Visiting Banda Aceh City

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Visiting Banda Aceh City

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In Banda Aceh City, there is natural beauty and unique culture of the local community. There are many uniqueness, starting from the village (desa), sub-district (kecamatan), district (kabupaten) and provincial levels.

In Indonesia, each province has different and interesting characteristics. Each province has a different and unique culture and lifestyle.

The beautiful Banda Aceh City is the provincial capital and largest city in the province of Aceh, Indonesia, located on the island of Sumatra, with an elevation of 35 meters.

The city rule covers a region of 64 square kilometers and as per the 2000 evaluation had a populace of 219,070 individuals. Banda Aceh is situated at the northwestern tip of Indonesia at the mouth of the River Krueng Aceh.

The city was initially named Kutaraja, and decided as the commonplace capital in 1956. Kuta Raja signifies “City of the King”, in reference to the establishing of the Aceh Sultanate from Champa origins.

Later its name was changed to Bandar Aceh Darussalam or prominently known as Bandar Aceh, with the initial segment of the name originating from the Persian bandar (بندر) signifying “port” or “asylum”.

Today the city is spelled Banda Aceh with the lost of “r” in “Bandar”. The city is additionally named to as the “port to Mecca”, and Aceh is likewise alluded to as the “yard of Mecca” (Indonesian: Serambi Mekkah), since in the past during the days when the hajj pilgrims gone via ocean, the hajj explorer from all over Indonesian archipelago generally dependably make a stop over in the city before proceeding with their adventure to Mecca.

It is additionally realized that soonest Southeast Asian Islamic sultanates — such as Samudra Pasai —were first settled in Aceh, which means Islam first landed in Aceh before spreading all through Southeast Asia.

The government is taking good care of the preservation of nature and maintaining the condition of the forest.

The environment is also well maintained.


Visiting Banda Aceh City, we will witness routine community activities in unique traditional cultures. And there are special dishes and food as part of culinary tours that are delicious and yummy.

In this place there are also regular events or activities held every year, both national and international.

There several Tourist Attractions and Actitivities in Banda Aceh:

Beside Bairurrahman Grand MosqueTaman Sari Gunongan, and Rumoh Aceh, royal heritage sites, and beautiful beaches panorama that attract people to visit, Banda Aceh is also famous for its Warong Kupie (Coffee Shops) where specially brewed coffee is served. There are two kind of brewed coffees: Ulee Kareng and Brawe coffee.

Several festivals are held annually by the City:

  • Banda Aceh Festival
  • Festival Krueng Aceh Peunayong
  • Festival Geulayang Tunang (kite festival)
  • Festival Kupi, etc

Surrounding Banda Aceh there are 3 beaches which may accessed in 15 to 20 minutes by vehicles, they are:

  • Ujong Batee Beach, black sand beach and calm waves, suitable for swimming and kids activities
  • Lhok Nga Beach, the most developed beach, visited by local and foreign tourist, suitable for surfing and watching sunset
  • Lampu’uk Beach, very quiet, dangerous for swimming, has cliff and good scenery


The journey to Banda Aceh City is now very easy. We can enter through various modes of transportation.

The condition of the infrastructure is getting better. Starting from highways, airports, trails, ports, bridges, stairs, even some places can be reached by toll roads.

Access to go to Banda Aceh City:

Sultan Iskandar Muda International Airport is located in Blang Bintang, 13.5 km from Banda Aceh.

Two main highways run out of Banda Aceh to the south. One runs down the eastern side of the province through main towns such as Bireuen and Lhokseumawe to Medan, the large capital of the province of North Sumatra.

The other highway runs down the western side of the province through lesser-populated areas to the towns of Calang, Meulaboh, and Singkil. The main bus station called Terminal Terpadu Batoh is located at Jalan Mr. Teuku Muhammad Hasan.

Banda Aceh has two sea ports, Pelabuhan (port) Ulèë Lheuë and Pelabuhan Malahayati.

  • Pelabuhan Ulèë Lheuë was the main sea port in Aceh, now is functioned as ferry terminal. Located in sub-district Meuraksa.
  • Pelabuhan Malahayati, the current main sea port, is located in Krueng Raya, 27 km from Banda Aceh.

We can visit by plane, car, ship, bus, motorcycle and bicycle. At some point, we can take the train. We can also walk freely.


In Banda Aceh City, as technology getting better. We can easily find locations for mini markets, shops (warung kedai), ATMs, Bank BRI BCA BNI Mandiri, BTPN Bank Nagari BJB, supermarkets, and restaurants. So we will not starve or lack the necessary items.

If you are sick and need help, you can also visit clinics, drugstore pharmacies (apotek), practice doctors, hospitals, health centers (puskesmas).

In this place we can also look for places of worship such as mosques, churches, and others.


Finding place to stay in Banda Aceh City is very easy. We can stay at homestays, hotels, inns, hostels and other places.

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Experience and Reviews

There are already many visitors have visited Banda Aceh City, there are many interesting stories that are told. Like feeling satisfied, happy, wanting to come again, sleep well, and almost no one is disappointed or complains to come here.

So, visitors will find out on how to find the best hotels, where is exactly located, why it is amazing, how much is the fare and rate, who are the people, whom to ask, and when is the best time to visit.

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