If you come all the way to Banda (and you should if you come to Sumatra), don't just head directly to Sabang. See the major sites (Grande Mosque, beaches, Pasar Atjeh, etc..) but click on the photo's below to get information on other things to see and do in and around Banda.
Bike Ride through VillagesTake a bike ride through the villages around Mata Ei too see the friendly faces peeking out from the rice fields. Contact the Aceh Biking Club to go with the crew. (contact me for details)
Elephant Rides!Go to Saree and take a ride on Noni, the elephant or one of her friends. 1 hour ride from Banda. No charge, but tip appreciated 30,000 Rp. ($3.30)
Get LOSTAsk one of the fisherman at Ulee Lheu to take you to Pulo Batee, or one of the islands and get lost. Don't forget to arrange for pick-up too! Expect to pay about 150,000 Rp. per person, roundtrip. ($16.40)
Jungle Joe AdventuresAsk Joe to take you on a half-day hike to Mata Ei or overnight to Seulawah. Pictured here is the "swimming pool." Just you and the eagles. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. About 150,000 Rp. for half-day ($16.40)
Aceh Traditional DanceBe entertained for free...come see the Sanggar Cut Dancers practice on Sunday mornings, 11am at Pedopo.
SangerSip kopi aceh (sweet and black) or sanger (with milk) in Ulee Karing's most famous coffee shop, Solong. 3,000 Rp. ($.33)
Suhom WaterfallOnly one hour from Aceh in Lloong district. There is no excuse to not to go. Beautiful and refreshing. Free.
Eat with your hands!Go to Lamyoeng (sp??) on the way to Darussalam and eat the most delicious BBQ ever. No utensils. Dig in and enjoy. At the Darussalam rotary, go right and pull over at any of the fish stalls on the left. 70,000 Rp. per person for full meal. ($7.67)
Tsunami SightsThat building is not a building. It's an enormous barge that the tsunami flung 5km inland and dropped on a neighborhood. It's the best example i've seen of the power of those waves. when i saw it, it literally brought me to my knees. The city hooked up the on-board generator and it now provides power to part of the city.