Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam or more popular as Aceh is a province located at the end of Sumatra Island. This province has tremendous natural beauty, from its beach to its mountains. There are many tourist destinations in Aceh. After experiencing heavy damage due to the 2014 – Tsunami in most of its parts. including the tourism spots. Aceh has bounced back and properly reorganized its tourism sector.
These are 11 Popular Tourist Destinations in Aceh, Indonesia
1. Baiturrahman Great Mosque of Aceh
The mosque that was built by Sultan Iskandar Muda in 1612 has become the icon of Aceh. The main building of the mosque is colored white with a black dome surrounded by seven towers.
The royal impression can be furtherly experienced by the presence of a big pool and water fountain in the front yard of the mosque that reminds us of the Taj Mahal in India.
This mosque becomes the religious tourism spot in Aceh. That visited by many tourists due to its beauty. Huffington Post Site includes Baiturrahman Great Mosque into the list of 100 beautiful mosques in the world, even Yahoo! mentions this mosque as one of the 10 most beautiful mosques in the world.
This fact has surely made the citizen of Aceh and Indonesia proud. If you want to purchase souvenirs, you can come to Aceh Market located behind the mosque.
After satisfied yourself wandering around the mosque, you could have a culinary tour due to numerous available food merchants in this market.
2. Blang Kolam Waterfall of Aceh
This natural tourism destination will be too good to be passed. Blang Kolam Waterfall is located in Sidomulyo Village, North Aceh, and can be reached in 30 minutes from Lhoksumawe.
In here, you can see a twin waterfall with 75 meters of height surrounded by heavy trees. Many people play near the waterfall, soak in the waterfall’s reservoir, or just relaxing on the edge.
If you want to try a different experience, try to come with your camping equipment. In this Blang Kolam Waterfall, you could camp and enjoy nature with a tariff of 5,000 Rupiah per person.
3. Suhom Waterfall of Aceh
This waterfall is located at Suhom Village, Lhoong District, Aceh Besar. To reach this tourism destination, you have to pass the up and down the road with sceneries of Paro and Kulu sceneries.
During the trip, don’t be surprised if monkeys are wandering around on the street. These monkeys will commonly ask for fruits or snacks from the road users.
This 50-meters waterfall is divided into three levels, but you are not allowed to go climbing into the second. And three levels for safety reasons due to the existence of high-voltage power plants.
Even though, this Aceh’s tourism spot still present amazing scenery. You could swim in the 2-meter lake under the waterfall or accompany the children playing in the kid swimming pool.
Do not feel like playing in the water? You are allowed to relax in the gazebo that being provided while enjoying the foods sold around the location of the waterfall.
4. Lampuuk Beach of Aceh
Native people of Aceh don’t have to jealous of Bali which owns various beautiful beaches because Aceh also owns numerous beaches with tremendous scenery.
One of the reliable beach destinations is Lampuuk Beach. This beach is also called Aceh’s Kuta beach. Lampuuk Beach has a 5 km coastline from south to north with soft white sand and cliffs at the end corner of the beach.
Some activities can be done on this beach, starting from surfing, sun-bathing, swimming, and riding a banana boat.
Another interesting activity that can be done by you in this tourism destination is witnessing the sea turtle preservation effort. You can release hatchlings to the wild sea.
Fun isn’t it? Having vacation while maintaining the sustainability of nature. If you haven’t satisfied enjoying Lampuuk Beach in a day, you can stay in the cottages available at the beach area.
Besides able to enjoy the beach longer you could also relish your tummy with various dishes of grilled fish in the restaurants around the beach.
Lampukk Beach is located at Meunasah Masjid Village, Lhognga, Aceh Besar. The entrance fee is 3,000 rupiah.
5. Lhoknga Beach of Aceh
Lhonknga Beach is located not far from Lampuuk Beach. This tourist destination is 20 km away from Banda Aceh. In here, you can relax under the shady trees or playing volley beach on its vast and sloping beach.
If relaxing and sunbathing at the seaside still not delighting you, try to surf the sea. Lhoknga Beach has waves of 1.5-2 meters of height that suitable for this sport.
The day comes to dusk, don’t go home yet. Do not miss the beautiful sunset on this beach. This Aceh tourist destination is getting more visitors in the afternoon, numerous people come to see the sunset while having a relaxing sit and grilled corn.
6. Ulee Lheue Beach of Aceh
This tourist destination is only 3 km away from the city center of Banda Aceh, specifically in Meuraxa District. The most popular activity on this beach is fishing.
If you forget to bring the fishing tool, no need to worry because there are various fishing shops on this beach. You don’t like fishing?
You could also able to rent a fisherman boat to sail around the sea or relaxing at the seaside while enjoying grilled corn. From this beach, you can see the series of mountains across that enhance the beauty of Ulee Lheue Beach.
7. Rubiah Island of Aceh
Rubiah Island is located at Sabang, specifically on the northwest side of Weh Island. The name of Rubiah itself was taken from the name written on the gravestone that exists on the island.
This Aceh tourist destination is known for its underwater beauty. At least 14 of 15 sea biotas protected in Indonesia exist in this place.
Prepare your diving and snorkeling equipment and please go swimming with various tropical fishes and colorful coral reefs.
If you forget to bring your snorkeling equipment, you could rent it for 40,000 rupiahs in which you can use for the entire day.
8. Kuala Merisi of Aceh
Kuala Merisi is the right place to enjoy a beach with a calm and quiet atmosphere. This tourist destination which is located in Ketapang Village of Krueng Sabee District has a long coastline with small waves that suitable for playing in the water on the seaside.
Please relax on your carpet and enjoy the pounding of waves as well as the blow of wind on the beach. This Aceh tourist destination is frequently used as a surfing location. Due to the waves which suitable for water sports. In addition, this beach also has other supporting facilities such as bathrooms and restaurants.
9. Tsunami Museum of Aceh
The Tsunami that attacked Aceh in 2004 has left grief for the survivors of Aceh. To remember and respect the victims, a Tsunami Museum in Sultan Iskandar Muda street was established in 2009.
Inside the museum, a long hall is occupied with the background sound of the roar of waves and the pouring of water which will remind you of the immense disaster.
Besides the remains thing from the tsunami attack, the photos of victims and the story of survivors as well as the electronic simulation of the earthquake are presented.
This museum was built as an education center and protection facility if the tsunami returns. This museum opens every day from 10:00 to 17:00 except Friday.
10. Pantan Terong of Aceh
Pantan terong is a hill that is mostly used to see the beauty of Central Aceh from above. This tourist destination is located 1,830 meters above sea level.
Don’t forget to bring your jackets and warm clothes because the air is pretty cold. From Pantan Terong you will be able to see Laut Tawar Lake which looks like a giant cauldron. In here, you could also enjoy the beautiful sunset and sunrise. So, prepare your camera and grasp this moment.
11. Pocut Meurah Intan Forest Park of Aceh
The name of this park was taken from a noblewoman as a descendant of Aceh Sultanate and known as a heroine who fought bravely against Dutch. Pocut Meurah Intant Forest Park has registered administratively in two regencies located in Aceh, namely Aceh Besar and Pidie Regencies.
To reach this tourist destination, the distance is 70 kilometers from Banda Aceh City. This forest park has around 6,300 ha of the area and numerous natural wealth exist inside this park. The floras that are mostly found in this tourist destination are acacia and pine.
Not only that, but here you’ll also find young forests as well as fields of reeds. The faunas that can be met here are deer, wild boar, porcupine, long-tail monkey, sri gunting bird, langur, elephant, and mouse deer.
Those are the places that can be visited by you during your time in Aceh. You are free to choose some destinations in the list to be made as vacation spots. You could start from the closest tourist destination to the farthest based on several tourist destinations in Aceh.