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Medan, The Gateway
to North Sumatra

The booming city of Medan, capital of North Sumatra, is an economic hub and commercial centre for the region. This is the largest city in Sumatra Island, whose long been attracting residents from all over Indonesia to come and stay here. Due to these ethnic diversities, Medan are known for scrumptious delectable culinary spots, rich with many flavours.

Bolu Meranti is a kind of rolled sponged cake with various butter cream choices that has become one of the famous snacks in town along with Bika Ambon Zulayka. Visit the Maimoon Palace to witness a glimpse of the royal heritage. Re treat to the soothing ambiance of the highlands to visit Lake Toba Samo sir Island. Berastagi, famous for abundant fruits and flowers, is also the place to visit near Medan. Taste the Durian fruit or cake and the sweet passionfruit known as Markisa, that also comes in syrup bottles to mix as beverages. Visit the local market and splurge on many kinds of fresh picked local products. Find your way to amazing waterfalls and hot water springs to unwind.

Get Here

The city of Medan will welcome you who travel by air at the Kualanamu International Airport (KNO). Located in the Deli Serdang Regency, about 2 hours drive from Medan. The new Airport was opened in 2013 to re place the 85 years old Polonia Airport, that was getting too close to the city.

You can also get to Medan by sea from Penang (Malaysia). Passenger ships also operate between Medan and Jakarta

Get Around

In Medan you can choose public bus, taxi or becak to get around. The local minibuses or Sudako are basic and cheap. Only use these if you have a bit of Bahasa Indonesian up your sleeve so you won’t miss your destination stop.

The noisy becak is a tiny two stroke engine vehicle which is a cheap, though often nerve wrecking way to get around. Agreed on a price with the driver before you get in. Taxi’s are a cheap and convenient way to get around. Make sure you use a metered cab or if not, make agreement on your destination and price before getting in.

Lake Toba, A Spectac-
ular Indonesia Lake

Lake Toba is one of the awesome natural wonders of the world. This enormous crater lake has an island almost the size of Singapore in its centre. At over 1,145 square km, and a depth of 450 meters, Lake Toba is actually more like an ocean. This is the largest lake in Southeast Asia and one of the deepest lakes in the world.

Toba is a place to come and sit back, relax and absorb some beautiful pristine scenery. As you sit and take in the view of the picturesque moun tains set against the cool clear lake, you will feel the worries of the world melt away. As the lake sits 900 meters above sea level there is a cooler cli mate here making a refreshing break from the heat, humidity and pollu tion of the city.

Get Here

Feel the wind in your hair and do as the locals do by hiring a motorbike to explore this beautiful part of the world. If you’re on Samosir Island, take the day to explore by taking a drive on the road running around the edge of the island. Although rough and unpaved in places, this road offers some spectacular views of the lake from the highest points on the island. If you’re staying in the popular village of Tuk Tuk on Samosir, the best way to get around is to walk, or wander, down the main street at a leisurely pace.

Get Around

Parapat, the town by Lake Toba, is 176 km from Medan and can be reached in under 6 hours by public bus which has two routes: Medan-Parapat or via Medan-Berastagi.

Travel agents in Medan can also organize a rental car plus a chaffeur for you. Medan is an international gateway. A number of airlines fly daily be tween the Kualanamu Airport Medan and all major cities in Indonesia and international flights also go from Medan to Malaysia, Singapore and Thai land.

Once you arrive in Parapat, you can catch the ferry to Samosir Island. The ferry goes every hour and a half. The two landing points on Samosir are the traditional village of Tomok, or Tuk Tuk, where the islands hotels and restaurants are concentrated. If you are coming overland from the south via Bukit Tinggi and Tarutung there is a public bus available.

The noisy becak is a tiny two stroke engine vehicle which is a cheap, though often nerve wrecking way to get around. Agreed on a price with the driver before you get in. Taxi’s are a cheap and convenient way to get around. Make sure you use a metered cab or if not, make agreement on your destination and price before getting in.

Bukit Lawang, "Door To The Hills" Of The Legendary Sumatra Jungle

Bukit Lawang is located about 90 kilometers northwest of Medan, the capital city of North Sumatra, and at the south of the Mount Leuseur National Park. It is a gateway to the legendary Sumatran jungle with it’s steep slippery terrain and muddy slopes. Exploring the jungle here is a true adventure. Trek through the breathtakingly thick jungle and be transported into to new world.

It is the gentle giants of the jungle, the orangutans, which are the main attraction here. Bukit Lawang is one of the best places in the world to meet this rare and endangered primate. See these graceful creatures swing through the forest canopy as they forage for fruit. This is one of the largest stronghold communities of orangutans, with more than 5000 of them living in the here.

The Orangutan rehabilitation center is where young orphaned orangutans are trained to live in the wild and has been operating since 1973. Today, it attracts visitors from around the world who come here to catch a glimpse of these amazing orphaned creatures. The rehabilitation center helps orangutans regain their natural habits by putting them through intensive training before their release back to the wild. Once a primate heads back the jungle, the rehabilitation center keeps providing it with food supplements and regular check-ups.

Get Here

From Medan use a car or a bus to get to Bukit Lawang. Buses depart frequently from Pinang Baris bus terminals (located at Jalan Gatot Subroto). The trip takes around 3 hours. If you are traveling in a group or want something more convenient instead of the public bus, you can rent a car with arranged trips through most of the main tourist destinations.

Get Around

As you venture deep into the Sumatran jungle, you’ll have little way to get around but to use your feet and walk. Trek through the wild and muddy jungle and try and catch a glimpse of the native wildlife. The park is home to Sumatra’s and the world’s most exotic animals including elephants, tigers, sun bears, gibbons clouded leopards as well as the famous orangutans. Hike the hills for some incredible views of the spectacular landscape. For a true adventure go rafting and ride the wild rapids of the river.

Berastagi, The Picturesque Town Of In The Beautiful Karo Highlands

The picturesque town of Berastagi in the beautiful Karo highlands, is 70 km from Medan on the way to Lake Toba. Situated at an altitude of 1,300 meters, the town has a cool climate, ranging between 17-20 degrees Centigrade, making a refreshing break from the heat of the city. Days are extremely pleasant while nights can be quite cool.

The town developed in the 1920’s as Dutch hill station and today has become a popular weekend destination for Medan residents. The landscape here is dominated by distant views of the smoking volcanoes Mt Sinabung and Mt Sibayak. On the western edge of the town, Gunaling Hill rises above the surrounding plateau to provide some spectacular views of these two towering volcanoes. Berastagi is famous for its flowers, vegetables and fruits and its markets constantly hum with activity.

Get Here

From Kualanamu International Airport, you can hail a cab or take a bus to Berastagi. It's located about 66 km from Medan and the journey will take around two hours.

Get Around

Berastagi is a small town with one main street so you can explore it easily on foot or using public transport. Opelet, local public mini van buses, operate to the surrounding villages and are run from the bus terminal. For more flexibility, you can rent a motorbike from Villa Flores Restaurant or other rentals you can find around the town. Try getting around the traditional way by taking a leisurely ride in a horse carriage called a 'sado'.

Maimoon Palace

Maimoon Palace is royal house for Sultanate of Deli and becomes of tourism sites from Medan, South Sumatra. This grand, 30-room Maimoon Palace was built by the sultan of Deli in 1888 and the architecture features Malay, Mogul and Italian influences. Only the main room, which features the lavish inauguration throne, is open to the public. Here you can check out a modest collection of ceremonial kerises and dress up in traditional Malay costume.

Maimoon Palace is one of the most beautiful palace still exist in Indonesia. The Palace consists of two floors divided each into three parts: the main building, the left wing and the right wing. Each floor has 20 rooms. The total of 40 rooms of this Palace does not include the prison in the basement, kitchen and bathrooms. In front, about 100 meters, stands the Mosque of Al-Maksum known as the Great Mosque of Medan.

Maimoon Palace is located at Jalan Brig. Jend. Katamso in downtown Medan. This historic building is open the public every day, except when there are organizing a special ceremony.

Tjong A Fie Legacy Building

Tjong A Fie was a businessman from China, a banker and a kapitan or Chinese Major. He was built a large plantation business in Sumatra, that employed more than 10,000 labor workers. By his great success, he also succeed maintained a good relationship with the ruler of Deli, including Sultan Deli Makmun Al Rasjid and Dutch authorities.

Tjong A Fie was a prominent figure in the development of Medan city. There are numbers of construction of various buildings utilized by the citizens of Medan past and present. Including his mansion that today located in Ahmad Yani Street near the Kesawan area.

London Sumatera

London Sumatra building located in the street Kesawan is one of the Dutch colonial heritage buildings which are still functioning sebaga office buildings in Medan. Besides peninnggalan colonial buildings, in Medan are also many unique buildings such as mosques Bangkok, Church of India, the old City Hall Old House, etc. London Sumatra or referred Lonsum building was completed in 1906 along with the birth of Queen Juliana, Royal Dutch family. The house was built by David Harrison, the owner of a rubber plantation company Harrison & Crossfield (H & C), based London. Although built in the 90’s, the facilities in this building is pretty awesome. As with Lonsum listed building the first building in the field of using technology to reach the elevator five floors.

Currently the building is still used as the London Sumatra Lonsum office building and renamed PT PP London Sumatra. Location is very strategic Lonsum Building, located in downtown Medan rich in buildings of high historical value, such as a post office in Medan, Jakarta Lloyd Building, Bank Indonesia and more. It daearah Kesawan on Jl. Gen. Ahmad Yani has a long history and become one of the historical attractions that enter the nature reserve and the local government field have maintained their existence.

The Great Mosque

Great Mosque of Medan or Masjid Raya Al Mashun is located at Jalan Singamangaraja, Medan, North Sumatra. It was built in 1906 – 1909, in the style between the Middle East, Spain, and India; it has octagonal shape and has a wing on the south, east, north and west.. The location is very easy to found for it already popular as one of pilgrimage sites in Medan.

In beginning of its establishment, this mosque merges with palace complex, where Sultan Ma'mun Al Rashid Perkasa Alam as a leader of Sultanate of Deli started the development of this mosque. The building of this mosque is divided into the main hall, ablution, entrance and tower. The main hall, a place of prayer, the octagonal is not equilateral. The windows that surround the porch door made of wood with precious stained glass, the remnants of the Art Nouveau period 1890-1914, that combined with Islamic art.

The entire ornament in the mosque either on walls, ceilings, pillars, arches and a surface is rich with flowers and plants. In front of each veranda there are stairs. While, the dome of the mosque is re-modeling the Turkish interior, broken shapes octagonal. The main dome surrounded by four other domes above each porch, with a smaller size. The dome shape is reminiscent of the Great Mosque in Banda Aceh.