Indonesia | Bukit Daun
Recommended 4D4N starting at SG$463
Adventure into south Sumatran primary jungle to visit a few geothermal lakes of Bukit Daun. You'll be rewarded with the scents of coffee as you start your hike through surrounding coffee, and tobacco plantations. Once you're at basecamp, trek to Bukit Daun's 7 pools, each of differing colours. Rumour has it the white pool has a resident spirit, Kawah Putri.
Day 00 | Friday
Singapore to Batam
Day 01 | Saturday
Fly Batam 0920//Bengkulu 1010; Drive to Bukit Daun (±6hrs); Trek to basecamp 1300masl (±2hrs); Sleep in Pondok
Day 02 | Sunday
Explore 7 coloured pools; sleep in Pondok
Day 03 | Monday
Descend to Air Nipis Village; Drive back to Bengkulu; Explore hidden falls
Day 04 | tuesday
Fly Bengkulu 0630//Batam 0805; Batam to Singapore
Extra Info and Options
Hotel; Guesthouse; Pondok (farm house, basic)
Pair with Bengkulu Uncut
Bengkulu; Air Nipis
Coffee and tobacco plantations; geothermal pools
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- Anna Lappé
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