Coming to Bukit Lawang
You can take a public bus either from the airport (shuttle bus to Binjai and from there take the public bus) or from Medan’s Pinang Baris Bus Terminal.
We will pick you up from the bus station in Bukit Lawang and bring you to your hotel.
We can also organise a shared taxi from Medan or KNO airport to Bukit Lawang and return for IDR 120,000 or IDR 190,000 respectively (one way). If you take the so-called “tourist bus” from KNO to Bukit Lawang, you might have to wait until all passengers have arrived.
We also organise tourist buses from Bukit Lawang to Berastagi (IDR 170,000) or Lake Toba (IDR 230,000).
Sumatra (Indonesian: Sumatera) is a large island in western Indonesia that is part of the Sunda Islands. It is the largest island that is entirely in Indonesia (after Borneo and New Guinea, are shared between Indonesia and other countries) and the sixth-largest island in the world at 473,481 km2 (not including adjacent islands such as the Riau Islands and Bangka Belitung Islands).
Sumatra is an elongated landmass spanning a diagonal northwest-southeast axis. The Indian Ocean borders the west, northwest, and southwest coasts of Sumatra with the island chain of Simeulue, Nias and Mentawai off the western coast. In the northeast the narrow Strait of Malacca separates the island from the Malay Peninsula, which is an extension of the Eurasian continent. In the southeast the narrow Sunda Strait separates Sumatra from Java. The northern tip of Sumatra borders the Andaman Islands, while off the southeastern coast lie the islands of Bangka and Belitung, Karimata Strait and the Java Sea. The Bukit Barisan mountains, which contain several active volcanoes, form the backbone of the island, while the northeastern area contains large plains and lowlands with swamps, mangrove forest and complex river systems. The equator crosses the island at its center in West Sumatra and Riauprovinces. The climate of the island is tropical, hot and humid. Lush tropical rain forest once dominated the landscape.
Sumatra has a wide range of plant and animal species but has lost almost 50% of its tropical rainforest in the last 35 years. Many species are now critically endangered, such as the Sumatran ground cuckoo, the Sumatran tiger, the Sumatran elephant, the Sumatran rhinoceros, and the Sumatran orangutan. Deforestation on the island has also resulted in serious seasonal smoke haze over neighbouring countries, such as the 2013 Southeast Asian haze causing considerable tensions between Indonesia and affected countries Malaysia and Singapore.
Since Sumatra is right next to the equator, Sumatra’s climate is very tropical. This means one minute the weather is hot and humid, the next it is raining in sheets. However, in general, throughout the year, the temperature during the day remains in between 70 and 86 degrees. As with all tropical climates, Sumatra has a rainy season and a dry season. The dry season lasts from May to September. The wet season however is harder to define and forecast.
In the North part of the island, the rain begins in October. It is wettest there during December and January. However, in the South, the rain begins in November and reaches its height around January and February. Thus, travelers should be cognizant of where they plan to travel and when, and pack appropriately (to be safe, one should pack a rainjacket regardless).
The most time to travel is within the dry season, between May and September. Since the wet season can be impede some travel options (i.e. depending on if one is in Sumatra for adventure hiking or kayaking, etc.), it is safest to come when the weather is reasonably mild.