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Bukit Lawang, Indonesia

Stay near the Gunung Leuser National Park

Stay in the land of Orangutan

Stay in the Eco-Village of Bukit Lawang near the UNESCO Biosphere reserve

Why we love this homestay?
  • Run by a local Conservationalist
  • Near a Biosphere Reserve
Erna's Homestay

Bukit Lawang, located in the Northern Sumatra region is known for its Orangutan Wildlife conservation village and its natural biosphere reserve. The host Erna is an inspiring woman and a community leader for the village community Gotong Ryong. Once a popular tourist village, the region was decimated by a flash flood in the year 2003, and since the communities are working together to build sustainable tourism in the village communities.

Homestay features
  • Essential Amenities including comfortable bedding and towels
  • Shower Facility
  • Clean western toilets
  • Complimentary breakfast and dinner
  • Mosquito Net
  • First Aid
Your host - Erna
  • Authentic hospitality with multiple activities
  • Good knowledge about eco farming techniques
  • Languages spoken - English, Indonesian

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Erna is known as a community leader and has been instrumental in shaping eco-farming and tourism in her community. A teacher, mother, and an advocate of eco-farming, Erna has played an important role in rebuilding her home and the community post the 2003 flash floods which decimated her village.

Enjoy organic local food!
  • Local specialties - Putu Bambu, Martabak Manis
  • 'Organic' fruits and vegetables
  • Food prepared by the hosts

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Bukit Lawang is a typical tropical destination with rice being an important component of food served in the region. Putu Bambu is a traditional cake steamed in bamboo tubes served in the region. Another famous dish served in Bohorok is Martabak Manis cooked with filling peanuts, chocolate, glutinous rice, sweetened sweetcorn. Erna has her own farm and practices organic farming thus all the food served at her place is made of organic ingredients.

Explore the unexplored!
  • Bohorok Orangutan Centre (4.2 Kms)
  • Eco Farm Tour (A short walk from homestay)
  • Local activities - Cooking Classes, Volunteering for English/ Artforms

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Bohork is the home to the great Orangutan. There have been several initiatives to conserve the endangered species. One can visit the Orangutan center to see the beautiful creature. You can also spot an orangutan near your homestay if lucky. Erna has been an integral part of educating the community on handicraft, language skills, and other art forms, volunteer with her to engage deeper with the community and train the villagers on different art forms and languages. Erna is also highly skilled in cooking and has her own farms, you can take a tour around the farm and learn cooking with Erna.

What it includes?

Overnight stay
Breakfast, Dinner
First aid facility
Farm Tour

What it excludes?

Any personal expenses
Transportation to village
Additional Meals – Lunch
Local guide
Visa/Travel insurance

Is this Homestay right for you?

Are you choosing this homestay because you need some time away from your urban life? Does living in the countryside close to the farms excite you? If your answer is yes, start packing your bags now! You might not get uninterrupted internet here, but you’ll be far too busy exploring the most breathtaking and hidden jewels of Indonesia near the town of Bukit Lawang

Hear from communities

  • Guests like to eat our Ladakhi food. They say it is delicious, even when it is prepared by an elderly ama (mother) like me. I always make sure I serve them the cleanest and healthiest food. My husband is a copper artist. When guests leave us, they say ‘Julley’, and hug us. It makes us feel happy.

    Tsering Dolkar
    Mountain Homestay Host - Sumda Chun
  • I became a Mountain Homestay Host in 2018, and I have hosted many travellers since then. Running a homestay has helped me and my family a lot. Not only is the solar set up in our house useful for us, but even travellers prefer to stay in our homestay because of it.

    Rigzin Dolkar
    Mountain Homestay Host - Photolalok
  • The training we got in astronomy turned out to be a life-changing experience for our village. I felt happy and proud while mapping the position of the planets and sharing the secrets of the universe with the tourists. Tourists told me that even they didn’t know so much about the dark skies!

    Tsewang Dorjey
    Astropreneur - Maan
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