Takengon Travel Guide: 19 reviews and 49 photos


Takengon is the capital city of Central Aceh District, under the administration of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam Province. Geographically almost the land of Tanah Gayo which streched from South to the North with Danau Laut Tawar as a center was a Hill side with a cool climate.

In about 1904 an Arrival of the Dutch (under VOC) to Central Aceh was to settle what Gayo peoples note as ONDER AFDEELING NORDKUS ATJEH, where the Dutch established an Agribussines for coffee crops, tobacco and latex. Coffees are grown in the lovely mountain basin surrounding Lake Laut Tawar and the town of Takengon and the Dutch also built a coffee mill, since then Gayo became a central for crop and vegetable market. Until now, Gayo coffee are welknown all over the world, coffee plantation are grown in shade and almost all without chemicals, that is why Gavo Coffee also a supply for STARBUCK COFFEE
Dataran Tinggi Gayo (The Land of Gayo) was also welknown with its pineapple originated from TOA HILL, here the pineapple was peculiar with its sweet in taste, different than pineapple from other part of North Sumatra with sweet and sometime mixed with sour in taste.
penyusutan air Danau Laut Tawar mencapai 1,25 meter dalam lima tahun terakhir. Untuk mengembalikan eksistensi air danau tersebut sekaligus menanggulangi penyusutan, maka bisa dilakukan dengan menghijaukan kembali kawasan hutan terutama di pinggiran danau.

An Excursion to TAKENGON

The Picture behind is a panoramic view of DANAU (lake) LAUT TAWAR, it was the site of TAKENGON, the Capital City of CENTREAL ACEH district, It is situated on the altitude of 1200 meters above sea level , with an elevation between 900 m t0 2,600 m, the district which occupied 4.318.39 sQuare meters with the population of 170,766 peoples
From Banda Aceh I take a night journey by a 'minivan' sharing taxi to Takengon which departed at 09.00 pm and arrive at 05.00 am, take about 7 to 8 hours with the distance about 350 km, with the route via PIDIE District, BIREUEN, BENER MERIAH, GAYO LUWES and the last was TAKENGON where the driver drop me at a small restaurant in which I take a morning breakfast and by chance I met Yusri Johan, a district officer for Environtmental Department who thence took me getting around to a part of a mountain range which confine a 28,000 hectares Danau Laut Tawar by his motorbike trail with which we enjoy the nature, a fresh, cool and invigorating environtment of TANAH GAYO
Takengon was also called as Tanah Gayo or the land of Gayo peoples which is a mixing of some indonesian ethnic groups who has been many generation lives in this beatiful land.


Danau laut tawar is an enchanting beauty of Nature in Takengon, a fresh and cool holiday resort with an average temperature of 20 degrees Celcius, literally LAUT means Ocean and TAWAR means fresh water, in brief it means the LAKE of FRESH WATER OCEAN, sound a little funny... a Hill side called PANTAN TERONG was designated by the local government as a site to enjoy not only a very scenic view of Danau Laut Tawar which drain its water to Peusangan River, but also the beauty of Takengon downtown which we could see from above.
Danau Laut Tawar is the area being developed as a tourist resort with water recreation such as skiing, boating , fishing or just sightseeing along the Menye Bintang beach at the rim of the lake
We could also find an endemic fish species called ikan depik (Rasbora tawarensis), it has been long time as an edible protein resources for the residencies , the trouts was stocked abundantly in almost years long
Horse are a very popular animals in Takengon society, the visitors who explore Danau Laut Tawar could see horses along the resort, the horses are grassing in the green field or in a rice field when a harvest seasons end. Horse Racing was also one of a popular Ceremony not only for Takengonese but also for peoples outside and hold in almost every year, generally in August where the peoples Celeberating Indonesian Independent Day. Horse Racing was hold in a traditional way, a racing ground was set up in a shallow shore lines along Danau Laut Tawar, in cheers up the Ceremony, Takengonese were saving money in advance for a horse racing competition, wether as a partcipants, as an attendants or as a very enthusiastic for a winner a prize competition..... hahaha (LOL) that the way why the peoples like its

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The beauty of Nature and Danau Laut Tawar
  • Cons:A tranquil small town
  • In a nutshell:The beauty Danau LAUT TAWAR & aTranquility of Takengon
  • Last visit to Takengon: Jun 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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