Aceh was part of many kingdoms. The remnants of the old time can still be found throughout the region, either as ancient ruins in deserted places or as unique traditions inherited from one generation to the next. In 2004, Aceh was devastated by the Indian Ocean tsunami. Yet, after years of rebuilding and reconstruction, the region is now fully recovered and ready to welcome travelers.
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There’s no better way to start your Aceh adventure than visiting Masjid Raya Baiturrahman (Baiturrahman Great Mosque) in Banda Aceh. With an enormous dome, seven minarets, and a pool, the great mosque resembles Taj Mahal in India.
The history of Aceh is still preserved in some old ruins and buildings around Banda Aceh. Tamansari Gunongan is a great place to learn the history of the Kingdom of Aceh Darussalam. Koetaradja is where you should go when you want to have a glimpse of Aceh during the Dutch colonial era.
In 2004, Aceh was devastated by the Indian Ocean tsunami. Yet, after years of rebuilding and reconstruction, the region is now fully recovered and ready to welcome travelers. The artifacts of the deadly tsunami are displayed in the Tsunami Museum. Walking through the museum would feel as if you were walking in Banda Aceh after being hit by the tsunami.
Sixteen kilometers away way from Banda Aceh, you’ll get to one of the most beautiful surf destinations in Aceh, Lampuuk beach. The five-kilometer long coastline is also where the turtles lay their eggs. If you were diver, you’d want to spend several days in Pulau Weh, an island north of Banda Aceh. You will find many dive operators and cheap accommodations in Iboih.
An adventurous soul like you may as well be interested in visiting Mount Seulawah, Leuser National Park, Lake Laut Tawar, the coffee-producing highland of Gayo, etc. #EscapeWithUs