"Beautiful Island, But..." Sumatra by aukjejetty

Sumatra Travel Guide: 23 reviews and 103 photos

For a long time I have been wanting to go to Indonesia. Being dutch, and from Bovensmilde (a village with a large indonesian population) I learned about these islands when I was a kid. I learned how they made their watersystems, how they built there houses, how to cook indonesian food. I even learned some dances. I got my chance by going to Sumatra in 2001.

The Island was truly beautiful, it is so green, with hills that are full of trees. And there is lots of wildlife on the island. The only downside to my Sumatra-adventure was the people. I won't say the people in general, but I met too many people who were desperate for money. I realize ofcourse that we were there at a time when things were just starting to get pretty bad, the government had just undergone a major change and the economy was getting worse, even during the two weeks we were there.

I hope to go back someday when things go better, and I hope my experience of the Sumatran people will change then.

  • Last visit to Sumatra: May 2001
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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