Banda Aceh, the capital of Indonesia's Aceh province, is located on Sumatra Island. Although Banda Aceh is remembered by the great Tsunami disaster that took place in 2004, the city is trying to get over this and to survive with continuing new investments. It is absolutely necessary to see the Tsunami Museum, which was established after the event which seriously affected Banda Aceh and caused great loss.
Banda Aceh is also known as 'Mecca Harbor'. Most of the transit passengers, who go to Mecca during the pilgrimage of Muslims every year, use Banda Aceh port as a stop or transfer point.
Transportation in the city is mainly carried out by three-wheeled motor vehicles called becak. Unlike the widespread use in Asia, you can also travel to long distances in the city with these means of transportation. Taxis and minibuses are other means of transportation within the city. Most of the local people prefer to use bicycles and motorcycles. On the other hand, Sultan Iskandar Muda International Airport is undertaking the task of being the gateway of Banda Aceh.
Banda Aceh is located in the tropical climate zone and the temperature is measured around 27 degrees Celsius on average in a year. Although June, July and August are considered relatively dry, the city receives plenty of rain every year and has a very humid atmosphere.
The Baiturrahman Grand Mosque, with a capacity of nine thousand people, is located in the heart of the city and is considered a symbol of the city. Gunongan Historical Park is a beautiful place worth seeing in the city. The Aceh Museum, one of the oldest museums in the country, houses historical and cultural artifacts and hosts a large collection.
There are three different beaches in Banda Aceh that can be reached in 15-20 minutes by car. Lhok Nya Beach is not recommended for swimming because it can be dangerous. Ujong Batee Beach is very convenient to swim. Lam Puluk Beach is particularly preferred by tourists and suitable for surfing.
The Banda Aceh cuisine is a mix of Arab, Indian, Siamese, German and Spanish culinary cultures. Mie Aceh, a kind of noodle, Martabak Aceh, a kind of pastry, and Ayam Tangcap, a chicken dish, are among the recommended local dishes. Coffee consumption is also very common and there are many places where coffee can be enjoyed in the city.
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Banda Aceh flights are organized to Sultan Iskandar Muda Intl. - Banda Aceh Intl. Airport.
London-Banda Aceh 12 hour 20 minutes.