Lampuuk beach view.
The Acehnese had tried to gain independence from the Indonesian Republic. A rebellion group had run a guerilla war for over 10 years against Indonesian troops though since the Tsunami there has been a ceasefire and things have been peaceful ever since . Even during the conflict tourists were never targetted and the Acehnese encourage tourists as desperately need the foreign income. Aceh still has a wealth of oil and gold Though most of the funds are siphoned to Jakarta that was why they want to separate from Indonesia but in international media government said that Aceh conflict as led by conflict religion , no as the paragraph one has described the diversity united in Aceh from long time ago same as the media says on tv or newspaper around the world that the conflict in Israel and Filistin is religion conflict just in coincidently thay have different religion is used by some media to provoke hate in people .
The 2004 Tsunami on Dec 26th is believed to have
killed 130,000 people in Aceh. Most of the
city was ruined in 2004 but now reconstruction is done .
Noah Ark aceh with 59 survival swept by tsunami from the sea in 2004 .
One of the most beautiful buildings in Banda Aceh survived is The Baiturrahman Mosque, which was originally built in the 12th Century was rebuilt in 1883 by the Dutch Military Government , compare to other local buildings . The Tsunami museum is also well worth a visit, as well as the Aceh museum, and the PLN Electricity barge and Aceh Noah Ark in Lampulo brought 59 survivals from tsunami . Maybe the biggest attraction of Banda Aceh is the nightlife with all its coffee shops and other places to eat . Mie Aceh ( fried Noodle from Aceh is well known around Indonesia ) .
Along the West Coast of Aceh you will find some excellent beaches for swimming and snorkeling.
Lho Nga and Lam Puuk beaches are 17km from Banda Aceh. Kuala Doh is 3 hours from Banda Aceh, 12km north of Calang is a 4km beach with great body surfing opportunities.
Malahayati is the seaport for Banda Aceh , it is from : Admiral Kemalahayati name , a hero in the past . Ferries can be
caught here to Pulau Weh, a beautiful island with superb
beaches for swimming and snorkelling. The ferry ride takes two and half hours
and leave daily . In this seaport you
can see colourfull ships .Keumalahayati is a name of an admiral , the first admiral lady in the world , even the British navy asked for peace with her navy on the sea and The Queen
sent peace treaty for admission to pass
Aceh sea to sail to other places . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keumalahayati
There are regular ferries leaving the Ulee Lheue ferry port in Banda Aceh to Pulau Weh . There are slow public ferries or their are fast boats going to Sabang on Pulau Weh which depart at 9:30 AM and 6:30 PM price for Rp60,000 / person .
A taxi from the centre of Banda Aceh to the Ulee Lheue
ferry port will cost around Rp 40.000.
How to get there :
By flight :
You are unable to get VOA in Aceh you must arrange in Medan then flight to Aceh .
By Bus :
Many buses go to Aceh from Medan like PMTOH , Pelangi , etc , I prefer to morning bus because I don't want to miss the beautiful view along the white wide Aceh coastal . It takes around 11 hours , fee cost around Rp150.000
Aceh Songket .
Kain Songket Aceh
Pisang Sale ( smoked banana )
Kopi Aceh .
Manisan pala ( Sweetened nutmeg fruit )
Tas Aceh ( traditional hand made bag ) .
Chocolate bar Socolatte
Timpan ( rice powder cooked in coconut milk packed in banana leaf )
Keumamah ( dried fish tuna cooked in coconut milk and spices )
Information about Pulau Banyak go to http://www.sumatraecotourism.com/index.html