Takengon is a 100 km town from the westernmost edge with population no more than 230,000. Takengon is the capital of Central Aceh district. It sits to offer you a handful of rareness you must see. The food is unique and it’s worth noting. Agro-tourism and activities around the Lake Laut Tawar (sea of fresh water) are the reasons to extend your stay. Not to mention the legend of a princess that turned into stone with her observable unseen guards. It has the visual concert of passing pine trees, series of tropical vegetations dotted with semi permanent dwellings, and stupefied looks of local children as your persevering labi-labi pass them by. The breeze would be gradually chillier on the coats of mists. Here, the average temperature is almost permanently around 20 degree Celsius, or a convenient 68 degree Fahrenheit.
Going to Takengon is convenience when you are in Banda Aceh. Please turn to Banda Aceh article for accessibility to capital city, Banda Aceh. From the capital city, you can take a bus or a rented car. In some cases, labi-labi (the local public transport in Banda Aceh) can also be rented for a trip to Takengon. It takes 8 hours to get there.
From Banda Aceh, a traveler usually passes Bireun, which is an easy drive as the long road is almost straight. From Bireun to Takengon, a driver must pay extra attention to the road as it is winding and gorge is right at the side of the road.
If you depart from Medan, take a bus from bus station going to Banda Aceh, and stop in Lhokseumawe. Medan-Lhokseumawe trip is about 4 hours. From Lhokseumawe to Takengon you can take a minibus and it takes 3 hours to get there.
If you happen to be in Kutacane, there is also a public transportation going to Takengon, a town around an altitude of 1,200 meters. It is far different from Banda Aceh. When Banda Aceh becomes merrier as the night comes, in Takengon, it is the opposite.
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Our Hotel Pick Near the Takengon
Located in Takengon, Grand Renggali Hotel offers a garden. There’s a terrace and guests can use free WiFi and free private parking.
Takengon town consists of two sub-districts of east takengon and west takengon and into to lut tawar district, central aceh regency, Aceh province of Indonesia and is the seat (capital) of the Central Aceh Regency. The town is in the highlands of western Sumatra and situated on the shores of Lake Lut Tawar. The region around Takengon is well known for its coffee. The indigenous people in Takengon are the Gayonese people or as they’re usually called, “urang Gayo”. The word gayo comes from the ancient aceh language adopted from Sanskrit which means mountain. The most of popular dance in this region is Didong. Formerly Didong used as tools by Islamic preacher to spreading Islamic teaching. In recent time, Didong usually is exhibited in important and special events, such as wedding party or welcoming ceremony in formal agenda. Nowadays Didong performed mainly as entertainment purposes.
Takengon to Medan
You can take numerous bus services from Payailang Bus Terminal. There is also a night bus that leaves at 20.00 to Medan run by Sampati Star bus service. Their ticket office is located at Payailang. You can also take private travel service which will pick you up on your location. Price for ticket rate from IDR 100K to IDR 150K (around USD 8- USD 13). It will took 10–12 hours from Takengon to Medan.
Takengon to Banda Aceh
You can also take numerous bus services or private travel from Payailang Bus Terminal. It took 8–10 hours from Takengon to Banda Aceh.
Takengon is served by the Bener Meriah Rembele Airport (IATA: TXE, ICAO: WITK), which on March 3, 2016 has been improved to accommodate bigger airplanes with 30×2,250 meter square runway, 95×150 meter square apron and 1,000 meter square terminal to serve up to 200,000 passengers per year. Currently rembele airport has 4000 passengers a year.
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