Many foreign tourists are interested to visit Ketambe in Southeast Aceh regency. The tourism destination is popular with the beauty of natural forest and also variety of flora and fauna which grow wild. “Every month, there’s always foreign tourist who visit Ketambe,” said one of Ketambe Inn managers, Mus Muliadi.
Tourists usually wanted to see Sumatran orang utan in Ketambe. They can found the animals on the side street that connected Southeast Aceh and Gayo Lues.
Not only orangutan, there are many types of primates in Ketambe forest. Such as kukang (Nycticebus coucang), long-tailed monkeys (Macaca fascicularis), beruk (Macaca nemestrina), kedih (Presbytis thomasi), sarudung (Hylobates lar), and gibbon (Hylobates syndactylus).
Ketambe is located foothills of the Gunung Leuser National Park. The destination is popular for foreign tourists after visiting Banda Aceh city and Sabang.
The main reason to come to Ketambe is to do a trekking tour into Gunung Leuser National Park. However, there are other activities that can be enjoyed by many tourists, such as rafting on Alas river.
“After trekking, many foreign tourists, generally from Europe and Australia want to try rafting on Alas river,” another Ketambe inn manager, Alfian explained.