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==Understand==
 
Around 150,000 people were killed in Banda Aceh in the Tsunami of 26 December 2004. Some parts of the city became permanently submerged. Many aid agencies have been present since then to help rebuild.
[[Image:airport1small.jpg|thumb|200px|right|Banda Aceh airport]]
Foreigners no longer require a travel permit (''surat jalanSurat Jalan'') to enter Aceh, but an Indonesian visa is required. Since 6 June 2010, it is possible to get a 30 day Visa-on-Arrival at Banda Aceh Airport. The Embassy in [[Kuala Lumpur|KL]] can also sometimes process the visa in the same day if you complete all the paperwork before noon, though officially this only applies to Malaysian residents.
===By bus===
There are non-stop night buses, with travel times ranging from 9 to 13 hours - from Medan to Banda Aceh. Major bus companies such as PMTOH, Pelangi, Kurnia and Pusaka have offices on Jl. Gajah Mada, Medan. Price ranges from 110,000 in a regular-sized-seat bus to 200,000 in a wide-seat bus.
There are non-stop night buses, with travel times ranging from 9-13 hours - from Medan to Banda Aceh. Major bus companies such as PMTOH, Pelangi, Kurnia and Pusaka have offices on Jl. Gajah Mada, Medan. Price ranges from Rp 110,000 in a regular-sized-seat bus to Rp 200,000 in a wide-seat bus. Mini-buses can also take you to Banda Aceh from the Medan area, but journeys are generally longer. Prices are a bit cheaper than the coaches. It is also possible to travel over from Medan to Banda Aceh via Kutacane and [[Takengon]]. This will be 20 hours hr in total.
===By plane===
Two airlines fly daily between Banda Aceh and either [[Medan]] (a one-hour trip) or [[Jakarta]] (a 2 hour 40 minute trip). Garuda has three daily flights from [[Jakarta]] and two daily flights from Medan. Lion Air has two daily flights from [[Jakarta]] and one from [[Medan]]. The Jakarta-Banda Aceh direct flight on Garuda takes 2 hrs 40 mins on a Boeing 737, although it is often changed to stopover at Medan without warning. SMAC Airlines flies daily from Medan to [[Nias Island]] and [[Simeulue Island]]. Budget carrier, AirAsia, [http://www.airasia.com]provides daily flights from Kuala Lumpur. Firefly airlines [[http://www.fireflyz.com.my]] , Malaysia's community airline now flies from Penang to Banda Aceh every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
'''Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport''', ({{IATA|BTJ}}, {{ICAO|WITT}}) is named after the twelfth sultan of Aceh, Iskandar Muda. Airlines fly daily between Banda Aceh and either [[Medan]], a 1 hr trip, or [[Jakarta]], a 2 hr 40 minute trip.  * '''AirAsia''', [[Kuala Lumpur]]. [http://www.airasia.com], flights Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun * '''Batavia Air''', [[Jakarta]]-Soekarno-Hatta, [[Medan]] * '''Firefly''', [[Penang]], [http://www.fireflyz.com.my] , [[Malaysia|Malaysia's]] community airline now flies from Penang to Banda Aceh every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday * '''Garuda Indonesia''', [[Jakarta]]-Soekarno-Hatta, [[Medan]], 3 daily flights from [[Jakarta]] and two daily flights from Medan. The Jakarta-Banda Aceh direct flight on Garuda takes 2 hr 40 mins on a Boeing 737, although it is often changed to stopover at Medan without warning. ''Seasonal'' to [[Jeddah]] in [[Saudi Arabia]] during the Hajj season * '''Lion Air''', [[Jakarta]]-Soekarno-Hatta, Medan. They have two daily flights from Jakarta and one from Medan.  * '''SMAC''', Blang Pidie, [[Meulaboh]], Simelue, Takengon, Tapaktuan. Flies daily from Medan to Nias Island and Simeulue Island.  * '''Sriwijaya Air''', [[Medan]] * '''Susi Air''', [[Meulaboh]] ====Visa==== Visa formalities at this airport are similar to those of other Indonesian Embassy in Singapore has confirmed that immigration gateways. *Visa On Arrival (''VOA'') service is available at Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport officially started . ====Airport bus==== A bus provides a service from Banda Aсeh to the airport, and from the airport to Banda Aceh.Operating hours are 10/11AM-2:30PM, price to the city is Rp 15,000/person. The bus departing from the airport to Banda Aсeh leaves a few minutes after airplanes land. So departure time depends on 26JAN2010landing time, more or less. Thus, it's advised to hurry to catch the bus. The arrival feesIt is on your left when you leave the airport building (taxi drivers will tell you there is no airport bus, just keep on walking because the bus is there). Please note that this bus goes to Banda Aceh City Centre; it does '''''not''''' go to the Bus Station or Ulee-Lhue Harbour. If you want to go to the Bus Station or Ulee-Lhue Harbour, countries allowable and all other regulations remain take a becak after being dropped off in the City Centre by the same as other VOA locationsairport bus.
===By boat===
The closest big (international) ferry terminal is Belawan Port, close to Medan. It receives vessels originating from Batam, Indonesia (a common route when coming from Singapore), Penang, Malaysia (Langkawi Ferry [[http://www.langkawi-The ferry.com/schedule.html]])from Penang is no longer operating. From Ulhee-lhee, the port of Banda Aceh you can go to Pulau Weh and to Pulau Aceh.
==Get around==
 The main methods of getting around are ''becak'' (motorbike taxis) and ''labi-labi'' (public minibus). Due to the sudden influx of money post-tsunami, locals have gotten used to overcharging, but now stabilization stabilisation has returned. Example becak fares are: Airport - Grand Mosque: Rp 40,000; Bus Terminal - Grand Mosque: Rp 8,000; Grand Mosque - Penayong: Rp 5,000. Inside the city, generally Rp 10,000 should do it.
==See==
[[Image:Bitay_Aceh.jpg|thumb|200px|right|Bitay Graveyard]]
* <see name="Masjid Raya Baiturrahman/Grand Mosque" alt="" address="" directions="Muslim dresscode" phone="" url="" hours="" price="Muslim dresscode" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Baiturrahman is a great mosque located at the heart of Banda Aceh, The mosque with a very fascinating architecture “ has five dome in black color coloured domes and white four minarets in white color ‘ now standing on a . The mosque stands upon an elegantly green landscape elegantly as a landmark of the Province. Sitting in a vast expanse of green fields, the The white washed walls and minerals, and charcoal blacks domes of the Grand Mosque are the most famous landmark in Aceh. The Great of Baiturrahman Mosque is the main feature of Banda Aceh today. Lying at the heart of the city completed with excellent architectural style, this mosque is really one of Indonesia prime tourism sides. The Mosque was built in 12 Century and had caught fire several time include when the including during a Dutch attacked attack upon Kutaraja (Banda Aceh) in 1873. Another A replacement mosque to replace the former one was later built by the Dutch Military Government that military government and was completed in 1883. The Mosque is extra ordinary extraordinary in architecture and ornamentation. It has five onion shaped domes, two tall mine ratesminarets, wide white walls, and around is decoratively ornamented pillars various kinds of beautiful ornament. </see>
* <see name="Cut Nya Dien House" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">'''Cut Nya Dien is was an Indonesian's woman revolutionist from [[Aceh]]''' - . The house is a replica of the heroine Cut Nyak Dhien House, from the Aceh War. The colonial forces burned down the house but a replica was built later. This house in Lam Pisang, about 6 kilometers km from Banda Aceh, and is now is a museum. The house is located in Lampisang Village, Lhok Nga subdistrict, Greater Aceh district. Although Lhok Nga was the area worst hit by tsunami, the Tjut Nyak Dhien House survived. The daughter of a chieftain, Tjut Nyak Dhien joined the fight against the Dutch invaders in 1875. Her first husband fell in battle, and she remarried. When her second husband also died fighting, she continued the struggle with her children. After six years in the jungle, she was captured by the Dutch and exiled to West Java where she passed away in 1906. Tjut Nyak Dhien is recognized recognised as one of the National Warriors of Indonesia.</see>
* <see name="Gunongan and Taman Putroe Phang" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Gunongan had erected by Sultan Iskandar Muda (1607 - 1636) as a private playground and bathing place for this wife Putro Phang (From Malaysia). This whimsical architectural fantasy had access to the sultan's palace through the traditional 'Pintu Aceh', used by royalty only. This building likely functioned as an important recreational peace located in the Taman Sari Park for the Queen and other royal family members to climb. It is quite enjoyable to visit this place during the late afternoon or sunset.</see>
  * <see name="Graveyard in Bitay Village" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">'''In Bitay the grave of a ''saint'', Teungku di Bitay, may still be seen''' - . The
tomb of Tuan di Bitay, who taught the Achehnese among other things the art of casting cannon, and the mosque which stands beside the grave are revered as sacred up to the present day.
* At the time of Aceh and Turkey has had a close relationship, so many experts in times past. Many technicians and weapons from the Turkish fleet came and settled in Aceh. Historical evidence remaining is remains of this time include a mosque, and a monument and headstone Turkish people in the village Bitai (~ 3 km from Banda Aceh).</see>
* <see name="The Museum Aceh" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">The museum is situated in Sultan Alaidin Mahmud Syah St. The museum exhibits ceramics, weapons and many cultural artifacts such as clothing, jewellery, calligraphy, Islamic ornamenation, kitchen equipment and many other items. A most interesting item is a big bell called “Lonceng Cakra Donya”, a gift from China Grand-Duke (Ming Emperor, in the 15th century) for Sultan Aceh that was delivered by a Chinese Moslem, Admiral Cheng Ho in 1414, an inscription on the bell reads; “Sing Fang Niat Toeng Juut Kat”. In this complex there is also ‘Rumah Aceh’ house that was built by Dutch Governor Van Swart in 1941 in a style typical of classic Aceh’s house architecture. In the western of Museum or northern of Aceh House of Custom there is graveyard complex holding the remains of Aceh Sultans.</see>
* <see name="The Museum AcehIndonesian Airline Monument" alt="Seulawah-Indonesian First Airplane" address="" directions="" phone="" emailurl="" hours="" price="" faxlat="" urllong="" hoursemail="" pricefax=""> Aceh Museum is situated The Monument was erected to commemorate the heroic contribution of the Acehnese to the emergence of the Republic of Indonesia. When Indonesia became independent in Sultan Alaidin Mahmud Syah street, it is a best place 1945 the Dutch intended to knows reoccupy the country. In the ensuing struggle in 1949 much about Aceh cultural history. Inside area had fallen to the museum exhibits antique things as ceramicsDutch, weapons, and many cultural equipment like custom clothes, jewelry, khaligraphy (Islamic ornament), kitchen equips, etcthe Republic of Indonesia was badly in need of an airplane to avoid the blockade of the enemy.The most interesting collection is a big bell called “Lonceng Cakra Donya”Soekarno, a gift from China Grand-Duke (Ming EmperorIndonesian president at that time, in urgently asked the 15th century) Acehnese to donate money for Sultan Aceh that an airplane. A Douglas DC-3 was delivered by a Chinese Moslempurchased shortly afterwards, Admiral Cheng Ho in 1414, we could read an inscription on and paid for with the bell : “Sing Fang Niat Toeng Juut Kat”donation.In this complex there is also ‘Rumoh Aceh’ House that This very early plane was built by Dutch Governor Van Swart in 1941 in a typical aceh’s house architecture. In the western of Museum or northern of Aceh House of Custom there is grave yard complex precursor of Aceh SultansGaruda Indonesia fleet.</see>
* <see name="Kerkhof" alt="Dutch military graveyards of Banda Aceh" address="Teuku Umar St" directions="the entrance gate is in front of the south eastern corner of Blang Padang" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Kerkhoff or War Memorial Cemetery or known by local peoples as ''Peucut Kerkhoff'', 2,000 Dutch soldiers who died in an Aceh War were buried in this graveyards. On the walls of the Kerkhoff entrance gate you may see the names list of the persons buried including details of where and when they died.</see>
* <see name="Indonesian Airline MonumentUlee Lheue-Banda Aceh" alt="Tsunami Ground Zero" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">'''Seulawah - Indonesian First Airplane''' -The Monument was erected to commemorate Ulee Lheue is a shore line facing the heroic donation of Malacca straits; when the Acehnese to tsunami hit Banda Aceh on 26 December, 2004, the central Government of beach line and the Republic of Indonesiavillage nearby were severely damaged and submerged by a 10 m high wave. When Indonesia became independent in 1945Now the local government has built a new seaport at Ulee Lheue, the Dutch intended and if you have plans to reoccupy the countryvisit Sabang and Weh island, you can take a Ro-Ro ferry or speed boat from Ulee Lheue. In the ensuing struggle in 1949Ulee Lheue beach has still kept its enchanting beauty, the Republic of Indonesia was badly in need of an airplane and almost every day people come to this place to avoid enjoy the blockade blue horizon of the enemy as much area had already fallen sky and sea, to see a beautiful sunset in the Dutch. Soekarno, Indonesian president at that timeevening, urgently asked the Acehnese or to donate money for an airplane. A Douglas DC-3 was bought shortly afterwards, and paid for with enjoy the donation. This very early plane was the precursor of Garuda Indonesia fleet, which nowadays is beach at night on the biggest airline in Indonesiaweekend.</see>
* <see name="KerkhofAceh Culture &amp; Tourism Agency" alt="" address="Jl. Tgk. Chik Kuta Karang No. 3" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">'''Dutch soldiers graveyards Banda Aceh''' There are two eateries in number 3- Kerkhoff or War Memorial Cmetary or known by local peoples as ''Peucut Kerkhoff'', a place where more than 2,000 Dutch soldiers who died in an Aceh War were been buried in this graveyards, located just at a reverse side of Gunonganin Teuku Umar Street but the entrance gate was in front of south eastern corner of Blang Padang5. At The tourism agency is inside the walls of the Kerkhoff entrance gate you could see government building right across the names list street of the persons whose been buried which also written where and when they diedthese eateries.</see>  * <see name="Ulee Lheue-Banda Aceh" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="www.acehtourismagency.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">'''Tsunami Ground Zero''' - Ulee Lheue is Very friendly and helpfull staff. They provide (free): a shore line facing map of Banda Aceh and the Malacca straits; when the tsunami hit region around Banda Aceh on December 26, 2004, the beach line and the village nearby were severely damaged and submerged by a 10 meter high tidal wave. Now map of the local government has built a new seaport at Ulee Lheue, and if you have plans to visit Sabang and Weh islandAceh-province, you can take a Ro-Ro Ferry or speed boat from Ulee Lheuevery nice Aceh Guide Book (colorprint). Ulee Lheue beach has still kept its enchanting beauty, and almost every day people come to this place to enjoy the blue horizon of sky and seaThese items are put in a small, to see a really beautiful sunset in the evening, or to enjoy the beach at night shopping bag with pictures of Aceh on the weekendit.</see> 
===Tsunami Tour===
[[Image:boat1small.jpg|thumb|200px|right|Tsunami boat]]
 It's very is possible to go on a "Tsunami Tour", as there are many boats still inland and other monuments devoted to that the devastating day in 2004.
* <see name="Fisherman boat on an inhabitant house" alt="" address="Desa Lampulo, Kota Alam" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="free" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">59 people were reportedly saved by boarding this small boat and riding it to safety. Very dramatic image indeed.</see>
* <see name="Floating Electric Generator Ship" alt="" address="Kampung Bunge Blangcut, Jayabaru" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">A ship was carried 5 km inland during the tsunami. You can get a nice overview of the city from the top of the ship.</see>
* <see name="Tsunami Monument & amp; Garden" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Located beside the electric generator ship.</see>
* Apung 1 ship, a 2600 2,600 ton vessel that was swept 2 km inland. Now it is a [http://www.panoramio.com/photo/803678 tourist attraction].
==Do==
*<do name="Mountain Biking Cycling Hiking" alt="" address="Jln Al Huda Blok B, No 2" directions="close to food court" phone="" url="http://www.aceh-adventure.org" hours="" price="from 50 000" lat="" long="">Cycle around the mountains, rice fields and beaches near Banda Aceh. Hike and Bike tours and mountain bikes available</do>
*<do name="Banda Aceh city highlights tour on a Bicycle." address="Jln Al Huda Blok B, No 2" directions="close to food court" phone="" url="http://www.aceh-adventure.org" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""> A bike is a great way to explore both the long history of Banda Aceh as well as the impact of the 2004 Tsunami. Bicycles, maps and route descriptions are available at Aceh Adventure.
</do>
*<do name="Tour around on a Motorbike" alt="A motorbike is an easy and adventourous way of exploring Aceh" address="Jalan Mesjid Al Huda Blok B No 2" directions="close to food court" phone="+62-(0)81-399578873 " url="http://www.aceh-adventure.org/motorbike.php" hours="24 hours" price="100 000" lat="" long="">After the tsunami international donors and the Indonesian Government build plenty of excellent roads. Especially the road along the west coast is of great beauty. Expect green hills and mountains and behind every corner an even more beautiful beach.</do>
*<do name="Island dropping" alt="" address="Jalan Mesjid Al Huda Blok B no 2" directions="" phone="+62-(0)81-399578873 " url="http://www.aceh-adventure.org/routes.php#pulau" hours="open 9 to 5" price="around 800 000 IDR pp" lat="" long="">Ready for some fun on the beach? Then go to the uninhabited island of Pulau Kreusik which has a splendid, mosquito free white beach and is located about 1 hour from Banda Aceh. The island has safe swimming and no mozzies! You can either make a day trip to the island or stay overnight. </do>
*<do name="Discover Aceh Divers Club" alt="" address="Jalan Utama No. 1 Lamjamee" directions="" phone="+62 812 6970 1430" url="http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_180003022011807" hours="" price="25 Euros per pax per dive, minimum 4 pax" lat="" long="">There are some nice diving spots around Banda Aceh such as Pulau Tuan, Pulau Bunta and Lhok Mata Ie with various underwater fish and corals. If you are lucky you will see Manta rays. The price includes the boat from Banda Aceh to the spot. Our certified Dive Masters will accompany you. Email: [email protected] </do>
*<do name="Mountain Biking Cycling Hiking" alt="" address="Jl Al Huda Blok B, No 2" directions="close to food court" phone="" url="http://www.aceh-adventure.org" hours="" price="from Rp 50,000" lat="" long="">Cycle around the mountains, rice fields and beaches near Banda Aceh. Hike and Bike tours and mountain bikes available</do>
*<do name="Banda Aceh city highlights tour on a Bicycle." address="Jln Al Huda Blok B, No 2" directions="close to food court" phone="" url="http://www.aceh-adventure.org" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""> A bike is a great way to explore both the long history of Banda Aceh as well as the impact of the 2004 Tsunami. Bicycles, maps and route descriptions are available at Aceh Adventure.</do>
 
*<do name="Tour around on a Motorbike" alt="A motorbike is an easy and adventurous way of exploring Aceh" address="Jl Mesjid Al Huda Blok B No 2" directions="close to food court" phone="+62 813 99578873 " url="http://www.aceh-adventure.org/motorbike.php" hours="24 hr" price="Rp 100,000" lat="" long="">After the tsunami international donors and the Indonesian Government build plenty of excellent roads. The road along the west coast is of great beauty. Expect green hills and mountains and behind every corner an even more beautiful beach.</do>
 
*<do name="Island dropping" alt="" address="Jl Mesjid Al Huda Blok B no 2" directions="" phone="+62 813 99578873 " url="http://www.aceh-adventure.org/routes.php#pulau" hours="open 9AM-5PM" price="around Rp 800,000 pp" lat="" long="">The uninhabited island of Pulau Kreusik has a splendid, mosquito free white beach and is located about 1 hour from Banda Aceh. The island has safe swimming. You can either make a day trip to the island or stay overnight.</do>
 
*<do name="Discover Aceh Divers Club" alt="" address="Jl Utama No. 1 Lamjamee" directions="" phone="+62 812 6970 1430" url="" email"[email protected]" hours="" price="€25 per pax per dive, minimum 4 pax" lat="" long="">There are some nice diving spots around Banda Aceh such as Pulau Tuan, Pulau Bunta and Lhok Mata Ie with underwater fish and corals. If you are lucky you will see Manta rays. The price includes the boat from Banda Aceh. Certified divemasters will accompany you when diving.</do>
==Work==
There are approximately 65 NGOs currently operating in Banda Aceh; however, however they generally they do not recruit non-Indonesians locally. These NGos NGOs include various UN and EU agencies, USNS, Care, Americare, Islamic Relief, International Federation Of Red Cross and Red Crescent, Australian Red Cross, Turkish Red Crescent, Kuwaiti Red Crescent, French Red Cross, IMC, IOM, WHO, Japan International Cooperation System, Habitat, Medecins sans frontières, Japan Platform, USAID. AT the peak of the post-Tsunami aid effort there were 850 NGOs, however but many of these were non-Muslim religious organisations with religious agendas and their permits were not extended by the Indonesian government.
==Buy==
===Mall===
The recently opened Hermes Palace mall is located at the city centre of Banda Aceh. The mall held has over 100+ stores with foodcourt,daily need supermarket,and clothing stores.
==Eat==
The Acehnese breakfast staple is ''nasi gurih'', rice cooked in coconut milk, sold in coffee shops everywhere. Food stalls and Padang restaurants are open across the undamaged part of town, and fruit carts are ubiquitous.
* '''Canai Mamak KL Restaurant''',[http://canaimamak.blogspot.com/] (''Jl Teuku Umar No 51, Seutui''). Malay Food - Halal Toyibah.
* '''SHIDQI Cafe''',[http://shidqicafe.blogspot.com/] (''Jl. Malikul Saleh, Lamlagang, on the left side of the Red Crescent Hospital''). Naturalis Cafe.
* '''PaceBene (Bene Restaurant)''', (''Jl Bhakti no 33A-B, Kampung Laksana. Tel: 0651-31035''). Best restaurant in town, not just for its fresh seafood, pasta and pizza, but also its great roof top garden. Dishes work from an Italian template, but with the best ingredients Banda Aceh has to offer. And watch out for when the salsa comes on, or the wait staff burst into spontaneous song. Also open Monday-Fridays for lunch.
* '''Tropicana Seafood Restaurant''', (''Jl A Yani No 90-92, Peunayong''). High quality Chinese restaurant.
* '''Imperial Kitchen''', (''Jl Teuku Umar''). High quality Chinese restaurant.
* '''Country Steakhouse''', (''Jl Sri Ratu Safiatuddin 46D''). Steaks, hamburgers, salads etc. western style food.
* '''Banda Seafood Restaurant''', (''Jl Panglima Polem 125''). Also offers fine chicken, meat and vegetable dishes. Near the Kartika Hotel.
* '''Warung Ibu Pocut''', (''Jl Nyak Adam Kamil IV 41-VII, near Kartika Hotel''). In a traditional stilted wooden house with open sides, offers great local fare and a fresh breeze.'''Closed Jan 2009'''
* '''Big Top''' (''across the road from Warung Ibu Pocut''). Chinese and Indonesian dishes.
* '''Putra Jaya''' (''Jl Tgk Haji Abdullah Ujung Rimba No 14, off Jl Muhammad near Masjid Baiturrahman''). Panang style dining in nice air-con atmosphere with some English-speaking waiters. '''CLOSED''', change to Tower Coffee
* '''Niagara Cafe''', (''Jl Hasandek 8-9''). Has every fruit juice imaginable and a satay stand outside.
*<eat name="Istana" alt="" address="Jl. T. Panglima Polem, No. 66-68" directions="" phone="065131287" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Two locations. Offers your typical Aceh fare in a tidy, AC-ed setting. Careful ordering - they may serve and charge you two dishes!</eat>
The restaurant * '''Canai Mamak KL Restaurant''', Jl Teuku Umar No 51, Seutui, [http://canaimamak.blogspot.com/]. Malay Food, Halal Toyibah. * '''SHIDQI Cafe''', Jl. Malikul Saleh, Lamlagang, (''on the left side of the Red Crescent Hospital'''Hermes Palace), [http://wwwshidqicafe.hermespalacehotelblogspot.com/]. Naturalis Cafe. * '''La Piazza Italian Restaurant''', Jl Bhakti no 33A-B, Kampung Laksana, ☎ +62 651 31035. Best restaurant in town, not just for its fresh seafood, pasta and pizza, but also its great roof top garden. Dishes work from an Italian template, but with the best ingredients Banda Aceh has to offer. Drinks menu available. Also open weekdays for lunch. * '''Tropicana Seafood Restaurant''', Jl A Yani No 90-92, Peunayong. High quality Chinese restaurant. --> closed down * '''Imperial Kitchen''', Jl Teuku Umar. High quality Chinese restaurant. * '''Country Steakhouse''', Jl Sri Ratu Safiatuddin 46D. Steaks, hamburgers, salads; western style food. * '''Banda Seafood Restaurant''', Jl Panglima Polem 125, (''near the Kartika Hotel''). Fine chicken, meat and vegetable dishes. * '''Big Top''', (''across the road from Warung Ibu Pocut''). Chinese and Indonesian dishes. * '''Tower Coffee''', (''previously Putra Jaya'' ), Jl Tgk Haji Abdullah Ujung Rimba No 14, (''off Jl Muhammad near Masjid Baiturrahman''). Panang style dining in nice A/C atmosphere with some English-speaking waiters. * '''Niagara Cafe''', Jl Hasandek 8-9. Has every fruit juice imaginable and a satay stand outside. *<eat name="Istana" alt="" address="Jl. T. Panglima Polem, No. 66-68" directions="" phone="+62 651 31287" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Two locations. Offers your typical Aceh fare in an A/C dining area. Careful ordering - they may serve and charge you two dishes.</eat> * '''Hermes Palace''', (''formerly Swiss-Belhotel'') is , [http://www.hermespalacehotel.com]'. The restaurant here presumably offers the best hotel food in town and offers has nice dinner buffets as well as ala a la carte.The * '''Sultan Hotel ''', has a popular cafe, while the chef at the hotel’s Koetaradja Restaurant boldly tries his hand at a Sultan Burger.  There are some nice coffee houses with soothing rice paddie views around Ulee Kareng, along Jl Tengku Iskander on the town’s western outskirts. There are three  Three fast food chain restaurants may be found in the centre, A&amp;W, KFC and Pizza Hut.</eat>
==Drink==
Drinking alcohol is not allowed. Coffee-drinking is the main activity.
*<drink name="My Juice" alt="" address="Jl. Twk M. Daud Syan, No. 9-11" directions="" phone="065121613+62 65121613" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">On what you might call "Auto Blvd", this clean, friendly restaurant features some of the best juice combos around. Try the terung belanda fruit juice, which is only indigenous to Sumatra.</drink>
*<drink name="Friends caffee" alt="" address="Jalan Kartini" directions="From from Hotel Medan, turn left, the first right, then first left, and walk into the jalan Jl Kartini untul you see Friends caffee on your left hand site" phone="" url="" hours="from noon" price="" lat="" long="">Excellent expressos, latte,iced-lattes and great juices.</drink>
*<drink name="Glee Cafe & amp; Resto" alt="" address="Mataie Hillside Adventure & amp; Water Park" directions="Mataie - keude Keude bieng" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></drink>
*<drink name="Black and White rumoh kuphi" alt="" address="Jl. T. Umar No. 19 Banda Aceh" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-White-rumoh-kuphi/73123292005" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">A cozy place to hang out with friends. You can find friendly faces although if you come solo. We have the best quality coffeeCoffee, delicious local tasted food, including mie Aceh and various of fresh juices. Free wireless internet connection wifi is available. </drink>
==Sleep==
*<sleep name="Linda's Homestay" alt="" address="Lr, Rahmat No. 3, Keutapang, Banda Aceh" directions="In a small, attractive area a bit outside of the centre, traditional Acehnese style house" phone="+62 811 680 305" url="http://www.tripadvisor.nl/Hotel_Review-g317109-d2193882-Reviews-Linda_s_Homestay-Banda_Aceh_Aceh_Sumatra.html#mtreview_141030594" checkin="all day" checkout="all day" price="US$15-25" lat="" long="">Stay with a small family, enjoy the traditional, wonderful Acehnese food cooked by Linda. Close to several banks, restaurants, supermarket and internet cafe. Airport and harbour shuttle and services available.</sleep>  *<sleep name="Hotel Lading" alt="" address="Jalan Jl Cut Meutia 19, Banda Aceh" directions="next to Bank BRI" phone="+62-651-635123" url="http://www.ladinghotelaceh.com/" checkin="14.002PM" checkout="13.001PM" price="USD15US$15-30" lat="" long="">Only 5 minutes min walk to the Baiturrahman Grand Mosque and Pasar Aceh market. With a nice view of the Aceh River. Close to several banks, restaurants, supermarket and internet cafe. Airport Shuttle shuttle services also available.</sleep>  * '''<sleep name="Hermes Palace Hotel''', the first international hotel and landmark hotel of Banda Aceh" alt="formerly" address="Jl. T. [Panglima Nyak Makam" directions="" phone="+62 651 755 5888" url="http://www.hermespalacehotel.com] Formerly /" checkin="" checkout="" price="From US$70" lat="" long="" known="known " as="as " the="the " swiss="Swiss Bel-Hotel">IDD telephone, refrigerator, hair dryer, internet access and 32 channel TV, wake up call service, concierge, meeting room, business centre and 24 hr room service.</sleep>  * '''Hotel Medan''' (''in the centre'') - one . 1 star hotel. * '''Hotel Sultan''' (''in the centre'') - two . 2 star hotel, around US$30-40. * '''Pavilliun Seulawah''' (''in the centre, Jl. Prof. A. Majid. Ibrahim II No. 3, (''in the centre,'') - . Good hotel with a good hotelrestaurant, around $50. Wireless internet access (wifi is included), restaurant. Next to a park with sports possibilities.Around US$50. * '''Oasis Hotel''' (''just outside the centre'') - more . More cozy than the Swiss Bell and the rooms are just as nice, with wireless internet WiFi in the lobby at around USD75 . Around US$75 per night. * '''Uncle's Homestay''' A homestay- room with fan for about R75,000- air con more. Family who run it tend to be noisy through the night so sleep can be difficult. Jalan Jl Mujahidin No. 2B, Lambaro Skep, Banda Aceh Mobile no: . ☎+62852 62 852 6028 4432 (mobile phone) or homestay no: 0651-☎+62 651 26219. The family who run it tend to be noisy through the night so sleep can be difficult. Both Uncle (Abdul) and his wife Yulia speak English. A homestay room with fan for about Rp 75,000, A/C costs more.  *<sleep name="The Pade Hotel" alt="" address="Jl Soekarno Hatta 1" directions="" phone="+62 651 499999" url="http://www.thepade.com" checkin="12.00noon" checkout="12.0012noon" price="US $ 50- 120" lat="" long="">The best Boutique Hotel hotel in Townthe town, Spacious and modern Guestroomsrooms, individual terrace, Wifi zone WiFi. Saturday night BBQ, Wednesday pasta party</sleep>*<sleep name="Hotel Wisata" alt="" address="Jl. Jend. A. Yani 19-21" directions="In the centre, Every Saturday Barbeque Nightnext to Hotel Medan and Hotel Prapat" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Clean basic rooms with fan, Every Wednesday Pasta Partycold shower and wifi for Rp. 125.000. A room with A/C costs more (Rp. 175.000?). wwwHot water also possible (costs more).thepadeNight food stalls are right in front of the hotel.com</sleep>
==Stay safe==
 As with all travelling, common sense and a good attitude is all you need to get along in this small city, however . However there are some points to keep in mind. Although Banda Aceh is nowadays safer than most European cities. It's it is still best to not go out alone after 10pm10PM. Because Sharia law is enforced, drinking alcohol and relationships between Muslim locals and foreigners are is not permitted, although it is still possible. Although both are possible, they Infractions upon the locally perceived interpretations of Sharia ''law'' may result in arrest by the Sharia police and with physical punishment for the and public ridicule imposed upon an offending Muslim party involved. Muslim women should normally wear headscarves in public areas. As a matter of taste, Western-style swimsuits aren't are not advisable except in Sabang. Pick-pocket activity is rare but do be aware and observant in crowded places.
==Get out==
 
* [[Lhoknga|Lhoknga and Lampuuk]], beautiful beaches 17 km west of the city, great for surfing or just relaxing on the beach.
 
* [[Sabang]] neighbouring island
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