The drive from Medan to Bukit Lawang is approximately 90 km and takes approximately four hours with a number of stops along the way that enables you to take in the locals average daily lives of: working, going to school, shopping, etc. There are plenty of photo opportunities along the way ranging from street photography to wildlife such as monkeys and of course plenty of opportunities to take snaps of the locals who are more than willing to smile but in many cases will want to take a photo of you in return.
Bukit (Hill) Lawang provides an easy entry to the Northern Sumatran Jungle. The village is set up along the Bahorok River and has a considerable amount of accommodation on offer and is relatively cheap.
There are many guides available to take groups or private tours and this is highly advisable especially given the terrain of the jungle itself. The guides are well versed in knowing where the wildlife is located but are also able to help when the orangutans become a little too confident.
The wildlife is abundant of course from orangutans to leaf monkeys and much more. It is obviously hot and so one needs to be reasonably fit and having a good pair of hiking shoes is a definite must. If you’re up to it, you can hire a guide for lengthier jungle tours. Depending on the tour you can also combine this white water rafting.