BUKIT LAWANG
Orang Utan conservatory .


greedyA UNESCO World Heritage Site composed mainly of shady trees, cool rivers and a sanctuary for Sumatran orangutan . located 86km from the centre of Medan  , at the entrance to Gunung Leuser National Park . Most the people here is Malay and Batak Karo .

How to get there :

Via Medan :Buses leave from 'Kampung Lalang' , a kampoong on the outside of Medan, about 8km from the centre. They are supposed to leave from Pinang Baris, the bus station close by, and transportation drivers may try to take you there , but anyone in the area should be able to direct you to the right place to catch a bus, which is directly outside the 'Toko Roti Mawar' ( Mawar Bakery ).
Mitsubishi L300 ( read as el-tiga ratus) minibuses are faster, slightly more expensive, but cramped. Standard buses, known as PS (pronounced Pay-Es), because the operator is Pembangunan Semesta (government) are a few thousand rupiah cheaper and slower. The cost is around Rp20.000 (almost US$2). On the minibus the expected occupancy is four in each row, to avod this you can pay extra  for more space . 

melayu brideSmoking, with the windows closed, is common on the minibuses, some Indonesians don't like the wind! The minibus engine is mounted under the front seat, so it can be quite hot here (but also anywhere else in the bus). The buses break down quite often , and if this happens you will be expected to pay the cost of your journey to where the bus has broken down, from where you just have to wait for the next bus to go by.

Last bus is around 5:30pm,it takes 3 or 3,5 hours  to get there .

Via Binjai

Binjai, the city 12km from Medan on the road to Bukit Lawang, has buses to Bukit Lawang a bit  later than from Medan. If you are running a little late, you can head to Binjai (taxi or yellow bus) and pick up a bus from there ( again, the buses do not go from the official bus station, but a spot on the side of the road). The cost is not cheaper, certainly counting the cost of a taxi to Binjai, but buses run till around 6:30pm here, so it buys you another half an hour.

A train service runs about every 2 hours from Medan to Binjai, but it's less practical than the bus, although if you are near the train station at the time it's leaving , you could try it.

Bukit Lawang Bus Station (Gotong Royong)

The Bukit Lawang bus station and weekly market (Fridays) is located in the village of Gotong Royong, about 2km from Bukit Lawang itself. Although private cars (including the air con tourist buses) and motorbikes can enter Bukit Lawang (although cars cannot get past the entrance area), public buses run only as far as the bus station.

To get from the bus station to Bukit Lawang itself you can walk (but it's long and hot), or just go in a becak like everyone else. This has a price of 5,000rp per person (max two people) you don't need to negotiate with them as you would in Medan, just get in the becak and go. It's not uncommon for them to try and charge a little more to tourists, but it's nothing to worry about.... Everyone is going the same place, except visitors to Rindu Alam, Batu Mandi and Bukit Lawang Cottages/Ecolodge (normally known as 'Cottage'), who can be dropped off a little closer to their hotel if they tell the becak driver where they are going.
When the becak drops you off in Bukit Lawang itself you will have a walk of 2 to 30 minutes to reach your guesthouse, depending on where you are staying .

To/From Tangkahan

There are 2 ways to get to Tangkahan : the shorter but more broken road , or the longer, but still poorly surfaced road .

Take the shorter route need a strong off-road vehicle, or a motorbike from Bukit Lawang or Tangkahan , takes around 2.5 - 3 hours.

The longer route is via Binjai , and you can do this journey by any private motor car ( low vehicles NOT recommended, a typical Indonesia MPV with reasonable ground clearance is ok though ), or by bus from Bukit Lawang to Binjai ( 70km/2hours ), travelling from there by bus to Stabat, Batang Serangan and finally Simpang Robert on the way to Tangkahan . P.S. ( large, slow ) Buses bound for Tangkahan go several times daily from Medan, via these places , you can pick one up that's passing , or just make your way from point to point on your way to Tangkahan .

Many nice guest house here like Ecolodge , Jungle Inn , etc .