The popular tourist resort of Bukit Lawang, tucked away on the easternmost fringes of the Gunung Leuser National Park, 78km north of Medan, is home to the Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre. On November 2, 2003, a flash flood ripped through the heart of the resort leaving more than two hundred dead, including five tourists. The rebuilding process is finally complete and the decimated area across from the feeding centre has regained much of its former buzz. With a wonderful selection of treks into the heart of the jungle, whitewater adventures and some of the best opportunities to see wild orang-utan in the world, this is a destination worth visiting.
Bukit Lawang has a stunning location below curtains of thick jungle on the banks of the Bohorok River. Aside from relaxing at one of the numerous cafés and bars, the main attractions are the feeding times behind the Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre and the treks in the Gunung Leuser National Park.