The Indonesian island of Sumatra was the inspiration for Skull Island, home to the legendary movie monster King Kong. Not nearly so well-explored as many other parts of the island nation, Sumatra is a place where you can still get a sense of isolation and adventure – and see some incredibly diverse wildlife while you’re at it.
Orangutans may be the most famous resident here, but the rainforest also hides Sumatran tigers, rhinos and elephants – all of them endangered and getting more so.
But Sumatra has lost almost 50 percent of its tropical rainforest in the last 35 years. Deforestation has been so intense that smoke from the burning trees has caused tension with neighbouring countries. Yet rainforest trekking in search of wildlife remains one of the principal reasons to visit Sumatra, as does meeting the tribal communities around Lake Toba, and seeing sunrise at the summit of an active volcano.
Read our Sumatra travel guide to find out more.