Swimming at Bohorok River

The number one activity for local tourists in Bukit Lawang is swimming (‘mandi’) in the river. Thousands of locals visit on public holidays just to mandi in the river, enjoy their picnic lunch, before returning to Medan. Western visitors can also enjoy swimming in the Bohorok river. Good places to swim include outside the hotel where there is a rock popular with local children for jumping into the river, and at the camping ground, halfway up the river, which normally has fewer people than locations further down stream.