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 many 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.
Disclaimer: As Bukit Lawang is a small village, expect bamboo guest houses and jungle bungalows over five star hotels.
Ida Guest House & Restaurant
Price Range: $6-12 a night
Praised as excellent value for money by backpackers, Ida Guest House & Restaurant is the place to stay for budget travelers. The rooms are basic but are clean and 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. If this isn’t enough, the couple who run the guest house offers free pickups from the bus station and is happy to help you organize jungle treks. (Prices for private rooms range from $6-12 a night)
Suma Guesthouse & Dorm
Price Range: $5.50-25 a night
As Bukit Lawang is slowly rebuilding and developing, hostels here are quite limited. Suma Guesthouse & Dorms is one of the only few places which offer clean dorm beds for a super reasonable price. The owners themselves are jungle guides so it’s a one-stop shop where you can arrange everything from tours and treks.
To see prices and read reviews, check: Hostelworld
Thomas’ Retreat Bukit Lawang
Price Range: $7-15 a 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. The hotel provides friendly staff, great food and sizeable rooms with very comfortable mattresses. If you want to get your adventure on, this is the place for you. (Prices range from $7-15 for a double room)
Rain Forest Guest House
Price Range: $12 a 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! The hotel itself offers an onsite bar and restaurant which apparently serves fresh and delicious food for a stupidly cheap price. The rooms are clean and simple, with some including seating areas, balconies or patios that are perfect for socializing. 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. (Prices start at $12 a night)
To see prices and read reviews, check: Booking.com
Price Range: $12-14 a night
Right on the edge of the national park, you will find Bugis Inn. A family-run homestay, they offer clean rooms with A/C, free WI-FI, jungle treks and bike and car hire to explore the region. Every room is fitted with a seating area and private bathroom (with a western toilet and bath/shower), while the lucky few include a sun terrace to admire the views. We stayed here for a few nights and the family vibe of the hotel is unparalleled! (Prices start at $12 a night)
Wisma Leuser Sibayak
Price Range: $8-30 a 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. With each room having a terrace or garden, there is no shortage of places to gather. 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. However, it does offer a lot more, from room service, private ensuites, large comfy beds and Asian or continental breakfast. (Prices start at $8 for a double economy room)
Junia Guesthouse Bukit Lawang
Price Range: $10-30 a night
If you like feeling at home away from home, the Junia Guesthouse should be at the top of your list. Situated on the riverfront, the hotel offers charming bungalows set around a beautiful garden. The rooms are spacious with four poster beds and an Asian or Western breakfast included in the room rate. Each room also has a terrace with a hammock, perfect for chilling in the evenings. 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 in the hotel’s ambiance. (Prices start at $10 for a budget double room and $20 for a deluxe bungalow)
Price Range: $23-33 a night
If you want to discover the charm of local life in Sumatra, a stay in Villa Paradise is just 5 minutes away from Bukit Lawang in a quiet village. Stay in newly built bungalows (July 2016) with spacious rooms and open-air bathrooms, and 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. (Prices start at $23 for a fan bungalow and $29 for an A/C bungalow)
You can see their website here: Agoda
Indra Valley Inn Bukit Lawang
Price Range: $18-40 a 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 amicable staff and spacious and colorful rooms with jungle or river views. All you have to do when you get there is kick off your shoes, admire the views from a hammock on your balcony and enjoy the a la carte breakfast in the mornings. (Prices start at $18 for a standard double room and $30 for a deluxe double room)
Price Range: $30-120 a 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 may be bright and airy, but the bathroom is apparently made to look like a cave with the sink actually being part of the mountain rock. With jungle sports facilities and great food onsite or close by, you won’t want to leave! (Prices start from $30 for a double room to $120 for a family room)
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