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Aceh After The Tsunami

Submitted by Agustian Hermanto on December 23, 2009 – 1:05 am Comments

On Boxing Day 2004, Aceh and its surrounding area were hit by the Indian Ocean Tsunami. 230,000 people were killed and 500,000 were left homeless. This tragedy is always going to be remembered as the deadliest tsunamis in the human kind history.

This December 26, 2009, we are going to be remembering 5 years of the tsunami aftermath. What has changed and what has become of Aceh tourism?

Aceh tourism has now become what is called “Tsunami Tourism.” Remnants of the wave have now become Aceh major tourists’ attractions. For instance, it is quite an unusual sight to see a large electricity generator boat, weigh about 5000 tons, rest in a field miles from the ocean. or visit Aceh Tsunami Museum, a monument built to keep us remembered of how the world come together to assist the tsunami victims. And that is not all; the survivors of the tragedy are open to share of what happened and how they overcome it. More Major tourist attractions in Banda Aceh.

Aceh Tsunami Remnants – Electricity generator boat weighs about 5000 tons
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How you can get to Banda Aceh?

  • International Flights are available from Penang and Kuala Lumpur.
  • Otherwise, you can take domestic flights from Jakarta and Medan.
    • Garuda Indonesia
    • Lion Air
    • Sriwijaya Air
  • Non-stop night buses are also available with travel times ranging from 9 to 13 hours – from Medan to Banda Aceh. Major bus companies such as PMTOH, Pelangi, Kurnia and Pusaka have offices on Jl. Gajah Mada, Medan. Price ranges from 110,000 in a regular-sized-seat bus to 200,000 in a wide-seat bus.
  • Note: Visa on Arrival is currently not available at Banda Aceh airport, even though the Indonesian government has granted its VOA status. You will need to get your tourist visa beforehand at an Indonesian embassy if you’re not eligible for the visa-free entry. Check here if you’re eligible for Indonesia Visa-Free entry



    One of the best places to visit in Aceh is Pulau Weh, the farthest northwestern of Indonesia. Like the Bunaken Marine Park, Pulau Weh has made its name as a diving jewel in the Southeast Asia. Actually No – Make it in the world! Pristine water, magnificent corals and huge flock of fish are the main attractions here.

    Pulau Weh is not easily accessible, but your effort is going to be paid well off. At this moment, Pulau Weh only receives a couple of thousand visitors each year, a small number for a diving paradise, and it makes Pulau Weh an unspoiled diving paradise.

    Flock of Fish – Pulau Weh Diving
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    How you can get to Pulau Weh?

    Ferries to Pulau Weh (Balohan) are available from Banda Aceh (Ulee Lheu). It is a 45 minutes ferry ride and it costs Rp. 60,000.

    Daily “Pulo Rondo” ETD: 09:30 ETA: 10:30
    Saturday to Thursday “Express Bahari” ETD: 15:30 ETA: 16:30
    Friday “Express Bahari” ETD: 16:30 ETA: 17:30
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