The Gateway of North Sumatera
The booming city of Medan, capital of North Sumatra, is an economic hub and commercial center 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 is known for scrumptious delectable culinary spots, rich with many flavors.
Bolu Meranti is a kind of rolled sponged cake with various buttercream 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 minibusses and becak compete with taxis and motorbikes for space and action through the crowds and heat.
Feel the Authenticity
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 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.
In Medan, you can choose a public bus, taxi or becak to get around. The local minibusses 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 cheap, though often a nerve-racking way to get around. Agreed on a price with the driver before you get in.
Taxies are a cheap and convenient way to get around. Make sure you use a metered cab or if not, make an agreement on your destination and price before getting in.