Jl. Sisingamangaraja no. 11 - km 7., Medan, Sumatra, 20147, Indonesia
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Medan / Lake Toba itinery

by ckpeng

Dear friends,
I will be visiting Medan early next year for 5 days.
Can someone please help me to plan an itinery? I'd like to include Lake Toba, a flee market selling handicraft as well. Any backpack area and hotel in Medan?
Thank you


Re: Medan / Lake Toba itinery

by lotharscheer

The closest thing to a backpack area is next to the grand mosque, Hotel Zakia, Hotel Residence, Wisma Ronna's, Jalan SM Raja No. 34.
To Lake Toba / Parapat about 6 hour by bus or minibus, and ferry to Tuk Tuk.
The largest amount of handicraft stalls is probably in Parapat.

5 day┬┤s New Delhi Jaipur and Agra is doable but will be hard work

Re: Medan / Lake Toba itinery

by pangaeatours


I dont think you will have enough time to visit Toba especially if you plan to stay overnight and enjoy the lake. You will only have about 2 days in medan.


Re: Medan / Lake Toba itinery

by pPamela

Hi CKPeng,

One of the best places to stay in Medan with back packers these days is Blue Angel.
Here is a website created by an Australian guy on accomodation in Sumatra.
Information on Blue Angel
Personally would not stay at Zakia's.

As you have 5 days in Medan you will have plenty of time to visit Samosir Island on Lake Toba.
Bus trip usually takes 4 hrs from my previous experience though I have read where some travellers have experience 5 hr trips.
If you stay at Blue Angel they will be able to give you all the details of where to catch the mini bus to Prapat where you will get the ferry to Samosir Island.
It is a good idea to know where you would like to stay so you can tell the ferry driver where to drop you off.
I have maps of accomodation in Tuk Tuk Lake Toba and a map of Medan etc if you would like.
My email address is

On Samosir Island you can hire a motor bike by yourself or get an ojek and go around the island for the day - wonderful experience - did that in 2004.
Two days is more than enough on the island and you can stop off in Brestagi on the way back if you like. Nice cool area less than 2 hrs from Medan.

So from my experience of 9 trips to Indonesia I would say you have plenty of time to visit Lake Tobaa, Brestagi and Medan in 5 days.

Re: Medan / Lake Toba itinery

by ckpeng

Thank you so much for your information. They are certainly very helpful.


Travel Tips for Medan


by merygunawan

My second time here - Danau Toba & Samosir Island. My fascination is still intact -- . They offer FANTASTIC VIEW....
At 8am you can see top of green hills (surrounding the lake) covered by mist -- BEAUTIFULl!! it's a natural beauty - like a truly nice paintings. Shopping in Tomok, area in samosir island :) i love all the bargains and the people!

"jangan" means not allowed..

by missmarianne

This part of Indonesia is inlove with its native tongue.
It is not a good idea to walk around the small city alone.
Require yourself a guide or take a risk for the pleasure
of adventure ahihih

just to let you guys know.. when you hear the locals
repeatedly utter the word "jangan" , figure out what it is
that you are wanting to do that may not be allowed to their
customs. Body language helps and maybe a few skills in charade heheheh ^_^


by globetrott

Watch out for these great street-lamps, you will find them in many parts of the old part of Medan, I saw it for instance in the street, where the Tjong A. Fie Mansion is situated in the old chinese quarters of Medan, they obviously are dating back to the beginning of the 20th century.
Another quite interesting lamp I saw inside of the big mosque, it has the shape of a lotus-flower - see it in my 3rd photo !

Batak Ulos

by SLLiew

Batak Ulos is a traditional ceremonial shawl worn by both men and women.

This beautiful shawl woven in different design is colorful and of importance significance.

It is long and folded by width twice and placed equally on both sides over your shoulder.

Wearing a lighter color clothes will bring out the brilliant colors of your ulos.

As the saying goes, when in Medan, wear a ulos....

At the Convention, the ulos was sold at 50,000 rupiahs or 20 ringgit (less than 6USD).

Belawan is the port of Medan

by globetrott

Belawan is a container-port in Indonesia, where a river flows into the sea. The small town of Belawan is in a distance of 3-4 km from the port and walking that distance is quite exhausting, because there is a lot of trafic :
trucks, taxis, mopeds etc.. and mostly there is no seperate sidewalk at all. Small buses will take you to Belawan for 2-3 dollars, but the drivers are speeding like crazy and you will sit alongside on a narrow bench and wont have any safety-belt nor anything else to get some hold in case of an accident. Drivers will speed even when it is just for a few meters and the side-door of these buses will always stay open. I took such a ride to Medan and I am sure the next time I would take a real taxi, although it is a lot more expensive.
In the port of Belawan you will not find any shop, no bank, just the customs-officers and a lot of taxidrivers. Taxidrivers will speak some english and haggling for the price will be essential !!


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