Category Archives: Indonesia

Sungai Pinang Village; Why you should visit

Sungai Pinang is an isolated fishing village on the coast of western Sumatra; Indonesia’s most northerly island. However, it is not a place that you might just happen upon by mistake, it’s incredibly secluded and the roads make it a challenge and pretty inaccessible. In fact, I would say it’s easier to get there by…

Swimming in Volcanic Hot Springs in Berastagi, Sumatra

After hiking the volcano Sibayak we were taken to an authentic Sumatran volcanic, hot springs to soak away our troubles. Read on if you want to know where we went and how much it cost. Volcanic Activity Indonesia and its 17,504 islands are a hot bed of seismic activity! Sumatra, one of Indonesia’s islands, sits…

Sungai Pinang Waterfall Jumping: Crazy Kiddos in Sumatra

Sumata is mostly still off the tourist’s list so if you’re wanting somewhere truly authentic that’s rugged and still exciting, I’d definitely recommend it. It is one of those places reserved for adventurous travellers. Here’s how you can visit the Sungai Pinang Waterfall and maybe jump from it. You’ve got to start out from Sungai…

Four went to Rimba’s Ecolodge Sumatra

With the summer holidays of July beckoning, the kids and I (Emma) left Rich working in Europe and jetted off to the Indonesian island of Sumatra.  After a stint in the jungle of Bukit Lawang and trekking the volcano of Sibayak we headed further south-west towards the Indian Ocean where we spent four nights at Rimba’s…

Authentic Sumatra Turtle Project: How adorable are baby turtles!

The Authentic Sumatra Turtle Project is located on an incredibly secluded (aka challenging to reach) section of Western Sumatra.  Bordering the idyllic Indian Ocean, we spent a week there this summer getting to know the people and the village of Nagari Sungai Pinang. Here’s how you can visit and spend time with these adorable turtles…

The Tangkahan Elephant Sanctuary is a BIG CON!

It breaks my heart to write this but the truth is we were conned and we supported atrocious cruelty to these majestic creatures that we adore.  I am so upset and angry with myself that I fell for this. Tangkahan Elephant Sanctuary is NOT a sanctuary – it’s a glorified prison and abuse centre. I…

The red zone ghost villages of Sinabung, Sumatra

Only a handful of daredevil adventurers have been to see these ghost towns! If you want to see an erupting volcano and visit some red zone, ghost villages, then you’ll need to visit Mount Sinabung in Sumatra. Read on to see how! Where on earth is Sumatra? Sumatra is the most northerly island of Indonesia….

How to trek Sibayak Volcano with kids ALONE

As we had no car (stupid mistake) and no mode of transport in Berastagi, Sumatra we decided to hire a tour guide to hike us up the active Sibayak Volcano, visit a ghost town near Sinabung and take us for a dip in the hot springs. Why I wouldn’t choose our guide again To cut…

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