Bukit Lawang

Bukit Lawang, sometimes also named, probably for tourist consumption, 'Gateway to the Hills', is a small community on the edge of the Gunung Leuser Nature Reserve, an area of beautiful countryside. A few years ago Bukit Lawang was a thriving place with thousands of tourists coming to see the orang-utans. This is no longer true. The downturn in tourism in Indonesia has hit Sumatra hard. Things got worse for the town in November 2003 when a flash food swept away much of the infrastructure and killed hundreds of residents. However, there is a real sense of resilience and community here, and the people are working hard to get the town firmly back on the tourist trail. Visitors will note the effort made to keep the area clean, with recycling and rubbish bins along all the paths in the village.

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