Located just 15 km from Banda Aceh, you find the quiet beaches of Lhok Nga (sometimes pronounced Lhonga) and Lampuuk. These are perfect for those wanting to visit Banda Aceh, while avoiding the hustle and bustle of the big city.

Lhok Nga is said to offer the best surfing, and Lampuuk to have the best beaches for swimming and basking in the sun. However, as the two are 30 minutes walk apart, and it's hard to tell where one beach stops and the other starts, it doesn't make much difference where you opt to sleep.

Get in

Taxis will take you there from the airport for a "fixed" price of 120.000 Rp, bargain hard and you'll get close to half that price.

Local public transport from Banda Aceh center (labi labi) can be taken from Banda Aceh for 10.000 Rp (last departure at 17.00).

Get around

Motor bikes and bicycles are available for hire in the area. Just ask at your Losmen.


The Cement factory - in fact, you can't miss it. It's right on the beach.



Lhok Nga

You won't go hungry in Lhok Nga. However, you won't find any fine dining either. The local food here is great and very cheap, and there are plenty Rumah Makan within short distance of the homestays. Additionally, it will be hard for you to stay long in a homestay without being invited to join your host for dinner.



Alcohol is widely unavailable. However, both Joe's Bungalows and Dian Rana serve beer, wine or spirits at a price showing the fact that it's transported here from Medan.


Lhok Nga

Lhok Nga attracts the budget backpackers and surfers during the season (December - March). Simple Losmen and homestays are plentiful here. Some of the places are only open in season, but don't worry, there will always be a place for you to stay. All accommodation is around Jl Golf close together. Shop around for the one that fits your style.

Room and dormitory accommodation in traditional Acehnese house 300m from Lampuuk Beach (3km from Lhoknga)on Jalan Pantai lampuuk - +6281388100887 or boheiman1@yahoo.com


Go next

Minibuses to Meulaboh, Tapaktuan can be persuaded into stopping here on their way from Banda Aceh. Just ask your guesthouse to arrange it for you.

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