Only 1.5 hours away from Singapore, Medan in Indonesia is a good option if you seek ideas for your dream getaway. It is an ideal destination if you look for fantastic meals, all-natural sights, and luxurious yet affordable lodging. In this article, we will be covering fun things to do in Medan, from a recommended place to eat to epic sights which are only hours’ drive away from the heart of the city.
1. Have breakfast at the locals’ favorite Duck Noodle place — Bihun Bibek Aise
Simply ask any locals, and you are going to be wowed at the number of food recommendations that they could rattle off the top of their minds. Among the more popular Chinese eateries, Bihun Bibek is located only a 15-minute stroll from JW Marriott Hotel, Medan. Their duck noodle dishes are worth trying if you decide to visit Medan.
2. Visit the home of Medan’s most prominent Chinese merchant — Tjong A Fie Mansion
This modest two-story mansion belonged to a Hakka retailer in the 1900s. Once you walk in, you’ll be astonished by the architecture and design of this century-old mansion which is still maintained to its original glory. There are 35 rooms in total, and one of the original owner’s grandsons still lives in a closed-off section of these grounds. For Rp35,000 (~S$2.50), you’ll be able to tour some of the greatest rooms like the ballroom, the dining room, along with Tjong A Fie’s bedroom, which is larger than three modern-day bedrooms.
3. Catch the most stunning sunrise overlooking Lake Toba — One Tree Hill
One Tree Hill is a true hidden gem tucked inside the Taman Simalem Resort. You can spot a distinct silhouette of this tree sticking from the mountain border from far. However, the tree isn’t the main attraction; it is the view. It’s probably among the most strategic locations to catch the sun overlooking Lake Toba. You can also feast your eyes on the beauty of the stunning caldera. On sunny days, you might be able to spot Samosir Island in the middle of the lake.
4. Explore the island within the world’s largest crater lake — Samosir Island
At 640 square kilometers, this island is more often compared to the size of Singapore (719 square kilometers). Most of the inhabitants residing on the island are of Batak descent and speak a slightly different dialect. The island also caters to vacationers looking to experience Lake Toba up close. Take your choice from one of the many hotels lined on the island’s shore that offer panoramic views.
5. Spot Rainbows at Indonesia’s tallest Waterfall — Sipiso-Piso
This epic 120-meter waterfall happens to be the tallest one in Indonesia. On rare after-rain evenings, you might be able to spot, not one, but double rainbows! Situated in Tongging, it is only a 20-minute drive from Taman Simalem Resort. So, simply take a 20-minute trip to the location; we say it’s worth it!
6. Trek up the stratovolcano overlooking the Berastagi city — Mount Sibayak
Located in the city of Berastagi (or Brastagi), Mount Sibayak is one of the famous destinations in Sumatra because the paths are relatively straightforward, and you’ll be able to get to the crater in around 1.5 hours, depending on the terrain and route you pick. Down by the crater, you can even dig up the warm and fresh muds rich with minerals for an express spa.
7. Treat yourself to a relaxing dip — Semangat Gunung Hot Springs
At the base of Mount Sibayak, you will get a few public hot springs. With entrance fees which range from Rp5,000 – 7,000, you can treat yourself by dipping in the hot spring while being surrounded by the scenic mountain view. Moreover, its water contains minerals which are good for your skin.
Whether your trips take you on a long stroll on beaches, delicious cuisines, relaxing spas and resorts, or urban attractions, additional research will give you the best experience for your visit. Get to know more about Medan by visiting Wonderful Indonesia.