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Aceh you can approach from overseas via Medan or Banda Aceh. In Banda Aceh  “Visa on Arrival" is available since June 2010. Best approach to our lodges is via Medan. From Medan there are many daily connections to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, operated by Silk Air, Air Asia, Lion Air, MAS.

From Medan to Jakarta you have the choice for Garuda, Air Asia, Lion Air as well as other airlines.

Banda Aceh has daily flights to Medan and Jakarta, as well as several international connections to Kuala Lumpur and Penang. International flights operated by Air Asia and Firefly.

From Medan you can travel directly to Kedah Rainforest Lodges as per description and map below.

For the approach to our lodges you should consider 1 day from Medan and 2 days from Banda Aceh, with 1 night accomodation at Takengon.

Please be aware, distances on Sumatra are not measured in km, but preferably in hours! This relates to the partly poor conditions of roads, especially the ones in the Province of North Sumatra. Road conditions in the Province of Aceh are significantly better.

However, we have contact persons in Medan and in Banda Aceh to pick you up at the airport and to arrange your transfer to Kedah + Ketambe Rainforest Lodges. From Medan we can offer door-to-door transfer with airconditioned car, transfer early morning from your hotel takes 8 hours to Ketambe and 11 hours to Kedah.

Transfer-costs please see "Rates“. We also can offer you reservation for accommodation in Medan from Rp. 25.000,- (Backpacker-Losmen) to Rp. 380.000,-/person/night.

If you intend to stay several days in Banda Aceh, we recommend to stay in Oasis Hotel, we can arrange for you at a corporate rate.

From Banda Aceh takes 2 days with one night accommodation in Takengon. Whereever from your approach, you will have impressive sceneries in landscaping of North Sumatra on your way to our Lodges. 

Alternatively you can rent a Motobike in Banda Aceh at, this might be the most interesting approach to our facilities.

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How to find us from Banda Aceh to Kedah Rainforest Lodges
Banda Aceh, Lambaro roundabout Cut Nyak Dhien
Passing lefthand scenery paddy-fields, righthand rainforest mountains of Jantho, all overtopped by volcanoe Gunung Seulawah, after appr 67km you reach the elephant school of Cut Nyak Dhien. Do not be disappointed by the lots of garbage at the roadside and the monkeys, who are begging along the road. This is a bad development, which is not a sample for the pristine rain forests we want to show you in the Gayo highlands and in central Aceh province.
From Elephant School Cut Nyak Dhien to Sigli 29km
Sigli to Bireuen 109km
Bireuen to Takengon
In the subdistricts of Bener Meriah and Aceh Tengah have an eye on the coffee plantations, where one of the world's best organic Arabicas is growing. Before you reach Takengon you should have a stop at the cafeteria Singah Mata with a great view over Takengon and Danau Laut Tawar. In Takengon we use to stay overnight in the Losmen Batang Ruang. A very clean, cheap Losmen with friendly and helpful owners, located in the heart of Takengon.
Takengon - Ise-Ise 85km
Ise-Ise – Blankenjeren
In Blankenjeren you turn west at the roundabout in direction to Penosan.
After another 13km you reach lefthand the gate of Penosan, you pass the gate through Penosan to Kedah. After another 2km through artificially terraced paddy-field you find righthand the home of Mr. Jally. Contact him, he will serve you first a home made lemon tea and after he will guide you to the rainforest lodges.
If you travel on your own behalf, do not hesitate to question locals for the proper way and directions, since there are only few road signs.