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  • Highlights of Banda Aceh
    3.5 stars

    We see too many people getting off the plane in Banda Aceh and heading straight to Pulau Weh, which is a shame as the Acehnese capital is worth a look. Here are the highlights. ... read more

  • Mesjid Raya Baiturrahman
    4 stars

    Mesjid Raya Baiturrahman is the grandest and most important mosque to Acehnese people, and survived the 2004 tsunami. This magnificent stark white mosque with black, shining domes was originally built in the 12th century in the time of Sultan Alaidin Mahmudsah and later expanded and improved by ... read more

  • Museum Tsunami Aceh
    4 stars

    Museum Tsunami Aceh is easily the prime attraction in Banda Aceh. Built in 2009, it's a dedication to the some 170,000 Indonesians who lost their lives during the massive 9.3 earthquake and subsequent tsunami on 26 December 2004. After storing your bag at the entrance you walk through a pitch ... read more

  • Museum Aceh
    3.5 stars

    Museum Aceh is a small cluster of buildings just up the road from the Tsunami Museum. You'll find here on display a meagre collection of traditional Acehnese artifacts including cooking utensils, farm equipment, weapons and a very special stuffed two-headed buffalo. Perhaps most interesting ... read more

  • PTLD Apung
    4 stars

    PLTD Apung is a 2,600-tonne offshore diesel-powered electric generating ship that was pushed five kilometres inland by the 2004 tsunami. What's remarkable is that this enormous ship sits right in the middle of a densely packed residential area. The tsunami hit this place hard, as is evidenced ... read more

  • Gunongan
    3 stars

    Gunongan is a small monument built by Sultan Iskandar Muda in the 17th century for his wife to remind her of her childhood home in Pahang, Malaysia. It's a square structure meant to represent a hill from Pahang, but to the casual observer it may look more like a blooming flower. The monument ... read more

  • Kherkof
    3 stars

    Kherkof is a Dutch cemetery with graves dating back to the late 19th century, primarily of soldiers from the Dutch army. A wander through the relatively well maintained cemetery reveals some teasing details of the lives of Dutch soldiers who lived and died in the Dutch East Indies, so long ago, ... read more

  • Lampuuk Beach
    4 stars

    Lampuuk is a popular beach spot on the west coast of Sumatra 15 kilometres from Banda Aceh. Along this long stretch of coastline are numerous entry points, all with their own pluses and minuses and all charging 3,000 rupiah to enter. But the best spot is arguably at the far end of the beach ... read more

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