North Sumatra Province Travel Guide

  • Medan.
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  • Masjid Al Mashun Medan, built 1906
    Masjid Al Mashun Medan, built 1906
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  • Rahmat's Wildlife Museum
    Rahmat's Wildlife Museum
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See all 253 Medan Tips
  • Fly Garuda Indonesia

    Medan Transportation

    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

  • JW Marriott Hotel Medan

    Medan Hotels

    Jalan Putri Hijau No. 10, Medan, 20111, Indonesia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Batak marriage

    Medan Things to Do

    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...


Danau Toba

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  • Out of Parapat (Danau Toba)

    Danau Toba Transportation

    Flag down an Angkut (mini van) and tell them "Loket Sejahtera" (Sejahtera bus station), It's fun to ride on this mini-van, it will take round parapat and to the bus station for IDR2,000.Again, take a Sejahtera bus to Medan, this time, the bus is not that crowded and we have room to move my legs plus a bonus sleeping, no tv to put on the dangdut...

  • Restaurant at Hill Top

    Danau Toba Restaurants

    We had most of our meal here at the hotel because its convenient and wi-fi only available in the restaurant, well, we spent most of time here and admired the beautiful sceneries of Danau Toba.One the morning, you can have toast with jam/butter or you like to try the local foods of Nasi Goreng, mihun Goreng, bubur nasi and bubur kacang. 1st nite...

  • To Danau Toba - Bus Sejahtera

    Danau Toba Transportation

    From Polonia Airport, we took a taxi for IDR40,000 to Loket Bus Amplas (Amplas Bus Station) to catch the bus to Parapat. It's quite a long trip to the station, lucky we didn't take the Becha, I don't know how it will be like, very hot, humid and dusty, plus dangerous in medan road traffic.There are two bus services to take you to Parapat -...



See all 62 Berastagi Tips
  • Gunung Sibayak, hotsprings -- get a...

    Berastagi Things to Do

    About Gunung Sibayak and the nearby hotsprings has been written already several times... I'd add a small tip about going to Gunung Sibayak: hire a motorbike in Berastagi. It saves you time (money probably as well), and also you skip walking the boring (and quite long) part on the asphalt road. It _is_ possible to go on the bike still up behind the...

  • Mikie Holiday

    Berastagi Hotels

    Mikie Holiday Resort and Hotel is a hotel by the main road going to Berastagi town coming from Medan...

  • In and around the main street, Jalan...

    Berastagi Favorites

    As I mentioned in my introductory page, I wasn't sure how long I would stay in Berastagi as I had heard mixed reports. In fact, I really enjoyed my time there, and while there is no night life to speak of, it is fun just to walk up and down Jalan Veteran and around the pasar watching the locals get on with their day to day life. Just like in any...


Pulau Nias

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  • not for beginners

    Pulau Nias Sports & Outdoors

    Many people come to Lagundri Beach for surfing, so i thought that i would give it a crack, so i rented a board got some tips and made my way out and managed to catch a small wave. Never realised it was so difficult as i quickly came off the board and got cut to pieces on the sharp rocks Never again--be careful.

  • Transport to Lagundri Beach.

    Pulau Nias Tourist Traps

    Motorcyclists, trucks and hustlers, they will all be waiting for you at the pier in Telek Dalam, ready to charge you ridiculous prices for the few kms to Lagundri Beach and prices will increase if you have a surf board. Just walk directly out of the port and sooner or later asomeone will take you on a motorbike at a fairprice.


    Pulau Nias Things to Do

    If you are staying at Lagundi take a walk to a local traditional village which are usually built on the tops of hills for security. Each village was a separate entity and often mini wars would erupt and killings take place, even as recently as the 70's. Warriors attacked other villages to find slaves, and sometimes they would behead their captives...


Pulau Samosir

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  • Si Gale Gale

    Pulau Samosir Things to Do

    Visit, midway going up the hill to the tomb of King Sidabutar, houses in traditional Batak architecture.You can find a life-sized puppet there called "Si Gale Gale" which can be moved by levers from behind.It was said that before Christianity came to Samosir Island the people practiced Animism and, legend says, they can move those puppets with...

  • Souvenir items

    Pulau Samosir Tourist Traps

    Before going to this place, go around Parapat town first and see what they offer. Ask the prices of souvenir items and remember the prices - don't buy yet.When you visit Samosir Island you can find all those handicrafts and more souvenir items going up and around the tomb of King Sidabutar up on the hill. If something took your fancy bargain and...

  • A Ferry to TOMOK, Samosir island

    Pulau Samosir Things to Do

    It take about 90 minutes by Ferry from Parapat AJIBATA FERRY port to Samosir Island TOMOK Port. In a good weather condition, we can see a magnificent Panorama of a mountain Hill on both side of the ship, a crystal clear blue water of Lake Toba, a fishermen canoe floating on the lake and shuttle boats from Parapat to Samosir island vise versa


Danau Maninjau

See all 32 Danau Maninjau Tips
  • Kelok 44

    Danau Maninjau Things to Do

    Its one of the turning point from 44 hairpin turns.... when infront have a bus coming, sometimes we must stop to give a way for the bus, cos the turning point is almost 180 degree, and the road is not too wide. So just enjoy your trip while through this amazing road....:)

  • Fresh Water Fish Field

    Danau Maninjau Off The Beaten Path

    I saw many fresh water fish field here, on the bank of the Maninjau lake.... and when the fisherman gave the food,,, all the fish will jump and soooo great to they feeding the fish....:)

  • Sunset

    Danau Maninjau Things to Do

    When sun goes down, when the fisherman still in his activity.... and when the wind blow, its time to relax and enjoy the moment of the sunset....



See all 1 Balige Tips
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    by egonwegh Updated Jul 31, 2006

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    More fish ... They had this very ingenious system (bucket with holes in the bottom) to guarantee the supply of fresh water and air to the reservoir that contains the fish.

    Balige,  Market, Fish

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See all 2 Sibolga Tips
  • TANGGA SERATUS, a Hundred steps

    Sibolga Things to Do

    Climb up TANGGA SERATUS or a STAIR with a hundred steps is worth a visit, from the top we could see a view of Sibolga downtown and the beach line with a few islands scattered on the sea, actually there are 190 steps and we could find a water reservoir on the top and a stall which sell drink and snack

  • snorkeling, diving, fishing

    Sibolga Things to Do

    The last time I went to sibolga, I remembered there was a medium sized waterfall about an hour or 2 by speed boat from Sibolga Island. Once I get hold of the hardcopy pictures I will post them here.Unique spottings there were a sea turtle, giant clam and on the way to the island a dolphin was even spotted near the boat! This was many years ago when...

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