Despite it’s reputation as being well and truly out in the wilds of Sumatra, Banda Aceh was a modern town, full of western conveniences brought by, or at least in order to cater to, foreign NGO workers in the aftermath of the 2004 Tsunami. In leaving the city behind we were heading down a far more adventurous road.
There were, in fact three roads out of Banda Aceh. We’d taken the eastern costal road from Medan on the way there. Sections of the western coastal road still hadn’t been repaired following the tsunami. The third option was the one took on our journey south: the mountain road right down the centre of Sumatra, through the region known as the Gayo Highlands.
Deep fried crispy vegetables were a specialty of Aceh, including these beautiful (and tasty) kumara (sweet potato) chips