For visitors, Medan is best known as the gateway to North Sumatra with many travellers flying into the city and setting off from here for adventures in the cool highlands of Lake Toba or the wild Sumatran jungle. Medan is the third biggest city in Indonesia after Jakarta and Surabaya. It serves as the main hub and gateway with its Kuala Namu International Airport and Belawan.

The population of Medan is diverse. Citizens here represent virtually every ethnicity in Indonesia including Batak, Malay, Javanese, Minang, Acehnese, Indians and Chinese. Each ethnic group contributes to thousands of tasty, mouth-watering dishes found in every corner of Medan. They offer to locals and tourists alike dozens of food streets and hawker centers to suit their appetite at any time of the day. From the sweet Javanese cuisine, to delicious Batak grilled pork, to hot Padang dishes, from savoury Chinese noodles, to spicy Indian curry, this varied cuisine is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is obvious why the locals are so into food. The city itself is quite well known for "food-tourism", especially amongst other Indonesians.

Things to do; See some of nature’s most terrifying creatures at the Crocodile Farm at Asam Kumbang, located about 10 km from the heart of the city. This farm has nearly 2,000 crocodiles of different sizes and species. Come here during feeding time to see these fierce reptiles use their sharp teeth to cut their lunch to shreds. Learn more about these animals and follow their stages of development. Souvenirs made of crocodile’s skin are also sold here.

Soak up some culture and educate yourself about Indonesian traditions with a visit to Museum Negara. Here you’ll find a fascinating collection of archaeological relics from 12th century South Indian statues to remains of an Islamic nisan or gravestone. 

The Grand Mosque of Medan is an impressive sight complete with Arabesque domes and crystal chandeliers. At the Palace of the Sultan you can see photos and memorabilia from the days of royalty. The building’s design reflects Malay influences, painted in a yellow trim (the color of Malay royalty).

Medan is the ideal place to arrange a tour into the wild jungles of North Sumatra. Contact tour operators in Medan to arrange a rafting or trekking tour that will surely leave you awestruck over the natural beauty this region has to offer.

Some interesting places as follows;
  • Lake Toba - Deepest volcanic lake in the world and largest lake in southeast asia
  • Tangkahan 
  • Berastagi  
  • Bukit Lawang
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