A city that recovers from Tsunami

Banda Aceh Travel Blog

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Banda Aceh is located on the west tip of the island of Sumatera. It is well-known when the most devastating tsunami in history hit this place back in December 26, 2004. Since then, a lot of people from around the world, mostly foreigners who work for International Humanitarian Aid agencies, packed this place.


My previous job at Medical Teams International (MTI) brought me to this place to help the local people rebuild their hometown and their lives, the same mission and vision like the other NGO (Non-Government Organization) workers. The first time I touched down on the land of Banda Aceh, I was really amazed by its nature. The view of green pasture, rice fields with farmers, entertained my eyes along the way to the town. I never imagined that this place could be so stunning.


When I reached the town, Great Mosque is still standing strong even there was some damage shown on the building. The Tsunami was not able to tear it down. People in Banda Aceh believe that God is protecting His holy place.  


My journey continued to Ulele Harbor. Sight of people fishing, children swimming and young people just chilling out could easily found here. Colored sampan (traditional boats) also decorated the harbor.


Not too far from the harbor, beautiful beaches are also accessible. The most prominent beaches are Lhouk Nga and Lampu’u beach. Golden sand and coconut trees ornament these awesome sites. These beaches are always full with young kids playing soccer on the beach, swimming and learning how to surf. These juvenile surfers try really hard to overcome the waves. They flipped over so many times but never give up. The sunset view is spectacular from these beaches.


Banda Aceh in general is a secluded place for you who love to travel to serene locations. You will feel the strong Malay and Islamic culture in this place but the people there still respect people with other religions as well.  

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