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Sabang

A real tropical island

sunny 104 °F
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We had never heard of Sabang, a town on Pulau Weh, the little island that marks the north west corner of Indonesia’s 300 mile width. Sabang is a 45 minute ferry ride across from Banda Aceh, Sumatra, noted for the tsunami there in 2004 and various wars of independence. Our destination lecturer said that Sabang had no hotels, no resorts, no market, no sights to see. All true, but we fell in love with this beautiful and hospitable place. We were welcomed by every resident, it seems, and the high school marching band and a welcome dance. We then drove to a Anoi Itam, a lovely knoll atop a horrid Japanese bunker built during the 1942-45 occupation (Japan does not come off well in the histories of this area; they may have been skilled at war but they did cruel and inhumane things to their enemies and the residents of the countries they invaded.) Then to a small village on Iboih Beach (a snorkeling and diving destination) that had gone all out to welcome us. We all had coconuts to drink and stuffed banana leaves and fried bananas and chairs in the shade (a good thing because it was 104 degrees) to watch a girls grade school dance troupe perform native dances. On the way back to the ship, nursing monkeys lined the road and ate bananas. Someday this place will be “discovered” like Phuket, we fear; how good it was to be here first.

Anoi Itam

Anoi Itam

Dancers on Palau Weh

Dancers on Palau Weh

AC5E43A02219AC68171A6595A4DD7E70.jpgBeach on Palau Weh

Beach on Palau Weh

Children watching dancers

Children watching dancers

Hope and Coconut

Hope and Coconut

Local food on Palau Weh

Local food on Palau Weh

Lake Aneuk Laot

Lake Aneuk Laot

Posted by HopeEakins 03:38 Archived in Malaysia

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It's always a joy to read your postings. And you both look so happy, its hard not to wish we were all there with you. But then who would read the travel blog?

At any rate, your work on the blog is impressive.

Please keep up the good work.

Bryan

by Bryan Adams

Thank a lot for ur story, we are going to put ur story on our blog as well

by Ali Taufik

Thanks for visiting our city, very nice posting and experience, hope you will visit Sabang many more :)

by Hijrah Saputra

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