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A 3D2N Escape to Medan and Lake Toba : Here Are The Ideas


Can you picture yourself enjoying a unique tropical getaway that’s filled with ravishing scenery, mouth-watering delicacies, and awe-inspiring landscapes?

Well, turn your imagination into reality; book a 3D2N trip to Medan and Lake Toba, Indonesia. Fly into Medan’s Kuala Namu International Airport. From there you can opt for a 5-hour ride to Lake Toba or take a short flight to Silangit Airport that’s approximately 1.5 hours away from Lake Toba. Occupying the caldera of a super volcano, this lake is located in North Sumatra, Indonesia and is one of nature’s best marvels. Take inspiration from these trip ideas to explore Medan and Toba in 3D2N and discover the amazing wonders that promise to leave you in awe.

Day 1

Stroll through History: Visit The Tjong A Fie Mansion

Kick off the journey with a dose of history and explore the Tjong A Fie Mansion, a cultural heritage landmark that tells Tjong’s story who was an influential figure in Medan.

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This architectural gem showcases Chinese, Malay and Art Deco influences in its style. The well-curated rooms, the ornaments, and the vintage artifacts in one of the side wings of the mansion are some of the highlights of this place. 

Stop Off at Gundaling Hill's Scenic Vantage Point

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Love a view from high above? Climb up the Gundaling Hill and look down at Berastagi spread before you like a mini town with the magnificent Mount Sinabung and Mount Sibayak in the background.

Experience The Grandeur of Sipiso-Piso Waterfall

Situated at the northernmost tip of the Lake Toba caldera, the giant Sipiso-piso Waterfall gushes down 120 meters and splashes into the lake. 

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The majestic views from the top, as well as the gorgeous vistas from the various viewpoints on your way down,  are not to be missed.

Day 2

Enjoy The Breathtaking Views from One Tree Hill

There’s nothing like a glorious sunrise to start your day. Trek up to One Tree Hill and catch the sunrise. Relax in the fresh cool breeze as you take in the panoramic views of Lake Toba and capture some Instagrammable moments.

Feast Your Eyes; Explore The Serene Samosir Island

Looking for a unique experience? Explore the Samosir Island. Situated in the heart of Toba Lake, this amazing wonder is an island within an island and is home to the Batak people.

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Savor the dramatic landscape and the laidback vibes of the traditional villages as you learn about the history and culture of the Bataks. 

Catch A Glimpse of Batak Heritage at The Batak Museum

Check out the collection of ancient artifacts at the Batak Museum. The traditional tools, weapons, woven fabric, scriptures, and replicas of houses provide a great insight into the deeply-rooted culture of the Bataks.

Day 3

Discover The Bounty of Local Foods

Head back to Medan to enjoy some irresistible local delicacies. Lontong Sayur, a delicious vegetable soup served with a variety of condiments, is a must-try. Nasi goreng teri, fried rice with anchovies, and gulai ketam, a crab curry, are other signature dishes of Medan beside the Soto soup, the Curry Bihun, and the different durian-based recipes.

Hunt for Some Wonderful Souvenirs

Wrap up your Medan trip with a souvenir hunt. Sweet Bika Ambon, creamy Bolu Meranti, aromatic Sidikalang coffee, passion fruit syrup, dried anchovies, and candied guavas are some of Medan’s frequently-bought edible souvenirs. 

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Buy some Ulos, traditional hand-woven fabric that is adorned with different colorful patterns.

The Gunung Leuser National Park in Bukit Lawang, the surfing spots in Nias, and the Mursala Island in Sibolga are other popular attractions in North Sumatra that are worth a visit.

So come and explore some of the most spectacular places in Medan and Lake Toba, because you have to see it to believe it! (HR)