Thailand Sumatra adventure 2009

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This past July Steve Lundeen and I had another great adventure. First we spent a week in and around Bangkok, Thailand followed by two weeks traveling in the Aceh region of northern Sumatra. Ketambe in southern Aceh is perhaps the most accessible place in the world to trek and observe wild orangutans. We stayed at a guest house in the Alas river valley and were flanked by 9000 ft mountain ranges of wilderness jungle on either side, Ketembe is the gate way for staging trips into Gunung Leuser Park, over 2.5 million acres in size with some of the most prolific wildlife in SE Asia. Next we traveled up to Pulau Weh on the very northern tip of Sumatra for a week of sun, beach and diving. (this area was ground 0 for the 2004 tsunami) Sumatra is truly an adventurers paradise and we only scratched the surface of the many things one can see, do and experience here. See below for a link to the iMovie posted on Youtube. This is version 3. Hope you all like it and let me know what you think. I also posted a couple of entries on the thorn tree forum at Lonely Planet, keyword Ketambe, sumatra or write if you have questions David

For more into about Gunung Leuser Park

More info about Pulau Weh
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