A brief story about Jeff the creator of Kupu kupu Garden Guest House & Cafe. He was born in Medan. Moved to Jakarta at 8 years old. Regularly holidayed in North Sumatra during his childhood. Went to Bali in the 1970s and enjoyed the beach life working with travellers, learning to speak English. He was then offered a job in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan teaching Indonesian to ex-pat oil field employees. Jeff then became a radio operator for UNOCAL76. While on holidays in Bali he had the opportunity to go to Australia and proceeded to live in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne for over 30 years. Jeff travelled to Indonesia and other Asian countries regularly. He decided to move back to North Sumatra in 2009 and started the building of Kupu-kupu Garden Guest House & Cafe in Bukit Lawang. Jeff worked with local Bukit Lawang people to create and operate the small boutique eco-friendly guest house business and to provide jungle adventures to travellers/tourists from all over the world. Jeff created a unique place that will provide you with a unique experience. A true jungle adventure, a memory forever!  At Kupu-Kupu Garden Guest House & Cafe, Jeff and his team of local workers focused on providing tourism services with the highest levels of customer satisfaction. During Covid-19 international tourism ceased in Bukit Lawang and Jeff closed the business. Unfortunately on 23rd November 2021 Jeff passed away in Medan. Kupu-Kupu Garden Guest House & Cafe has remained closed and is now for sale. Hopefully the new owners will re-open the property to receive guests from around the world and Kupu-Kupu Garden Guest House & Cafe can continue to be enjoyed by all those who visit.

Our neighbours across the river in the Mt Leuser National Park

Kupu kupu Garden Guest House & Cafe just outside Bukit Lawang village is a boutique, rustic, small eco-friendly tourism business. Set in a tranquil location surrounded by the lush tropical rainforest on the edge of a fresh, clean, flowing river, opposite 1,000,000 hectares of UNESCO world heritage listed National Park. 

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- Email:

kupukupugarden.bukitlawang@gmail.com