Fourth largest city in Indonesia and largest outside of Java, Medan is the gateway to the natural wonders of North Sumatra – where Lake Toba, the world’s largest volcanic lake awaits. Thanks to its proximity to Singapore and Malaysia, Medan has also emerged as a major economic hub.
Best of Medan
Medan is home to the world’s largest volcanic lake, Lake Toba. Spend a day on the unspoiled Samosir Island – the world’s largest island within an island – for a panoramic sunset view over Lake Toba. Adventurous trekkers will find pleasure in hiking the two volcanos in Berastagi – the picture-perfect Mount Sibayak (7,257 ft.) and the more challenging Mount Sinaburg (8,070 ft.). No trip to Berastagi is complete without a visit to the multicoloured Sipoholon Hot Springs, and the Dua Warna Waterfall. Inside of the city, sample the famous local delicacies such as kwetiau goreng (fried rice noodles) at the backstreet food stalls. The story-rich Maimoon Palace and Chinese mansion-turned museum Tjong A Fie Mansion are also not to miss.
Medan Travel Tips
Medan’s diversity of influences that can be found especially in local snacks, so don’t be afraid to try to eat outside the hotel. Hiring a translator will be helpful as most of the people in Medan do not understand English. To get around, hire a motorcycle or tricycle to get a local taste of Medan.