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Banda Aceh: Spiritual Center Among Pristine Rainforests and Underwater World

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  1. PLTD Banda Aceh

  2. Banda Aceh

  3. Kopi Aceh

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  4. Kopi Aceh

    Photo courtesy by Intika Fonda firnanda
  5. Kopi Aceh

    Photo courtesy by Intika Fonda firnanda
  6. Banda Aceh

  7. Banda Aceh

  8. Banda Aceh

  9. Budaya Aceh / Aceh Culture

  10. Kuliner Aceh dan Sabang / Aceh and Sabang Culinary

  11. Mesjid Raya Baitturahman / Baitturahman Mosque

  12. Museum Aceh / Aceh Museum

  13. Sabang

  14. Pantai Iboih - Sabang / Iboih - Sabang Beach

  15. Tari Saman / Saman Dance

  16. Tari Saman / Saman Dance

  17. kepulauan banyak

 

Overview

Its auspicious position on the tip of the westernmost point of the Indonesian archipelago has made the town of Banda Aceh a recognized transit point as well as a hub for education, commerce, and government. The Aceh Darussalam Kingdom was established by Sultan Johan Syah in 1250AD following the disintegration of old Hindu-Buddha kingdoms like Indra Purba, Indra Purwa, Indra Patra, and Indra Pura

Its auspicious position on the tip of the westernmost point of the Indonesian archipelago has made the town of Banda Aceh a recognized transit point as well as a hub for education, commerce, and government. The Aceh Darussalam Kingdom was established by Sultan Johan Syah in 1250AD following the disintegration of old Hindu-Buddha kingdoms like Indra Purba, Indra Purwa, Indra Patra, and Indra Pura.

The capital city of the Aceh Darussalam Kingdom was Banda Aceh Darussalam. Following 70 years of battles with the Sultan the Dutch changed the name into Kutaraja. The town was eventually declared Banda Aceh in 1962. As one of the oldest cities that embraces Islam, daily life in Banda Aceh today is still enormously influenced by Islamic lifestyles.

As a tourism gateway in the westernmost entrance to Indonesia, you are invited to learn the remaining magnificence of old Aceh Darussalam golden era as they are spiritually valuable to the nation. While some of the heritage buildings were swept away after the devastating tsunami in 2004, some others remain. The tourist information center in Banda Aceh has carefully identified the enduring remains and they demonstrate how this magnificent land has been spiritually resilient.

Although around sixty percent of the towns infrastructure was destroyed and some parts of the city remain permanently submerged, the city is now looking new as considerable developments took place right after the disaster. Infrastructures and activities have resumed as usual, and tourism is becoming increasingly popular as peculiarly fresh attractions spring up to the surface. Ulee Lheue is a shoreline facing Malacca Strait and the Pacific Ocean on the west, and it offers the best sunset views in the country.

Visit an inhabited house with a deserted fishing boat right upon its roof. No one would want to relocate the vessel as it has its own dramatic story. The story has it that 59 people were saved by the boat during the tsunami. Do not miss the marvelous and well documented Grand Mosque of Baiturrahman that stood still and saved hundreds of people despite its aged structures. There are hundreds of amazing stories to uncover as you cycle around the city that was recently dubbed as one of the cleanest cities in the country.

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To Stay

Several hotels available are:

1. Hermes Palace Hotel Banda Aceh
Jln.T.Panglima Nyak Makam, Banda Aceh.
Phone: +62 651 755 5888
Fax.: +62 651 755 6999

2. Hotel Grand Nanggroe
Jl. T. Imum Lueng Bata, Kel. Cot Mesjid, Kec Lueng Bata. Banda Aceh
Phone: +62 651 35788
Fax.: +62 651 35778

3. Hotel Lading Banda Aceh
J1. Cut Meutia No.19 Kota Banda Aceh
Phone: +62 651 638321 / 635123
Fax. : +62 651 635123
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Several hotels available are:

1. Hermes Palace Hotel Banda Aceh
Jln.T.Panglima Nyak Makam, Banda Aceh.
Phone: +62 651 755 5888
Fax.: +62 651 755 6999

2. Hotel Grand Nanggroe
Jl. T. Imum Lueng Bata, Kel. Cot Mesjid, Kec Lueng Bata. Banda Aceh
Phone: +62 651 35788
Fax.: +62 651 35778

3. Hotel Lading Banda Aceh
J1. Cut Meutia No.19 Kota Banda Aceh
Phone: +62 651 638321 / 635123
Fax. : +62 651 635123
Other webpage: http://ladinghotelaceh.blogspot.com/

4. Hotel Oasis Banda Aceh
Jl. Tengku Lueng Bata No.115 Kota Banda Aceh
Phone: +62 651 636999
Fax.: +62 651 635333

5. Hotel Sultan Banda Aceh
Jl. Sultan Hotel No.1, Peunayong
Phone: +62 651 22469
Fax.: +62 651 31770

6. Hotel Madinah Banda Aceh
Jln. T Daud Beureueh, Banda Aceh
Phone: +62 651 21415 / 21416

6. Hotel 61
Jln. T. Panglima Polem No. 28 Banda Aceh
Phone (+62) 651 – 638866
Fax (+62) 651 – 638855

7. Hotel Medan
Jl. Jend. A. Yani No. 15
Phone(0651) 33851, 21501
Fax (0651) 32256

 

And many other hotels which are available in other districts as listed on the following source:
http://www.aceh-eye.org/data_files/english_format/general_info/geninfo_facilities/geninfo_facilities_hotels.pdf

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Tips

Aceh Adventure is specializing in Aceh city tour and adventure. It can be reached by contacting:
+62 813 9957 8873 or E-mail: lisa@aceh-adventure.org



Aceh Adventure is specializing in Aceh city tour and adventure. It can be reached by contacting:
+62 813 9957 8873 or E-mail: lisa@aceh-adventure.org

To Buy

Shopping in Aceh is as ordinary as you can expect. Products sold revolve around daily fare and agricultural commodities. However, souvenirs can be found in several places.

1. Pusaka Souvenir is on Jalan Sri Ratu Safiatuddin no. 78, Peunayong, Banda Aceh. Phone: +62 651 741 1510

2. Pasar Aceh is right at the back of the Grand Mosque of Baiturrahman. Meet the locals selling and buying in the mar

Shopping in Aceh is as ordinary as you can expect. Products sold revolve around daily fare and agricultural commodities. However, souvenirs can be found in several places.

1. Pusaka Souvenir is on Jalan Sri Ratu Safiatuddin no. 78, Peunayong, Banda Aceh. Phone: +62 651 741 1510

2. Pasar Aceh is right at the back of the Grand Mosque of Baiturrahman. Meet the locals selling and buying in the market.

3. Rencong Aceh is on Jalan Mohd. Jam, no. 1-E Banda Aceh. Phone the owner at +62 852 6010 1687

4. Nyak Ni Usaha Souvenir is on Jalan Singgah Mata 10 Blower, Banda Aceh. +62 651 48474

5. Lhoong Raya Souvenir is on Jalan Malikul Shaleh no. 56 Neusu. Phone them at +62 651 21357

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Get Around




Get There

Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport (BTJ) is the major airport in Banda Aceh. The airport serves several airlines, such as:

1. Garuda Indonesia
a. Jakarta (CGK) – Medan (MES) – Banda Aceh (BTJ)
b. Jakarta (CGK) – Medan (MES)
c. Medan (MES) – Banda Aceh (BTJ)

2. Lion Air
a. Jakarta (CGK) – Banda Aceh (BTJ)
b. Jakarta (CGK) – Medan (MES) – Banda Aceh (BTJ)
c. Jakarta (CG







Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport (BTJ) is the major airport in Banda Aceh. The airport serves several airlines, such as:

1. Garuda Indonesia
a. Jakarta (CGK) – Medan (MES) – Banda Aceh (BTJ)
b. Jakarta (CGK) – Medan (MES)
c. Medan (MES) – Banda Aceh (BTJ)

2. Lion Air
a. Jakarta (CGK) – Banda Aceh (BTJ)
b. Jakarta (CGK) – Medan (MES) – Banda Aceh (BTJ)
c. Jakarta (CGK) – Medan (MES)

3. Sriwijaya Air
Jakarta (CGK) – Medan (MES)

4. Air Asia
Jakarta (CGK) – Medan (MES)

5. Firefly
George Town (PEN) – Banda Aceh (BTJ)

6. Malaysia Airlines
George Town (PEN) – Banda Aceh (BTJ)

As you arrive in Banda Aceh, walk out the airport and you will find choices of transportation. Taxis are available and have different providers, like:
1. PT Asa Taxi – Phone: +62 651 7408686
2. Cempala Taxi – Phone: +62 651 43354
3. Mulya Taxi – Phone: +62 651 635441
4. Pidi Taxi – Phone: +62 651 31330

Labi-labi is a local name for public minibus or ‘angkot’ in other parts of the country. This is the most economical means of transportation available to the public and travelers.

The most convenient way to travel within the city as you plan to visit various places of interests in Banda Aceh post tsunami is by mountain biking. A tour operator renting selections of bicycle can be found in Aceh Adventure.

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To Eat

Nasi Gurih is a must when you stay overnight in Banda Aceh. It is rice steamed in coconut milk. It has exotic flavor and sold in many coffee shops. Try to sample Mie Aceh (special noodle from Aceh) and it is best served and sold in :

Mie Razali
Jl T Panglima Polem, Peunayong, Banda Aceh

Mie Lala
Jl. Syiah Kuala, Banda Aceh.

Malay food can be found in Canai Mamak KL Restaurant on Jalan Teuku Umar no. 51







Nasi Gurih is a must when you stay overnight in Banda Aceh. It is rice steamed in coconut milk. It has exotic flavor and sold in many coffee shops. Try to sample Mie Aceh (special noodle from Aceh) and it is best served and sold in :

Mie Razali
Jl T Panglima Polem, Peunayong, Banda Aceh

Mie Lala
Jl. Syiah Kuala, Banda Aceh.

Malay food can be found in Canai Mamak KL Restaurant on Jalan Teuku Umar no. 51, Seutui.
Also visit a naturalist café in SHIDQI Café on Jalan Malikul Shaleh, Lamlagang, on the left side of the Red Crescent Hospital.

Also visit some of the restaurants to find Indonesian and western food:

1. Bene Restaurant
Jalan Bhakti no. 33 A-B.
Kampung Laksana
Phone: +62 651 31035

2. Aceh Barat Restaurant
Jl. Khairil Anwar I no. 16
Kampung Baru, Baiturrahman, Banda Aceh
Phone: +62 651 23250

3. Istana Restaurant
Jl. Teuku Iskandar no. 64
Lambuk, Syiah Kuala
Phone: +62 651 21512


4. Kartika Restaurant
Jl. Nyak Adam Kamil IV no. 1
Ateuk Pahlawan, Baiturrahman, Banda Aceh
Phone: +62 651 21749

5. Pujasera Restaurant
Jl. Jendral Ahmad Yani
Laksana, Kuta Alam
Phone: +62 651 23308

6. Rodya Restaurant Mini
Jl. Teuku Daud
Keuramat, Kuta Alam
Phone: +62 651 28408

7. Tropicana Seafood Restaurant (Chinese Restaurant)
Jalan Ahmad Yani no. 90-92
Peunayong

8. Imperial Kitchen (Chinese Restaurant)
Jl. Teuku Umar
Banda Aceh

9. Country Steakhouse
Jalan Sri Ratu Safiatuddin 46D.

10. Putra Jaya
Jl. Tgk Haji Abdullah Ujung Rimba No 14 (off Jl. Muhammad near Masjid Baiturrahman)


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To Do

When you are in Banda Aceh, it is best to see and learn the city and its legends and stories by foot, bicycle, motorcycle, or rented car. Visit:

1. Museum Tsunami Aceh
2. Grand Mosque of Baiturrahman
3. The mausoleum of Sultan Iskandar Muda
4. Krueng City Park
5. Kerkhoff Dutch Cemetery, which is the largest Dutch Soldier Cemetery after the one in its mother country, Holand. It is where the Dutch sol



When you are in Banda Aceh, it is best to see and learn the city and its legends and stories by foot, bicycle, motorcycle, or rented car. Visit:

1. Museum Tsunami Aceh
2. Grand Mosque of Baiturrahman
3. The mausoleum of Sultan Iskandar Muda
4. Krueng City Park
5. Kerkhoff Dutch Cemetery, which is the largest Dutch Soldier Cemetery after the one in its mother country, Holand. It is where the Dutch soldiers were buried after Aceh War in 1873-1902.
6. Aceh House
7. Syiah Kuala Cemetery
8. Baiturrahim Mosque at Ulee Lheue

Visiting the central market of Banda Aceh is a feast for your eyes, especially when you are into photography. Buy several dishes, fruits, and local vegetables for your supply. Souvenirs can be found among those selling local items.

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