5 Airports in Medan, North Sumatra, List of Airport in Medan, there’s a closest one to Lake Toba

The airports in Medan is one of the main access points to the island of Sumatra, connecting major cities in Indonesia as well as across the country. Medan is the main entrance to interesting destinations on the island of Sumatra. Airports is where airplanes make landings and takeoffs. Medan is the largest metropolitan city in Sumatra and has several airports to facilitate tourists or travelers.

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Medan, the capital of North Sumatra, is one of the entrances to Lake Toba through Kuala Namu airport. In addition, there are other airports that you can use as alternatives for your trip such as Silangit Airport which is closer to Lake Toba. Here’s a list of airports in Medan and their locations:

  • 1. Kuala Namu International Airport

Kuala Namu Airport is a source of pride for the people of Medan. The reason is, this airport is very amazing and luxurious. The airport in Medan, which is an international airport, owned by PT Angkasa Pura II and managed by Angkasa Pura Aviation. The airport opened and began operating on July 25, 2013. Kuala Namu International Airport also has a train station that connects the airport to the city of Medan, making it easier for passengers to get from the city to the airport.

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Because of its beauty which is one of the attractions especially for Medan Deli Serdang residents, many visitors to Kuala Namu Airport come just to experience the beauty of this International Airport, instead of using airplane services from one city to another. Airport lounges with Kuala Namu Airport Code (IATA: KNO, ICAO: WIMM) have also been established in large numbers; various types of fashion lounges, souvenirs, and restaurants are built stylishly and neatly, with good service. These lounges will certainly help executive and economy travelers to better enjoy their time at Kuala Namu Airport. The most significant aspect is that these facilities can benefit both foreign and domestic travelers.

Kuala Namu Airport is well located and quite strategic. The transfer of Polonia Airport to Kuala Namu will have a significant impact on western aviation. Kuala Namu will probably become the main hub for aircraft in the western region, connecting countries in the Middle East and the United States. Regionally, neighboring countries such as Singapore and Malaysia are also very close to Kuala Namu airport.

The most beneficial location of Kuala Namu Airport is the presence of supporting airports such as those in Pekanbaru, Batam, and Banda Aceh. The presence of airports in these cities will most likely lead to the expansion of Kuala Namu Airport. On the other hand, this airport will have an impact on economic growth in the Kuala Namu area as well as the smooth operation of the government which will certainly have Kuala Namu’s support.

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  • 2. Silangit International Airport

Silangit Airport is an international airport located in Siborong-borong, North Tapanuli, North Sumatra. The runway of this airport in Medan measures 2,400 m x 30 m. The distance of Silangit airport from the city center is about 7 kilometers. Silangit Airport was established during the Japanese colonial period. Reconstruction of the airport began in 1995 with the addition of a 900-meter runway from the existing 1,400-meter runway. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono immediately launched the operation of Silangit Airport in March 2005, and since then the construction of the airport began in earnest.

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Silangit Airport finally had a 2,400-meter runway in 2011, and is planned to be extended in 2015 to 3,800 by 45 meters (12,467 feet x 148 feet), allowing wide-body aircraft to land regularly. On January 18, 2011, the President of Indonesia and his entourage flew into Silangit Airport on a Boeing 737-500. With the President’s presence, it was announced that Silangit Airport can now serve A320neo, A320, A330, B737 Next Generation, and MAX class aircraft.

Silangit Airport is now the only class IV airport in Indonesia with the same facilities and service capabilities as class II airports. On December 14, 2012, the government officially handed over the operational administration of Silangit Airport to PT Angkasa Pura II through the Ministry of Transportation. As a result, the airport’s status changed from UPT airport to commercial airport.

Silangit Airport was also upgraded to accommodate the influx of tourists visiting Lake Toba and other Tapanuli locations. In addition to the very luxurious airport facilities, there is one spot that we can enjoy and visit around the airport. Huta Ginjang, about half an hour from Silangit Airport, is a great place to see the view of Lake Toba from above. This site is at an altitude of 1,555 meters above sea level. The air is refreshing, and the view is breathtaking. Taber Prayer Hill was also built at this location for spiritual tour.

The growth of tourism and the welfare of people living around Lake Toba will certainly benefit from the presence of Silangit International Airport. The vast expansion of Silangit International Airport in North Tapanuli has been a boon to the people of the Lake Toba region. Consider how the flow of tourists to Lake Toba has increased. This will certainly boost the economic sector of the surrounding community and become the main key in advancing tourism in the region.

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  • 3. Sibisa Airport

Sibisa Airport is an airports in Medan, more precisely the Sibisa International Airport which is located in Ajibata District, Toba Regency, North Sumatra. This airport was developed by the Ministry of Transportation or the Ministry of Transportation with a runway length of up to 1,200 x 30 meters.

The airports in Medan, North Sumatra, such as Sibisa Airport, began officially operating on November 15, 2006. The inaugural flight was Susi Air with the flight route Medan – Sibisa. However, Susi Air’s flight to Sibisa only lasted until February 2007.

Sibisa Airport is the closest international airport from Parapat, it only takes about 20 minutes by road, the road access is also easy, already wide and also smooth. When compared to other airports, flight access to Lake Toba through the airport is certainly much faster, which only requires travel time of about 10 kilometers.

The air travel was carried out by Aviastar Airlines, with a flight route from Binaka Airport – Gunung Sitoli to Sibisa Airport, once a week. At that time the inaugural flight was carried out on Friday only. It is hoped that Sibisa Airport will be able to attract more flights in the future. Lake Toba tourism is also expected to continue to grow.

Meanwhile, if from the airport to The Kaldera Toba, the trip only takes approximately 5 minutes. Later the visitors will be directly escorted directly to the gate of The Kaldera. The Kaldera, which is an area of the Sibisa Authority Zone, tourists can immediately enjoy the beauty of the view of Lake Toba, with a very thick outdoor atmosphere.

As for the attractions closest to Sibisa Airport are Parapat, The Kaldera Toba Nomadic Escape, Sibisa Cultivation Village, and also Gibeon Hill. In the surroundings can also be found various hotels or accommodations that are good and comfortable to stay. Currently, the government continues to develop Sibisa which is a pioneer airport. Over the time, its flight routes will certainly increase depending on market potential.

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  • 4. Aek Godang Airport

Aek Godang Airport is one of the potential airports in Medan. Aek Godang Airport is located in North Padang Lawas City, precisely in Janji Manahan, Batang Onang District, North Padang Lawas, North Sumatra. There are 2 airlines, including Citilink and Wings Air. Actually, this airport was established because if from Medan City via land travel, it takes 10 to 11 hours. So the presence of this airport will greatly facilitate this.

As the information, that the name Aek Godang itself is the name of one of the villages located in Hulu Sihapas District, North Padang Lawas, North Sumatra Province. With this Aek Godang Airport, later local residents who need to go to Medan City or from Medan City for business, education, and others will be easier and faster to get to their destination. The airport is also expected by other communities to be able to serve direct flights Aek Godang – Jakarta.

Over the time, the runway at Aek Godang Airport was constructed a few more meters, so that it could support the realization of direct flight services Aek Godang – Jakarta and otherwise. The presence of the airport, which has now become a pride and landmark of Tabagsel, has such an important value for the 5 districts and cities around there.

With a variety of natural potential found in North Padang Lawas Regency, the airports in Medan, North Sumatra or Aek Godang Airport is also expected to help in terms of the economy, namely through the ease of accessing a tourist location by air, which of course can be faster and safer.

Until now, the airport located in North Padang Lawas City, or Aek Godang Airport, has always continued to be developed in order to provide the best air travel experience for the community. Voices from the local community regarding the development or facilities at Aek Godang Airport are always captured as a positive energy in improving the quality in the future.

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  • 5. Ferdinand Lumban Tobing Airport

Ferdinand Lumban Tobing Airport is an airport in Medan located in Pinangsori District, Central Tapanuli Regency, North Sumatra Province. Named as Ferdinand Lumban Tobing Airport, according to the name of the Indonesian National hero who came from North Sumatra Province. Ferdinand Lumban Tobing Airport is a class 3 airport with an area of about 183.03 Ha, and also the length of the runway is 2260 m x 30 m.

The location of this airport is approximately 40 km from the Sibolga City area. Can be the right solution for people who later want to travel by air from Sibolga City to Medan or from Medan to Sibolga City. Because previously the distance traveled by land could be up to half a day, the Ferdinand Lumban Tobing Airport will certainly be very helpful and facilitate people who want to travel to Medan in just minutes.

Please note, that this airport is able to land Airbus A320, Boeing 737 Classic and also Next Generation, Fokker F-28 or similar types of aircraft. This airport can also accommodate ATR 72 aircraft which is a type of medium class passenger aircraft. In addition, even airlines such as Garuda Indonesia have also begun to operate at Ferdinand Lumban Tobing Airport, with the aim of being able to connect the community to the government with various destinations.

As for Ferdinand Lumban Tobing Airport, the new terminal building was inaugurated in February 2013, precisely on the 22nd by the Director General of Air Transportation of the Ministry of Transportation. The terminal building for domestic passengers at Ferdinand Lumban Tobing Airport was previously only about 300 m2, but after the construction of the new domestic terminal building, the area has now increased to 733 m2, not including the VVIP room of the Regional Government.

Regarding the increase in terminal capacity, it is one of the efforts to accelerate infrastructure development in Central Tapanuli Regency. Which in the end is expected to continue to encourage increased regional economic growth and in the context of improving public services.

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That’s a list of airports in Medan for you to get to know to make it easier for you to choose the closest flight route to your destination.

Lake Toba Volcano, 6 Active Volcanoes Near Lake Toba, North Sumatra

Lake Toba volcano are scattered in several locations and are still active. One of the famous volcanoes on Lake Toba is Mount Toba where this mountain became the history of the formation of Lake Toba 75,000 years ago through the eruption of Mount Toba. Mount Toba is an ancient supervolcano that erupted and formed the caldera that we currently know as Lake Toba. This mount is the only supervolcano in Indonesia. Lake Toba itself is a famous tourist attraction in Indonesia with a variety of exoticism.

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With the presence of volcanoes near Lake Toba, it is certainly an attraction for tourists. In addition to mountains, Lake Toba is also decorated with hills on Lake Toba which are very charming. Many people make mountains as a hiking location and enjoy the view from a height and also a place for camping on Lake Toba. For those of you who want to hike mountains on Lake Toba, it should be noted that there are active volcanoes near Lake Toba. Here’s a list of Lake Toba volcano:

  • 1. Mount Toba

Mount Toba is a Lake Toba volcano that is still active. Included in the very large category, this supervolcano last erupted approximately 74 thousand years ago. Until now, a number of studies have been conducted on Mount Toba, both by domestic and foreign researchers.

A number of scientific reports prove the existence of Mount Toba. Dutch geologist Van Bemmelan in 1939 revealed that Lake Toba is surrounded by pumice. These rocks are relics of volcanic eruptions, in this case Mount Toba, which spread to a number of places, even abroad. Later, a number of researchers found remnants of rhyolite burning that were the same age as Toba rocks in Malaysia and some even reached the central part of India. Indonesian seismologist Fauzi is also one of the researchers who helped uncover the mysteries of Mount Toba.

If mapped, the location of Mount Toba is at the confluence of three tectonic plates: Pacific, Eurasian, and Indo-Australian. Around 80% of Indonesia is located on the Eurasian plate, including Sumatra, Kalimantan, Java, Sulawesi and Banda. This factor also makes Indonesia prone to natural disasters, especially earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

Before the ‘long sleep’. Mount Toba had erupted three times. The first eruption occurred approximately 800 thousand years ago which then produced a caldera in the southern part of Lake Toba. The second eruption that occurred 500 thousand years ago then formed a caldera in the northern part of Lake Toba. Finally, the third eruption 74 thousand years ago formed the entire caldera of Lake Toba to create Samosir Island in the middle.

The eruption of Mount Toba apparently produced a gravitational anomaly. According to the law of gravity, a place will have the same gravity as another place if it has the same height, mass and relativity. When Mount Toba erupted, a lot of material came out. Because of the magnitude of the eruptions, the mass was reduced, which also affected the gravitational force. From here, up-lifting occurred, which then gave rise to Samosir Island.

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  • 2. Mount Sibuatan

Mount Sibuatan is a volcano on Lake Toba that has an altitude of 2,457 meters above sea level. Also known as Mount Sibuaten, this volcano ‘beats’ Mount Sinabung which has decreased in height due to eruptions that have taken place since 2010. This mountain has also become an alternative favorite destination for hikers visiting North Sumatra.

There are many features that tourists can get when they visit Mount Sibuatan. One of them is the Moss Forest, which is the habitat of a number of rare flora in Indonesia. Call it mushrooms, tropical pitcher plants, orchids, and of course moss. The existence of this moss forest can also be found when entering an altitude of 2,000 meters above sea level.

In addition, there is Pilar Peak, the main peak of Mount Sibuatan which climbers can travel for approximately 45-60 minutes from Shelter 5. Arriving at the summit, climbers will be greeted by a stunning panorama of Lake Toba and Samosir Island. Even other mountains such as Mount Barus, Mount Sinabung, and Mount Sibayak can be seen from Pilar Peak.

Hiking Mount Sibuatan is challenging as the area has not been touched by humans too often. Hikers are advised to wear boots to prevent falls when walking on slippery surfaces. If you don’t like climbing, there are still several other activities that tourists can do at Mount Sibuatan. For example, camping at Tugu Satya, hunting for sunrise and sunset, and observing the typical flora of the moss forest.

Mount Sibuatan is located in Karo Regency and part of four sub-districts. These include Munte, Merek, Juhar, and Tiga Panah sub-districts. Tourists who want to go to this tourist spot can start the journey from Medan city center by private or public transportation.

For public transportation, van or buses are available at Padang Bulan Post Junction which leads to Sidikalang, Dairi Regency. Other options are available in intercity buses with Medan-Berastagi or Medan-Kabanjahe routes at Amplas Integrated Terminal. It takes three hours from Simpang Pos to Nagalingga village in Karo to start the journey at Mount Sibuatan.

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  • 3. Mount Sinabung

Mount Sinabung is one of the volcanoes near Lake Toba, Indonesia. It is an active Lake Toba volcano located in Karo Regency, North Sumatra. This type of volcano has a high eruption rate, even more powerful than other volcanoes in North Sumatra.

Nevertheless, Mount Sinabung is one of the favorite mountains of climbers. Moreover, North Sumatra is famous for its various beautiful and amazing natural charms, no wonder many tourists are curious about the beauty of Mount Sinabung.

In terms of the type of mountain itself, Mount Sinabung is a strato-volcano with a cone shape and categorized in Type-A, which is a group of volcanoes that have erupted magmatically approximately once after 1600 AD. Before being categorized as a Type-A volcano, it turns out that Mount Sinabung used to be Type-B.

Type-B is a volcano that has erupted, but after 1600 AD and has no longer appeared magmatic eruptions, but still shows symptoms of activity, for example solfatara activity. Regarding the activity of Mount Sinabung, it is not clearly known.

This happened because there is no historical record or literature that explains it. Meanwhile, before 1600 AD, there was the last activity of Mount Sinabung, namely, the vomiting of pyroclastic rocks with lava flowing towards the south.

Meanwhile, Mount Sinabung has an altitude of around 2,451 meters above sea level and known to have never experienced an eruption since 1600. However, in 2010, 2013, and 2016, this mountain showed its activity again and got an eruption. Mount Sinabung itself has various interesting facts. First, Mount Sinabung fills the list of dead mountains in Indonesia after its last eruption in 1600 AD. However, Mount Sinabung finally woke up from its slumber and became active again and erupted in 2010.

Second, the eruption of Mount Sinabung was not from the top of the mountain, but from the side of the mountain. Actually, the surrounding community is very aware of Mount Sibayak because it is considered an active volcano. But uniquely what erupted was not Mount Sibayak but Mount Sinabung. Third, Mount Sinabung managed to break the record as a volcano in Indonesia that ran the longest eruption, which is approximately 7 months. This record was previously held by Mount Bromo.

For hikers who want to enjoy the beauty of Mount Sinabung, they can go through two climbing routes. First, from Lake Lau Kawar and Mardinding Village. However, most hikers often pass through the Lau Kawar route, because the path is faster to the top of the mountain.

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  • 4. Mount Sibayak

Mount Sibayak is a mountain located in Karo Regency, North Sumatra and a volcano near Lake Toba that offers natural beauty. Mount Sibayak is also one of the mountains suitable for hiking. This mountain is one type of volcano located in the Karo Highlands, its height reaches 2,094 meters above sea level. The highest peak of Mount Sibayak is often referred to by the local community as Takal Kuda (in Karo language means Horse Head).

When climbing to the top, you can see a clear view of Mount Sinabung. The process of hiking Mount Sibayak actually does not take long, because it does not take days to reach the top of the mountain. Climbers can reach the top in just about two hours. So, this mountain is an interesting sport for beginner mountain climbers.

If you want to hike Mount Sibayak there are several hiking trails that can be chosen. First, the easiest route starts from the Semangat Gunung Village with fairly easy, organized, smooth terrain and vehicles can go through this terrain. So it does not require a long climbing time.

Second, through the Jarang Uda Village Path, if this way requires a little longer hiking time than the first path.  However, during this route, hikers can enjoy beautiful natural scenery in the form of hot springs.

Third, this third path can be said to be the most difficult path than other hiking trails. People usually refer to this path as path 54. Climbers will face difficult and challenging terrain conditions. The road is quite extreme and steep, so it requires a longer travel distance. When arriving at the top of Mount Sibayak, climbers can enjoy the beauty of the sunrise. Climbers who are eyeing the sunrise will usually hike from the foot of the mountain around 02.00 in the morning. Indeed, climbing at night is quite extreme, but the view is also very interesting.

Mount Sibayak itself has a unique crater, a type of sulfur crater with an area of up to 40,000 m. The content of solfatara makes the crater of Mount Sibayak never stop spewing hot steam. While there is a sloping section in the crater as a place for climbers to rest for a moment in a tent.

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  • 5. Mount Sibual-buali

North Sumatra Province presents a variety of interesting and endless natural tourist destinations for you to explore. You can find various types of nature tourism in this one province.  For those of you who are nature lovers, especially mountain climbers, in North Sumatra there are also many mountains that can be used as an option to do extreme sports hobby. One of the mountains that has a beautiful and interesting charm to climb in North Sumatra is Mount Sibual Buali.

Sibual Buali Mountain Tourism in North Sumatra is a must-visit if you have a hobby of hiking. This mountain is located in South Tapanuli Regency. Mount Sibual Buali has an altitude of approximately 1819 meters above sea level. This Lake Toba volcano also has a variety of flora and fauna, similar to another mountain next to it, namely Mount Lubuk Raya. The flora and fauna include several types of monkeys and also tropical pitcher plants.

Mount Sibual Buali itself is still an active volcano but still considered safe. So, you can still climb this mountain with peace of mind. To reach the top of the mountain, you can ask a guide from friendly local residents to guide all the way to get to the top more quickly and safely.

When hiking Mount Sibual Buali, you will be presented with a very exotic and beautiful natural scenery. When you climb this volcano near Lake Toba and reach the top, you can hear the sound of hot air bursts mixed with the sound of sulfur and the sound of a waterfall in the middle of two mountains.

The beauty of the Silima Lima waterfall on the mountain is one of the extraordinary charms that you will not be able to forget when hiking Mount Sibual Buali. To be able to reach the top of Mount Sibual Buali, climbers must travel the hiking trail for about 2 hours. But even though it looks tiring, the fatigue will be paid off by the charm of the natural beauty that is presented in front of the eyes.

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  • 6. Mount Lubuk Raja

Mountain climbing is one of the most fun and exciting activities. Especially if done together with the friends. Indonesia itself has many mountains that can be climbed, including volcanoes. Volcanoes in Indonesia are almost spread across all provinces. Including in North Sumatra.

If you take a moment to explore North Sumatra, you will find a million beauties and charms of natural and cultural beauty that are certainly not inferior to other provinces in Indonesia. Not only Lake Toba tours, in fact North Sumatra has many other interesting tourist attractions. South Tapanuli Regency has several tourist attractions that must be visited.

One of the tours that should not be missed when visiting South Tapanuli Regency is hiking Mount Lubuk Raja. This volcano near Lake Toba is a reflection of the local wisdom of the people of South Tapanuli who really care about the preservation of the surrounding nature.

Mount Lubuk Raja has an altitude of approximately 1813 meters above sea level. The mountain is flanked by two sub-districts, namely Batang Toru and Marancar. Mount Lubuk Raja itself is one of the interesting spots for climbers. Although this mountain has a relatively low altitude, the terrain to reach the top is very challenging.

During the journey up to the mountain and reach the top, you will be viewed the dense forests and also encounter shrubs. Then, when you get to the top, you will find thorny plants. Therefore, you have to be very careful because these plants can hurt you.

From the top of Mount Lubuk Raja, you can see the beauty of the surrounding nature that stretches like a green carpet or rug and of course this beauty must be preserved and maintained. In addition, you can also see various types of forest shrubs or also known as tropical pitcher plants. Mount Lubuk Raja has a charm of natural beauty around that will spoil your eyes and make your mind more relax. Climbing this mountain is also quite challenging for those of you who like challenges.

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That’s the list of volcanoes in Lake Toba that are still active. Make sure you check the safety status of the Lake Toba volcano if you want to hike and camp at its peak.

5 Volcanoes in Medan, North Sumatra, Volcanoes near Medan Indonesia, some of them suitable for Hiking

Mountains are beautiful natural attractions. Volcanoes in Medan are no exception, some of which are perfect locations for hiking lovers. There are several volcanoes near Medan city that you can visit. Some are hiking locations with exotic views.

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North Sumatra has several volcanoes and some of them are still active. The volcanoes actually offer quite beautiful scenery and often a magnet for hikers. For those of you who are curious about volcanoes near the city of Medan, here is a list of volcanoes in Medan:

  • 1. Mount Sibayak

Mount Sibayak is one of the mountains located in the Karo Highlands approximately 65 kilometers from the city of Medan. The mountain has an altitude of up to 2,172 meters above sea level. This mountain is an active volcano.

Mount Sibayak is one of the mountains that is often climbed by hikers where the hiking trail passes through beautiful tropical forests. This mountain offers stunning sunrise views. The mountain also has an active sulfur crater.

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Mount Sibayak is one of the volcanoes near Medan that is very easy to reach by tourists. Its highest peak is Takal Kuda or Horse Head. Due to an eruption that occurred several years ago, the top of this mountain was destroyed. However, this has become another attraction for tourists who like challenges and adrenaline tests by climbing the mountain to the top.

The flow of water between the rocks refreshes hikers while enjoying the beauty of the mountain peak. Local residents utilize the flowing water as a source of drinking water. The crater here is a sulfurous rock with an area of 40 thousand meters. In addition, this crater continues to emit hot steam.

There are 3 climbing routes to Mount Sibayak. The first is Semangat Village which is 7 km from Medan-Berastagi Highway. From Semangat Village you can go directly to Pintu Rimba. Then the second route is from Jarang Uda Village which is 3 km from Berastagi city. Climbing from this path, you will be presented with a beautiful view of shady and towering trees. The last is route 53 which has more challenges. This path is perfect for those of you who want to test your adrenaline because it is more difficult than the previous two paths. The contours of the steep and winding road can take you about 5 hours and the distance from Medan city is quite far, which is 54 km.

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  • 2. Mount Sibuatan

Mount Sibuatan is a volcano that has a stunning beauty covered with clouds look like ocean. The view makes this mountain located in North Sumatra visited by many climbers. In addition to offering beautiful scenery, this mountain is in the Mount Barisan range which is famous for its steep hiking trails and is filled with large trees. The height of the mountain is 2,457 meters above sea level and is listed as an active volcano in Karo Regency.

To climb this volcano near Medan, you can choose two routes, namely Nagalingga and Pancur Batu. Through the Nagalingga route, you can spend 7 to 9 hours to get to the top. Before starting the climb through Nagalingga, you have to walk for two hours to enter the Pintu Rimba, after which you will explore Mount Sibuatan and reach the first shelter. On the Mount Sibuatan hiking trail, you will find the terrain of the trail filled with mud and large tree roots because the forest is still dense.

Then, at the third shelter, you will encounter a moss forest, where every root, twig, and tree trunk is filled with slippery green moss. After you pass through five shelters, you will find the top of the pillar, here you can set up a tent as well as the beautiful natural scenery and charm of Lake Toba, Samosir Island, Gajah Bobok Hill, Berastagi City, and others.

At night, you can also enjoy the beautiful scenery accompanied by the colorful lights of Berastagi City houses and the beautiful of stars in the sky. When the sun appears in the morning, you will be presented with a beautiful and full view of the ocean of clouds.

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  • 3. Mount Pusuk Buhit

Pusuk Buhit is a mountain located in North Sumatra Province. This volcano on Lake Toba has many natural panoramas that can be enjoyed while at the top. One of them is the beauty of Lake Toba. Pusuk Buhit is at an altitude of 1,982 meters above sea level. Not only does it hold beauty, Pusuk Buhit is also the place where the legend of the birth of the Batak Tribe.

Mount Pusuk Buhit is often used as a place for local residents, even tourists from outside Sumatra Island to foreign tourists are interested in participating in ritual ceremonies here. But although magical, there is a hidden beauty, namely the Toba geopark area. The beauty of this mountain is often compared to the natural panorama in New Zealand.

Along the route, you can enjoy various Batak historical attractions combined with enchanting natural beauty. You can find the attractions of Simullop Peak View, Aek Rangat, Siraja Batak Parsaktian House, Siboro Village, and many others.

Pusuk Buhit is located in Pangururan, Samosir Island, North Sumatra. To get here, you must take the Limbong Village route. Traveling through this is a common route traveled by tourists, and the surrounding community with the aim of worship. The trip to Pusuk Buhit usually takes 3-5 hours. During the trip, you will be presented with the charm of the beauty of sunflowers at the foot of the hill.

In addition, stones with very large sizes that are still a mystery on this hill will also accompany you during the trip. If you are lucky, you can see the beautiful view of Lake Toba at some points, and the surrounding mountains.

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  • 4. Mount Sinabung

Mount Sinabung is one of the active volcanoes in Indonesia. This volcano in North Sumatra is located in Karo Regency, North Sumatra. This mountain is one of the destinations for climbers because of its natural charm and beauty. This mountain has an altitude of 2,451 meters above sea level.

When you are interested in climbing Mount Sinabung, you can take two routes. The first path, you can start from Lake Lau Kawar. Usually, this lake route is commonly chosen and used by hikers because they think that this route is faster to reach the top of the mountain.

Then, the second hiking route is through a village. The village is called Mardinding Village. This path is perfect for those of you who like challenging hiking trails. The reason is, the climbing terrain on this path is steeper and steeper than the first climbing path earlier. But because of the steep path, making this one path is quite rarely chosen by climbers.

When traveling to this mountain, you and other tourists will be amazed at the beauty and also the natural nuances around which are quite beautiful and also with a typical village view. Due to the beautiful nuances and also the typical village atmosphere in this area still very natural, making tourists and climbers feel at home when they are here.

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  • 5. Mount Sorik Marapi

Mount Sorik Merapi is one of the active volcanoes in Medan, North Sumatra. This mountain is the pride of the surrounding community and even North Sumatra. That said, Mount Sorik Marapi has a draining and quite challenging hiking trail. However, when you reach the top, you will be presented with an extraordinary view.

This mountain is located in the Batang Gadis National Park area, Sibanggor Julu Village, Puncak Sorik Marapi, Mandailing Natal, North Sumatra. The height of this volcano reaches 2,145 meters above sea level. To climb this, you don’t need an entrance fee, but it requires quite difficult and complicated permits. Therefore, after you arrive at Sibanggor Julu Village, it is mandatory to report to the village head.

There are some rules that need to be adhered to, as this mountain is considered sacred. So, when climbing it is required to bring a guide to ensure that climbers who climb the mountain comply with existing norms and regulations. After you pass through various obstacles to get to the top of the mountain, when you reach the top, you will be presented with the charm of an amazing peak. At the top you can see the white sulfur crater and the houses in Sibanggor Julu Village.

Around the crater, there is a spring that is sour enough to drink. The local people believe that the water is an effective medicine. In addition to the natural beauty that can be enjoyed, you can also see the charm of wooden houses in the form of stilt houses with palm leafs roofs. Mount Sorik Marapi is one of the volcanoes in Medan that you should try to climb. However, due to regulations and customs, this mountain cannot be climbed by women.

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That’s the list of volcanoes in Medan to get to know about the mounts in Medan. There are volcanoes near Medan that are suitable for hiking such as Mount Sibayak, Mount Sinabung and so on.

Lake Toba Nightlife, 5 Best Things to do at Night in Lake Toba, North Sumatra

Lake Toba nightlife are one of the unique experiences when visiting the largest volcanic lake in the world. Lake Toba is surrounded by beautiful mountains and hills. Not only the scenery of the lake that is very stunning during the day, but you can also see the same thing at night.

Traveling to Lake Toba is more enjoyable with Lake Toba tour packages where you don’t need to think about facilities and the agendas, here are the tour programs that you can see:

For those of you who want to visit other tourist attractions in Sumatra, you can see the following Padang tour packages and Sumatra Overland tour packages:

Lake Toba is one of the tourist destinations in Indonesia. Lake Toba is one of the main attractions in North Sumatra where you can explore natural scenery, Batak culture and to see various tourist attractions on Lake Toba such as beaches, islands, hills to beautiful waterfalls on Lake Toba. In addition to tourist attractions that you can visit during the day, there are also places that you can visit at night. Here are the Lake Toba nightlife:

  • 1. Parapat Night Market

Parapat Night Market is a night tourist spot on Lake Toba launched by Generasi Pesona Indonesia or GenPi. Conceptualized as a digital destination, Parapat Night Market is located at Tiga Raja, Girsang Sipangan Bolon District, Simalungun Regency, North Sumatra.

The concept of a market wrapped in a digital destination. Parapat Night Market not only offers cultural and natural activities. Tourists can also capture the activities and settings of the place to support hobbies such as photography. Moreover, Parapat Night Market is also a place to interact that supports the 3F movement, namely friends, followers, and fans.

The presence of Parapat Night Market received support from various parties, including Arief Yahya as the Minister of Tourism at the time. Arief considers the presence of these tourist attractions as a positive thing. In fact, Arief wants to revive about a hundred GenPi Markets so that the Indonesian people, especially the younger generation, can carry out activities that are positive in nature.

There are three categories introduced by these markets, including Parapat Night Market. One, digital nature destinations that use nature such as rice fields, forests, beaches, and villages for photo objects. Two, digital culture destinations that use the theme of cultural works such as the old city, heritage, culinary, cultural parks, and traditional clothing.

Three, digital manmade destinations or urban markets aimed at urban areas. These three categories are expected to make the Parapat Night Market increasingly recognized by many people.

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  • 2. Enjoy the night at Bebas Parapat Beach

Relaxing at night at Bebas Parapat Beach has become a favorite activity for a number of tourists who have become a favorite night hangout spot on Lake Toba. The beach is located at Jalan Sisingamangaraja, Girsang Sipangan Bolon District, Simalungun Regency, North Sumatra.

Actually, Bebas Parapat Beach can be visited throughout the day. However, exploring the beach at night offers a different sensation that will not be forgotten. Many tourists often compare Parapat Free Beach to Malioboro in Yogyakarta. But this beach certainly provides a different beauty that is certainly impressive.

Various activities can be done at Parapat Free Beach at night. These include camping, setting up campfires, and taking pictures. There are also a number of facilities that tourists can use such as jogging tracks, deck stages, viewing towers, skateboard areas, food stalls, restrooms, and parking areas. Not only that, witnessing the beauty of Lake Toba is another special activity that you should not miss.

The function of Parapat Free Beach as a public open which is one of the factors that make this place a hangout location. You even have the opportunity to watch various cultural art performances that are regularly organized by the locals. This is what makes the night at Parapat Free Beach always crowded. Even so, tourists are encouraged to maintain cleanliness in Parapat Free Beach and its surroundings to prevent damage to the ecosystem there.

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  • 3. Enjoy the night, sunset & sunrise di Gajah Bobok Hill

Gajah Bobok Hill is located in Pangambatan, Merek, in Karo Regency, North Sumatra Province. This hill has two hilltops with close each other. The land connecting the hills has formed a staircase with a handrail that will make it easier for tourists. The name of this hill is said to be taken from the shape that looks like a sleeping elephant from a distance. The two high hills are like a body, while the peninsula on the shores of Lake Toba is like an elephant’s trunk.

This tourist destination offers a panoramic view of Lake Toba from a height, so the view presented is very exotic. The blue of the lake framing the hills seems to add to the beauty presented. This tourist destination is also the target of adventurers to hunt for the charm of sunrise and sunset. No wonder this tourist village is also used as one of the favorite night tourist spots on Lake Toba by many tourists.

At night the village is beautiful. You can enjoy the night atmosphere from a height and see street lights from above as well as millions of stars in the sky. The beauty of the sparkling night sky that can be enjoyed from the top of the hill is a unique and interesting attraction.

Gajah Bobok Hill has also become a favorite tourist destination for camping. The flat land at the top of the hill is a suitable location to set up tents, especially on weekends. More and more novice hikers are spending their vacation in this village.

Although the air around feels cold, but at the night the more the number of tourists come. To do this fun activity, tourists must prepare enough equipment and supplies.

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  • 4. Tigarihit Village

Tigarihit Tourism Village is among the top 50 best tourism villages in the ADWI 2022 event. This village is located on the shores of Lake Toba. Tigarihit Tourism Village is quite unique because the houses are arranged vertically and painted in colorful colors, so this village is also known as Tigarihit Colorful Tourism Village.

The colorful houses of Tigarihit Tourism Village are in Girsang Sipangan Bolon sub-district, Simalungun district. More precisely located on Colonel TPR Sinaga Street, not far from Parapat City. The average resident of this village works as a tourism worker. Because they realize that their area can be used as a unique and interesting tourist spot. Then, they change the paint of their houses with various colors to create an interesting and beautiful spectrum that tourists can enjoy. In addition, mural art at a number of points in this village makes it even more beautiful and instagrammable.

Two fun activities that many travelers look forward are sunset and nighttime tours in the village. The sunset show on the shores of Lake Toba creates an exotic and beautiful scenery. In addition, at night there is a torchlight parade and also a lantern show that makes the night in this village brighter and so enchanting.

With various offers of beauty, Tigahirit is one of the exciting night tourist attractions on Lake Toba. Even now, tourists staying around Parapat can take a leisurely stroll while enjoying coffee and the beautiful sunset on the northern tip of Samosir Island or enjoy coffee while looking at the beautiful lanterns at night.

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  • 5. Brando Blues Bar

Lake Toba has a natural beauty that is famous throughout the country. No wonder this lake is so popular. Moreover, Lake Toba has legendary folklore and stunning natural scenery, including at night.

You can hang out at night spots on Lake Toba to enjoy its beauty when it’s dark. The sea-like waters of the lake are not choppy, very soothing and pampering. When dusk falls, you will also be presented with a beautiful view.

Like a beautiful painting, the sunset in the afternoon will decorate the surface of Lake Toba which is surrounded by mountains. Even at dusk, you will be presented with a unique sight, where fishermen return to the beach after fishing.

Another reason that causes Lake Toba to become a favorite tourist destination is the culinary around it that is appetizing and spoils the tongue. Around Lake Toba you will find many places to eat and hang out that serve a variety of delicious food and drinks. One of them is Brando Blues Bar where you can enjoy Lake Toba nightlife.

Brando Blues Bar is one of the original bars in Tuk Tuk. This bar is a great place to relax and hang out at night around Lake Toba. With pool tables and the occasional live music, you’ll have an exciting and unforgettable evening.

The availability of places to eat and drink as well as hang out around Lake Toba makes visitors certainly not going to be confused if they feel hungry and thirsty.

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Those are some Lake Toba nightlife and things to do at night that you can make a reference as your location to hang out at night on Lake Toba. In addition there are still many places to hangout on Lake Toba and Lake Toba nightlife spots that you can visit. You can rent a Lake Toba car rental or rent a Silangit Lake Toba car rental to facilitate transportation or you can also choose a tour package to Lake Toba for a comfortable trip.

3 Money Changers in Lake Toba, Foreign Money Exchange near Lake Toba, North Sumatra

There are several money changers in Lake Toba that operate. Money changer is a foreign money exchange to facilitate foreign tourists to exchange their currency to local currency to do any transactions such as shopping, buying souvenirs typical of Lake Toba, paying hotels in Lake Toba, to pay transportation costs and others. Lake Toba is one of the beautiful lakes that become a tourist destination, so the place of exchange of foreign currency in Lake Toba is needed by foreign tourists.

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Visiting Lake Toba, especially foreign tourists, need to exchange foreign currency into rupiah. Generally, tourists visit Lake Toba, some of them visit the cities on Lake Toba such as Parapat, Berastagi, Pematang Siantar and Balige. There are several money changers that you can visit to exchange foreign currency. The following money changer in Lake Toba:

  • 1. PT. Rezeki Valuta Asing Indonesia

PT Rezeki Valuta Asing Indonesia is a money changer in Lake Toba located in Pematang Siantar City, North Sumatra. This money changer serves the exchange of United States dollars (USD) to rupiah, ringgit to rupiah, euro to rupiah, Singapore dollars to rupiah, pounds to rupiah and vice versa.

In addition to money changers, foreign tourists and people who want to travel abroad can also check currency exchange rates and converter rates here. The service is certainly very useful for those who want to get cheaper currency exchange rates.

PT Rezeki Valuta Asing Indonesia is supported by employees who are ready to serve various types of money exchange requests. To provide comfort to tourists who come, there is also a clean room with several seats.

As a money changer that has a business license, PT Rezeki Valuta Asing Indonesia always provides the best service. That way, tourists will avoid the risk of receiving damaged or counterfeit money and various other acts of fraud. In order to exchange currency here, tourists must prepare the requested requirements. The requirements are usually an identity card and the money to be exchanged. Travelers must ensure that the money to be exchanged is genuine and in good condition.

If the money is too shabby or torn, PT Rezeki Valuta Asing Indonesia will most likely reject the currency exchange request. Most money changers will also not accept money combined with adhesive or staples, and PT Rezeki Valuta Asing Indonesia is no exception.

The location of this money changer is quite close to a number of Siantar specialty restaurants that are famous for their delicacy. No wonder this place is the best choice for tourists who want to exchange money.

Not only helps tourists who want to exchange their currency into rupiah, the existence of this money changer is also visited by many foreign business people who work around Pematang Siantar. PT Rezeki Valuta Asing Indonesia is open every Monday to Saturday from 09.00 to 17.00.

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  • 2. Efata DolarAsia Money Changer

Efata DolarAsia Money Changer is a money changer near Lake Toba. The address is in Girsang Sipangan Bolon, Simalungun Regency, North Sumatra. The distance between Efata DolarAsia Money Changer and Lake Toba tourist attractions is only 1.6 km. Foreign tourists who run out of rupiah currency can immediately visit this money changer by walking for about 20 minutes. If you choose to use a private vehicle or public transportation, it takes approximately five minutes.

Efata DolarAsia Money Changer does not only serve currency exchange. Some other services available here include, tour & travel packages including Medan holiday packages, Lake Toba holiday packages, Bukit Lawang jungle trekking tour, Medan Lake Toba bus rental, Medan Lake Toba Car Rental, and purchase domestic and foreign airline tickets. This money changer also has money transfer services abroad for various needs.

Efata DolarAsia Money Changer is very helpful for foreign tourists who want to do transaction more freely. For example, to shop for basic necessities while traveling, taste a variety of culinary specialties of North Sumatra and many other transactions.

For those who plan to travel abroad, you can also exchange money at Efata DolarAsia Money Changer. This trusted money changer offers an exchange rate that is not too different from the bank exchange rate. To save your vacation budget, you can first check the exchange rate of the country you plan to visit.

Efata DolarAsia Money Changer is open every day, including on public holidays from 08.00 to 20.00. Especially on Sundays, this money changer is only open until 18.00. To get the best exchange rate, you can come to Efata DolarAsia Money Changer in the morning.

Efata DolarAsia Money Changer is also present in Pulo Brayan Kota, Medan City. There is a delivery service available for certain areas with free shipping. To use this delivery service, you can call the company’s contact number available on the official website of Efata DolarAsia Money Changer.

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  • 3. Tuktuk Money Changer

Tuktuk Money Changer is one of the closest money changers in Lake Toba that serves buying and selling foreign exchange, both for personal and business needs. This foreign currency exchange place is located in Tuktuk Siadong, Simanindo, Samosir Regency, North Sumatra.

Not a few foreign tourists on vacation to Samosir use Tuktuk Money Changer services. Many residents around Samosir tourist attractions also entrust foreign currency exchange in this place. They exchange rupiah currency into foreign currency because they want to go on vacation abroad or for work purposes.

Regular money changers are indeed a cheaper alternative to money changers when compared to money changers at the airport. Money changers based at the airport generally charge a fairly high commission. This is because they know that tourists really need local money for the purposes of paying for public transportation there.

Tuktuk Money Changer is a solution for anyone who wants to exchange foreign currency quickly and easily. Not much different from other money changers, the commission on the exchange of money set by Tuktuk Money Changer is approximately 3% of the transaction value.

So, for those who want to exchange rupiah into foreign currency, you can consider visiting Tuktuk Money Changer. Here, you have the opportunity to get a foreign exchange rate at a cheaper price.

The location of Tuktuk Money Changer is quite easy to reach. The services provided by its employees are also very friendly and professional. Not only that, this money changer in Samosir Regency also has an office space that is safe and comfortable for visitors.

Before exchanging money at Tuktuk Money Changer, you should check the exchange rate first and choose an exchange time when the exchange rate is stable. The exchange rate itself is the price of a country’s currency valued with the currency of another country.

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Those are some money changers in Lake Toba that you can exchange foreign currency. Before you have to make sure in advance the reputation and exchange rate at the money changer for the convenience of the transaction.

Diving & Snorkeling in Medan, 5 Best Spots for Snorkeling & Diving in Medan, North Sumatra

Diving and snorkeling in Medan is one of the exciting options. Generally, snorkeling and diving spots in Medan are scattered on islands near Medan that are easy for you to access. You can also do snorkeling activities on the beach in nearby Medan, but not as good as those offered on the islands where there are coral reefs, marine life to good visibility.

Medan is the largest city on the island of Sumatra which is very interesting to visit, if you want to travel to Medan, you can choose the following Medan vacation packages, lake toba holiday package and bukit lawang sumatra trekking tour to make it easier for you to vacation:

Medan is the capital of North Sumatra which holds many beauties ranging from historical tourism, culinary tourism and also natural tourism. There are quite a lot of tourist attractions in Medan that can be visited. In addition, Medan’s culinary specialties are also delicious. No exception to marine tourism that you can enjoy around Medan.

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Medan is one of the metropolitan cities in Indonesia with a modern city that is also the capital of North Sumatra. To fill your vacation time, snorkeling is one of the exciting tourist activities in North Sumatra. No need to go far, snorkeling spots near Medan also offer fun snorkeling locations with hundreds of colorful fish in the sea with beautiful coral reefs, one of which is Pandang Island which is located 24 kilometers from Tanjung Tiram and from Medan to Tanjung Tiram will take 2 hours 50 minutes by car. Besides Pandang Island, there are still many other snorkeling spots near Medan that are alternatives for those of you who like underwater attractions.

Many tourists from Medan who are on vacation and looking for natural attractions and beaches generally choose to go to Pulau Weh and Aceh because the location is easily accessible from Medan either using public buses or private cars. Tourists from North Sumatra choose to go to Sabang. Why Sabang Island and Rubiah Island, because they are known for their underwater tourism where nature enthusiast can snorkel on Rubiah Island and other spectacular snorkeling spots in Pulau Weh. In addition to snorkeling, tourists can also enjoy the sensation of diving in Sabang and tour around Sabang. But did you know that near Medan also has snorkeling spots that are also very interesting to visit and not too far from the city of Medan.

Medan is favored by tourists for its unique Batak culture and natural attractions in Medan and its surroundings. There are also underwater attraction that you can try with scuba diving and also snorkeling. Here are some of the best places for diving and snorkeling in Medan and the nearest locations from Medan:

  • 1. Salahnamo Island

Salahnamo Island is one of the islands with a variety of snorkeling spots in Medan that offers a million charms. The outermost island in North Sumatra Province is directly adjacent to Berhala Island. The main attraction of Salahnamo Island lies in its unique natural beauty.

Tourists visiting the island will be treated to white sand and blue sea water. The water is so clear that fish and coral reefs can be seen clearly. Not surprisingly, the Salahnamo Island area is used as a place for snorkeling, diving and fishing.

In addition to the beauty of marine life, shady trees around the beach and red rocks that surround the island area are the main attraction. These red rocks not only surround the island, but also surround the walls of the hill.

There are various interesting activities that tourists can try, one of which is walking around the island. In this area there is also a concrete path that divides the island so that tourists can enjoy the natural beauty freely. In addition, there is a spot to enjoy the beauty of a cluster of coral rocks sticking out of the seabed which is located separately from the main island. Unfortunately, the water currents around this coral cluster are quite dangerous so you cannot approach directly.

For tourists who want to spend the night, the Salahnamo Island area is equipped with various facilities such as lodging. If you visit during the holiday season, make sure to book an accommodation in advance so you don’t run out of rooms.

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  • 2. Badalu Island

Badalu Island offers diving spots in Medan that are not to be missed. The island, which offers land and underwater charm, can be reached from Sibolga by crossing by boat for 1.5 hours, which costs around IDR 340,000 per person. This rate includes the crossing boat, snorkeling equipment, guide, island entrance ticket, and life jacket.

Once arriving on this island, tourists will immediately be greeted by the beauty of beautiful nature with turquoise waters that surround it. The greenery of the trees blends perfectly with the blue sky and clear sea water on Badalu Island. The waters are so clear that you can enjoy the beauty of the coral reefs with the eyes.

The shallow waters make Badalu Island even more interesting to explore. Especially the beauty of the underwater world that is so charming. Equipped with diving equipment, you can see various coral reefs with various colors.

In addition, some ornamental fish such as nemo, butterflyfish, lionfish, angelfish, anthias, and Moorish idols can be found easily in this area. If you are lucky, you can see sea turtles passing by Badalu Island.

For tourists who cannot dive, you can enjoy the beautiful nature of Badalu Island while sitting on the beach. While for tourists who want to spend the night, you can set up a tent on the beach or rent a homestay because the area around this island has no lodging.

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  • 3. Mursala Island

Mursala Island is an island that offers snorkeling spots in Medan whose charm has been known abroad. This 8,000-hectare island in Central Tapanuli Regency, North Sumatra, was once the filming location for the movie of King Kong, which was released in 2005.

To get to Mursala Island, tourists must take a boat from Sibolga across the Gulf of Tapanuli. Upon arrival at the island, which is also one of the diving spots in Medan, you will be welcomed by friendly locals who usually also offer guiding services.

One of the attractions of this mini-style tourist spot is the clean and shallow waterfall. Many visitors take the time to swim around the waterfall when they arrive at this place. In addition to enjoying the freshness, the view from this waterfall is able to make anyone chuckle. This island is one of the marine tourist attractions in Medan that is very interesting to visit.

As far as the eye can see, you will be treated to exotic waters and nature. What’s more, it is located directly facing the Indian Ocean so that the water flows directly into the sea. While above the waterfall there is also a fairly shallow pool that can be used for swimming.

Besides enjoying the beauty of the waterfall, there are various exciting activities that tourists can do while on Mursala Island. One of them is snorkeling in several locations near Mursala Island, such as Jambe Island and Labuan Hunik Bay. If you want to take a vacation to Mursala Island, you can use the services of a tour operator to make it more affordable.

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  • 4. Pulau Silaba-laba

Silaba-laba Island is another place for snorkeling in Medan that is no less interesting than Badalu Island. The location is not far from Mursala Island, precisely in the Mursala Islands, Central Tapanuli, North Sumatra.

The main attraction of Silaba-laba Island is its exotic natural beauty. Tourists will be spoiled with a graded view of the blue sea. When the weather is sunny in the morning and evening, the sea water in this area is bright blue and becomes a photo spot that is so interesting to be taken on camera shots.

For those of you who are not satisfied enjoying the beauty of the island while sitting by the beach, try to dive into the underwater charm. There are various coral reefs of different sizes and colors on the islands. Silaba-laba Island is one of the beautiful islands in North Sumatra that you can make a vacation spot on the weekend.

Occasionally you can find schools of ornamental fish swimming among the coral rocks. Thanks to the stunning charm of land and sea, it is not surprising that Silaba-laba Island is one of the must-visit snorkeling spots when in Medan.

The route to Silaba-laba Island is quite easy, as it can be accessed by private vehicles or public transportation. Once at Kalangan Beach, tourists must continue their journey for 1.5 hours by boat to cross to the location.

Although the journey is quite long, your fatigue will be paid off once you reach Silaba-laba Island. Travelers who want to visit can join a trip to Mursala Island.

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  • 5. Kalimantung Island

Kalimantung Island is one of the best place for snorkeling in Medan that will amaze tourists as far as the eye can see. The island located in the Mursala Islands, Central Tapanuli, has a charm that is so mesmerizing. In fact, its beauty dares to be pitted with the Maldives.

To get to Kalimantung Island, tourists must rent a boat and travel for 1 hour from Pandan District. During the trip, tourists will not be bored because as far as the eye can see there is a stretch of blue sea.

Once arrived, tourists will be greeted by chirping birds and beautiful shallow beaches surrounding this diving spot in Medan. The white sand on the beach looks shimmering when exposed to the sun during the day.

Another attraction of this place is the green area around the island which makes the atmosphere feel more shady. In addition, tourists can do various exciting activities, one of which is enjoying the beauty of the underwater world by snorkeling. Tourists will be spoiled by coral reefs with various colors and a variety of ornamental fish.

In the late afternoon, the sunset view at Kalimantung Island is no less attractive. The sky turns golden orange, creating a romantic atmosphere by the beach. Thanks to the charm offered, it is not surprising that tourists seem reluctant to go home when visiting Kalimantung Island. For those of you who plan a vacation to Kalimantung Island, it will be more practical if you use a travel service.

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Those are some diving sites and snorkeling in Medan that you can visit for marine tourism. The natural attractions in Medan above can be easily reached from the city center of Medan.

5 Star Hotels in Lake Toba, Best Five Star Hotels in Lake Toba, North Sumatra

The first 5-star hotels in Lake Toba is Labersa Kaldera Resort which is targeted to be completed in 2024. Apart from Labersa Kaldera Resort, another five-star hotel on Lake Toba that has been operating is Marianna Resort Samosir.

Lake Toba is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Indonesia. Lake Toba is a super priority tourism destination area so that the area which is a Unesco Global Geopark area one of the government’s main focuses in developing the tourism industry. Previously a 4-star hotels in Lake Toba was established and then a world-class 5-star hotel is needed, because on Lake Toba, international events are often held, one of which is the Lake Toba F1 Powerboat racing event.

For those of you who are interested in exploring the beauty of Lake Toba with satisfying facilities, you can choose the following Lake Toba tour packages, Medan tour packages & Bukit Lawang Jungle Trekking Tour that we have designed for you:

A 5-star hotel in Lake Toba with international standards is a must considering the development of this super priority tourism area. There are many investors who are interested in building five-star hotels on Lake Toba. But apart from that, there are several 5-star hotels in Lake Toba that are already under construction and also operating. Here are the best five-star hotels on Lake Toba that will be operating:

  • 1. Marianna Resort

Marianna Resort is one of the 5-star hotels in Lake Toba which officially opened in 2022. The hotel is developed and owned by the Marclan International company. Being one of the best hotels in Lake Toba with five-star facilities offers a variety of stay experiences in the famous tourist area in Indonesia.

The hotel offers modern room facilities supported by internet of things (IoT) based technology with a stylish look of local wisdom and culture and adds comfort for tourists. In addition, there is a large ballroom, villas with beautiful views and views of the infinity pool and surrounding nature.

The hotel is also equipped with restaurant facilities, one of which is a rooftop terrace that offers a culinary experience from rooftop with a beautiful view that you can see while enjoying culinary dishes.

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Labersa Kaldera Resort is a 5-star hotel in Lake Toba that is targeted to be ready for operation in July 2024. After having a 4-star hotel and a selection of 3-star hotels in Lake Toba as well as resorts & villas in Lake Toba for family travelers, it is time for Lake Toba to soon have a luxurious five-star hotel with a variety of facilities.

Labersa Kaldera Resort is built in the location of The Kaldera Toba which will be a new attraction for tourists just like Taman Simalem Resort with the facilities and tours it offers. The design and construction of this hotel has been carefully prepared so that the hotel will be built with a good design.

Inside Labersa Kaldera Resort, a world-class waterpark will also be built which will add to the lineup of waterparks on Lake Toba. Just like Mickey Holiday Hotel & Resort with its funland and waterpark which is one of the best hotels in Berastagi. Labersa Kaldera Resort is owned by PT. Labersa Hutahaean which is located at the height of a hills in Lake Toba or precisely at The Kaldera Toba with stunning natural scenery.

Labersa previously also had several tourism businesses in Lake Toba, one of which was Labersa Toba Hotel & Convention Center, which is one of the best hotels in Balige. Balige itself is one of the cities in Lake Toba which is very interesting to visit because it has many historical and natural attractions. Huta Ginjang, Pakkodian Toba, Lumban Bulbul Beach and TB Silalahi Museum are very famous tourist attractions in Balige.

In addition, Hutahaean Group, which is a business group that owns Labersa Toba Hotel, also has a number of other businesses on Lake Toba, namely Toba Fantasi Waterpark & Themepark. The owner is Mr. Harangan Wilmar Hutahaean who is a someone origin from Toba Samosir. He is a successful businessman in Riau with plantation, property, contractor, transportation, hospitality and tourism business development such as golf courses and waterparks.

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Those are the 5-star hotels in Lake Toba that can be your accommodation choice later. In addition, there are still many accommodation options from four-star hotels to cheap accommodation on Lake Toba. But it depends on the choice of tourists according to comfort, budget, location, view and facilities.

5-star Hotels in Medan Indonesia, Best Five Star Hotels in Medan City, North Sumatra

Holiday and staying at a 5-star hotels in Medan is a pleasant moment. When we go on a tour or business trip, surely most of you want to stay at the best accommodation, one of which is a five-star hotel. Plus, a big city like Medan, which is one of the metropolitan cities, has a number of hotel options that have luxurious and fantastic facilities.

For those of you who want to vacation in Medan and stay at a 5-star hotel, you can choose Medan tour package deals with facilities to stay at the best five-star hotels. You can see the following interesting tour agenda:

Traveling to Medan city, staying at a star hotel is one of the options. There are several 5-star hotels in Medan that offer complete facilities and you can enjoy comfortable facilities. For tourists, generally in the city of Medan only transit overnight with a few visits in the city tour after returning from Lake Toba. For those who have a business trip to Medan may stay longer. Here are some recommendations for the best 5-star hotels in Medan City, North Sumatra:

  • 1. JW Marriott Hotel

JW Marriott Hotel is one of the best 5-star hotels in Medan which will offer an unforgettable stay for visitors. Especially if you want to make a visit to Medan either for vacation or business purposes.

As is well known, Medan is one of the cities that is visited by many people from various circles, both local and international. If you are looking for the best accommodation, JW Marriott Hotel can be the choice. The hotel is located in the city center so that visitors will easily reach various important places in Medan. Starting from entertainment centers, shopping centers to business centers can be found easily.

JW Marriott Hotel itself is located in the center of Medan City, precisely on Jalan Putri Number 10 Medan so it is really very strategic. The facilities and services offered in it are really quite complete. Where each room is equipped with a spacious room with iPod Dock to minibar. It even provides a 55-inch LED TV that can be used as a means of entertainment when relaxing in the room.

Enjoy complimentary bottled water and tea and coffee making facilities. For those of you who want to clean your body comfortably and calmly, each room is also equipped with a private room equipped with a rain shower. Not only that, visitors who want to get maximum relaxation, don’t forget to try the hotel’s spa services. The spa treatments are Balinese-style, making it feel like you’re in Bali too.

Massage services and therapeutic baths can also be an addition for visitors to make the body more relaxed. Don’t forget that there is also a small swimming pool facility with a steam room. This Marriott hotel also provides the Marriott Café where international buffet dishes are served. While the Jade Chinese Restaurant will present Cantonese cuisine which is quite delicious. You can also enjoy a variety of steaks, seafood and wine at Prime Steak House.

If visitors want to enjoy a more enjoyable vacation then come to the live entertainment center and happy hour Prime Bar. Don’t worry, the hotel is also close to the airport.

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  • 2. Aryaduta Hotel

Aryaduta Hotel is one of the best five-star hotels in Medan which offers premium facilities to its visitors. By choosing this accommodation, then you can come directly to Jalan Kapten Maulana Lubis No 8 Medan.

This hotel is located above the Grand Palladium Mall and can display a very beautiful view of the city of Medan, especially at night. Being in a strategic area also makes it easy for visitors to reach a number of important places of business and entertainment. If you come from Kuala Namu International Airport, the hotel can be reached in approximately 1.5 hours. Because it is in a strategic area, it makes it easy to reach using various types of vehicles.

For every visitor who comes will be spoiled with a choice of rooms with complete and premium facilities. Aryaduta Hotel offer the rooms with a fairly large size and is equipped with air conditioning to provide comfort.

Equipped with classic furnishings in neutral colors, the room will make visitors feel more at home. There is also a flat-screen TV that can be used as a means of entertainment, a personal safe box that can be used to store important items and a minibar.

You can also enjoy the shower in the bathroom which can be used as a place to relax after doing busy activities in Medan City. Another service that can be obtained by visitors is The Kitchen.

It offers an open kitchen and serves sumptuous meals in private cabins. Don’t worry! While enjoying the appetizing food, visitors can see the beauty of Medan above.

The Lounge and The Pool Café are perfect for visitors who want to enjoy a variety of food and soft drinks. The quality of the taste offered will also not disappoint visitors. There are also other additional services such as 2 swimming pools, city shuttle service at an additional cost, free Wi-Fi to ample parking available. If you want to come to this hotel, the staff will be ready to provide the best service.

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  • 3. Grand Mercure

Grand Mercure is a choice of 5-star hotels in Medan which can be used as an option to rest while in Medan city. Located on Jalan Sutomo Number 1, Medan, certainly makes the accommodation located in a strategic area.

In fact, you can reach a number of important places both business facilities and entertainment areas. If you are visiting Medan city center and confused about where to stay, Grand Mercure is the most appropriate choice for you.

Located about 4.5 km from Maimun Palace, the accommodation offers the rooms with complete facilities for visitors. Starting from equipped with satellite TV that can be used as a means of entertainment, minibar to air conditioning for fresh air in the room.

Don’t worry because each room in the hotel is also equipped with several chairs so as to provide more comfort. The bathroom is also equipped with a shower and toiletries which can be obtained for free.

If you’re wondering where to get some food, Orchid Restaurant and Crystal Jade Restaurant are great choices. Both restaurants offer a variety of Asian cuisine options that are guaranteed to whet the appetite.

If you’re looking to unwind during your free time with friends or family, you can have a cocktail at Violet Lounge. You will spend a good time the hotel and relaxing too.

One activity not to be missed is going to the Edelweiss Spa and attending an Aerobics Gym class. There are also a number of treatments that will pamper the body from saunas, hot tubs to steam baths.

Grand Mercure also provides facilities in the form of a swimming pool that can be used as another place to relax. There are other interesting activities that can be done by the poolside, while you can book a place for a BBQ.

Regarding security, there is no need to doubt because it has provided several security such as CCTV outside the accommodation or public places, fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, security alarms, safe box to 24-hour security.

To make your visit to Medan more enjoyable, don’t forget to visit a number of important places such as Medan Mall, Merdeka Walk and many more.

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  • 4. Cambridge Hotel

Cambridge Hotel is a 5-star hotel in Medan city, Indonesia, which is one of the hotels with the most complete and favorite facilities for tourists who are on vacation or just visiting the city of Medan, both tourists who are local traveler and tourists from abroad.

The hotel is located in the heart of Medan city center, precisely located at Jalan S. Parman No.217, Petisah Tengah, Medan Petisah District, Medan City, offering many services with facilities that are no less luxurious.

You can try spa and massage services, sauna, gym, airport and train station shuttle services at an additional cost, yoga classes, jacuzzi and so on. In addition, the room facilities offered are very complete.

All rooms at Cambridge Hotel are equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV, bathroom with shower and bathtub, bathrobes, slippers and free toiletries. For those of you who are non-smokers, the rooms at this hotel include non-smoking rooms. But no need to worry, because this hotel provides a special room for smoking, so it is safe if you want to bring your children.

There is also free parking and wifi in all areas. There is also an outdoor swimming pool and a rooftop bar. For those of you who are on a business trip to work, there is no need to worry when staying at this hotel.

Because Cambridge Hotel has facilities for banquets and meetings for its guests. There are still many facilities and services offered by this Cambridge Hotel. The ease of access is also unquestionable.

Besides being located in the heart of Medan, the hotel facilities are also quite complete as there is wheelchair access, toilets that have handles and even an elevator to get to the room.

For those of you who are on vacation with family and want to stay in Medan, Cambridge Hotel is the right choice with very complete services and facilities. Coupled with a very diverse food menu. Worth to try, here.

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  • 5. Grand City Hall Medan

Grand City Hall Medan is one of the 5-star hotels in Medan located in a strategic place. Located in the heart of Medan, the hotel is very close to Kuala Namu International Airport. The interior of the Grand City Hall Hotel building is like a Dutch colonial era building. Very close to the train public transportation, and only a few minutes away to other entertainment places such as malls in Medan, Tjong A Fie House, Shri Mariamman Temple, Gunung Timur Temple, Medan Grand Mosque and many other places around it that can be reached in just a few minutes.

The hotel offers several types of rooms that you can book according to your needs. Interestingly, there are also apartments consisting of one to two bedrooms equipped with balconies and kitchens. All hotel rooms have complete services such as air conditioning, TV, mini bar and free wifi access. In addition, some rooms are also decorated differently.

The facilities and amenities of this hotel are also complete. Like a café that is open all day and not just one, there are even two cafes available at once. Free breakfast and parking, restaurant, gym, spa and many other facilities and amenities.

The food menu offered is quite interesting and very diverse. You can choose Asian-style and Chinese-style food served in a buffet and of course you are free to choose the menu while it is available. The food is served using quality ingredients. There is also a halal food menu that is specially prepared and also very selected.

There is even a super luxurious lounge. With the complete facilities and services offered, this hotel remains the target of many visitors because it offers a fairly cheap price.

For those of you who want to take a vacation and book a room at this hotel, you don’t need to worry about access to its location. Because besides being located in the heart of Medan, this hotel also provides airport shuttle services.

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Those are some lists of 5-star hotels in Medan, North Sumatra that you can choose a place to stay with family and friends. Besides star hotels, Medan is also famous for its culinary and nightlife. You can try Medan specialties, enjoy nightlife or to shop for legendary Medan souvenirs.

3 Cities on Lake Toba, Beautiful Cities Near Lake Toba, North Sumatra

There are not too many cities on Lake Toba. There are currently only three cities near Lake Toba. However, there are 8 regencies in Lake Toba where the lake with a vast area like the ocean is located covering eight regencies.

To visit Lake Toba, you can choose the Lake Toba tour package to make it easier for you to explore this magnificent destination:

Lake Toba is a lake with a truly beautiful natural panorama. This tecto-volcanic lake is 100 kilometers long and 30 kilometers wide. There are several islands in the middle of Lake Toba, one of which is Samosir Island, which is famous for its natural, cultural and historical tourism. You can visit the island with an affordable ferry to Samosir Island. Well, did you know that there are also cities on Lake Toba. Here are the cities on Lake Toba that you can visit with their respective beauty:

  • 1. Parapat City

Parapat is one of the largest cities on Lake Toba, located on the north shore of Lake Toba. The city is one of the main tourist destinations in North Sumatra and is the location of the ferry port to Samosir Island. Parapat also connects other major cities in North Sumatra such as Medan, Berastagi with various other destinations on Lake Toba.

Parapat can be reached by rental car from Medan Parapat with a travel time within 4 hours. Here there are various hotels and resorts such as 4-star hotels on Lake Toba to lakeside hotel on Lake Toba with a beautiful lake view. There are many tourist attractions in Parapat that you can visit such as Bebas Parapat Beach, Gibeon Hill and so on.

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The city of Parapat has a variety of tourism such as historical tourism, nature tourism to culinary. There are various foods in Parapat that you can try, one of which is the most typical of dolung-dolung parapet. Here you can find a mix of buildings from modern architecture to traditional styles such as Batak Traditional Houses. In addition, you can also see a variety of Batak Culture here.

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  • 2. Balige City

Balige City is a city on Lake Toba located on the southern shore of Lake Toba. The city can be accessed by rental car from Silangit in just 40 minutes. Silangit Airport is one of the entrances to Lake Toba and one of the airports near Lake Toba. The city of Balige is famous for its strong culture and also famous history such as the Tomb of King Sisingamangaraja XII.

Balige is the capital of Toba Samosir Regency and the center of business and commerce. There are so many tourist attractions in Balige including stunning natural attractions such as Huta Ginjang, Lumban Bulbul Beach, and so on. Lumban Bulbul Beach is one of the famous beaches on Lake Toba and is a major tourist spot with a variety of attractions.

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Balige City is an important city both during the colonial period and today. This city is indeed very memorable coupled with best foods in Balige, one of which is Andaliman Pizza. Andaliman itself is one of the native flora in Lake Toba which is very distinctive and used as a spice. You can also find things to buy in Balige at souvenir shops in Balige and Silangit.

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  • 3. Pematang Siantar City

Pematang Siantar is a city near Lake Toba and one of the largest cities after Medan City. tourists heading to Lake Toba will stop for a moment in this city to buy souvenirs typical of Siantar, one of which is at Patten Shop which is a unique snack from Sintar.

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Pematangsiantar City or also called Sintar is very strategically located where this city is a route for tourists both from Medan to Parapat or to Lake Toba. Having many tourist attractions in Siantar makes tourists also visit this city. One of the famous tourist attractions is the Kwan Im Statue which is located inside the Avalokitesvara Monastery. This city is only 52 kilometers from Parapat.

Siantar is also famous for its Batak culture. You can find many Batak foods specialties and Batak souvenirs in this city. In addition, you can also find unique Batak drinks.

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Those are some of the cities on Lake Toba that you can visit with a variety of tours and unique things that you can see in the city. You can also visit the city in one visit.

Medan Travel Agency: Best Medan Travel Agent & Tour Services to Bukit Lawang & Lake Toba, North Sumatra

SWI Tour & Travel is one of the best Medan travel agency offering various travel and tour packages with experienced tour guide that make your holiday trip full of unforgettable memories. SWI Tour & Travel is a Medan travel agent located in Setiabudi, Medan, North Sumatra. We have the branch office both in Padang in West Sumatra and Aceh in the northernmost tip of Sumatra Island, Indonesia.

Planning the trip or travel to various destinations in Indonesia, SWI Tour & Travel as your preferred travel agency in Medan, North Sumatra can save your time by sorting all things. No need to bring you on trouble or stuck anywhere. Our Medan travel agent and tour service always help you.

SWI Tour & Travel offering exclusive tour packages with best price. As a full service travel agency, we are also offering fishing charters, scuba diving trips, free dive course, snorkeling tour, spearfishing to other adventurous trip such as hiking the mount, camping, surfing, kayaking to jungle trekking to see orangutans, elephants and other Sumatran wildlife.


What’s your next travel bucket list? Sumatra is one of the most beautiful and attractive place to visit. You will see many things ranging from magnificent underwater world, pristine beaches, virgin jungle to rich of cultural attractions. Here are the best travel packages we are offering to the destinations below:

  • 1. Bukit Lawang, North Sumatra

Mount Leuser National Park is one of the best places in the world to see orangutans. Bukit Lawang is part of it which one of the best place to meet them in Leuser National Park. There two places left in the world to see Orangutans, Sumatra and Borneo. Leuser National Park are very rich with wildlife and beautiful jungle. It’s home to various of birds, plants, mammals and other Sumatran wildlife. If you are happy with natural tourism and meet the orangutans, find out Bukit Lawang Orangutan Jungle Trekking tour package below:

Orangutans can be seen during the day. You can find the best time to visit and see them. Weather, peak season and fruiting season are the important things to determine best time to visit. You can get to know more about best time to visit Bukit Lawang below:

  • 2. Pulau Weh, Aceh
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Pulau Weh is a tiny island which is well known as world class dive sites. With up to 20-30 dive spots scattered around the island with impressive marine life and coral reefs. It’s true paradise for divers. If you are happy to dive and meet many rare creatures such as mola-mola, devil rays, eagle rays, whale sharks, gigamouth sharks and the popular Capital world of Moray which is the spot where many species of moray, check out more about diving in Pulau Weh below:

Pulau Weh is not only popular as diving, snorkeling in Pulau Weh are also great while you can snorkel in Rubiah Sea Garden precisely in Rubiah Island. Pulau Weh or also known as Sabang Island has also many things to do ranging from free diving, spearfishing, fishing, jungle trek to volcano to visiting beautiful beaches in Pulau Weh. If you want to explore more of this island, you may check best things to do in Pulau Weh as follow:

  • 3. Lake Toba, North Sumatra

Lake Toba is the natural wonder of the world which is the largest caldera on earth. Lake Toba has beautiful landscapes, hills and mountains. There is a popular island in Lake Toba namely Samosir Island which is rich with unique Batak Culture. If you are happy to see the nature and the culture, you can see the following Lake Toba tour package:

Lake Toba has an areas of 1,707 kilometer square formed by gigantic volcanic eruptions 70.000 years ago. Lake Toba is one of the popular tourist destinations in Indonesia and top priority tourism project by government. There are plenty of things to see at Lake Toba. Here are the exciting places to visit in Lake Toba:

  • 4. Banda Aceh, Aceh
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Banda Aceh is the gateway to west Indonesian tourism and the capital of Aceh province located at the western most of Indonesia. Banda Aceh was hit by giant tsunami and earthquake on 2004 left a lots of deep memories. If you would like to see the cultural and historical sites, you can book the Banda Aceh Tour Package below:

Banda Aceh has rich with Aceh Culture and history during golden era of Aceh Kingdom. Banda Aceh is the perfect place for Aceh foods that rich in flavor. There are many things to do in Banda Aceh you can see as below:

Banda Aceh as the gateway to Aceh, while you can head to many other destinations including Pulau Weh, Takengon, Lhoknga Surfing Beach and Banyak Islands. There are plenty things to do in Aceh ranging from diving, islands hopping to surfing. Find out more about Aceh as below:

  • 5. Medan City, North Sumatra

Medan is the most visited city in Sumatra. tourists mostly stop overnight in Medan city to enjoy Medan foods, nightlife and visit some place before continue the journey to Bukit Lawang, Berastagi, Samosir, Lake Toba and other destinations in Sumatra. there are some popular things to do in Medan including shopping the souvenirs. To get around the city and other places in North Sumatra, you can book the Medan tour package as follow:

  • 6. Padang, West Sumatra

Padang is the capital of West Sumatra province. It’s the gateway to popular tourist places such as Mentawai Islands which is famous as surfing destination, Bukittingi, Bungus Beach and Kerinci Seblat National Park. Padang is well-known its Padang foods that’s so delicious. Padang is also consider as Minangkabau culture and worth to visit. Here are the best selections of West Sumatra tour package you can choose:

Padang is not only popular as food and culture, there are plenty things to do in Padang including surfing, diving and fishing. If you want to visit this place, you can see the interesting things to do in West Sumatra and Padang as follow:

  • 7. Mentawai Islands

Mentawai Islands is the islands in West Sumatra which is recognized as most perfect surf breaks in the world. It’s also known as endless surf breaks and heaven to surfers. Check out best things to do in Mentawai Islands below:

  • 8. Banyak Islands, Aceh

Banyak Islands is part of Aceh. it is the group of the islands where you can do surfing in the perfect surf breaks. There are lots of tiny islands to explore which is truly paradise. You can see a lots of turtles in these islands including green turtles, leatherback turtles, hawksbill turtles and many more. There are many best things to do in Banyak Islands including island hopping, kayaking, snorkeling, diving and fishing:

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