“Medan (IndonesianKota Medan; pronounced [meˈdan]) is the capital of the North Sumatra province in Indonesia. Located on the northern coast, Medan is the fourth largest city in Indonesia (behind Jakarta,Surabaya, and Bandung), and the largest Indonesian city outside Java. The city is bordered by the Deli Serdang Regency to the east, south and west, and the Strait of Malacca to the north. It is close to the volcano Sinabung, which erupted in August 2010 after a 400 year dormant state.” – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medan

I have a mix impression on Medan, both the bad and good side of it. Medan is not a huge place worth to spend a lot of your time there. I will suggest, perhaps, 3 days 2 nights is more than enough. Enough to enjoy the unique culture. Enjoy the beautiful scenery. As well as, bring back some local souvenirs from the land afar for your family and friends. I felt so excited once our plane touch down on Medan. We quickly grab our luggages and rush out to seek for our pre-booked transportation. Only to find out that he come with a small car to fetch all 6 of us. This really give me an horrible 4 hours car ride from airport to our cottage stay in Samosir Island, Tuk Tuk. Not to mention that we need to go in on foot to a super cramped 30 min boat ride. Anyhow, please enjoy some photos captured thru my view of Medan. Enjoy.

Landscape view of Parapat Jetty. We arrived to this small town after 10 min of traffic congestion at a small junction to the jetty. Upon arrival to the jetty, we found out that the boat if fully loaded and have no place to park another car. We felt stranded and will forced to wait for 2 hours for the next ride. While in frustration, my tour guide asked us to get in the boat and another friend of him will fetch us on the other end of island. Big sigh of relieve. Started our journey on a World War II alike war ship; fully metal and will resist heavy artillery.

In the boat, it is super super cramped. air circulation is bad and the only place to host walk in guest is on top of the boat with no air conditional.

At the end, we camp on the place where this lil kid stand. Much better air circulation and not that stuffy.

Clearer view to showcase how crowded the boat is.

Passenger boat passed by.

Our stay in Toba Lake. My room is exactly on top of the “Samosir Cottage” sigh board. Spacious room with no air-conditional and lousy hot water. Bad thing about room nearby the lake is that, the bed get stuffy and welcome the growth of germ and bed bugs. Unfortunately, few bed bugs followed us back to Penang. This was a bad experience staying in this hotel. Please read my review here in tripadvisor before you book for your holiday with this hotel.

Daring speedboat.

House of the Batak.

Place where execution of criminal is held.

Souvenir shop available. I would suggest that you get it from the market near Parapat on the day when you leave Toba Lake.

Lonely local waiting for customer.

Our tour guide bring us to this market to grab some foods and drinks. Chickens are sold as fresh and not like those we found in Tesco or Giant.

Pork Seller.

This is our lunch. Medan famous grilled port rice.

Shirt Shirt Shirt.

Smiling seller.


The Batak Museum. Look like the house was constructed using the same blue print.

I have never tested “Magic Mushroom” in Medan. It is famous and is promised to give  steamy sensation. Doubted if is this drug or something similar.

Boat ride back to Parapat on the afternoon.

This is our tour guide. He is wearing the same shirt for 3 days. I can’t imagine that.

Nice Sipiso-Piso waterfall.

Bird view of Toba Lake from Sipiso-piso waterfall. This is the nicest view for the whole trip.

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Billy Chan

I am a simple guy. Think Simple. Work Simple.


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