Welcome to Lhoknga and Lampuuk…
are many nice beaches in Lhoknga and Lampuuk,
actually one very long beach with many names, which have long been a
popular weekend destination for the people of Banda Aceh. It is only
17 km from Banda Aceh and is easy to reach. Surfers having been
coming here since the 1990s. Although the number of surfers has
slowly been growing the place is far from crowded and the atmosphere
is very cozy and social. The number of repeat visitors is high.
Both the villages of Lhoknga and Lampuuk are quiet. Beach lovers
tend to stay in Lampuuk and the surfers in Lhoknga, where it is
closer to the waves. The beach continues south of the river all the
way to a cement factory. Locals tend to prefer this beach.
The local fishing boats use the river as their harbor. The Fish
market is on the river bank.
During the World War II Lhoknga was an important base for the
Japanese. They once built an airport, which today is the golf
course. On a hilltop beyond the cement factory the Japanese built
one of their two radar bases in Indonesia. This was in order to
control the Malacca Strait and be able to attack enemy ships
en-route between India and Singapore.
The December 2004 Tsunami hit the area very hard. Lampuuk was almost
totally wiped out. Now the trees have grown up again and there are
not many physical reminders of the catastrophe.
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