Welcome to responsible travel in North Sumatra
Get up close to locals and village life
These day trips are a way to see and explore local villages, local life, nature and wildlife outside touristic Bukit Lawang
Things To Do
Things To Do
Delve in the live of local people
Village tours are a great way to explore the local area, see the daily lives of local people and learn about the local culture
We have a local tour to suit everyone.
Enjoy the hustle and bustle of a local market or see the rice paddies and traditional farming practices. See how local food products are made. Visit a local school and give out fruits to the local children.
These tours will introduce you to places that you would otherwise might not see and will give you a chance to talk to local people and see what their daily lives involve.
Our tours are unique to give our guests the best authenic experience. These coincide with our Eco-sustainable Program with the aim of developing tourism that sustains the local people without damaging the environment
Half day village tour by the Indonesian taxi, called a 'becak' (motobike+side car) or by motorbike to discover the local villages, culture and traditions in the surrounding areas of Bukit Lawang.
What you will see:
Meet a lady which sells traditional noodles and cakes
Learn how Tempeh is made and have a go at wrapping it
See vast fields of rice paddies
See rubber, oil palm & cacao plantations
Learn how Tofu is made
See how raw red palm sugar is produced
Do ask questions! You may also get a chance to have a go!
Your tour will take you through some rural local villages, stopping at points of interest. You will really get to see how local people live and see traditional houses. Your driver will explain everything along the way and translate anything you want to ask the local's.
During the trip you will take a break to drink a refreshing young coconut juice.
Village Walking Tour
Join a local lady to discover the local village. These ladies have incredibly knowledgeable about local plants, trees and wildlife. You will learn about the most interesting things.
walk along the irrigation canals with traditional dwellings
See and learn about small scale agriculture - oil palm, rubber, cacao plantations
Walk through rice paddies
Enjoy a local lunch at a traditional house - simple vegetarian dish, fruit & young coconut
Engage with the local ladies in the village
You will learn about the plants, local agriculture and the different ethnic tribes.
During this walk, you will get views of the mountains of the Leuser National Park and amazing countryside.
* you can choose to walk back or catch a becak into Bukit Lawang.
NOTE: this can be combined with a visit to the PPHL eco-farm in the afternoon
Market and School Visit
Enjoy markets.....Why not combine a trip to the market and then bring fruits to a local school for the kids
On Friday there is a local big market *, selling everything from fruit & vegetables to fish, snacks and clothes. Learn about all the local fruits, vegetables and spices. Take a look at the traditional clothes on sale or even trawl through some 2nd hand clothes.
Feel like a snack or breakfast.... well there's plenty for sale: Traditional cakes, crispy tofu, crisy fried banana or try the traditional coconut drink Cendol.
After having a look around with your guide, choose some seasonal fruits to bring to the Bukit Lawang Trust for 'Fruity Fridays'. You will meet the local children and have a chance to play with them and see what they are learning. Then you will give out the prepared fruit, a healthy treat for the children.
* There is also a small market everyday so if you wish to do this another day, it is still possible
Ready to delve into village life and fully engage with local people and traditions. Help us to keep these traditions alive for future generations.
Let us help you make the most out of your trip.
Why Travel with Us?
Don't just come, travel and see, help make positive changes
By working with the local community we can make small changes