Plan on visiting the Orang Utan Rehabilitation centre at Bukit Lawang, a 2 hour drive from Medan. The centre opened in the early 70's and many orang utans have been rehabilitated and set free in the jungle since then. There were many guest houses along the side of the river but all were destroyed in 2003 by a flash flood due to illegal logging. Many people lost their lives but the community was rebuilt in the following years (6yrs, i am informed) The place is functioning normally again and you can see the Orang Utans being fed at the rangers station 8 am and 3 pm, but it is 20,000 entrance + 50,000 for your camera.
The Orangutan Feeding Centre at Bukit Lawant has been open for nearly 40 years. While it is no longer used as a rehabilitation centre, it is still used to feed semi-wild orangutans. Twice a day park officers provide bananas and milk to supplement the food available in the jungle. Best time of day to see the orangutans is usually the morning session, particularly at time of the year when food is plentiful in the jungle.
Getting across to the centre is fun, particular when the river is high. A small fee is payable to enter the centre.
PARAPAT is a Resort at the edge of Lake TOBA, as the Part of Simalungun District. We can reached Samosir island via Parapat by a ferry from AJI BATA Ferry Port or by A Boat from a Port just behind PASAR TIGA RAJA. On the other hand, Parapat is a place where we can find various kind of accomodations, from a budget Hotel to four star Hotel, a home stay also available.
I have travel to PARAPAT from MEDAN by land transportation, after few hours drive through a steeping green hill, our mini van taxi stop at one of many coffee shops which stranded at the edge of the height of Simalungun, where the passengers have a chance to take a coffee break and enjoy a picturesQue panorama of Lake Toba. It was a really fascinating view from where you can see a blue water of the lake, a mountain range which confined a huge water basin of Lake Toba and a cup of coffee or tea will refreshen the next journey through a long and winding roads..... so don't miss it if you travel from Medan to Prapat or Tarutung or Sibolga vise versa
SERDANG BEDAGAI is a district located south of Medan, it was a small city, a stop over where the driver make a short stop at a small shop for a coffee break free of charge, while the passengers buy some OLEH2 (souvenir) such as crackers, fruit, a local snack or just to buy a mineral water, on the other hand, Serdang Bedagai is a district where we can see Palm Oil Plantation along the street
KOTAMADYA BINJAi is one of a small city in North Sumatra, located at the northern parts of North Sumatra Province, this is a stop over if one traveling from Medan to Aceh Province vise versa, along the journey one can see a beautiful scenery of green paddy field, a small city with a market, a statue monument at the cross road
MEDAN is the capital city of North Sumatra Province, long ago, it was the seat of Sultanate, a Melayu Kingdom who rule the region since the dutch colony era, this is why one can find any building with the dutch architecture and a very nice Mesjid Raya as in the Picture
Medan Post Office is one of an old building which is established in 1911, located at City Center near Medan Merdeka sQuare. The Post office is a Dutch architecture building and until now as one of Medan City etalage. For whom who collect the stamp, don't miss visit this nice Post Office to get a first day envelope of a stamp at Philatelic division
The North Sumatra Capital City is MEDAN, it was just a few minutes drive from Polonia AirPorts. Medan is one of a big city in Indonesia, it was the center of Business and trade. Medan City is under the Mayoralty administration, if one visit Medan, don't miss Merdeka SQuare or Lapangan Merdeka which was built by the government to encourage the peoples in their week end and vacation, here one can enjoy a fitness and gym activities free of charge, just choice the one you want
Medan is the gateway of Northern Sumatra.
Whether coming from Polonia airport from Penang or Jakarta, by boat through Belawan port or by overland bus, Medan has accommodations of different price range for the travellers.
There are a few sight seeing places like a palace and shopping centers to stock up for your more adventurous travels of interior Sumatra.
Most of the town shopowners are Indonesian of Chinese descents, so you speak to the elderly people in Hokkien dialect or Mandarin.
By speed boat, our tour guide took us on a 30 minutes ride across Lake Toba to a hot spring.
Many locals come for a curative soak for skin diseases and other afflictions.
So beware not to be washing at the lower stretch. Instead go up stream.
Brastagi is a wonderful stop between Medan and Parapat (Lake Toba). On a highland, it is refreshingly cool in weather and a nice quiet town. Great place to buy some fruits, trying the local marquisa fruit drink and riding on horses and ponies whether on saddles or in a carriage.
In the highlands of central North Sumatra, you will not miss the unique Batak horn-shaped roof architecture. Bataks are Christians unlike the majority of Indonesians who are Muslim in Medan and Aceh. You will see that Batak are into singing, dance performance and musical instruments and there are culture shows at some of the tourist hotels.
Visit a typical traditional Batak house open for tourist. Interesting to hear our local tour guide pointing out that Batak women does most of business and housework while Batak men are in the coffee stalls playing chess - division of labor.
Arriving at the rim of the crater lake of Danau Toba, you can have many panaromic views. There are several steep falling waterfalls and the road descent steeping down the crater to the lakeside offers some adventurous riding.
Most tourists will head for Samosir Island (Pulau Samosir) by ferry after a night rest at the lakeside town of Parapat. We took a speed boat to go around the lake and stopping at hot spring. The water unfortunately is hard and though can swim, try not to drink the water.
On the island, you can visit historic sites of Batak culture, buy souvenir of local woven textile and carved musical instruments.
Visitors are invited to watch the washing of the elephants and they may also participate. Actually, by the time we arrived on the spot the elephants had already been washed for the day -- so they received a second scrubbing. I guess they did not mind at all ...
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Jalan Putri Hijau No. 10, Medan, 20111, Indonesia
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