Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia

Pulau Weh Airport Banda Aceh

Aceh Province occupies the northern tip of Sumatra. A decades-long insurgency was finally settled in 2005, with the central government granting the province a greater degree of autonomy. The agreement came in the wake of the 2004 tsunami, which killed as many as 150,000 Indonesians, mostly in Aceh province.

Map of North Aceh Area
Banda Aceh Area map
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Banda Aceh is the provincial capital, and you'll probably need to fly into and out of its airport to reach any of the other destinations around the area. There isn't much to see in the city itself, although it can be quite a pleasant place to pass a day or two. The big draws to the area are the scuba diving on Pulau Weh north of Banda Aceh and the surfing at Lhok Nga, on the Sumatran coast southwest of the provincial capital.