The 4th-largest city in Indonesia, and comfortably the largest on Sumatra, Medan is an exciting place to invest some time. Bursting with energy, it’s a town which provides historical sights, fantastic restaurants, food, and access to the renowned rain forests of the island.
Top 5 Reasons to Visit Medan
- Stand between two active volcanoes
Stop by the town of Berastagi to get up close and personal with two active volcanoes. Gundaling Hill is a popular spot where the local Medanese picnic. From this elevated spot, you’ll see Mount Sinabung and Mount Sibayak right before you. Mount ‘Sina-boom’ is so volatile that it had just erupted some 2 weeks before we visited! We heard that locals have now evacuated the town around Mount Sinabung because it is way too unpredictable. Mount Sibayak is still active, but hasn’t erupted in about half a century, so if you’d like to hike up to the crater of Sibayak, take a day off to do it.
Impressive Religious Sights
Medan is a meeting point of Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. See awe-inspiring sights like the massive Maha Vihara Maitreya Buddhism temple along with the beautiful Masjid Raya mosque.
3. Visit the Sumatran Interior with Ease
There are several gorgeous spots near Medan, such as Lake Toba (a vast crater lake) and the Berastagi highlands.
4. Exciting Family Attractions
You’ll find several huge amusement parks like Hairos Water Park and Hillpark Sibolangit which have all the slides and rides you could desire.
5. Enjoy an Indonesian Spa Experience
Medan has a wealth of masterful masseurs. Make a booking at locations like Zengarden and feel your anxiety evaporating in seconds.