If I had to pick a favourite country in South Eastern Asia, it would have to be Indonesia. Even after spending a total of six or seven months there over the years, I’ve barely scratched the surface. It’s still the Wild Wild West of the region, and maybe that’s why I love it so much. The unpredictability. That and the dizzying display of multiculturalism, multilingualism, archaeological history, culinary history, I could go on, but this is supposed to be a photo essay right? Enjoy a ‘Taste of Sumatra’.



Morning Stroll Through Bukittinggi



Pondering the meaning of life in the ‘ol jungle hammock



The “Call of the Gibbon” – A Run-down on Primate Decorum Before an Nine Hour Jungle Trek



The Sumatran Jungle was unforgivably humid, and plagued our camera, but we did manage to snap a few photos of this lovely female



The Village of Bukit Lawang



The Road Less Travelled – Batik Villages on Samosir Island



The Balinese Breed



Sumatran smiles are legendary in their own right



Lake views on Lake Danau Toba


Postcard perfect Sumatra – Carpeted mountain ranges, ancient batik homes and a rich, intoxicating tradition stole my heart





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    • JManchester
      JManchester says:

      Hi Shaun,

      Thanks for the compliments, and for visiting my blog! I was there for about a month, traveling around. Took a 5 van trip from Medan to Lake Toba, backtracked and took a 16 hour bus ride from Medan to Bukittinggi – It was a harrowing journey, to say the least – but it’s all an adventure right!



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