The Special Region of Aceh has substantial potential to be developed better, especially nature tourism, marine tuorism, and tourism history. Aceh is known as the center of the first spread of Islam in Indonesia, where the 15-16 century BC and stood royal Pasai Periak.
Sitting in a vast expanse of green fields, the white washed walls and minerals, and charcoal blacks domes of the Grand Mosque are the most famous landmark in Aceh.
The Great of Baiturrahman Mosque is the main feature of Banda Aceh today. Lying at the heart of the city completed with excellent architectural style, this mosque is really one of Indonesia prime tourism sides. The Mosque was built in 12 Century and had caught fire several time include when the Dutch attacked Kutaraja (Banda Aceh) in 1873. Another mosque to replace the former one was later built by Dutch Military Government that was completed in 1883. The Mosque is extra ordinary in architecture and ornamentation. It has five onion shaped domes, two tall mine rates, wide white walls, and around is pillars various kinds of beautiful ornament.
The appeal of the other attractions are Mount Lauser Park which has many river rapids, which appeal to foreign and domestic tourists. Similarly, the cultural wealth of traditions and traditional art, dance and so on will add to the interest of foreign and domestic tourists to visit there. If managed properly, tourism potential will be more money the people of Aceh who work in the tourism sector.
Mount Leuser National Park is one of the largest national parks in the world, containing over 800,000 hectares of virgin rainforest. The park is home to orangutans, gibbons, monkeys, elephants, tigers, and among the last of the Sumatran rhinoceros. There are research facilities for the study of primates, birds and insects, the Orangutans rehabilitation center at Bukit Lawang being the most popular with tourists. It is possible to raft Alas River from Ketambe to the Indian Ocean on a 4 - 5 day expedition. The journey takes us through exciting white-water rapids to the calmer, crocodile-infested waters of the lowlands. Basic accommodation is available at Ketambe.