Global Mark : 9.59 /20
Ratings by criteria :
Ratings by backpackers :
Comments : In spite of the efforts of the population to promote tourism, Medan remains a transit town with very little attractions.
What to do ? Get some info from the tourists office / Pick up a copy of the free magazine "Friendly Planet" for the latest info about North Sumatra and Aceh plus a useful linguistic section / Have a look at the Maimoon Palace / Continue to the superb Mosque, Mesjid Raya (donation) / Walk Chinatown and its two markets (Jalan Sutamo) / Learn about the cultural history of North Sumatra at the Museum [price, schedules] / Shop in one of the numerous shopping malls (cheaper in Medan than in the rest of Sumatra, see below) / Visit a fabric of hand bags (crocodile farm, Asam Kubang village, open from 9.00AM to 5.00PM, 10km of the city center, [how to reach], more than 2000 crocodiles / If you crave for more animals, visit the zoo / If you crave for more culture, visit the military museum (Jalan Zainul Arafin) / Escape the town by going to Siombak Indah Lake (Rengas Pulau, 18 km away) /
What you may not like ? The noise, pollution and dirtiness / The lack of attractions / The lack of animation / The pushy locals, too happy to "help you" / The depressing zoo / Being turned into an exotic hand bag if you fall into the crocodiles' den / The lack of motorbikes for rent / Paying for an air cond or minibus to find yourself in a local bus (conclusion : always pay for local bus, you may find yourself in an AC !) / The waking up prayer at 4am. Welcome to a the most populated Muslim Country in the world !
How long ? As short as possible. If you can avoid staying, avoid !
Where to eat ? Medan lack good markets like in Malaysia. You can try your luck at one of the Shopping Center (see below).
Bike or Motorbike ? Bike R4000, motorbike R5000
Internet ? The cheapest place is at Perisai Plaza / The basic cost is R5000 per hour w. no min. charge
Shopping Center ? Numerous shopping centers :
-Yuki Simpang Raya, near the Mesjid raya (10.00AM-9.00PM),supermarkets,
shops, Mc do, KFC, ATM, Food, Internet (5000Rp/hr).
Change money ? Plenty of banks and money changers. ATM available on Jl A. Yani, near the tourist office
Tourist Office ? Jalan Jend A. Yani Num 107. Tel : (061) 4538101. Not very popular with the local people as they would rather give you the info directly and get some business going.
Bus Schedules :
Minibus with Tobali Tour & Travel
Train ? 10000Rp up to Siantar (4h), then local Bus to Parapat (Lake Toba)
Boat to Penang ? Penang-Medan : Rm90 + Rm6 tax, Medan-Penang Rm90 + Rp15000 tax, Return Rm160 + tax