Banda Aceh has recovered tremendously and comes a long way since the devastating event of Tsunami in 2004. Today, the city has been rebuilt and Acehnese has continued with their daily schedules as normal. Banda Aceh is a relaxed and charming city with a sad history, although it is one of the lesser-visited cities in Indonesia as tourists often skip Banda Aceh and head straight for Pulau Weh from the airport – the city has quite a lot of attractions and landmarks to offer. Besides the attractions and the welcoming locals, Banda Aceh also has a range of fantastic local foods and coffee that you should try. Do keep in mind however, Banda Aceh is the only place in Indonesia that is compliant to the Syariah Law. Tourists are highly encouraged to dress conservatively and drinking alcohol in public places is not allowed.
Blessed with pleasant weather all year round, the best time to visit Banda Aceh would be any time of the year. There are no particular months that are recommended best for visiting, however, tourists might want to avoid flying to Banda Aceh during the Ramadan month which is the Muslim’s fasting month. Since Banda Aceh is dominated by Muslim locals, many of the local businesses and eateries would be closed during the day, therefore, it may not be strategic to visit during these periods.
Mactan–Cebu International Airport - Located in Lapu-Lapu City on Mactan Island which is approximately 15 kilometers from Cebu City, the Mactan-Cebu International Airport is the second busiest international airport in the Philippines in terms of passenger traffic. The airport serves the Central Visayas region with regular flight routes to countries all over the Asia continent. The airport terminal also plays home to airline providers such as Cebu Pacific, Pan Pacific Airlines and Royal Air Philippines.
Sultan Iskandar Muda International Airport - The major airport serving Banda Aceh is known as Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport. Located 13.5 kilometers away from the main city of Banda Aceh, airline providers that operate daily flight routes from the airport include Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air, Sriwijaya Air, AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines. Aside from being an airport terminal, the Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport was also built to be used as a place of refuge in case of natural disasters such as tsunami.
Bandar Aceh likes other cities in Indonesia experience a tropical rainforest climate thus showing little variations of temperature. Generally, the city is blessed with warm, humid weather all year round however, the hottest months are May, June, and July. Since Banda Aceh is a city that experiences a tropical rainforest climate, you can expect some occasional showers too even during its driest months.