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Bukit Lawang

Practical information on Bukit Lawang

  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Park and garden
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
2 hours from Medan by minibus
When to go
Between May and September
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Bukit Lawang

Marine Faure Seasoned Traveller
48 written opinions

Bukit Lawang is a small village on the edge of the jungle in North Sumatra and the starting point of treks through Gunung Leuser National Park.

My suggestion:
Make sure you have good walking shoes if you plan to trek for more than a day!
My review

Setting out from Bukit Lawang, I did a two-day trek in Gunung Leuser National Park. The Indonesian jungle being home to the largest orangutan community in the world, I was able to observe a dozen or so in the course of my stay: mothers with their young, dominant males. It is fascinating to stay and observe their behaviour for minutes on end, all the while knowing that these animals, whose name means "men of the forest" in Malay, are one of our closest cousins!

The trek took about 6 hours a day and at night, I slept in my sleeping bag practically on the ground itself, on a ground sheet spread on the earth, with for all shelter, a linen cloth stretched over stakes. My guide set up a makeshift camp and I was able to enjoy a hot meal in the evening.

Bukit Lawang and its surroundings were an unforgettable experience for me , for one of the first times in my life, I really felt thrust into the very depths of nature. I recommend it to trekking enthusiasts and others!

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