Tag Archives: Sumatra

Tropical Tioman Troubles

Tioman was a lush green island of untouched jungle and mountains as a backdrop. To make the visit even better, it was the off-season, so although many restaurants were closed, the beaches were deserted. Continue reading Tropical Tioman Troubles

Mersing’s awaiting

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If you’ve read my posts on Sumatra, you’ll recall that before we set out on this month’s journey, I told my daughter she could plan the trip. Although we both chose the same Sumatran destinations, from here on, was totally her plan. Continue reading Mersing’s awaiting

Same place, KL a decade later

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While I dragged my youngest daughter through Sumatra, my two older daughters were touring Canada with their dad. Continue reading Same place, KL a decade later

Letters from the Past – Penang

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With our Sumatra tour over, we flew to Kuala Lumpur, but I’m thinking back to my first visit to Malaysia, before the daughter I dragged through Sumatra was born.

We had left India for Bangkok and flown north to Penang, staying in Tanjung Bungah, eleven kilometres from Georgetown. Our upstairs room in a Chinese family’s house, overlooked the Malacca Strait. Continue reading Letters from the Past – Penang

Orangutan occasion

Ferrying back to Prapat, we took a bus to Medan on Sumatra’s east coast. After the stillness of Samosir Island, Medan’s sprawl and noise hit us like a slap in the face. Luckily, we were headed for Bukit Luwang the following day. Continue reading Orangutan occasion

Prapat, and an island in the middle of Lake Toba

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We stayed over night in Prapat in Central Sumatra before catching an early ferry across to Samosir Island, situated in the middle of the Lake Toba. Half an hour ferry ride seemed luxurious after the arduous long day’s journey of the day before from Bukittinggi. Continue reading Prapat, and an island in the middle of Lake Toba

The dilemma of giant bats

Bukittinggi had a subterranean past. During the war, the Japanese forced Indonesians to build underground tunnels where they stored their ammunition. We found the bunkers disturbing, so headed out with a guide who promised to show my daughter giant bats. Continue reading The dilemma of giant bats

Sumatra’s Minangkabau around Bukittinggi

We quickly forgot our Pekanbaru experience. Sumatra was easier travel, less crowded and I didn’t have my daughter counting down the days till our return any more. She appeared to enjoy the experiences as much as me. Continue reading Sumatra’s Minangkabau around Bukittinggi

Western Sumatra’s Bukittinggi and beyond

Through jungle, mountains and winding roads we arrived six hours later in Bukittinggi. Because of the altitude, approaching the Equator was relatively cool. Our Bukittinggi hotel was high, but even higher stood Mt Marapi, smoke rising from its summit. This was more like it. Continue reading Western Sumatra’s Bukittinggi and beyond

Sumatra’s Stinkin’ Pekanbaru

I handed my daughter the Indonesian guidebook and said she could plan our trip to Sumatra. It was two years after Java before we flew to Singapore, caught a ferry to Bantam Island in Indonesia, then flew to Pekanbaru, the closest town in Sumatra. Continue reading Sumatra’s Stinkin’ Pekanbaru