Lake Maninjau is a large Crater lake bordered by several villages all around. This lake is said to be formed because of a volcanic eruption some 52,000 years ago. Lake Maninjau has a total area of 99.5km. The average depth of Lake Maninjau is 105 m which can go up to 165 m, it is 16 km long and 7 km wide. Highlights: The popular tourist attraction Antokan river is located to the west side of the lake. Visitors can indulge in adventurous activities like trekking, paragliding, bike ride to Kelok 44 or swimming here. Puncak Lawang is a Pine Hill park around the lake that enables you to see it from a good height. The view from here is just spectacular and you can't resist taking a picture of it. You can also visit the birth house of Buya humka, a famous litterateur, and ulema. Location: Lake maninjau is located 36 km to west of Bukittinggi in West Sumatra, Indonesia. Timings: Open round the year. Price: Entry to the lake is free of cost.
A small tourist village, Bukit Lawang is popular because it is the largest animal sanctuary of Sumatran Orangutan. In 1973, Bukit Lawang rehabilitation center was established for orangutans with the main goal of preserving decreasing number of Orangutans due to hunting. Highlights: Bukit Lawang is home to around 500 orangutans and is famous for Orangutan conservation. Feeding Orangutans are done daily between 08:00 and 15:00 and it is a great opportunity to take amazing pictures of Orangutans munching on bananas. Bukit Lawang gives you the opportunity to go on a jungle trek and explore different plants and animals. You can also shop a variety of items in the place such as picture frames, coconut necklaces, keychains, wood carvings and batik paintings among other things. Location: Bukit Lawang is situated 90 km northwest of Medan, the capital city of North Sumatra, Indonesia. Timings: Open round the year. Price: Entry to the village is free of cost.