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. Medan is also one busy metropolis, so you’ll need to be patient with some traffic jams. Noisy minibuses and becak compete with taxis and motorbikes for space and action through the crowds and heat.
Visit the Maimoon Palace to witness a glimpse of the royal heritage. Retreat to the soothing ambiance of the highlands to visit Lake Toba and the Samosir 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.
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 replace 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.
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