Medan Travel Guide

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Medan Things to Do

  • Batak marriage

    In my way to Gunung Leuser National Park to watch orangutrans, I made a stop in Binjai village when I saw a marriage by the road.I was treated very well by the partcipants, including the couple. Their vestments were fantastic!The ceremony took long and then they had a banquet. I could not stay very long, so finally I wished the couple happiness and...

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  • Maimun Palace

    It is located in downtown Medan, just next door to the main mosque. Its architect mixed stiles from India, Spain Italy and Middle East countries.

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  • Octogonal mosque

    It is located in downtown, in front of the Palace.It is konown as Masjid Raya Medan and Masjid Raya Al Mashun.It dates from the beginning of the XX century and its style is mixed with Middle East and Spain reminiscences. The archetect was Dutch.

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  • Amazing Catholic Church looking a Hindu...

    Graha Maria Annai Velangkanni (Our Lady of Good Health), is a Catholic church looking like a Hindu temple. The priest is a man from India, from the south, so it built it in south Indian style.It is new, it dates from 2005.I had the opportunity to talk with the prist and he showed me around.

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  • Coffee galore!

    You people must know that.... in Medan, you can have a better than starbucks cup of coffee for less than a dollar. Yearp, 'heard me right. When I was there, I thought life was all about coffee and.. I have reached my maximum acid level and voila! I was rushed to the hospital due to excessive ( I meant "abusive") intake of the latter.

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  • Speak the universal language,...

    In opposition to what I have heard and experienced, I think Indonesians are as friendly as the rest of the asians are. They just get easily intimidated when you speak to them in English knowing that it is not so welcomed and used in the place regularly.. so they have not exercised the potential ability.They are very cultural (which I admire the...

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Medan Restaurants

  • Delicious Seafood "Ikan Bawal"

    Padang Food is considered the best all over Indonesia, this restaurent in Medan serve many kind of Padand Food at slightly higher price then other street side non airconditioned estaurents but the quality is also better. Ikan Bawal, (Whole Silver or White Promphet around 200 to 300 g pc) and mixed vegetables boiled, Salt and White papper is added...

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  • Best food in Sumatra

    A real oasis in Medan, a city which does not have a lot to offer the tourist.Once you step inside O'Flahertys you could transport your mind to Ireland very easily. The decor and ambience is very Irish with friendly staff.Great for corporate, romantic dinner or families Baby Back Ribs were just delicious. Fish and Chips were also great.

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  • O' Flahertys - The Only Irish Pub in...

    This is basically the only Irish restaurant/pub in Medan and in Sumatra (that's what they say). The restaurant is rather hard to find especially at night as the street where it is located is rather dark, but once you step inside, you'll definitely get the 'Irish' feel, with the bar and the stuff they put on the walls. Food is good, tried the ribs...

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  • MERDEKA WALK

    Merdeka Walk is the first Tensile Structure (Alfresco Outdoor Concept) in Indonesia. It is the hottest place to hangout in Medan City with cafe, Resto, exhibition and Entertainment.

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  • Happening LAne!!!

    Merdeka walk is must to go whoever come to medan,with variety of stall selling variety of food.with life music in the middle of the lane,you will be entertained by locasl music and people act...sourvenier and music shop open until 2am casual

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  • Kesawan Square

    Kesawan Square is an open air 'food court' which was opened recently in 2002. It's got stalls selling Chinese food, Western food, and Indonesian food which are not bad. The place is actually a busy street in the daytime but when evening comes, the street is closed to traffic and becomes a place where Medanese can relax and enjoy their food while...

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Medan Transportation

  • Fly Garuda Indonesia

    Garuda Indonesia Airways now fly directly from Jakarta Soekarno Hatta Airport to Medan Kuala Namu International Airport 9 times a day vise verse and would take about 2 hours 20 minutes.The schedule is oke, departure and arrival always on time.... breakfast, lunch or diner is include during your flight

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  • Bus to Lake Toba

    From Medan, Terminal Amplas take a Sejahtera Bus to Parapat (it goes about every hour in the daytime to the ferry pier in Parapat, no aircon and 5 seats in a row), Rp 22000, 4-5 hours.Ferry to Tuk Tuk every hour from 7 am, Rp 7000.For more comfort take a Kijang/shared taxi maybe Rp 65000.

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  • Fly with Jatayu to Medan from Jakarta

    Jatayu Airlines flies you to Medan from Jakarta at S$130 (around Rp 600,000), including taxes. Pay domestic airport tax at Rp 16,000. It's advisable to check the rates at Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Cengkareng rather than checking Jatayu's web-site for rates.

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Medan Shopping

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  • Bika Ambon, A Sumatran Delight

    Soft Sponge Cake called Bika Ambon is only available in Medan ZULAIKHA Bika Ambon is pleasantly chewy and has the sort of eggy-custardy-coconut flavor that's very popular in Indonesian desserts. The other interesting thing about it is the warning on the box, which informs us (in Indonesian) that after 3 or 4 days Bika Ambon will "experience a...

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  • Bargain

    Shops and shoplots selling a lot of women's clothes, nice batik and kebaya Cakes - kuih ambom, lapis lengit.Indonesian volcanic stone pestle and mortar Bargain for half the price or lower

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  • Kuih Lapis and Bika Ambon

    It is conveniently located in Polonia Airport. the kuih lapis and bika ambon were not too bad. the kuih lapis, bika ambon & "ASLI" snacks kuih lapis was rp60,000 and the bika ambon was rp35,000. "ASLI" snacks were rp20,000 per box

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Medan Local Customs

  • not special without red hot chili...

    when ordering food, do not chose the "special paket" unless you can stand a thick layer of red chilis on top of your dish. Better clarify if it is "pedas" (spicy) or not. you may try to say "aku ungga mau pedas" (I don't like spicy ..) plus some pointing skills to the menu heheheh

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  • never ever hand money with your left...

    itu salah..means it is wrong.for some reason, they would know that you are not an indonesian (other than the looks) if you are making some payment and you used your left hand for handing over the money.. tsk, tsk, tsk.. expect a strange look from whoever sees you doing it that way.

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  • "jangan" means not allowed..

    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 ahihihjust to let you guys know.. when you hear the localsrepeatedly utter the word "jangan" , figure out what it is that you are wanting to do that may not be...

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Medan Warnings and Dangers

  • Bag snatching

    Two guys drove away with my laptop bag containing my laptop, 1000 USD, Prada sun glass, two reading glasses etc etc, which was in front of me, from a moving Bechak (the common transport in Medan).Keep your bag in your lap or towards the inside right and hold the strap so that it can not be picked easily. Get cautious if the Bechak guy slows down or...

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  • too good to be true deals for lake toba

    we were approached by a taxi driver at Medan airport. We had told him our hotel was picking us up but he wouldn't leave-kept following us. Since we could not find the person who was suppose to pick us, we took that taxi driver's cab. thought we'd give him a chance-he seemed so desperate. he then offered to take us to Lake Toba for rp450,000. we...

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  • One way

    For drivers, specially new to Medan.Beware of one-way streets in Medan, drive slowly and surely. Some streets are one-way and if you miss your turn you will have to make a big turn to get round to your correct turn.

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Medan Tourist Traps

  • Only take BlueBird (taxi with meter)

    Not all the taxi here have meters. You may be double sometimes triple charged for the ride. Do ask for a bluebird taxi if you need to. If you are going to take the tuktuk/motor taxi, offer half the price that they initially said.

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  • Taxi scam in Medan

    Please use the blue or white taxi. It is a big car and will use meter. Don't use the yellow taxi which is smaller like Datsun and they will charge you 3 x. I was cheated by them from Jalan SM Raja to Grand Ascor Hotel about 2 km they charged me 40K rupiah. But from the hotel to the airport which is about 4 - 5 km and facing with jammed nearly fro...

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  • bargain.. negotiate.. with the...

    OHMYGOSH.. this is terrible. really. they do not have the tariff that applies to all. OHMYGOSH again. each time you have to take a becak (tricyle) or a taxi, you will have to bargain til you both agree with the fair fare or else.. you will pay double (or worst.. triple) of the amount that you can negotiate. well, there are public transport but I...

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Medan Off The Beaten Path

  • Belawan is the port of Medan

    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...

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  • Manggo

    There is a particular special fruit product of the area. Small, yellow, juicy and sweet. They usually sell the manggo in a basket, but be careful, because the basket are shallow. Deep of it filled with papers, they only filled the half-up of it.

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  • The Village of Lingga

    Located some 15 km from Berastagi, this is a unique Batak Karo village where tra-ditional houses are still well preserved and inhabited today. Five to six families live in each house, unseparated by any partition, while each family have their own stoves

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Medan Sports & Outdoors

  • Nice Course , Facilities Exhausted .....

    It’s been said that “The Royal Sumatra” have been taken up by a Korean businessmman as all the website in korean language...anyway the course is beautiful except we dissapointed with the facilities.bUt i think within 2 years time when the new club house ready then should be ok MY advice PLS shower at you hotel after the game...

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  • Trying your kicking skills

    A group of middle persons standing in a circle and kicking a shuttle around.The object is not to allow the shuttle to touch the ground but quickly kick it to another person in the group.This is like a simpler version of "sepak raga" where a small shuttle is used instead of rattan ball. I have not seen this played in Malaysia but have seen it in...

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  • Morning Walk, Outdoor Gymn

    At Merdeka Square, I was impressed by the number of locals mainly Indonesian Chinese, doing their jogging or walking. It reminded me of the large number of local Vietnamese strolling around Hoan Kem Lake in Hanoi.Along the side, there are a variety of outdoor exercise stretching and pushing equipment which are popularized in parks in towns in...

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  • Tree Lined Roads & Nice Roundabouts

    My first impression of Medan from the airport was the beautiful trees along the road. It reminded me of Penang and Nanjing.In many places due to widening of roads, trees have to be cut down to make way for more lanes. Hopefully the trees along the roads of Medan will be preserved.Not only the trees provide greenery and shade, they are so important...

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  • Prayers as your take off

    I was alerted while on board "Lion Air" that stashed in the pouch behind every seat with the standard plane safety and evacuation pamphlet is another pamphlet called "Invocation".The invocation contains prayers of different religions, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism. It is all in Bahasa Indonesia.Not sure if this is a good sign for boarding...

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  • Tourist Information Office

    There is a Tourist Information Office at the entrance of Kesawan Square with a prominent sign. It is a few houses away from Tjong A Fie Mansion. I took a quick look, not as well stocked as I would have expected. There was one staff helping an Indonesian tourist. So I did not hang around. So better to get your free city map and information from the...

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