Aceh is a special region of Indonesia, located at the northern end of Sumatra. Aceh has the largest range of biodiversity in the Asian Pacific region. Beach, underwater scenery, forest, history and its culture are the stories you tell would be too good to be true, and too precious to miss.
By Air: Sultan Iskandar Muda International Airport is located not far from the center of the city and serves flights to Aceh from a number of major cities in Indonesia like Jakarta and some international flights, such as Malaysia. There are also flights to the areas around Aceh, for example to Meulaboh.
Kuala Namu International Airport in Medan serves more international flights than airport in Aceh. From Kuala Namu International Airport, you can continue the journey to Aceh by plane or bus. The cross-province public buses are also available to Aceh. These buses connect Aceh with a number of cities, such as Medan, Padang, Jambi, Lampung, and Java Island.
By Sea: It is also possible to travel to Aceh by ship from Jakarta, Bangka Belitung and Medan.
Aceh is the most western province in Indonesia. Aceh offfers beautiful panorama, rich history and cultural diversity. Here is the list of 12 interesting tourist sites in Aceh.
Baiturrahman Great Mosque
Many buildings were destroyed by tsunami in 2004, but the mosque is standing strong. Built by Iskandar Muda Sultan in 1612, the main building is white with large black dome surrounded by 7 towers. Magnificent view from the presence of a large pond and fountain in front of the mosque which is reminiscent of the Taj Mahal in India.
Kilometer Zero Monument (KM Zero of Indonesia)
A visit to Aceh will be incomplete if you miss out this monument and the first thing to do for most visitors to Pulau Weh is to go to this place. This monument is located around 30KM from Sabang city in Weh Island, an island with amazing underwater beauty. Don't forget to get a certificate as proof that you have visited zero kilometer Indonesia.
Located in the northwest of Weh Island, this island is part of Sabang and only about 250 meters from Iboih Beach. You can do diving and snorkeling to enjoy the beauty of tropical fishes and colorful coral reefs.
Located in the west of Weh Island, Iboih Beach offers a range of beauty that will impress visitors. Iboih Beach is a port that is used to reach Rubiah Island. The water is crystal clear with clean white sandy beach and surrounded by tropical forest.
Located in Meunasah Masjid Village, Lhoknga, Aceh Besar, this beach is also known as Aceh’s Kuta Beach. It has a 5km long coastline with soft white sand and cliffs at the end. Popular for surfing, sunbathing, water sport or visiting sea turtle conservation.
Located not far from Lampuuk Beach, this tourist spot is about 20 km from Banda Aceh. Lhoknga Beach has wide and sloping sand with shady trees around it. Lhoknga Beach has waves with a height of 1.5-2 meters, suitable for surfing.
Ulee Lheue Beach
Perfect spot for fishing. This tourist attraction is just 3 km from the center of Banda Aceh City, precisely in Meuraxa District. You can also rent a fishing boat to sail to the sea or sit on the shore while enjoying grilled corn.
Blang Kolam Waterfall
Blang Kolam Waterfall is located in Sidomulyo Village, North Aceh, and can be reached within 30 minutes from Lhokseumawe. Here, you can see the twin waterfalls with a height of 75 meters surrounded by shady trees.
Lake Laut Tawar
Located at Gayo Highland, Central Aceh District. This lake is wide and looks like a sea but the water is not salty. The lake is a water source that is used not only by people in Central Aceh District, but also by people in other districts. The two hills that flank this lake has made a complete beauty of the lake.
Tsunami Museum was built in 2009 to remember and honor the victims died when tsunami disaster happened in 2004. Many relics of the victims shown, such as a bicycle. Besides tsunami relics, photo of the dead and stories from survivors’ testimonial are also presented. There are electronic earthquake simulation tools inside the museum.
Another trace of the 2004 tsunami in Aceh. The ship is functioned as power plants in offshore before tsunami came. The ship has weight of 2,500 tons and 63 meters long. The ship was swept by the tsunami wave to the middle of residential areas, 5 km from it's original position.
A hill that is used to see the beauty of Central Aceh from above. This tourist attraction is located at an altitude of 1,830 meters above sea level. Do not forget to bring a jacket and a sweater because it is quite cold here.
Aceh is a special region in Indonesia which has a number of special autonomy, including regulation leading to the Islamic Sharia. Therefore, you should gather information about do and don'ts in Aceh.