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HILLMAN INDONESIA ADVENTURE
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HILLMAN INDONESIA ADVENTURE I: SUMATRA
Intro/Contents 1. Medan Arrival 2. Great Mosque 3. Maimun Palace 4. Leaving Medan 5. To Berastagi
6. National Forest 7. Ecolodge 8. Jungle Trek I 9. Jungle Trek II 10. Volcanos I 11. Volcanos II
12. Berastagi Hotel 13. Batuk House 14. Toba Ferry 15. Samosir Island 16. Village Visit 17. Local Colour
18. Kings Tombs 19. Leaving Samosir 20. Farewell Sumatra 21. No. 12 Alternate 22. No. 13 Alternate 23. No. 16 Alternate

Sumatra is the largest island that is located entirely in Indonesia and the sixth-largest island in the world at 473,481 km2 
The equator crosses the island at its centre. The climate of the island is tropical, hot and humid. Lush tropical rain forest once dominated the landscape.

Sumatra has a wide range of plant and animal species but has lost almost 50% of its tropical rainforest in the last 35 years. Many species are now critically endangered, such as the Sumatran ground cuckoo, the Sumatran tiger, the Sumatran elephant, the Sumatran rhinoceros, and the Sumatran orangutan. Deforestation on the island has also resulted in serious seasonal smoke haze over neighbouring countries, such as the 2013 Southeast Asian haze causing considerable tensions between Indonesia and affected countries Malaysia and Singapore.


We kicked off the Sumatra leg of our 2019 Asian Adventure by flying into Medan from Penang, Malaysia where we had spent almost two weeks. This was the start of our month-long trek across Indonesia: Sumatra, Java and Bali.

CONTENTS


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1. Medan Arrival

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2. The Great Mosque of Medan

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3. Maimun Palace

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4. Leaving Medan

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5. The Road to Berastagi
and into the National Forest

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6. Ecolodge in the National Forest I

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7.  Ecolodge in the National Forest II

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8. Sumatra Jungle Trek I: In Search of Orangutans

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9. Sumatra Jungle Trek II: Ape Gallery

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10. Ride to Berastagi: Volcano Villages and Farms I

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11. Ride to Berastagi: Volcano Villages and Farms II

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12. Sinabung Hills Hotel ~ Berastagi ~ Hotel Grounds

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13. Village and Batuk House Visit
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14. Road Trip and Toba Lake Ferry

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15. Samosir Island on Lake Toba

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16. Traditional Village Visit: Huta Siallagan

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17. Local Colour in Town and Country

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18. Tombs of the Kings

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19. Leaving Samosir Island

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20. Farewell Sumatra ~ Flight to Java

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SUMATRA ITINERARY


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HILLMAN INDONESIA ADVENTURE I: SUMATRA
Intro/Contents 1. Medan Arrival 2. Great Mosque 3. Maimun Palace 4. Leaving Medan 5. To Berastagi
6. National Forest 7. Ecolodge 8. Jungle Trek I 9. Jungle Trek II 10. Volcanos I 11. Volcanos II
12. Berastagi Hotel 13. Batuk House 14. Toba Ferry 15. Samosir Island 16. Village Visit 17. Local Colour
18. Kings Tombs 19. Leaving Samosir 20. Farewell Sumatra 21. No. 12 Alternate 22. No. 13 Alternate 23. No. 16 Alternate
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