Most famous for being THE site to see wild orangutans in their natural habitat, Bukit Lawang is a small tourist village found in the stunning Gunung Leuser National Park in Indonesia. If you’re looking to fill your days with jungle trekking, then Bukit Lawang is the place for you! Here you can surround yourself in nature and go trekking through the jungle which is rich in natural wildlife.
To help you find the best accommodation in one of the most popular destinations in Sumatra, here are our top picks for the best places to stay in Bukit Lawang for hotels and hostels.
Note: As Bukit Lawang is a small village, expect bamboo guesthouses and jungle bungalows over five-star hotels.
Best Places to Stay in Bukit Lawang, Indonesia
Ida Guest House & Restaurant
Room Type: Single | Double | Triple Rooms
Price Range: From $6 per night
Hailed as excellent value for money by backpackers, Ida Guest House & Restaurant is the place to stay for budget travelers.
The rooms are basic, comfortable, and clean, but the best thing is that they offer amazing mountain and river views. Each room also opens up onto a communal terrace where you can have BBQs and socialize with other travelers. There’s definitely a warm, homey vibe at this guesthouse!
If this isn’t enough, the couple who run the guesthouse offers free pickups from the bus station and is happy to help you organize jungle treks. And don’t miss out on eating at the restaurant which is said to serve delicious food!
Rain Forest Guest House
Room Type: Budget or Deluxe Double | Family Rooms
Price Range: From $3 per night
You want your jungle adventure to be somewhere relaxing, beautiful and affordable? Well, that somewhere exists and it’s the Rain Forest Guest House!
At a mere $3 per night, their Budget Double Rooms are a real steal! The rooms are clean and simple, with some that include seating areas, balconies or patios that are perfect for socializing. The hotel itself offers an on-site bar and restaurant which serves fresh and delicious food for a stupidly cheap price.
Guests also speak highly of the trekking tours that the guesthouse can organize for you.
If you’re not convinced yet, the river is lined with tables, chairs, and hammocks for you to chill after your trek through the jungle.
Thomas’ Retreat Bukit Lawang
Room Type: Superior/Deluxe Double | Family Rooms | King Suite
Price Range: From $12 per night
Thomas’ Retreat is in a stunning location with water sports, fishing, biking and trekking facilities.
However, Thomas himself is what makes the stay! Extremely friendly, Thomas loves to practice his already incredible English with guests and take care of them from the get-go by arranging a driver from the airport to pick you up.
This charming hotel offer a range of rooms ranging from double to family to even a suite! The sizeable rooms come very comfortable mattresses and your own little balcony or patio area. With friendly staff and great food at the on-site restaurant, you can’t go wrong with this choice!
If you want to get your adventure on, this is the place for you.
Wisma Leuser Sibayak
Room Type: Twin | Double | Deluxe Rooms
Price Range: From $15 per night
For the ultimate social hub, Wisma Leuser Sibayak is the place for travelers who want to meet and mix with all kinds of people.
The guesthouse has twin, double, and deluxe rooms, so you can have your pick. With each room having a terrace and a lush garden on-site, there is no shortage of places to hang out and chill. Staff and guests also sing together every night with a guitar or drums. How cool is that?
This place is highly recommended for the staff alone as they go above and beyond to make you feel welcome.
Junia Guesthouse Bukit Lawang
Room Type: Double Rooms | Bungalows | Cottages
Price Range: From $9 per night
If you like feeling at home away from home, then Junia Guesthouse should be at the top of your list.
Situated on the riverfront, this guesthouse offers charming rooms and bungalows set around a beautiful garden. The rooms are spacious, with four-poster beds. Each room also has a terrace or balcony with a hammock, perfect for chilling in the evenings.
For extra privacy, go for one of their bungalows or cottages!
Plus, there’s an Asian or Western breakfast included in the room rate.
The guesthouse as a whole has a warm and cozy atmosphere, from the rooms and the restaurant to everyone sitting by the river at night singing over a guitar. Here you can jungle trek, hike, bike or relax without a care in the world.
Room Type: Double Rooms
Price Range: From $18 per night
If you want to discover the charm of local life in Sumatra, Villa Paradise is just five minutes away from Bukit Lawang in a quiet village.
This quaint little property was opened in 2016 and offers double rooms in a bungalow-style setting. The rooms are spacious, complete with an open-air bathroom and a small porch where you can hang out. What’s more, a delicious breakfast included in the rate.
You can rent a bicycle for free from the accommodation and cycle around the villages or venture out into the jungle and spend a few days trekking.
This is a small property so you’ll be sure to make friends with the staff who are always on hand to help or organize tours for you.
Indra Valley Inn Bukit Lawang
Room Type: Double | Deluxe Rooms
Price Range: From $12 per night
The guys over at Indra Valley Inn couldn’t make your traveling anymore easy or convenient! As soon as you book a room, you will be contacted by the owner who will help you arrange airport transfers or a jungle trek before you’ve even left the place you are in.
When you get to Indra Valley Inn, you will be welcomed by the amicable staff. You’ll be charmed by the spacious and colorful rooms, which come with jungle or river views. All you have to do when you get there is kick off your shoes and admire the views from a hammock on your balcony.
Guests positively rave about the tasty food at the restaurant as well as the high quality of the tours organize by the staff. Recommended!
Room Type: Single | Double | Triple Rooms | Bungalow
Price Range: From $15 per night
Want to be feeling the #junglevibes all day long? Check out Garden Inn.
Situated along a hillside, this property offers rooms that are more like cabins. With sturdy wood furniture and nature-inspired accents, this is a great place to stay in Bukit Lawang. Each room comes with a balcony with a hammock and a seating area, the perfect spot to catch the breeze or enjoy the sunset.
In the evenings, grab a delicious meal at the on-site restaurant and then chill out with the staff and other guests in a group sing-along. Guests praise the staff here for their warm and attentive service, and the tours organized by them are great as well!
Room Type: Double | Deluxe | Family Rooms
Price Range: From $21 per night
Situated high above the valley is Hotel Orangutan. Although in the middle of the jungle, the hotel is ideally located close to popular local restaurants as well as being right next to the “monkey tree.” Literally, you sleep in rooms right next to where monkeys sleep in the trees!
The rooms here are bright and airy, but the bathroom is apparently made to look like a cave with the sink actually being part of the mountain rock. How unique! You’ll also have a balcony where you can relax in the evenings after a busy day exploring the jungle. As the hotel is on a hillside, you’ll be assured a great view no matter which room you’re in.
With jungle sports facilities and great food available both on-site or close by, you won’t want to leave!
If you’re looking for things to do in the area, check out some of our guides!
- Jungle Trekking with Sumatra Paradise in Bukit Lawang
- Indonesia Travel Tips
- Experience the Top 5 Adventures in Indonesia
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