasumpahan Island ©
Pasumpahan Island
Grand Mosque of West Sumatra ©
Grand Mosque of West Sumatra
Sikuai ©
Sikuai

1
night
Banda Aceh

Banda Aceh ©
The relaxed, relatively peaceful atmosphere and viable tourism industry in Banda Aceh attests to the city's resilience in rebuilding after over 160,000 people were killed in the 2004 tsunami.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): examine the collection at Aceh State Museum, examine the collection at PLTD Apung 1, and then make a trip to Jacky Chan House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Rumoh Cut Nyak Dhin, walk around Gunongan Park, take some stellar pictures from Soeharto Hill, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rahmatullah Mosque, then kick back and relax at Ulee Lheue Beach, and finally stroll through Alue Naga Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Banda Aceh trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Padang to Banda Aceh. August in Banda Aceh sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bukit Lawang.

Things to do in Banda Aceh

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Gunongan Park ©
Gunongan Park
PLTD Apung 1 ©
PLTD Apung 1
Rumoh Cut Nyak Dhin ©
Rumoh Cut Nyak Dhin

2
nights
Bukit Lawang

Bukit Lawang ©
Tucked away in Northern Sumatra, the small charming village of Bukit Lawang is best known for its World Heritage-listed Sumatran orangutan sanctuary, and also serves as a convenient base for accessing the surrounding jungle and national park.
Step out of the city life by going to Sumatra Jungle Life and Leuser Jungle Adventure - Private Day Tour. There's much more to do: take a peaceful walk through The Bohorok Orangutan Centre at Bukit Lawang, explore the fascinating underground world of Bat Cave, and identify plant and animal life at Bukit Lawang Jungle.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Bukit Lawang trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Banda Aceh to Bukit Lawang takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In August, daily temperatures in Bukit Lawang can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Samosir Island.

Things to do in Bukit Lawang

Parks Wildlife Nature
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2
nights
Samosir Island

Samosir Island ©
On the 14th (Fri), get lost in a book at Gokhon Library and then explore the ancient world of King Siallagan's Stone Chair. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Efrata Waterfall and then examine the collection at TB Silalahi Centre (Museum Balige).

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Samosir Island trip planner.

Getting from Bukit Lawang to Samosir Island by car takes about 9 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Samosir Island

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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King Siallagan's Stone Chair ©
King Siallagan's Stone Chair
Efrata Waterfall ©
Efrata Waterfall
Gokhon Library ©
Gokhon Library

2
nights
Surabaya

Surabaya ©
A tour of Surabaya provides a chance to discover a sprawling, architecturally and culturally rich port city on the island of Java.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jami Great Mosque Malang and Kayutangan Church. Step out of the city life by going to Lapindo Mudflow in Sidoarjo and Batu Bengkung Beach. Go for a jaunt from Surabaya to Gresik to see Jamur Hill about 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gereja Santa Perawan Maria, see the interesting displays at Ex. De Javasche Bank Soerabaia, make a trip to Temple of Heaven Kenjeran, and brush up on your military savvy at Museum 10 November.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Surabaya trip site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Samosir Island to Surabaya. August in Surabaya sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Jakarta.

Things to do in Surabaya

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Malang, Jamur Hill, Lapindo Mudflow in Sidoarjo
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Gereja Santa Perawan Maria ©
Gereja Santa Perawan Maria
Jami Great Mosque Malang ©
Jami Great Mosque Malang
Ex. De Javasche Bank Soerabaia ©
Ex. De Javasche Bank Soerabaia

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nights
Jakarta

Jakarta ©
The capital and largest city of Indonesia, Jakarta offers the kind of cultural, historical, and natural stimulation expected from the most populous city in Southeast Asia.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at National Archive Building, examine the collection at Kite Museum of Indonesia, and then identify plant and animal life at Halimun Salak National Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sunda Kelapa Grand Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Declaration of Independence, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Portuguese Church (Gereja Sion), then kick back and relax at Ancol Beach Pool, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria de Fatima Church.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Jakarta trip builder website .

Traveling by flight from Surabaya to Jakarta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. August in Jakarta sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Jakarta

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Halimun Salak National Park
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Kite Museum of Indonesia ©
Kite Museum of Indonesia
Black Portuguese Church (Gereja Sion) ©
Santa Maria de Fatima Church ©
Santa Maria de Fatima Church