Trip to Aceh, Indonesia

Travelling to Aceh actually never crossed my mind, first because I thought the Syariah rules are very strict and second I thought it’s not so touristic, but after I experienced it, the trip was one of the best affordable and adventurous one.

I will share my trip here, also with all expenses, contacts, and some other things you might needed.

I traveled from March 15th-21st .

Fly to Aceh, you easily can find local flights like Garuda or Citilink. Me and my friend chose Garuda for IDR  2.000.000,-

Day 1  – Banda Aceh

IDR 250.000,-/ride for the whole day (not include gas)

Clean and new Toyota Avanza and the driver really helpful.

  • Hotel
    • Hotel 61 (booked with Agoda)

IDR 360.000,- /night for Standard Room

Perfectly located at the heart of Banda Aceh, they provide internet, towels, air condition,  cable TV, bathroom condiments, and an ok breakfast. The hotel actually a part of a building, which also has a restaurant (AW) and also indoor kids play area, so maybe you will find the place a bit crowded and noisy. Hotel room is not really fancy, no window, small bathroom,  and a bit dirty.

But I think it’s fair since the price is not too expensive.

  • Eat
    • The famous Rumah Makan Aceh Rayeuk

IDR  85.000 until 100.000,- /person

Must try : Ayam Tangkap, Dendeng Daging Sapi, Prawn Sambal (fresh and delicious)

    • Mie Turis

IDR 30.000,- /person

Tried Mie Basah Seafood, but not really fond of it.

    • Solong Coffee

IDR 20.000 until 50.000,- /person (if you want to buy their coffee, they sell it for IDR5.000,- per bag)

Try their coffee, strangely dope (haha), somehow it feels like te coffee contains some alcohol, very unique. Also try their Sarikaya Bread.

  • Sight Seeing
    • Baitturahman Mosque

Free ; Do wear proper dress to respect the holly place, no shorts, no tight clothes, and for women please wear scarf to cover your head (doesn’t have to be hijab). You can’t enter if you’re not on a proper dress.

The mosque is a big gasp for its beauty and whiteness! Also they have pretty details all around the mosque. You can enter the mosque and take pictures calmly. The interior is also beautiful.

    • Aceh Tsunami Museum

Free ; no clothes restriction

This museum was designed by Indonesian architect firm, URBANE. I’ve been waiting to visit this historical and monumental museum for a long time. The museum is beautiful and stand out beside its environment.  The first stops were emotional, we experienced the fear and sadness from the tsunami and they put a bright and airy void, but I think the journey  was too short. The museum gallery is not pleasing, just some of the part interesting. But the museum building itself is very nice.

    • PLTD Apung

Free ; no clothes restriction

This ship was  stranded from the sea to the city because of tsunami, it was an electricity supply ship. The ship now becomes a tourist attraction, we can go explore the ship, also the surroundings now is being built for touristic purposes. Nothing too special, but you can get a good mountain view from the ship.

    • Lampu’uk Beach

IDR 5.000,- /car (entrance fee) ; no clothes restriction

The  beach is a bit far from Banda Aceh, but once you get there, you won’t regret it. The beach is not too crowded and they have also resort on the rock cliff which is very cool. The beach also side by side with a small pines wood, amazing. The sand is soft but beware of buffalo’s waste, it was everywhere. You can swim there but they don’t have a public wash room, so remember that. On this beach you can get a good sunset. Very beautiful, must visit.

Day 2  – Sumurtiga, Sabang

  • Transport
    • Becak Motor – we ordered from the hotel the night before

IDR 25.000,- /ride (from hotel to the Ulee Lheue) ; don’t worry about your baggage they can fit them in!

    •  Fast Ferry

IDR 75.000,- /person

If you want to go to Sabang, you must use ferry. Do check the schedule before you go, because they are not 24 hours a day, and there are different ferries to choose with different schedule as well. We used fast ferry because the slow ferry took almost 2 hours while the fast ferry only took 45 mins. But guys, this ferry is one hell of  a ride, very bumpy and wavy so you can get a seasick in just 5 mins, and trust me it will be a nightmare. At the day we went, actually the weather was not good, so maybe the sea waves became unfriendly.

    •  Rent Car

IDR 50.000,- /person (arranged from our hotel in Sumurtiga, if you need a ride from port to hotel, please ask your hotel to arrange it)

  •  Hotel
    • Freddie’s Santai Sumurtiga

IDR 250.000,- / night for Standard Room

Freddie’s is a well-known cottage in Sumurtiga, recommended by Tripadvisor too. Freddie’s located on a cliff facing a long beach, the cottages spread off and has ocean view. They also have in-house restaurant and café, operated by locals. The price for the room is not include for meals.

Our room can handle 2/3 people,  bathroom inside, condiments, clean towels, drinking water, fan. The room is a mini cottage with bamboo wall, very traditional, love it. The staff also very helpful and nice.

  • Eat
    • Freddie’s Santai Café

 IDR 100.000,- /person

 We ate dinner and lunch here, nothing special, because we were too tired to go out. I can’t stop ordered the ice coffee.

  • Sight Seeing
    • Freddie’s Beach

Free ; no clothes restriction

The sea is full of corals, so careful if you want to go swim.

Day 3 –  Sumurtiga, Sabang

  • Transport
    • Becak Motor          

IDR 150.000,- /day ; You can ask the hotel to get becak motor  

We got a very attractive and kind driver, we don’t know his name, but his son is very famous, the son’s name is Denny. Totally recommend this guy!

Deni : +62852-7088-1964

  • Hotel
    • Freddie’s Santai Sumurtiga

IDR 250.000,- / night for standard room

  • Eat
    • Rujak Aceh

IDR 10.000,- /person (plus drink)

Found on the way when we were strolling around Sabang, just curious how was it taste. Actually almost the same like rujak bebeg in Jakarta.

    •  Mie Aceh

IDR 20.000,- /person (plus drink)

Found on the way when we were strolling around Sabang, just another mie Aceh.

    • Mie Jalak at Pulau Baru Restaurant

IDR 40.000,- /person (plus drink)

Located on Perdagangan Street, this is a Chinese noodle actually. The noodle is very light, they put minced beef and boiled egg too, try eat it with sambal.

    • Mie Sedap

IDR 40.000,- /person (plus drink)

Located still on Perdagangan Street, very similar to Mie Jalak (Jalak Noodle), they just don’t put boiled egg.

    • Freddie’s Santai Restaurant

IDR 60.000,- /person (all you can eat)

This restaurant operated by Freddie’s Hotel house chef, you will be charged but you will get 4 courses from appetiser to dessert. The menu changes everyday, very interesting and unique. I’ve got a fish with banana curry, so delicious!

  • Sight Seeing
    • Japanese Fortress

Free ; no clothes restrictions

The old fortress is creepy, but it is located on a rock cliff on the side of a wild ocean, the wave hits the rockreally hard. Beautiful place for the view, I spent quite a while here just to admire the beauty and taking photos!

    • Sabang Monument

Free ; no clothes restrictions

Nothing special

Basically we were just strolling around Sabang, stopped if there is a good view.

Day 4 – Iboih Beach, Sabang

  • Transport
    • Becak Motor – we used the driver before

IDR 100.000,- /ride (from Sumurtiga to Iboih)

The trip from Sumurtiga to Iboih was interesting and beautiful, dangerous also.

    •  Rent Motorbike – we rent from Iboih’s local guy

IDR 50.000,- /half day

We rent this to go to Zero Point.

  • Hotel
    • Iboih Inn

IDR 200.000,- /night for standard fan room

You can ask the hotel to pick you up at the port, you can walk also but the track is a bit hard and if you bring some baggage would be tiring. We booked standard fan room, the cheapest one, well the room is not fancy at all. Small bathroom inside, condiments, clean towel, water, fan. The room is dirty and full of insects, this room also has no view. Next time I will book for deluxe room, because they have air conditioner. You also get free breakfast here.

The hotel lounge and restaurant is gorgeous, has ocean and Rubiah Island view. I really love the open lounge to relax. They also have their own dock, and you can just swim from there, the water is so clear with fishes.

  • Eat
    • Iboih Inn Restaurant

Lunch

IDR 16.000,- for Chocolate Pancake

IDR 10.000,- for soda

Dinner

IDR 35.000,- for Green Pepper Squids (with rice)

IDR 11.000,- for Acehnese Ice Coffee

  • Sight Seeing
    • Zero Point

Free ; If you want to make Zero Point Certificate pay for IDR 15.000,- /person

Zero Point is a monument, to go there you must go through road surrounded by wild woods, why I said wild because we met wild pigs on our way, be extra careful! On zero point there’s nothing much you can do, the monument facingswide ocean, and if the sky is clear they said we can see Singapore.

    • Iboih Beach

Free ; No clothes restriction

The water is very clear and you can swim with the fishes, because they are not afraid of human because they never been haunted. The sea is not wavy because Iboih is a bay, so snorkelling here is not too dangerous. Watch out of the baby barracuda!

Day 5 – Iboih Beach, Sabang

  • Transport
    • Boat – hotel’s boat

IDR 30.000,- /person (from hotel to Rubiah Island)

It’s quite expensive actually, but have no choice unless you can swim to Rubiah Island.

  • Hotel
    • Iboih Inn

IDR 200.000,- /night for standard fan room

  • Eat
    • Iboih Inn Restaurant

Breakfast

Free

Lunch

IDR 40.000,- for Tom Yam Soup (with rice)

IDR 11.000,- for Acehnese Ice Coffee

All ok

Dinner

IDR 35.000,- for Iboih Inn Fish and Vegetables

Iboih Inn Fish is tuna in hot sauce, very nice.

  • Sight Seeing
    • Rubiah Island

Free ; no clothes restrictions

You can do trekking into the woods, they have a blur pathway but for me was very creepy because we really go inside the wood and I’m a paranoid person. We didn’t make it to the end because the pathway became more unseen, so we went back (haha)

    • Iboih Beach

IDR 15.000,- for fin

IDR 15.000,- for lifeguard jacket

IDR 15.000,- for goggle

All from the hotel, but I just rented fin.

Basically, we just did snorkeling around the beach and got tanned.

Day 6 – Banda Aceh

  • Transport
    • Becak Motor – we used the driver before

IDR 110.000,- / ride (from Iboih to Balohan Harbor)

    • Slow Ferry – ask local for the schedule

IDR 25.000,- / person (from Sabang to Banda Aceh)

This slow ferry is SO MUCH better than fast ferry, took around 2 hours but no bump. I fell into a full sleep without no disturb, you also can buy breakfast from local women on the ship.

    • Becak Motor – we just used a random becak motor at the harbor

IDR 50.000,- /ride (from Ulee Lheue Port to hotel)

  • Hotel
    • Hotel Siwah (booked with Agoda)

IDR 252.000,- for Standard Room

Perfectly located at the heart of Banda Aceh not very far from our first hotel in Banda Aceh, they provide internet, towels, air condition,  cable TV, bathroom condiments, and an ok breakfast. The room is very big and cleaner.So weird I felt this hotel was so fancy since our trip to Aceh (our previous hotels were so budget).

  • Eat
    • Tringgading Restaurant

IDR  25.000 until 30.000,- /person (with drink)

This resto was recommended by a local from souvenirs shop, this resto basically served a lot variety of foods, same like Padang resto, you can choose any kind of foods you desire.

    • Ice Cream Gunung Salju

IDR 15.000,- /person

Located not far from Tringgading Resto, this is an old style ice cream shop like Ragusa in Jakarta. Try durian ice cream.

    • Sate Matang Yakin Rasa

IDR 25.000,- /person (with drink and rice)

Sate matang  is one of Acehnese culinary’s specialties. This warung is one of the biggest on the Peunayong Street, this street is very famous because on the evening it turns to be a food festive. Sate matang totally delicious, they served it with meat stock  and special nut sauce. I ate 2 portions.

    • Boiled Clams

IDR 19.000,- / person (with drink)

Not like any other clams, they have the biggest clams I’ve ever seen! Still located on Peunayong Street, you can find this clams along the street. They served it with tomato sauce, oh I can’t stop eating the clams. If you like it, better try it then sorry.

  • Sight Seeing
    • Baitturahman Mosque

Free ; clothes restrictions

This time we came on evening, and the mosque was just beautiful because it was brightly white.

Day 7 – Banda Aceh

  • Transport
    • Becak Motor – we used the driver before

IDR 70.000,- / ride (from Hotel to Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport)

Our last day, heading back to Jakarta. I love becak motor here, the drivers all very kind and honest.

TOTAL BUDGET     : Around 4.859.000,- (not include souvenirs and tipping)

The budget include : transports, accommodations, dining, sight-seeing.

I must say this trip opened my mind about Aceh, really impressed about the kindness of the people, and also Aceh is very beautiful, will come back for sure.

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Trip to Aceh, Indonesia

6 thoughts on “Trip to Aceh, Indonesia

  1. Inggriasto says:

    Oh that excitement just strike my nerves again. Really well written kas, hope can publish mine soon 😉

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