Nesting in the majestic province of North Sumatra in Indonesia, Medan is a beautiful city with a vibrant culture, rich heritage, and fascinating traditions. It is a bustling metropolis with skyscraping buildings and modern attractions. For a more in-depth guide, here is a list of fantastic things to do in Medan, Indonesia. Feel free to browse below.
1.Tjong A Fie Mansion
A historical jewel in Medan with 35 rooms and 2 storeys, Tjong A Fie Mansion was built in 1895. It is well known as a historical landmark in Medan as well as a cultural heritage building and museum.
This mansion has Chinese, Malay and Art Deco influences in its architecture style. If you come to Medan, do not forget this on your bucket list. A great place yet one of the top attractions in Medan. You can take a guided tour around the mansion and as you walk around, make sure to check out all of the decorations and garden.
2. Tip Top Restaurant
Opened its doors in 1934, Tip Top Restaurant has been a well known restaurant in Medan for locals also for foreigner. Located across the street from Tjong A Fie Mansion, the restaurant serves a not only locals’ foods, but also international foods with unique and authentic flavors.Therefore, dessert with traditional recipes with traditional old machines also available here.
The interior and exterior design from the old days give the customer a vintage sensations. Spend your time here together with friends and families to enjoy the good old times!
3. Lake Toba
An enormous crater located in Medan. It is Lake Toba, one of the most popular destinations in Medan. A place to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. There are many ways to enjoy Lake Toba such as kayaking in Lake Toba or savor the cool breeze by camping at there.
There are two ethnic groups, Tomok and Simanindo. Their villages also have unique and authentic design, made from woods and thatch roofs from “ijuk”.
4. Sibayak Mountain
Sibayak is easily one of the top volcanoes in Indonesia. Situated above the friendly hill town of Berastagi which is just 2 hours from Medan. The volcano’s crater lies just over an hour’s walk from the nearest road and can therefore be explored by anyone in reasonably good shape.
It is one of the most visited mountains in Sumatra. Be prepared for abrupt weather changes and bring supplies including food, drinks, warm clothing, rain gear and a torch, in case you get caught out after dark. Don't forget to pack your swimmers and a towel so you can enjoy the hot springs on the way down.
5. Bukit Indah Simarjarunjung
An instagramable place in Medan? Well, you can pay a visit to Bukit Indah Simarjarunjung. A viral place in Medan with jaw-dropping scenery from the top of the hill. It has many tall trees contributing to the fresh air and atmosphere of the hill.
This place offers a good installation for a great photography site, such as Gardu Pandang, Sky Bike, Bird Nest, Tree House, and many more. What an awesome place to drop by to snap some good photos for your Instagram, also for your memories in Medan!
6. Sipiso Piso Waterfall
Sipiso-piso waterfall, is one of the tallest waterfall in Indonesia. This waterfall is formed by a small underground river of the Karo Plateau and flows out into the Lake Toba caldera. Sipiso-Piso Waterfall has beautiful scenery and fascinating sightseeing. Among the cliffs that look greenish, the fall water is looking majestic by its grace. As we stand or sit far from the location,we can enjoy the beauty Sipiso-piso and Lake Toba from a distance at the same time.
To reach the bottom of the waterfall, we do have to spend a little extra energy. For the peak of the waterfall is located at an altitude of about 800 meters above sea level. Moreover, the walking trails are steep and winding. But do not worry, once reached the bottom of the waterfall, the tiredness is going to be replaced with the satisfaction gratefulness.
7. The Crocodile Park
If you are a big fans of crocodiles, this place is a must. Asam Kumbang Crocodile Park is the largest crocodile breeding park in Indonesia. The park which has an area of two hectares is even becoming the largest crocodile park in Southeast Asia. Built since 1959, Asam Kumbang park has collections of many types of crocodiles, start from the youngest one to over forty years old.
Although it filled with many beasts, this place is very safe because they are placed in ponds and an artificial lake that has been designed safely. An underrated place to visit in Medan!