Taman Hutan Bukit Sari
An interesting location to take a break, on a long 6 hour drive from the City of Jambi to the city of Muara Bungo, is the park Taman Hutan Bukit Sari. We also saw a sign calling this park Kebun Raya Bukit Sari. (It’s not uncommon for locations in Indonesia to have multiple names, like one park in Bandung we found to have had no less that 10 names–very confusing to tourists!)
Taman Hutan Bukit Sari has no other attractions, other than the traveler’s ability to take a leisurely stroll and stretch your legs. This park has sidewalks which wind through the jungle along the edge of the main road. You could easily spend an hour there, as you enjoy the walk through the jungle on brick sidewalks (wear insect repellant—there are many mosquitoes).
Probably the most interesting aspect of Taman Hutan Bukit Sari is the sounds of the insects. They make very loud chirping, buzzing sounds. It’s hard to explain, but if one’s familiar with the sound of locusts in North America, during the month of August, it is somewhat similar to that, only much louder and continuous.
Besides the mosquitoes, that could carry malaria, there are worms similar to leeches. The worms are unnoticeable as they slither up your feet and legs. Even when they bite and the blood is running out, you don’t notice it till much later. It’s best for visitors to always check their shoes, socks, and pants carefully after a walk through Sumatran jungles. It isn’t only at this park these worms can be found, we’ve had experiences with them in other areas as well.
Taman Hutan Bukit Sari is located three kilometers (1.86 miles) to the west of the eastern border of the Tebo kabupaten (Tebo regency). As you travel west, from the City of Jambi, you will see two large markers on either side of the road indicating you are entering the Tebo kabupaten. When you see the large structures you will know you will be at the park very soon. The park is very well marked, with signs about 1/2 kilometer before you arrive there.