"Aceh, the neglected beautiful part of Sumatra" Top 5 Page for this destination Aceh Special Region by Bonobo2005
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Due to the Tsunami most likely some of my Coastal tips are useless by now.
Note Jan.2003: Since the Indonesian army has intensified its actions against the independance movement GAM in 2003, foreign travellers were not allowed in many parts of Aceh nor was it considered safe due to spontaneous outbreaks of shootings. Check before you go!
Aceh is a region that is - outside Pulau Weh - hardly visited by tourists, although it's one of the unspoiled highlights of Sumatra!
I followed the central route via Kutacane and Takengon to Banda Aceh. Spent some nights along the unspoilt East Coast. Finally I made my way to the diving and snorkelling paradise Pulau Weh.
You can travel the tight roads though Central Aceh by local buses (or your own motorbike!) that crosses the jungle of Gunung Leuser NP and the very scenic Gayo Highlands.
Everywhere I came local people were happy to meet the foreigner, to help me, or even to invite me without any purpose of making business.
Aceh is an amazing and rewarding, though sometimes a little wild destination for flexible travellers !!
- Pros:Honest, helpful, hospitable and friendly people, unspoiled, wild natural beauty, not touristic at all and of course: COFFEE!
- Cons:Abundance of military presence, sometimes unrest and incidents, logging in Gunung Leuser NP
- In a nutshell:Aceh is much more than travelwarnings only !
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