Medan has always been just a transit city, a jumping off point for tourists to the beauty of North Sumatra, Indonesia. But it is much more than a convenient entrance to reach Lake Toba and enjoy its natural scenery combined with a vibrant culture or even the other attractions of the island of Sumatra. Medan has its own set of trinkets that will interest tourists of all kinds.
One of the first things you need to check out when going to Medan is its food scene. Curried chicken noodles, rice cakes and duck soup are some of his famous dishes. After filling your tummy, fill your heart with Medan’s most prominent landmarks, such as Tjong A Fie Mansion, Mesjid Raya Al Mashun and Istana Maimun. If you love wildlife, head to Bukit Lawang, where you can spot Sumatran orangutans on a hike.
It might not seem like it, but Medan has so much in store for the travel savvy folks.
To help you plan your trip, I’ve added links to locations on Google Maps. Feel free to click/tap the links posted below. Then, use the “save” function in the Google Maps app for easy reference. But before you start ticking goals off your bucket list, here are the travel essentials and discounts you need to check out. Book in advance online for a hassle-free trip!
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1. Maimun Palace
Maimun Palace in Medan, Indonesia
Position: Jl. Brigadier General Katamso n. 45-H, AUR, Kec. Medan Maimun, Medan City, North Sumatra 20151, Indonesia. Save on Google Maps.
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2. Masjid Raya Al-Mashun
Masjid Raya Al-Mashun in Medan, Indonesia
Position: Jl. Sisingamangaraja n. 61, Mosque, Kec. Medan City, Medan City, North Sumatra 20156, Indonesia. Save on Google Maps.
3. Pagaruyung food street
Culinary Pagaruyung Food Street in Medan, Indonesia
Position: Jl. KH. Zainul Arifin, Petisah Tengah, Kec. Medan Petisah, Medan City, North Sumatra 20112, Indonesia. Save on Google Maps.
4. Jalan Selat Panjang food alley
Jalan Selat Panjang Food Alley in Medan, Indonesia
Position: Pasar Baru, Medan City, Medan City, North Sumatra 20212, Indonesia. Save on Google Maps.
5. Bintang Bawal restaurant
Bintang Bawal restaurant in Medan, Indonesia
Position: Jl. Taruma n. 15B, Central Petisah, Kec. Medan Petisah, Medan City, North Sumatra 20112, Indonesia. Save on Google Maps.
6. Mariamman Hindu Temple
Mariamman Hindu Temple in Medan, Indonesia
Position: Jl. Teuku Umar n. 18, Petisah Tengah, Kec. Medan Petisah, Medan City, North Sumatra 20151, Indonesia. Save on Google Maps.
7. Tjong A Fie Palace
Tjong A Fie Mansion in Medan, Indonesia
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8. Lake Toba
Marcos at the village of Lake Toba, Indonesia
Position: North Sumatra, Indonesia. Save on Google Maps.
9. Sipiso Pisone waterfall
Sipisopiso waterfall, Sumatra, Indonesia
Position: Pengembaten, Brand, Karo Regency, North Sumatra 22173, Indonesia. Save on Google Maps.
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Position: Medan City, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Save on Google Maps.
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Places to visit in Medan
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Where to stay in Medan
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Book earlier rather than later if you’ve already set your dates. Cheaper rooms and hotels with high reviews tend to be fully booked faster, especially during peak days such as weekends, holidays, and peak tourist seasons.
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