WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER VISIT BUKIT LAWANG?
Hi, my name is Bobi. I am living in Bukit Lawang, but my origin is from Binjai, a small town located 65 km from Bukit Lawang. I am working as a webmaster and marketing for my own business, I used to work as Japanese teacher, marketing consultant in Jakarta, field coordinator in Aceh, a webmaster for some tourism company in Bali, but I have decided to quit all my jobs and focus on my own business that based on ecotourism in Bukit Lawang. I have been travelling to several amazing tourism places in Java, Sumatra, Bali, and Lombok, but I don't know why I got stuck in Bukit Lawang. This is why I made this article "why you should never visit Bukit Lawang?". I believe it's important to share you what I've experienced in Bukit Lawang alongside its ugly jungle, so that it will avoid you from getting stuck in Bukit Lawang as well. I am just so confused, why and how did Bukit Lawang make me blind to see the other places.
Here’s the reasons to convince you that visiting Bukit Lawang is absolutely insane:
1. It's not like Bukit Lawang has great jungle view.
Sumatran rainforest and Bohorok river, almost entire Leuser area is covered by Dipterocarpaceae with several rivers and waterfalls.
2. There is really nothing to see on the trees, just orangutan hanging with her baby, huh.
Sumatran orangutan (Pongo Abelii) inside Gunung Leuser National Park. Orangutans are the two exclusively species of extant great apes, natives to Indonesia and Malaysia.
3. Ugly Great Argus was stopping the tourists to check their trekking permit, this is awkward.
Argusianus Argus is confined to the Sundaic lowlands, where it is recorded from south Tenasserim, Myanmar, peninsular and south-west Thailand, Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia, Brunei (extirpated from many areas), Kalimantan and Sumatra, Indonesia.
4. It's Tualang tree, nothing special with this tree. It's just 50 meters tall, that's all.
Tualang tree (Koompassia Excelsa) is wild rainforest tree, Tualang tree is second tallest tree in Sumatra rainforest. The first tallest tree in Sumatra rainforest is Kapok tree (Ceiba Pentandra).
5. Water monitor lizard (Varanus Salvator) and long-tailed macaque (Macaca Fascicularis) are so annoying.
Water monitor lizard (Varanus Salvator) and long-tailed macaque (Macaca Fascicularis) inside Gunung Leuser national Park.
6. Your head may get drop of shit from the ugly siamang during the trekking, not amazing at all.
Siamang (Symphalangus Syndactylus) is a tailless, arboreal, black-furred gibbon native to the rainforests of Malaysia, Thailand, and Sumatra Island.
7. Rare Sumatran tiger caught on camera trap in Selang Pangeran, hahaha... it was just someone wears tiger costume, nothing special.
Sumatran tiger (Panthera Tigris Sumatrae) caught on camera trap in Selang Pangeran ecotourism area. Emergence of tigers in Selang Pangeran have been reported several times by Selang Pangeran ecotourism team.
8. Bungalows and guest house that makes your ass lazy to move. People said nice jungle view, for me it's just bushes.
Some guest house and bungalows in Bukit Lawang with jungle view and river bank of Gunung Leuser National Park. Very nice and clam place for relaxing
9. Rare rafflesia flower in Batu Katak ecotourism area?, ahhh come on guys! it's just plastic flower, don't be fooled.
Darwin Ginting, the owner of Orchid Bungalow in Batu Katak ecotourism area has reported they've found many times Rafflesia Arnoldii and R. Micropylora in their area.
10. Rocky hill and its cave in Landak river, I preferred to stay home, there are porcupines here.
Rocky hill and its cave stored the old history, here was the place where Indonesian freedom fighters hides from Japanese and Dutch soldiers during colonialism era.
11. Hidde told me "I could take pictures of orangutans in close range during the trekking", duh dude... it's just a doll imitates orangutan.
Jungle trekking inside Gunung Leuser National Park could be your moment to take pictures of orangutans in safe distance as much as you want.
12. You may get hit by plane when you are enjoying the sunrise from the room verandah in Bukit Lawang Hill Resort.
Bukit Lawang Hill Resort is located at the top of the hill with an altitude of 95 meters above the Bohorok river, rooms that facilitated with swimming pool alongside its panoramic view covers all over Bukit Lawang village area, Bohorok river and Gunung Leuser National Park.
To be continued...