Spent 2 months travelling in SE Asia and the 3 days spent with Thomas in the jungle created the best memories.
We booked a week in advance and Thomas met us at Medan airport where we were taken by air-conditioned (necessary!) car to Bukit Lawang. From the start he was very friendly and approachable and a really laid-back, funny guy.
First night in his guest house, we were allowed to chill before chatting about the trek. Even though we'd booked 2 nights we were allowed to cut it back to one, which I'd recommend as we saw so much in the first day. The day was fun and informative and Thomas along with the other guides kept us interested and smiling throughout. Learnt so much about the jungle and it's inhabitants. I could not believe how close we got to orang utans - they are amazing - just watch out for Mina! I won't bang on about them because you really have to experience it yourself. Plenty of other sightings too - black gibbons, leaf monkeys, moon snake, macaques, turtles, lizards...
The trek is hard and surprised us all, legs get tired fast! (there were 4 of us and ended up trekking in a group of 7). However it is well paced so you have time to recover. Plenty of food stops with crazy amounts of tropical fruit and other treats. In the evening you end up at a camp with other trekkers and share a large open tent. Thomas has some great stories and fun games which makes it a great night. And the meal was amazing - hot food, about 7 different dishes. Despite being in the middle of the jungle some of the best I had in Indonesia!
On day 2 we were due to be trekking further but one of our group became ill. They were great and took a shortcut back, making sure he was well looked after and taxied us to the hospital the next day. But we'd seen so much it was okay and we still got to raft back down the river which is loads of fun.
All in all brilliant. He's not the cheapest and says so himself, but for a once in a lifetime experience I'd highly suggest paying a bit extra to make your time in the jungle a lot more rewarding.
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