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Bukit Lawang

Trip Planner Asia  /  Indonesia  /  Sumatra  /  North Sumatra  /  Bukit Lawang
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Nature Wildlife Areas
Tucked away in Northern Sumatra, the small charming village of Bukit Lawang is best known for its World Heritage-listed Sumatran orangutan sanctuary, and also serves as a convenient base for accessing the surrounding jungle and national park. The extensive orangutan rehabilitation center was initially opened in response to dwindling orangutan numbers caused by deforestation and other factors. A visit to the center tops virtually every Bukit Lawang itinerary, letting you meet this magnificent creature in semi-wild habitats. Round out your trip with some trekking or cycling tours in the nearby national park. To arrange what you want to do in Bukit Lawang, use our Indonesia trip itinerary planner.
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Where to stay in Bukit Lawang

There are numerous options for places to stay in Bukit Lawang, despite its relatively small size. Most of these accommodations exist on one long stretch of river, so not only will it be difficult to get lost, but you're guaranteed scenic walks every time you venture in and out of camp. Lodgings remain on the affordable scale and cater to different needs. The various budget-friendly bed and breakfasts and guesthouses of Bukit Lawang sometimes have bars annexed to the accommodations, or even feature spectacular views of the surrounding mountain vista, so do plenty of research to find what you need.
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