Sumatra (also Sumatera) is a region of Indonesia and the 6th largest island in the world. Wild and rugged, it has a great natural wealth.
Sumatra is divided into ten provinces.
- North Sumatra (Sumatera Utara)
- Riau province
- Riau Islands (Kepulauan Riau)
- South Sumatra (Sumatera Selatan)
- West Sumatra (Sumatera Barat)
- Bukittinggi - a pleasant mountain town
- Gunung Leuser National Park
- Kerinci Seblat National Park - site of Mt. Kerinci, Sumatra's highest peak
- Lake Maninjau
- Lake Toba
- Puleu Wei
- Harau Valley - a nature area which is located halfway between PekanBaru and BukitTinggi. Rice fields are dwarfed by cliffs.
- Way Kambas National Park - Lampung Timur
Tourist Information: Sumatra lacks reliable Tourist Information Centers. The main reason is probably because Sumatra is not a major tourist destination for foreigners. To fill this vacuum, - a very friendly mixed-couple of an American guy and a local Sumatran woman, are trying to supply free of charge reliable tourist information. Their names are Ronen and Mardia. They can be reached by SMS: 081-397033540 or by email: email@example.com
Medan, as the largest city on the island, has the most flights including many international services to Singapore and Malaysia. Palembang, Pekanbaru, and Padang also have domestic and some international services.
There are numerous ferry services connecting Sumatra to Malaysia as well as other Indonesian islands. The main port is Dumai in Riau, which is a visa on arrival point and has direct links to Port Klang (3 hrs), Port Dickson and Malacca (2 hrs) in Malaysia, as well as to the Indonesian island of Batam near Singapore.
Look out for Tropical and natural disasters, look out for malaria. Get a vaccination!
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