Bukit Lawang

Bukit Lawang

is a small tourist village at the bank of the Bohorok River and provides the main access point into the Gunung Leuser National Park. It is located approximately 80km northwest of the city of Medan.

Gunung Leuser National Park is a large national park straddling the border of the provinces of North Sumatra and Aceh. The park was established in 1980 and covers an area of 7927 km2. It is one of the last natural habitats of the rare Sumatran orangutan, the Sumatran rhinoceros with two horns and the Sumatran elephant. Due to huge differences in altitude and the diversity of the ecosystem, Gunung Leuser National Park abounds in plant species. It is estimated that 45% of the 10 000 species of plants recorded in Indonesia can be found in the ecosystem of Gunung Leuser National Park.

The easiest and cheapest way to get to Bukit Lawang is by bus from Pinang Baris bus station in Medan.

Bukit Lawang has many guesthouses, most of them near the river, with their own balcony or terrace with hammock offering spectacular views of the river. Accommodation is relatively easy to find, however, in high season (June-August) it is best to book in advance.

Important note: you can change money in Bukit Lawang but there are no ATM machines.