Why choose Sumatra

Sumatra, an island often overlooked next to its famous neighbors, is the sixth largest island in the world and a haven of untapped natural beauty. Its warm tropical climate and year-round lushness make it a paradise for those seeking to escape the ordinary. Sumatra's main attractions include Lake Toba, a volcanic lake with an island almost the size of Singapore in its center, and the breathtaking Bukit Lawang which offers some of the best orangutan viewing in the world.

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Sumatra's past is as captivating as its landscapes, shaped by a rich tapestry of tribal kingdoms, European colonial powers, and the thriving spice trade that once swept through its ports. This blend of influences has created a unique cultural identity, visible in its architecture, customs, and community life, offering a deep and engaging experience for those intrigued by history and tradition.

What sets Sumatra apart is its vibrant mix of cultures and the extraordinary experiences it offers. From the spicy richness of Rendang, often voted the world's most delicious food, to the serene ritual of a traditional Minangkabau wedding, Sumatra invites you into a world where ancient traditions are a part of daily life. The island's cultural diversity and rich culinary heritage provide a tapestry of experiences that are as enriching as they are delightful.

Prominent cruise lines like Holland America and Princess Cruises offer itineraries that include Sumatra, focusing on cultural immersion and natural exploration. Two notable shore excursions are a visit to the majestic Pagaruyung Palace, a symbol of Minangkabau culture, and a guided trek through Gunung Leuser National Park, one of Indonesia’s last sanctuaries for diverse wildlife including tigers, elephants, and orangutans. These excursions offer enriching experiences that showcase the best of Sumatra's stunning natural and cultural heritage.