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thahirah
post Dec 14 2008, 12:28 PM


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Hey im going to medan next week with family using firefly...
anyone been there?
can suggest me things that is a must to buy there when i go shopping lol?
what to see and such?
taking firefly 4d3n trip

Ive never been to endon before O-o i have no idea what itll be like hehe

PICTARS HAVE ARRIVED BELOW ill add somemore when im not that lazy ehehe

Pros
Firefly package below RM900 lol definitely worth the money.
Was impressed by the quality of the hotels and restaurant they brought us to.Clean,simple,complete

Cons too many clingy peddlars,god forsaken road and jams,O_O extremely fearless driver lol so pening cos of these few things
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Si piso piso waterfall damn amazing hehe(Pronaunce pisau pisau cos very tajam or so i heard from my travel guide O-o)
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Awesome view of danau Toba!
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The ferry at danau toba
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the volcano at Brastagi.Very cold lol this place got hotspring nearby where u could apply the volcanic sulphur on urr face and get a "pleasant" surprise lol after that.My dad got an unpleasant surprise but everyone else A okay lol.Got two volcano there.
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at Brastagi market got alot of fruits,flowers,rabbit,horses and nice durians there XD

MY advice
Come here with a calm heart and mind,youll get different kind of sights and experience
the peddlar is a bother but treat it with an open heart.Medan is very sightly!
Was really impressed with the accomodation RM800+ firefly package got us lol was really skeptical along the way there hahaha

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post Dec 14 2008, 12:54 PM


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went b4....especialy danau toba...the fish dmn fresh...
and..try their avocado juice...yum yum....
make sure u change currency in malaysia alot alot....
the city not so nice....must got country site......
brastagi....the waterfall....wah...untill now i can't forget about it...

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post Dec 14 2008, 12:58 PM


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Not much thing in Medan. It's just a transit dirty city before embarking to Batak land @ Lake Toba & Brastagi....where u will be mesmerized wth the beauty of another new culture diff from Indonesian (They are austranesian group compare to the larger Malayo-Polenysian) ...well they were formerly animistic before converting to Christian & currently the largest christian community in Indonesia wth population ~8million..mostly at Lake Toba area. !...One thing about this part of Indonesia..Every 1km of village road, u will see churches & chrisian grave yard!

Travelling from Medan to Parapat (1st town at the edge of Lake Toba is not near...It took me ~5hr of bus journey & another 1/2-1 hr ferry service to the opposite Samosir Island (The size of Singapore within the gigantic Lake Toba..The largest Volcanic lake in the world!)

Attractions:

1) Ambarita & Tomok ancient batak houses & courtyard + ancient graves
2) Si sipo-sipo Waterfall...probably the highest waterfall in SEA...Fanstastic view thumbup.gif
3) Brastagi town (Ctr of Tanah Karo) &
4) Gundaling hill wth fanstatic view of the Mt Sibayak/Sinabung volcanoes


More u can google here:
http://www.adventure-travel-tales-and-tips.../lake_toba.html
http://karoguide.blogspot.com/2007/09/nort...o-brastagi.html

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post Dec 14 2008, 12:59 PM


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the water fall so nice? can mandi?
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post Dec 14 2008, 01:06 PM


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Since u ask..abit of spoiler on this fantastic waterfall (Not big but high & not my image..Mine was taken in 1994..no digital camera blush.gif ):

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post Dec 14 2008, 01:27 PM


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Wow cool XD oh well imma try enjoy myself to the fullest,eat lots of stuff and take lots of pictar
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post Dec 14 2008, 01:42 PM


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sure cannot mandi 1....if mandi mean = R>I<P

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QUOTE(stimix @ Dec 14 2008, 01:06 PM)
Since u ask..abit of spoiler on this fantastic waterfall (Not big but high & not my image..Mine was taken in 1994..no digital camera  blush.gif ):

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i've seen tat in the discovery channel!
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post Dec 14 2008, 01:58 PM


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Yeah the waterfall looks so nice hehe


Added on December 14, 2008, 2:25 pmIm gonna post my pictar here later XD

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post Dec 14 2008, 02:38 PM


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Yes Batak-land is another under rated area of Indonesia & prior to the 1998 incident esp @ Medan & Jakrata, lotsa Tour package offering Lake Toba & sometime as low as RM399/pax...now this era is no more..& lesser Tour package to lake Toba..dunno why...I'm thinking for another trip to Lake Toba probably ~2010 but this time taking a ferry ride to Tg Balai & thereafter to Prapat town at the edge of Lake Toba, Samosir Island (Tamok/Ambarita &etc >brastagi b4 going down to Medan & bck to Tg Balai Ferry terminal... biggrin.gif

I hv checked the return ferry ticket from Port klang to Tg Balai at the estuary of Asahan river @ Sumetera (~180km from medan) & it's around RM180/pax ( 1 way ~RM100)...

Oh yeah for muslim, & similar to Bali, this part of Indonesia is non-muslim land & thus watch out on the food consumption... nod.gif
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post Dec 14 2008, 03:08 PM


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waaa how long is the ferry weh? hehe i never knew indon is that close XD can ajak my friend come here later.


Added on December 14, 2008, 3:15 pmHmm can we jump into the lake lol?

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post Dec 14 2008, 03:21 PM


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Well, distance between Port Klang & the direct opposite Sumetera side at Tg Balai is only 180KM away...ferry for sure slow-lah probably 4hrs @ 50km/hr hmm.gif Thereafter probably another 5-6hrs bus ride to Lake Toba... hmm.gif the road condition is not really good...way back in 1994, certain part of volcano rim road from Prapat to Brastagi was unpaved & bus going very slow ...And bring sweater..Lake Toba & Brastagi is Highland area & thus expecting Camero Highland weather there.

Not sure but I heard possible if u know how to swim hmm.gif Water is surprisingly clear. At Brastagi & near to the smoking Sibayak Volcnoe area (not sure whether u still can see the sulfur smoke from the erupted mountain now)...u can dip urself for a real sulfur hot spring rclxms.gif


QUOTE(thahirah @ Dec 14 2008, 03:08 PM)
waaa how long is the ferry weh? hehe i never knew indon is that close XD can ajak my friend come here later.


Added on December 14, 2008, 3:15 pmHmm can we jump into the lake lol?
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post Dec 14 2008, 03:27 PM


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Stimix u didnt answer my question lol
can we jump into the lake?
Btw im staying at danau toba cottage.
Anyone seen that place?
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post Dec 14 2008, 05:36 PM


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Aikk..Oledi answered earlier i.e heard that u can but I can't see anyone did that... biggrin.gif U can try but it will be cold up there biggrin.gif ..I dun mind if it's hot water.. hmm.gif Thuse recommend u the sulfur hot spring somewhere near the foot of Sibayak volcano very nice scenenry esp having spa overlooking the smoking sulfuric volcano thumbup.gif

Too long to remember the hotels that I stayed, If I'm not mistaken I stayed in 3 diff hotels everyday..i.e 1 @ Smosir island, another one,,probably Rose Garden @ brastagi (Haunted shocking.gif ) & another better one on top of hill near brastagi too hmm.gif ..All via Reliance Pacific...

QUOTE(thahirah @ Dec 14 2008, 03:27 PM)
Stimix u didnt answer my question lol
can we jump into the lake?
Btw im staying at danau toba cottage.
Anyone seen that place?
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post Dec 14 2008, 08:01 PM


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oh ty ty.Ill make a mental note to go to the hot spring
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ah ha medan.

basically ntg much to do there. It's a messy/dirty city. U need to travel to danau toba. Journey is terrible, 5hours per way, but heck it's worth it. N indo drivers are very erratic, countless times of digging my own grave. laugh.gif Breath taking view, really a laid back lifestyle, imagine, waking up in the morning, lake+crater view, can jus easily lay on the ground n be mesmerized bythe scenery, cool wind blowing at your face, very peaceful. I think most of it has been written by stimix. to add:

- rent a bike (if u know how 2 ride one) , take a slow pace ride round there island. I really enjoyed doing that. Rode up a sloppy hill (bad road conditions) , and at the top, u can see a "lake inside a lake". U can aso see half of the danau toba island from up there. Remember, it gets dark really fast there (around 6PM) and we got lost. It's pitch black dark. N the whole island is as big as SG, travelled on bike for 4hours/way n yet not even covering half of the island

- in medan city, i only went to the biggest shopping mall they have there, can't remember what name is that. It's like one of those 1U/Sunway. Sports item are cheap, women's reebok tshirt = rm10 doh.gif , bought addidas sneakers = rm15-20 shocking.gif

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QUOTE(stimix @ Dec 14 2008, 01:06 PM)
Since u ask..abit of spoiler on this fantastic waterfall (Not big but high & not my image..Mine was taken in 1994..no digital camera  blush.gif ):

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did you see where is the water coming from? i thought it was from underground when i first saw it..

I went there in november 08.. was raining and tired from a rush journey. travelled from medan to perapat. visited lake toba and then straight to berastagi in one day tongue.gif it wasnt really enjoyable because of the far journey so i would recommend 4d3n, stay one night in lake toba and another night in berastagi..

i stayed in grand mutiara hotel in berastagi.. very nice and clean.. lotsa rich chinese go there..

in medan, can really see the social difference between the rich and poor..
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Yes it's indeed an underground river that flow direct to the fall rclxms.gif

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did you see where is the water coming from? i thought it  was from underground when i first saw it..


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post Dec 15 2008, 10:02 PM


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wow imagine that underground river?
i dunno if i can manage to ride a bike,cos im on tour package so probbaly ill just follow the ittenaries
i love lake views XD
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regret not staying one night at the lake. i spent the first night at medan because i was attending a wedding.. then moved to berastagi on the 2nd night.
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post Dec 15 2008, 11:22 PM


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O-o isit cold there? cold enough to bring sweater?
stimix said its a must XD
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Not really lah abit hotter than Cameron Highland blush.gif If u can stand CH, no problem there
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O-o isit cold there? cold enough to bring sweater?
stimix said its a must XD
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post Dec 16 2008, 12:17 AM


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aiyo then no need lor.
5 hour van ride to our hotel near danau toba ar?
gotta be damn tiring
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That's the only horrible thing traveling to Lake Toba. sad.gif ..5hr consider fast oledi...I remembered my plane touched down ~4:30pm @ Medan & reaching Prapat town @ Lake Toba near Midnite!! shocking.gif Sumore midnite ferry ride to the Hotel at Samosir island.. shocking.gif
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aiyo then no need lor.
5 hour van ride to our hotel near danau toba ar?
gotta be damn tiring
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post Dec 18 2008, 12:48 PM


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Hmm i better bring some panadol
after travel long hours in bus or van always pening one T_T


Added on December 23, 2008, 12:53 ampictars Added O_O

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any more recent advise on Medan? going there next month
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One of my puchong thread kaki (pangurBan) currently there in Medan & Lake Toba..u probably wait till he comes back for the latest..& PM him
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QUOTE(amir_iskandar @ May 9 2010, 02:09 AM)
any more recent advise on Medan? going there next month
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Things to do: travel to Lake Toba = 5 hours ride,about 5-6km from the Danau Toba town its a downhill ride circling Lake Toba, its amongst the best views one could imagine when traveling to Toba

Things to buy: Kuih Lapis and Bikar Ambun

Place to stay: I usually stay in Arya Duta Hotel, one of the best and newest hotels in Medan, corporate rate is about rm150, not sure about walk-in guest

Airport is about 10-15 minutes from town, very easily accessible...
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hi there,
Has anyone gone through firefly full board holidays package to medan? 4d/3n
Pls share the experience here as i m goin on this comingJune... Thanks for your help.
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Any recent advise/comment for Lake Toba/Medan? Going over on Dec n celebrate the New Year there rclxm9.gif



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Aston VS Swissbel Hotel ...am divided which one to decide ...
STayed in JW already last visit ..its great ..now trying new hotel ..
Swissbel having rooftop cafe with Medan view,mall underneath ..but Aston is newer have merdeka walk and palladium just nearby ..which is great plus..
But i dun know which room is bigger and better breakfast and facilities..
Hope anyone can help

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I am looking for info abt Lake Toba.. anyone care to share?



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Which resort is best in Samosir ??
Is it Carolina ??Thats what my friend said ..


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Aiyo you all ah, forgeddit lah. Don't go Medan, don't go Toba, don't go Brastagi, don't go Tuk Tuk, don't go Samosir, Carolina, Sinabung, Sibayak, Siantar, Kaban Jahe, all don't go. Very susah wan. You ride bas several hours until your kepala pening and your backside like taufu.

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QUOTE(PangurBan @ Oct 6 2010, 08:37 PM)
Aiyo you all ah, forgeddit lah.  Don't go Medan, don't go Toba, don't go Brastagi, don't go Tuk Tuk, don't go Samosir, Carolina, Sinabung, Sibayak, Siantar, Kaban Jahe, all don't go.  Very susah wan.  You ride bas several hours until your kepala pening and your backside like taufu.
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Why not rent a car sir?WIth driver .its easier and sensible ....
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QUOTE(Greenyz @ Oct 9 2010, 01:36 PM)
Why not rent a car sir?WIth driver .its easier and sensible ....
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hi ,anyone mind share lake toba trip?how the place clean ? blush.gif
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hi ,anyone mind share lake toba trip?how the place clean ? blush.gif
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yup lake toba quite clean..but the hotel that i've stayed dosent have neither aircon and fan..damn panas la..
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QUOTE(Greenyz @ Oct 9 2010, 01:36 PM)
Why not rent a car sir?WIth driver .its easier and sensible ....
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yup lake toba quite clean..but the hotel that i've stayed dosent have neither aircon and fan..damn panas la..
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hi ,

do i need a visa to travel to medan or any other document?thanks in advance
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No need. Most of ASEAn countries except Mynamar are VISA free for Malaysian. (Not sure for Laos)
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i would like asks what's the airport tax at medan,polonia airport?is fiskal need pay for malaysia when exit from indonesia?
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All Indonesian Airport tax = rp150,000. Not only in Medan
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i thought Medan airport tax is Rp. 75,000 ?
that was May 2010.
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Yes, by google, medan airport tax= rp 75 000

# Soekarno – Hatta Jakarta : Domestic Rp40.000 & International Rp150.000
# Polonia – Medan : Domestic Rp35.000 & International Rp75.000
# SM Badaruddin II – Palembang : Domestic Rp35.000 & International Rp100.000
# MinangKabau – Padang : Domestic Rp35.000 & International Rp100.000
# St Syarif Kasim II – Pekanbaru : Domestic Rp30.000 & International Rp75.000
# Halim PerdanaKusuma – Jakarta : Domestic Rp30.000 & International Rp80.000
# Supadio – Pontianak : Domestic Rp30.000 & International Rp75.000
# Sultan Iskandar Muda – NAD : Domestic Rp25.000 & International Rp100.000
# Husein Sastranegara – Bandung : Domestic Rp25.000 & International Rp75.000
# Raja H Fisabilillah – Tanjung Pinang : Domestic Rp20.000


Source: Indonesia Airport Tax Rates | Medan Indonesia Pride http://www.medanku.com/indonesiaairport-tax/#ixzz17Ih6EYZt
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Oh OK..me silap abit.. I though all Airports in Indon the same haha
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so medan airport tax is rp75K?any others tax have to pay ?what's fiskal?
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QUOTE(jamesng200X @ Dec 6 2010, 12:02 PM)
so medan airport tax is rp75K?any others tax have to pay ?what's fiskal?
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only airport tax i think (was there 2007) ..not sure what's 'fiskal' ..
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QUOTE(jamesng200X @ Dec 6 2010, 12:02 PM)
so medan airport tax is rp75K?any others tax have to pay ?what's fiskal?
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u can ask the counter girl (during check in) or any security guard about the fiscal.
or, this is not recommended, u can have it taken care by using "calo"
calo is those ppl can help u check in, pay airport taxes, etc with a fee.
they are scattered all over the place.
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the last time i gave around RM20 for the calo to settle all the things for me..from checkin' in (you know, there's a lot of hassle checkin' in yourself due to the overcrowded people), paying the airport tax and fiscal..
they even help you to fill up the necessary documents..juz wait for 10-15 minutes and you're ready to have your passport stamped by the immigration officer.. nod.gif
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Fiskal is not for us. Fiskal is for Indonesian nationality wants to go out from their country to another country. Last time their fiskal is Rp2 million per person but now Indonesian govt give them fiskal free if Indonesian rakyat declare their income tax.

I am going to Medan/Lake Toba/Brastagi next month with my hubby and mother in law. Not very fond of this place coz I have been here twice but since MIL eager to see Lake Toba, so follow onlylah.

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only airport tax i think (was there 2007) ..not sure what's 'fiskal' ..
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QUOTE(Listiani @ Dec 15 2010, 10:37 PM)
Fiskal is not for us. Fiskal is for Indonesian nationality wants to go out from their country to another country. Last time their fiskal is Rp2 million per person but now Indonesian govt give them fiskal free if Indonesian rakyat declare their income tax.

I am going to Medan/Lake Toba/Brastagi next month with my hubby and mother in law. Not very fond of this place coz I have been here twice but since MIL eager to see Lake Toba, so follow onlylah.
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thanks for reply..i depart on 17th dec ...happy holiday
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Dear buddy,
anyone here plan to go medan - lake toba around 12- 15 March.
I with my gf had book the AA in the period stated....
So, we would like to join/invite anyone go during the time, so we can travel together if possible.....
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hey all..... I will go there for celebrate CNY this year..
My hotel at Grand Aston Villa Hotel Serviced & Residence near Merdeka walk..
Any suggestion that I must go the attraction of Medan city?
Any shopping complex that I must go n get cheaper price with the original product?
How about Lake Toba? How many hours that I can reach there?
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As far as I know, nothing ,uch @ Medan.. It's just a pass through city for those going to L:ake Toba.

I remembered this city as dirty dusty city buth that was 16yrs ago. Since you hv booked Medan hotel, just spent 1 nite willdo & escape to Lake Toba region.. Depending on which way you use...the distance can be very far. Last time I was using the longer way 1st. We reached Medan ~ 4pm and only reached our hotel at Simosir island past Midnite!

However I heard if going to Brastagi way 1st, It will be nearer..which i think so as it doesn't take us long from Brastagi to Medan on our last day
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Yup, to Medan there got 2 way to get there.. 1 is like shortcut but very danger road (tiny n a lot of corner) and another is normal road.. it took at least 4 hours..

My trip to Medan last month, took us 6 hours to reach Parapat.. everywhere was terribly jam n the road condition is very very bad..



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How much it cost to visit this place??
tip for accommodation, transport and place to visit??

Btw, budget around 2.5k..
is it enough for 2 pax??
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QUOTE(thebayau @ Mar 7 2011, 03:18 AM)
How much it cost to visit this place??
tip for accommodation, transport and place to visit??

Btw, budget around 2.5k..
is it enough for 2 pax??
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alamak RM2.5K for 2 persons? Siau! You think toba there got five-star hotel meh?
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Lol.. I dont know mah... -.-
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QUOTE(thebayau @ Mar 7 2011, 10:26 AM)
Lol.. I dont know mah... -.-
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last year we went, stayed in one of the better places in Tuk Tuk for two nights, then another two nights at a three-star hotel in Brastagi, all in, including air ticket, transport to and from LCCT, airport tax, shopping etc etc, spent about RM2000 nia.
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The 2k for how many person??

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Even in such an expensive Seoul city, I spent RM1500 for 3 person for 6D4N there biggrin.gif but excluding hotels & air tickets which already paid for b4 the trip.

...On most of my Indonesia trip (Also exc hotels & airport) I only brought in RM1500 for 3 person most of the time! most of the time there will be leftover..However travel in Indonesia, I spent a lot on renting cars & transport (due to the fact that the poor transportation system there)

On my Medan -Lake Toba, I did that during early 90's...That time I bought package for RM399 inc of ticket, hotels, food & guided tour...haha that's the era of cheap package tour.. rclxms.gif
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The 2k for how many person??
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Oh, four lah.
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What transportation i have if I'm from penang??
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Well Air Asia promo is the cheapest mode of transport right now (If you can get that cheap ticket-lah biggrin.gif ) I just bought 3 tickets to Medan (My 2nd trip there) for RM105 for 3!...Only the stupid increased in baggage rate of RM35 cost my RM103 ticket shoot up to RM175 mad.gif

Well still cheap at RM58/pax return rclxms.gif ..Ferry? - I don[;t think RM58 can even get you one way ticket biggrin.gif
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QUOTE(stimix @ Mar 7 2011, 03:48 PM)
Well Air Asia promo is the cheapest mode of transport right now (If you can get that cheap ticket-lah  biggrin.gif ) I just bought 3 tickets to Medan (My 2nd trip there) for RM105 for 3!...Only the stupid increased in baggage rate of RM35 cost my RM103 ticket shoot up to RM175  mad.gif

Well still cheap at RM58/pax return rclxms.gif ..Ferry? - I don[;t think RM58 can even get you one way ticket  biggrin.gif
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See 1st lor if the bus stop there...I dun really like those biscuit wan lor but as souvenir OK-lah biggrin.gif ..This tinme round, I'm thinking of going via Brastagi way 1st Beh tahan wth the almost 5-6 hrs drive from Medan to Prapat..or something
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Wah, go Siantar buy some more Teng Teng Tong Tong ah?
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So.. in conclusion.. From Penang using flight to medan-using bus to lake toba- and using ferry to brastagi.. is that right...
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Brastagi is highland area like Cameron lah..no need ferry. Ferry is from Prapat to Smaosir Island in the middle of the lake.

QUOTE(thebayau @ Mar 7 2011, 03:57 PM)
So.. in conclusion.. From Penang using flight to medan-using bus to lake toba- and using ferry to brastagi.. is that right...
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QUOTE(stimix @ Mar 7 2011, 03:56 PM)
See 1st lor if the bus stop there...I dun really like those biscuit wan lor but as souvenir OK-lah  biggrin.gif ..This tinme round, I'm thinking of going via Brastagi way 1st Beh tahan wth the almost 5-6 hrs drive from Medan to Prapat..or something
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But the Brastagi to Prapat road is really awful, even if it's quite scenic - make sure you rent a good car. The Medan to Prapat leg if you get on an aircon bus is just about bearable. This time you should try and walk up the volcano. Worth it and not difficult at all. Walk up and down the same way along the road. The way down to the hot springs is very difficult. Not advisable. Otherwise I think if you're just going to hang around in Brastagi nothing much liao, except to go and see the waterfall.

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Darn..after more than 15 years that road still bad -ah? 15 yrs ago, they dun even tar this road..No idea whether to rent any transport ther yet. Still 9mths to plan haha blush.gif

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Darn..after more than 15 years that road still bad -ah? 15 yrs ago, they dun even tar this road..No idea whether to rent any transport ther yet. Still 9mths to plan haha  blush.gif
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You better bao kereta. Otherwise, you have to depend on minibus and pick up. Got to change at least twice, maybe three times. All three of you pengsan. Sometimes the road completely disappears.
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So any public transport like bus going to brastagi or parapat and another waterfall(forgot the name)? I plan to go there again, previously going with big group, so everything been prepared and provided.. This time I plan to go alone by FERRY from penang:D
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Guys..plan to go 2 big family of 7-10 people..any good ground package to recommend? I got a quotation for 600+ each person..good or not for 4D3N?

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Guys..plan to go 2 big family of 7-10 people..any good ground package to recommend? I got a quotation for 600+ each person..good or not for 4D3N?
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hi,

It depend on which hotel u r staying.. we got our package at RM418/pax n staying at hotel toledo..

u may search for Narasindo Tours and Travel..


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I am going to Lake Toba in early June.

I made reservations and already bought tickets.

Now the thing I am looking into is transport. We (2pax) would like to drive from Medan airport (early 9am arrival with MAS) by decent car (like a 4x4 Toyota Landcruiser) to either Brastagi or Prapat (dunno yet if we want to stay there for a night).

The transport will be occupied with us for at least the trip to Brastagi and to Prapat. Then we will stay at Toba for 2 nights. The driver needs to pick us up again from Prapat for the trip back to Medan...

Any idea where on earth I can arrange such transport?
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Hi All,

I'll be going to Medan this coming May. I'm not attached to any package hence we will be on our own during the 4days trip.

Based on previous post, it seems Medan isn't a beautiful city n nothing much to offer in terms of tourism as well. So, i really don't know what i'm going to do there. LOL

Since the journey to Toba alone will take 5 hours per journey, considering the hectic roads n reckless driver, my mum surely will choose to avoid it. haiss.

What else can we do there? Btw, is Brastagi located near Parapat too?
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Hi All,

I'll be going to Medan this coming May. I'm not attached to any package hence we will be on our own during the 4days trip.

Based on previous post, it seems Medan isn't a beautiful city n nothing much to offer in terms of tourism as well. So, i really don't know what i'm going to do there. LOL

Since the journey to Toba alone will take 5 hours per journey, considering the hectic roads n reckless driver, my mum surely will choose to avoid it. haiss.

What else can we do there? Btw, is Brastagi located near Parapat too?
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berastagi and parapat is in different place(around 3-4 hours distance). may be u can go google and look for the medan trip itinerary as reference and planning.
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Do you want to drive by yourself or rent the car with driver??

quote=DikkieD,Mar 23 2011, 02:50 PM]
I am going to Lake Toba in early June.

I made reservations and already bought tickets.

Now the thing I am looking into is transport. We (2pax) would like to drive from Medan airport (early 9am arrival with MAS) by decent car (like a 4x4 Toyota Landcruiser) to either Brastagi or Prapat (dunno yet if we want to stay there for a night).

The transport will be occupied with us for at least the trip to Brastagi and to Prapat. Then we will stay at Toba for 2 nights. The driver needs to pick us up again from Prapat for the trip back to Medan...

Any idea where on earth I can arrange such transport?
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for those who visiting medan .....

try the food ...
for Chinese food u can visit jalan semarang or selat panjang (chinatown)
for nasi goreng u can try kampung madras or jalan pandu .
for pancake durian u MUST try nelayan restaurant at sun plz or merdeka walk.
for the durian itself u MUST try ucok durian at jalan iskandar muda..

the fastest way to reach lake toba is from siantar not from brastagi ..

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Yes nearest to Prapat via Pematang Siantar but very long journey..Easiest goto Brastagi 1st & thereafter slowly moving to Prapat/Lake Toba region...And from Prapat, can sleep all the way back to Medan liao..I still can remember how far the journey to Prapat from Medan..Start leaving airport ~ 4:30pm and by the time reaching hotel at the samosir island already 1AM!!

Oh BTW, someone posted that the old Polonia airport alrady closed? and now Medan having one of the most modern airport in Indonesia dy?
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polonia still operating ...
they plan to move to the new airport (kuala namu international airport) at the end of 2012
and yes its gonna be the most modern airport in indonesia ...
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Just got back from 5D/4N Medan/Berastagi & Lake Toba. We had a fantastic time. Really amazing place, especially enjoyed the colder climate at Samosir. Berastagi was nice too, but not much to do except for visiting/viewing the mountains. It is however a great place to escape Malaysian heat smile.gif.

After arrival (MAS morning flight) we were picked up (Lintang Buana Tourism Services) by our driver and guide and immediately left to Berastagi. We arrived there 3,5 hours later (after a few stops) and stayed that day/night at Hotel Sibayak Internasional. Next morning we woke up early to depart to the vulcanos. Actually we did not go to the vulcanos but to some nice places where I was able to take some nice pics of the vulcanos (only reason to go back to Berastagi is for the vulcanos).

After that we drove to Sipiso-piso. The hike down is pretty tiresome to the knee muscles, but we got there without any problems. The climb up was pretty steep to (but nothing compared to Mt. Kinabalu smile.gif). Amazing waterfall, amazing views...

Next stop the Batak Longhouse village; actually a deserted village, but it was very nice to see the 'old ways'...after that we witnessed a local Batak wedding; very nice too.

Then to Parapat where we immediately took the boat (Rp.7k) to Tuk Tuk. After an hour we arrived at Tabo Cottages, a very cozy place. Perhaps Asian travelers would like other places, but this is perfect for western travelers. Food was wonderful, though not typical/traditional Indonesian style. For that you can easily head into the town of Tuk Tuk, which is basicly just one main road that flows along the coast of the small peninsular at Samosir Island. Food at Tabo Cottages is very fresh and also organic. Dishes contained many vegetables, breakfast was very nice too (freshly baked brown healthy bread). We just loved the overall atmosphere, some similarities to Hawaii smile.gif.

We rented a motorcycle to explore the island. Roads are pretty good, but it is not wise to drive over 50km/h unless you don't mind to fall every once a while due to massive potholes smile.gif. We explored some of the local towns and visited some of the main attractions at Samosir Island.

Next day we already went back to Parapat where our guide/driver (Toyota Innova) picked us up for the drive back to Medan. 5 star hotels are pretty cheap compared to similar 5 star hotels in other places. We paid 'only' $52 for an upgraded room at Swiss-Bell Medan. When I checked 1 night at JW Marriott only costed $58....a steal for these hotels. We went to JW Marriott Quan Spa (Rp.240.000 for a 1 hour massage); splendid place to end our short trip. We shopped a bit at Sun Plaza and had dinner at Madras (Kampung Keling) food street. Loved the typical Sumatran dishes!!! Amazing Rendang, Martabak and such!! Watch out for the B1 sate smile.gif, unless you like dog sate!

Amazing short trip. Especially loved the climate, very nice compared to the heat in KL......
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looks like its quite ok for a medan - lake toba trip.

booked a package 3d2n from MAS ( rm660 ) ... departing end of july ... after booking feel a bit regret coz sked nothing to c n do at lake toba ...

but after c all the experiences of u guys , seems tht its quite ok ... juz wanna ask about safety issue thr ... it is ok? any serious pick pockets / cons / snatch thief ?


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QUOTE(santaclaus @ Jun 24 2011, 12:33 PM)
looks like its quite ok for a medan - lake toba trip.

booked a package 3d2n from MAS ( rm660 ) ... departing end of july ... after booking feel a bit regret coz sked nothing to c n do at lake toba ...

but after c all the experiences of u guys , seems tht its quite ok ... juz wanna ask about safety issue thr ... it is ok? any serious pick pockets / cons / snatch thief ?
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Hai, just want to contribute some about Sumatera Utara.

Medan?
Not much tourism activity here. Only crowded city, dirty, some people are rude, and etc. Not recommended as a place to stay. Don't spend your time here to find any tourism attraction. Many Malaysian comes to Medan (mostly Puan2, Makcik2) just to go to Pasar Ikan Lama, or Sentral Medan to buy some Muslim Clothes. The only tourism attraction in Medan, I think the culinary only. You can eat very good DIM SUM at Nelayan Rstaurant or Jala-Jala (Non Halal). You can hang-out at Merdeka Walk. If you like street food, you can go to Kampung Keling, there is a place call PAGARUYUNG that serve a lot of street food. Or you can go to Jalan Dr. Mansur (Near Universitas Sumatera Utara), so many places to eat but more like a cafe. Oh one more thing, you must eat KERANG REBUS in Medan. Very recomended!!!

If you go to Danau Toba, right now there is not much to do. Not like 10 years ago when the tourism in Lake Toba very "happening". (the old times there were banana boat, parasailing, jet ski, "sepeda bebek", horse riding around the lake. Today, I'm not sure this kind activity still exist.)
But, Lake Toba still worth to be visited for people who love to spend their time relaxing with the damn beautiful view of nature.
Secret, little tips. If you rent the ferry, you can ask the "driver" to bring you to a place (cafe-like) that served "shit-mushroom". (Mushroom that can make you FLY, hahaha).
One more, if you like BURUNG PUYUH, you can ask your guide to bring you to any restaurant in PEMATANG SIANTAR (1 hour from Parapat, usually route to Lake Toba will through this city, except you take the Berastagi route.)

Berastagi?
Now, this place currently is happening there even with the local people. So many tourism attraction.
- There are two small theme park; Greencity Hillpark and Miki Holoday (here, Taiwanese, Korean boy band and singer usually have concert).
- Sidebudebu. Hot Spring. Nice to get relax. still very traditional. If you like mount climbing, you can climb the SIBAYAK Mount. You can reach the flat surface (ex-eruption volcano, we used to call it the "kuali" on top the mountain, but not the peak) only 4 hours for going up and back down.
- In Berastagi itself, you can enjoy horse riding.
- If you take the route Medan-Berastagi-Parapat-Lake Toba you ask your guide to transit in place named "SIMALEM RESORT". You can get awesome view of Lake Toba there.
http://www.tamansimalem.com/web/index.php?...category/16/29/

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What else ya? humm. Just asked, i will help you to provide information as long as i know.


Answering the above question. Pick pocket, cons, snatch thief? Can't say this. Pick pocket you can meet them on ANGKOT or SUDAKO (public transport), or maybe on PASAR. Some people are rude, and mostly you will meet people who cannot speak english, so just use your malay language there.

To sum up, Medan is not recommended to stay, but still worth it to spend your time there. Lake Toba and Berastagi are very good to get relax and very worth to be visited. But you have to face a very bad road condition to reach those place.


Hope this can be useful.
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went to medan 20 yearsago.. seem like it is the same and not much change...
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For me , medan is not a really good place to go shopping , if shopping is what u after , i recommend going to Bandung instead
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Bandung also not that great anymore.

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For me , medan is not a really good place to go shopping , if shopping is what u after , i recommend going to Bandung instead
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Guys,

Tell me about the night....life...if there is any?????
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Plan to pay a visit during Raya ... 3D2N .. good enough?
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Plan to pay a visit during Raya ... 3D2N .. good enough?
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Better not going during peak or super peak season.. last time i went during new year, the normal road journey took 2 o 3 hours become 5 hours n more.. so we r wasting a lot of time on the bus only..


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What is the hotel rate?

Travelling around Medan?

Place to visit?
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dis forum not travel agency. go ask a travel agent!
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Hai all.

Im planning on Indonesia tour with my mom. Maybe Medan or Bandung in November.

Any of you have any idea how to arrange (flight, hotel, transportation, food) or maybe have been there with any travel agent that you would like to recommend?

And how about if want to go Lake Toba?

Many thanks!! biggrin.gif
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Hai all.

Im planning on Indonesia tour with my mom. Maybe Medan or Bandung in November.

Any of you have any idea how to arrange (flight, hotel, transportation, food) or maybe have been there with any travel agent that you would like to recommend?

And how about if want to go Lake Toba?

Many thanks!!  biggrin.gif
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Hi there. I just came back from a week trip on Medan and lake toba, short backpacking trip. There is nothing much to do In Medan. The weather in comparison with lake toba was unbearable. And the malls... Sigh, kl malls are way better. Haha.

It's really easy to get to lake toba from the airport.

For convineance, you can take a becak or taxi (bargain hard) to amplas terminal, where there are frequent buses to parapat (lake toba), every hour sure got bus, and it's only 22000 rupiah. It's 5-6 hours ride though, so carry some snacks during the ride! And make sure you visit the toilet before getting on the bus! Or if you are up for something more local walk out to the airport and catch the local minibus no.64 to amplas tminal, only 3000rupiah per person.

Tell the bus conductor that you want to stop at Tiga raya, it's where you take the ferry to lake toba. The ferry would only cost 7000rupiah. And in lake toba there is plenty of cheap guesthouse and hotels for you to choose from. Just make sure that there's hot shower as the weather can be cold at night. Lake toba is simply a must to visit! It's gorgeous! Lovely weather, cheap accommodation, good food, and love all the live folk performaapnces at night.

Hope this helps!

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I might be merging this to the original Medan/lake Toba thread if discussion more skew towards bandung.. normally bandung should be done together wth Jakarta. Both cities not so far.

Hosoki nice infor there..BTW, any bus direct to Brastagi from Prapat? I might be doing the same DIY coming Dec too.
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QUOTE(stimix @ Sep 24 2011, 11:04 PM)
I might be merging this to the original Medan/lake Toba thread if discussion more skew towards bandung.. normally bandung should be done together wth Jakarta. Both cities not so far.

Hosoki nice infor there..BTW, any bus direct to Brastagi from Prapat? I might be doing the same DIY coming Dec too.
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Yes.there are buses from parapat to brastagi and also other areas like bukit Lawang in front of the ferry station there are several bus companies so do ask them for price.

December ESP during xmas would be holiday season in lake toba so that is when accommodations n lake toba start raising their prices due to high season, I am not too sure about bus prices but their should be relatively standard.
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guys

i'm going to medan next month (early nov) - DIY, backpack, style

my plan - medan (touchdown 9am straight to parapat and lake toba) - lake toba (2 nights) - brastagi (2 nights) - medan (1 night, flight next day 11.30am)

Q1. i'm really concerned about public transportations - i am afraid i can't get the transportation ready, which would really waste time. any advise?

for hotels, i'm not that picky, but i'm not that cheap either. a rm 150 room is affordable, and a rm20 room is still accomodable. so, i guess hotels wouldn't be much problem

Q2. how much rupiah do i need to bring around? 2.8M IDR (RM1,000) should be enough?

this is mainly for food, travel and cheap hotels. i guess those upscale hotels must accept some kind of credit cards?

Q3. Food - i'm muslim, but i am not pious enough to let myself be concerned with pig DNA in butter

i guess babi guling is still a no-no, but at least if it's vegetables, or fish (however they are cooked, dun't let me know), i'm still OK.


need some ideas here on best way to get around, which hotels, and what to do in lake toba (samosir? tuk tuk? parapat?) and brastagi (which gunung to climb?)

Day 1: MEDAN airport (9am arrive) straight to LAKE TOBA (night)

Day 2: Lake Toba (night)

Day 3: from LAKE TOBA to BERASTAGI (night)

Day 4: Berastagi (night)

Day 5: from BERASTAGI to MEDAN (night)

Day 6: MEDAN airport (depart 11am)

Need ideas guys... this is for a newbie forever arone. u know how it feels to be forever arone

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OFobeNh7N8

mount si bayak, brastagi
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My friend share experience said in brastagi medan there a lot of hooker very young age from 16.He said all the hooker like Malaysia people and they charges from RM200 per day as wife for one day.

Brastagi is like hadyai thailand sex trade
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QUOTE(hosoki @ Sep 24 2011, 08:51 PM)
Hi there. I just came back from a week trip on Medan and lake toba, short backpacking trip. There is nothing much to do In Medan. The weather in comparison with lake toba was unbearable. And the malls... Sigh, kl malls are way better. Haha.

It's really easy to get to lake toba from the airport.

For convineance, you can take a becak or taxi (bargain hard) to amplas terminal, where there are frequent buses to parapat (lake toba), every hour sure got bus, and it's only 22000 rupiah. It's 5-6 hours ride though, so carry some snacks during the ride! And make sure you visit the toilet before getting on the bus! Or if you are up for something more local walk out to the airport and catch the local minibus no.64 to amplas tminal, only 3000rupiah per person.

Tell the bus conductor that you want to stop at Tiga raya, it's where you take the ferry to lake toba. The ferry would only cost 7000rupiah. And in lake toba there is plenty of cheap guesthouse and hotels for you to choose from. Just make sure that there's hot shower as the weather can be cold at night. Lake toba is simply a must to visit! It's gorgeous! Lovely weather, cheap accommodation, good food, and love all the live folk performaapnces at night.

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hey hosoki, which mall did u go in medan?? suncity? or what?
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QUOTE(PenangRich @ Oct 24 2011, 10:20 PM)
My friend share experience said in brastagi medan there a lot of hooker very young age from 16.He said all the hooker like Malaysia people and they charges from RM200 per day as wife for one day.

Brastagi is like hadyai thailand sex trade
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went there and see none of those so-called young hookers

and if they are, the faces are just pure fail...

i have to say, if the avg malaysian gals are 5/10, brastagi girls is about 2/10 to 3/10 points lower... unsure.gif


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Will be going to Medan-Beratagi-Prapat/Samosir in few days time & for 2nd time rclxm9.gif but this time 100% DIY compare to my 1st time ~ 16yrs ago where I opted for full package tour.

Few things need further clarification. From my research:

1) From Polonia airport and wanna go Berastagi, Need to take bus from Padang Bulan Bus Terminal. Where is this terminal located?
2) Any cheap bus option from airport to this Padang Bulan terminal?
3) From Berastagi to prapat, which bus to take & what is the cost from Berastagi to prapat & how frequesnt is the bus?
4) Anyone taking bus to Permatang Siantar & thereafter train ride to Medan? I'm interested on this option too to avoid long & tiring bus journey from Prapat to Medan.

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QUOTE(stimix @ Dec 19 2011, 10:10 AM)
Will be going to Medan-Beratagi-Prapat/Samosir in few days time & for 2nd time  rclxm9.gif  but this time 100% DIY compare to my 1st time ~ 16yrs ago where I opted for full package tour.

Few things need further clarification. From my research:

1) From Polonia airport and wanna go Berastagi, Need to take bus from Padang Bulan Bus Terminal. Where is this terminal located?
2) Any cheap bus option from airport to this Padang Bulan terminal?
3) From Berastagi to prapat, which bus to take & what is the cost from Berastagi to prapat & how frequesnt is the bus?
4) Anyone taking bus to Permatang Siantar & thereafter train ride to Medan? I'm interested on this option too to avoid long & tiring bus journey from Prapat to Medan.

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1 - lalala no idea. Took the bus to Prapat the last time instead of the other way round. Sounds like a Spaceport for flights to the moon this bus terminal. Word of warning though. Brastagi will be CROWDED this coming weekend - long weekend woh. Same thing happened when I was there. I left Brastagi at the beginning of the long weekend and the traffic going up the hill to Brastagi was AWFUL!! So yes, go straight to Brastagi on Thursday; with any luck, you'll avoid the jam. In Brastagi, you can take public transport to get to Sipisopiso. A bit kelam kabut and you might need to beg a ride out of sipiso-piso from some tuk tuk driver to some market town nearby to get back to Brastagi, but doable. The best thing to do in Brastagi is still to walk up G Sibayak and look at the steaming crater and fumaroles. Easy walk up on a surfaced road most of the way. Don't be tempted to take the trail down the other side of the mountain to the hot springs. Manyak susah.
2 - probably easiest to take a taxi - Medan is very chaotic
3 - the other way round, travelling from Prapat to Brastagi, we had to take a bus to P Siantar first, then get onto some rickety pick-up to some other place, then get onto another rickety pick-up to get to Brastagi. Awfully scenic trip, but the roads were AWFUL. I was under the impression that there is no direct bus between the two places. To save yourself a lot of grief, you might want to resort to hiring a car. Then you can stop off at P Siantar to buy some ting ting tong tong.
4 - nice idea; try lah and let us know how it goes. There should be many buses between Prapat and Siantar so you should be able to make a reasonable connection with the train. I think the road between Prapat and P Siantar is OK-ish, so this sounds like a viable option. On the other hand, the main road between Prapat and Medan is also not so bad for the entire length. But yes, it's a long journey - make sure you get an aircon bus, otherwise pengsan terus.

Have a great trip!


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Thanks. Very informative.

Now when you say no real bus service from Berastagi to Prapat is worrying me. I expect there will be bus direct to Prapat or Berastagi >si piso-piso and Prapat...Darn cham liao..Me dun like the idea crossing from Berastagi to Permatang Siantar ...aiyoooo headache


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QUOTE(stimix @ Dec 19 2011, 10:10 AM)
Will be going to Medan-Beratagi-Prapat/Samosir in few days time & for 2nd time  rclxm9.gif  but this time 100% DIY compare to my 1st time ~ 16yrs ago where I opted for full package tour.

Few things need further clarification. From my research:

1) From Polonia airport and wanna go Berastagi, Need to take bus from Padang Bulan Bus Terminal. Where is this terminal located?
2) Any cheap bus option from airport to this Padang Bulan terminal?
3) From Berastagi to prapat, which bus to take & what is the cost from Berastagi to prapat & how frequesnt is the bus?
4) Anyone taking bus to Permatang Siantar & thereafter train ride to Medan? I'm interested on this option too to avoid long & tiring bus journey from Prapat to Medan.

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don't do this

i tried going that way, against the "normal" flow, i.e. medan - brastagi - toba

you;ll have transport problem from brastagi to permatang siantar

especially big problem if you plan to stop by at spiso-piso waterfall

not many public buses ply the route, and if they do, they are super packed.

not many private chartered vans too, so if you still want to go that way, pls be prepared

i? i had fun. real fun as that is an experience of a lifetime (sitting packed in a van, 5 in the front row, and ppl hanging on the doors for hours)

my route was this: medan - brastagi - spiso-piso - simpang dua (no need to stop at permatang siantar, save 30 min) - parapat - toba - medan

and spend at least a week in toba. it's soooo laid back that 3 days is not enough!

from parapat back to medan, i suggest you take a van (raja taxi) and pay the IDR170,000 for the ride - it's worth all the hassle, and still takes 4 hours to reach medan (160km)

medan to brastagi, i took the public bus - IDR20,000 - 4 hour ride on the twisty road. gets cooler when they climb up the mountains

frombrastagi to spiso-piso, just hop onto any bus you found and ask them to stop at simpang tonggek

then from simpang tonggek, just flag any motorbike and pay them 5k for a ride to the watefall

from simpang tonggek, flag a bus to simpang dua (2.5 hrs, 20k idr) - just jump on to the next bust you see that go to your permatang siantar - whether it's packed or not. try to be safe, and force yourself into the van and sit in the kretek-smoke filled vans biggrin.gif

at simpang dua, walk across the road and take a bus to parapat (1 hr, 12k idr)), and ask the driver to stop you at parapat

at parapat, take a tuk-tuk (2k IDR) to tiga raja, and board the fery (16k idr) to tuk tuk on samosir island. tell the skipper where u stay and they'll dro pyou off at the hotel's jetty

enjoy yourself. the locals are pretty helpful, although not that good looking (especially the girls... sad.gif )

the prices for the public transport i just agak2 only. can't remember exact cost.


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1  - lalala no idea.  Took the bus to Prapat the last time instead of the other way round.  Sounds like a Spaceport for flights to the moon this bus terminal.  Word of warning though.  Brastagi will be CROWDED this coming weekend - long weekend woh.  Same thing happened when I was there.  I left Brastagi at the beginning of the long weekend and the traffic going up the hill to Brastagi was AWFUL!!  So yes, go straight to Brastagi on Thursday; with any luck, you'll avoid the jam.  In Brastagi, you can take public transport to get to Sipisopiso.  A bit kelam kabut and you might need to beg a ride out of sipiso-piso from some tuk tuk driver to some market town nearby to get back to Brastagi, but doable.  The best thing to do in Brastagi is still to walk up G Sibayak and look at the steaming crater and fumaroles.  Easy walk up on a surfaced road most of the way.  Don't be tempted to take the trail down the other side of the mountain to the hot springs.  Manyak susah.

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i did, and i have mixed feeling about it

you need to walk a bloody 4 - 5 km to get to the hot spring (the locals always say "ngak jauh lagi pak. cuma 1km aja lagi")

but you get to see the awesome geothermal power station along the way (i had no idea indon was harnessing geo-thermal energy!)

and from the hot spring, to go back to brastagi, there's very very very very few angkut. the angkut i think we waited 3 hours for the next angkut (or you can pay a king ransom of 80,000 IDR to charter the angkut)

the hot springs are MEH. very average, and very smelly. strong suplhur smell stick to your body for few days. and the hot spring aren't even hot. u sit in a very luke warm and smelly water in a concrete swimming pool.


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2) Any cheap bus option from airport to this Padang Bulan terminal?
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when you arrive at the airport, just walk out a bit to the PETRONAS (yes, our own petronas) station and flag down a BLUEBIRD taxi (it's a blue vios, so it's [retty obvious)

they airport taxis charge like hell. i got charged 45k just to go to my hotel. when i use a bluebird taxi, the charge was just 11k - and it's cleaner, more comfortable and newer car than the bloody 45k taxi ride.

and if you naik becak, haggle like mad. they see us tourist, they charge as much as they want. nevery pay more than 10k. if they don't want to reduce the price, just walk on to the next becak driver

becak is pretty fun though. lets you see the real side of medan. the raw traffic. or just pay the driver 50k and ask him to give you a 1-2 hour guided tour of medan (there's nothing to see in medan actually)


Added on December 19, 2011, 2:27 pmquick rant: brastagi hotels are damn expensive...

just stay in the budget inns. it's more happening at night

i especially miss eating the super big kerang rebus and the yummy ikan bakar with super spicy sambal and clear vege broth

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Tnx Lucifah....Now double headache liao after you confirm from Berastagi to Prapat lagi worst!..darn..Still wondering why no direct bus from Berastagi to Prapat and why must goto P.Siantar 1st rclxub.gif .Sumore I'm going wth family! Kenot squeze in like sardine and kenot stand waiting long hour...Also no choice as I already paid for the Berastagi hotel (Horison)..Yeah not cheap.cost me RM120/nite..In Medan got very good deal at Swissbelhotel for same rate as Horison. In Lake Toba..damn..most of the hotels featured in agoda, asiarooms & whatever booking websites all full liao when I wanna book 2 weeks ago..So just called and book at Samosir Villa Resort..surprising still having rooms on Christmas eve for only 250K..dirt cheap hopefully nice hotel as featured in their website..and they fufilled my booking


Added on December 19, 2011, 3:03 pmOh bTW, is it confirm to Berastagi, the correct Bus Terminal is Padang Bulan?

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don't do this

you need to walk a bloody 4 - 5 km to get to the hot spring (the locals always say "ngak jauh lagi pak. cuma 1km aja lagi")

but you get to see the awesome geothermal power station along the way (i had no idea indon was harnessing geo-thermal energy!)

and from the hot spring, to go back to brastagi, there's very very very very few angkut. the angkut i think we waited 3 hours for the next angkut (or you can pay a king ransom of 80,000 IDR to charter the angkut)

the hot springs are MEH. very average, and very smelly. strong suplhur smell stick to your body for few days. and the hot spring aren't even hot. u sit in a very luke warm and smelly water in a concrete swimming pool.
Ya the trek down to the hotsprings manyak manyak susah, and the hot springs are a complete waste of time, and correct, angkut back ohso susah, very erratic service. But the summit itself is quite an experience if you've never done a volcano before. Need to get up there early though, before the clouds roll in. Best to just take an angkut from Brastagi early in the morning all the way to the base of the mountain, walk up, walk back down again the same way, and take an angkut back to town.

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QUOTE(stimix @ Dec 19 2011, 02:58 PM)
Tnx Lucifah....Now double headache liao after you confirm from Berastagi to Prapat lagi worst!..darn...Sumore I'm going wth family! Kenot squeze in like sardine and kenot stand waiting long hour...Also no choice as I already paid for the Berastagi hotel (Horison)..Yeah not cheap.cost me RM120/nite..In Medan got very good deal at Swissbelhotel for same rate as Horison. In Lake Toba..damn..most of the hotels featured in agoda, asiarooms & whatever booking websites all full liao when I wanna book 2 weeks ago..So just called and book at Samosir Villa Resort..surprising still having rooms on Christmas eve for only 250K..dirt cheap hopefully nice hotel as featured in their website..and they fufilled my booking


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if you go ina large group, then charter a kijang innova

they cahrge like 600k - 700k for a trip from brastagi to spiso-piso and to parapat

good for 6-7 people,

it's worth the convenience

you can try to charter a innova kijang near the tugu wira (roundabout at the brastagi town center) - there's always a few waiting there all the time

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Only 3 of us in a family..can't afford expensive tranportation. Probably rent a car & stop at Si piso piso. Dunno can get ~ 300K or not?
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Only 3 of us in a family..can't afford expensive tranportation. Probably rent a car & stop at Si piso piso. Dunno can get ~ 300K or not?
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Susah. if I remember correctly, the drivers at the jetty at prapat were asking for much more than that to get to Brastagi via Sipisopiso. Try smoking a kretek and pretend you're from Jakarta lah.
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I'm abandoning the hot spring for sure as I did that b4 and yes so-so experience only wth super smelly sulfur. But hiking up Sibayak for sure yes. Last time no time going to Sibayak bcos tour package dun inc Sibayak treking.

U all din mentioned about the Karo traditional houses almost similar to those in Ambarita & Tuk-tuk? I think it is another must in Berastagi..haha..wondering how to goto those ancient houses again this time.. Also in my list is going to Tmn Simalen park or something to view Lake Toba from the top..also dunno how to go haizzz


Added on December 19, 2011, 3:55 pmDarn....now triple headache..It's Christmas in Batak land and all Berastagi folks celebrating Christmas..how lah getting transportation to Lake Toba

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I'm abandoning the hot spring for sure as I did that b4 and yes so-so experience only wth super smelly sulfur. But hiking up Sibayak for sure yes. Last time no time going to Sibayak bcos tour package dun inc Sibayak treking.

U all din mentioned about the Karo traditional houses almost similar to those in Ambarita & Tuk-tuk? I think it is another must in Berastagi..haha..wondering how to goto those ancient houses again this time.. Also in my list is going to Tmn Simalen park or something to view Lake Toba from the top..also dunno how to go haizzz


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once you see a batak traditional house, u've seen them all

it's all the same deisng and shape


when in brastagi, must go to the highest point in the town - they have some name for it, but i can't remember. nice view of the town and surrounding it. i'ts on a steep hill. can go there by angkut (2,000 IDR)


and eat lots of strawberries - they are fukken cheap. one plastic container only cost 10,000 IDR! that's about rm3. in malaysia, it cost >rm15
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U mean Gundaling hill.. Yeah. I been there. Famous spot to suicidal as well according to my tourist guide that time haha. I lobe riding horse at Gundaling hill and I wanna do it again..damn shiok..16yrs ago it was only rp5000 per ride..dunno how much now?
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U mean Gundaling hill.. Yeah. I been there. Famous spot to suicidal as well according to my tourist guide that time haha. I lobe riding horse at Gundaling hill and I wanna do it again..damn shiok..16yrs ago it was only rp5000 per ride..dunno how much now?
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yes, yes. gundaling hill

the horse (small horses) are still there. prices i saw advertised was 50,000 now

but during my 3 days stay, i saw no one rode the horsie, so maybe you can bargain hard with them.

fyi, my 3-day stay was a non-weekend days, so i guess that's why not many ppl. come friday night, bus loads of tourists came in

i must say again, i really like the cool climate in brastagi. a very laid back town with not much to do. awesome scenery in the morning. surrounded by mountains and tales of mystics.

just pray it doesn't rain
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I'm abandoning the hot spring for sure as I did that b4 and yes so-so experience only wth super smelly sulfur. But hiking up Sibayak for sure yes. Last time no time going to Sibayak bcos tour package dun inc Sibayak treking.

U all din mentioned about the Karo traditional houses almost similar to those in Ambarita & Tuk-tuk? I think it is another must in Berastagi..haha..wondering how to goto those ancient houses again this time.. Also in my list is going to Tmn Simalen park or something to view Lake Toba from the top..also dunno how to go haizzz


Added on December 19, 2011, 3:55 pmDarn....now triple headache..It's Christmas in Batak land and all Berastagi folks celebrating Christmas..how lah getting transportation to Lake Toba
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If you go Sipisopiso there, no need go anywhere else liao I think. Got good view of the lake from there - got different viewpoints - worth walking down the steep trail to the foot of the falls.

I think the Batak are known to be sharp businessmen, so I think you should have no problems getting hold of a driver wanting to earn more rupiah. Since it is Christmas, they just charge more lor drool.gif

Be sure to look out for a mee soto stall along the main street in Brastagi - all those stalls laid out on the pavement at night. The best I've ever had!!!!

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Si Piso-piso is nice but after viewing the superb view from Taman Simalen website..drooling wor drool.gif drool.gif

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[quote=stimix,Dec 19 2011, 08:37 PM]Si Piso-piso is nice but after viewing the superb view from Taman Simalen website..drooling wor  drool.gif  drool.gif



Actually you get a similar view of the lake from Sipiso-piso woh. Ask your driver to get you to some nice lookout point in the area. The Taman Simalem is in the general area also. Prolly your driver can take you there if you ask nice, and er, perhaps give him a few tens of thousands rupiah more. drool.gif

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Dunno leh..Last time when I was at Si piso-piso i only can see the waterfall & abit of the bay below. It's nice but can't get the view as the Tmn Simalem view..probably u are right there are probably few viewpoints there bcos last time via Tourist guide u know-lah..no chance to request wan..
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QUOTE(PangurBan @ Dec 19 2011, 07:43 PM)
If you go Sipisopiso there, no need go anywhere else liao I think.  Got good view of the lake from there - got different viewpoints - worth walking down the steep trail to the foot of the falls.

I think the Batak are known to be sharp businessmen, so I think you should have no problems getting hold of a driver wanting to earn more rupiah.  Since it is Christmas, they just charge more lor  drool.gif

Be sure to look out for a mee soto stall along the main street in Brastagi - all those stalls laid out on the pavement at night.  The best I've ever had!!!!
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QUOTE(stimix @ Dec 19 2011, 08:37 PM)
Si Piso-piso is nice but after viewing the superb view from Taman Simalen website..drooling wor  drool.gif  drool.gif

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that pic taken from the top of another hill in the park. that's the tip of lake toba. u don't have to go to the resort. just from the viewing hut can see oledi.

pay 2,000 IDR (RM 0.80?) for park entrance fee

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i agree with pangurban - go down to the foot of the waterfall. take waterproof clothing and some friends - quite slippery. and need lots of energy too. going down is easy. going up (esp after you just climbed mt sibayak the day before) can be a bit challenging

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View from the same general area as the photo by lucifah - walk down the trail - the view keeps changing. Weather not so nice lah.

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OK likedat Just si piso-piso can liao..damn...last time the tour guide din bring me there wan,,sumore so little time at Si pisau pisau ....That's why I hate follow tour
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OK likedat Just si piso-piso can liao..damn...last time the tour guide din bring me there wan,,sumore so little time at Si pisau pisau ....That's why I hate follow tour
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OK likedat Just si piso-piso can liao..damn...last time the tour guide din bring me there wan,,sumore so little time at Si pisau pisau ....That's why I hate follow tour
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sipiso-piso is a very small area - you're gonna spend at most 3-4 hours only

there's the view of the lake toba (which you need at most 5 minute to enjoy, another 10 to pose for camera)

and then there's the waterfall - takes about 20 min to walk down. so u sepdn roughly 1 -2 hours at the waterfall

other than that, there's really nothing - sipiso-piso is just a "stop-by" attraction on the way to permatang siantar (or brastagi if you are on the other way round)


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Still wondering why need to goto ermatang Siantar b4 reaqching Prapat bcos last time I still remember the van/bus that took us from Prapat to Sipiso-piso din even goto PS. just using the unpaved volcano rim road to si piso-piso wor..This way nearer
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Still wondering why need to goto ermatang Siantar b4 reaqching Prapat bcos last time I still remember the van/bus that took us from Prapat to Sipiso-piso din even goto PS. just using the unpaved volcano rim road to si piso-piso wor..This way nearer
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i've heard of that route, but it is on the other side of lake toba (the other end of lake toba is connected to the main land)


it's not a popular route with public transport i guess


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no-lah. It's not the other side..just a short distance from Prapat to Si Piso-piso and no need to go so far to the North till P.Siantar & crossing inland to Si-piso-piso again. Still remember 1st time going thru such a bad road on top of volcano rim but the view down the lake so superb. Too bad can't stop to take any picture.

Hopefully I can get a car & driver and able to stop me along the way to snap those missed pictures..& provided that road is still there haha
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no-lah. It's not the other side..just a short distance from Prapat to Si Piso-piso and no need to go so far to the North till P.Siantar & crossing inland to Si-piso-piso again. Still remember 1st time going thru such a bad road on top of volcano rim but the view down the lake so superb. Too bad can't stop to take any picture.

Hopefully I can get a car & driver and able to stop me along the way to snap those missed pictures..& provided that road is still there haha
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I think there are no villages on the crater rim, that's why angkut & buses won't go there lor. You'll need a car+driver. Should be a superb drive if you can get a driver+car to do it.
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Yeah u're probably right.. not many villagrs up there and thus all public buses diverted to P.Siantar which is actually very far & big lobe/round just to goto Prapat.. Best hope my upcoming negotiated rp300K (Hopefully haha) abe to shortcut from sipiso piso via this route. I forsee bad jam at P Siantar since it will be Christmas eve on the day travel from Beratagi to Prapat


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Highlights of my 2nd trip to Batak land - Story later haha:

Sipiso-piso waterfall
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Lake Toba view from volcano rim in Tonngeng/ TelukBenua Volcano area
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Dokan- ancient houses of Batak Karo - Real life dwelling & not showcase!
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Samosir - Batak Toba - real dwelling
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Roadside flower in Samosir island
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Panorama view of lake toba & sipisopiso
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nice photos mang... i took mine using a 4-yr old point and shoot digital camera with a meastly 2 megapixel sensor

this pictures u got in HQ? can i borrow your pic ka? so nice this wide angle view pic
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Haha..sure the photo is free for sure..BTW, it's not using any digicam but my Nokia N8 hanphone biggrin.gif

OK. Now, a littlebit of long story for those wanna go via DIY route.

Day1: Touched down at Polonia airport ~ 40min after flying off from LCCT. Walked to the Petronas station opposite the terminal and grabbed a becak (Motocycle tricycle) for 20k or ~ RM7 to Simpang pos, Padang Bulan..not near actually. Well the terminal is not really a proper terminal but those buses to Berastagi & Kabanjahe just park beside the roadside. and what a shock when I found out the bus is actually a mini bus similar to Manila Jeepney- Darm. Anyway dirt cheap only RP10K or RM3.50 to Berastagi

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Reaching my hotel in Berastagi after suffering 3 hrs of long super macek (Congested) potholed roads from Medan- furthermore kena squeezed badly by Indonesian beside me...aiyoooo. Staying in Horison, renamed from Rudang Hotel but too bad our room facing main road right opposite the new Karo Catholic Church..very nice designed church indeed:
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After settled down, we walked ~ 1km up to Berastagi town centre..both roadside full of rubbish- yucks...Temperature abit higher than Cameron Highland that day avg ~ 22-23C and nite temp ~ 18C-20C. We chartered a taxi from the Govt Tourist Centre behind the Petamina station & beside the fruit/souvenir market for 25K to Gundaling hill, chartered a guide & driver to trek Sibayak volcano on 2nd day for Rp350K for family and also chartered a driver cum tour to all attractions along our way to Prapat on 3rd day. for Rp550K for whole family.
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From Gundaling, The view of Sinabung & Sibayak Volcanoes is abit letdown bcos covered wth thick cloud..Only part of Sinabung visible & can't see the 1/2 cut Sibayak. However from our nxt day view from the Hot Spring, I realised Sibayak volcano is actually getting more like a volcano crater now compare to the ugly 1/2 cut- volcano 16 yrs ago.. rclxms.gif Oh BTW, the horse ride is not as expensive as I thought. one big round only rp20K..not bad..yeah..another long horse ride after 16 yrs haha
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whoa!

you're very lucky- the weather is good in berastagi. clear skies. when i was there, the weatehr was good for only 5 -6 hours before it just rains non-stop....

and seriously, your N8 is THAT good? man... i've to get a better phone next time.

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I'm going to get myself an N8 liao!!!!! But it seems all the vendors are out of stock cry.gif
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Adoi..now camera phone talk pulak haha.. Anyway, N8 already been the king of camera phone since launched Mid last year. Till Today, no camera phone get close to it except few SE model such as X10. Nite photo shooting so-so only but daylight shooting better than my Canon IXUS 300HS! and that Canon already cost me >RM1300 early last year sad.gif

OK, Continue abit of my 2nd day trip. 1/2 day spent on climbing mt Sibayak. I was lucky no need to climb so far bcos the kijang can be driven higher till the junction to the hot spring. Otherwise, those going via angkut, have to start from the ticket/guide counter which is additional 2-4 km walk/climb! i.e atleast 3 hrs climb. We just cheat abit by climbing the last portion which is only ~ 1.5-2hr walk haha . Just 2 videos on the crater of Sibayak.. Reminded me of Dieng plateau & Bandung - Tangkuban prahu volcanoes
Oh..yeah video also HD quality via Nokia N8 biggrin.gif




On the way back, we visited a small hot spring beside the Pertamina Geotherma power station. This is the best view of Sibayak from far (In black circle). Due to cloudy & steamed covered mt Sibayak..Really hard to get the best of Sibayak from far. Anyway, now this Volcano now looks like volcano wth crater liao..in 1995, the view from far really ugly... Very deep 1/2 cut mountain haha..now the crater getting smaller but more activities..I think gonna explode soon liao biggrin.gif
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After ~ 1.5=2 hr of free hot spring on house by the Govt Travel agency, we were brought to the largest Buddhist temple in Berastagi. Lotsa locals chinese from Berastagi there.. and yeah..Thier hokkien is 100% Penang sin-song style hokkien biggrin.gif ..The temple -hmmmmn macam Burmese pagoda nia..
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QUOTE(stimix @ Dec 29 2011, 12:02 PM)
Adoi..now camera phone talk pulak haha.. Anyway, N8 already been the king of camera phone since launched Mid last year. Till Today, no camera phone get close to it except few SE model such as X10. Nite photo shooting so-so only but daylight shooting better than my Canon IXUS 300HS! and that Canon already cost me >RM1300 early last year  sad.gif

OK, Continue abit of my 2nd day trip. 1/2 day spent on climbing mt Sibayak. I was lucky no need to climb so far bcos the kijang can be driven higher till the junction to the hot spring. Otherwise, those going via angkut, have to start from the ticket/guide counter which is additional 2-4 km walk/climb! i.e atleast 3 hrs climb. We just cheat abit by climbing the last portion which is only ~ 1.5-2hr walk haha . Just 2 videos on the crater of Sibayak.. Reminded me of Dieng plateau & Bandung - Tangkuban prahu volcanoes
Oh..yeah video also HD quality via Nokia N8  biggrin.gif

Really geng. I paid the deposit for an N8 liao.
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Really geng.  I paid the deposit for an N8 liao.
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Stimix, The volcano crater noise so loud one ar ?
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Aiyo u just bought a last dinosaur symbian phone. doh.gif  U habis liau.
I like Jurassic Park woh.
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Aiyo u just bought a last dinosaur symbian phone. doh.gif  U habis liau.

Stimix, The volcano crater noise so loud one ar ?
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and also very very smelly

it's very surreal - very contrasting. a bare volcano rim with crude stone walls (literally) with a background of green forest


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Yeah the sound of the gas really that noisy as what in the video above..Even those steam geoterma activities in Diend plateau in Central Java also not as loud as this


Added on December 30, 2011, 9:21 amOK continue wth my 3rd & 4th Day Christmas long journey from berastagi to Lake Toba:

I hired the same driver from the Govt Tourist info ctr- Bargained till rp550K for a tour to Lingga ancient houses, Dokan ancient house, Sipiso-piso waterfall, king palaces 9Rumah Bolon), Coffee cum panorama view at tg unta before dropping us at Prapat. not cheap but it's Christmas eve & I dunwan to be stuck without a transport..

We suppose to stop at Lingga but as the road to Kabanjahe congested & bad, driver requested us whether to skip this village as tonly 2 surviving houses compare to Dokan. So he bypassed kabanjahe and going thru a narrow kampung road passing thru so many farms, churches, houses & graves..very nice sceneries rclxms.gif I did not expect Dokan to be a village wth few ancient Karo houses still been used till today..Each houses having 8 families!! and 4 kitchen as you can see.. really poor. we donated ~ 5000rupiah to one of the lady there 7 another 10K upon exiting the village- kena illegal toll sad.gif

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Nxt stop - Sipiso-piso waterfall. one of the best sceneries of Lake Toba. Well the water abit brownish dy..In 1995, the water much cleaner. Photo uploaded earlier.now macro shot of fern overlooking the waterfall- yeah Nokia N8 blush.gif
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On the way, we stop by above Tg unta/ coffee plantation for another view of Lake Toba & also every KM, sure got church wan as usual in Karo land haha:
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Some of the attractions in Samosir island:
Tomok King- mosoleum & i also accidentally entered Tomok real village beside the christian church - yeah sing wth them in Batak on Christmas day rclxms.gif
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Ambarita Stone chair (Their court to sentence criminal & if found guilty- kena beheaded and the meat distributed to kampung folks for dinner shocking.gif ..Also another nice Toba house in Ambarita- The design of toba houses is different from Karo houses as you can see the earlie Dokan long house
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lastly..View of Samosir main table mountain up-close..very nice scenery.. there is one thin but high waterfall in the middle..If only the waterfall is big, probably better than sipiso-piso
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u missed Taman simalem bro.
taman simalem got a nice view also
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Yes I wanted too but i was told the entrance ticket already ~ 300K rupiah liao...We did saw abit of Tmn Simalem from the way [passing thru Telukbeua Volcano towards Sipiso-piso..I know it's nice but price & time...If I decided Tmn Simalem, I probably reaching Prapat almost nite liao & no need to eat lunch. Even without Tmn Simalem. I arrived at Prapat ~ 3pm and having super late lunch..damn hungry haha


Added on December 30, 2011, 10:07 pmOk add abit of my 5th -last nite b4 flying bck early on day 6..

We started early bcos already booked the taxi (Avanza) at Prapat for 525K negotiated kaw-kaw from 600K due to Christmas.. sad.gif No choice, beh tahan after experiencing cheap-ken squeezed bus ride from Medan to Berastagi biggrin.gif

On the way back, we passed by a famous Batu gantung very close to Prapat..well i just snapped that batu from far..seeing locals snapping like hell..me dunno anything..Only when I check wth my driver later, i was told of special legend behind that stone. it was actually a body of a girl committed suicide decades/century (?) ago due to family wanted her to marry her mentally sick cousin when she already havung affair wth her love one..After I zoomed closer..YEAH.. that small human sized hanging ock really look like a girl wth long hair hanging upside down shocking.gif

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So, we took the taxi and we requested him to stop at that ting-ting-tong-tong-teng-teng shop...He actually din know where is this shop located but only know a famous chinese biscuit factory called "Paten"..So he did stop at this paten and yes..It's that Teng-teng=tong=tong shop rclxms.gif ..Not cheap liao..1 box 17K.. sad.gif
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Bcos we spent so long at the shop ~ 30-40 min, the driver getting restless and start his engine..damn from a well batak driver now became rempit...certain road can speed till 120km/hr wor..wth heavy 1 way traffic sumore...after another stop for him to take late brunch near bengkel - Sei Serdang...We arrived at our hotel ~ 4/5hr from where we started in Prapat..fuuuuuu....normal bus travel i remembered last time - 6-7hrs!!

My Swiss Bellin or formerly myhotel (The big dark buiding on left) - Darm..the int deco of the room is so nice really boutique quality...well worth the RM120 i paid for.. rclxms.gif ..Too bad the hawker food at the back of the hotel is really cut throat - rp25K for a bakmi pangsit (Wantan mee0>.damn...Later that nite I got sick probably due to food poisoning
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Nearby my hotel in Chinatown..The most iconic tower in Medan- the dutch water tank:
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Also the famous Medan' Yap Ah Loy..ehh..Ah Fie house..The Kapitan who built Medan from a small town till his RIP. If not because of him, Medan will not be as it Today as the 3rd largest city in indon.. And also of him, Medan chinese still speak Penang Hokkien & also Mandarin (To my surprise0 till Today.. This is the only indonesian Chinese where i heard Penang Hokkien been widely used and even the locals Malays/Batak also can speak Hokkien to me shocking.gif
Also in Medan, is the only city i can see lotsa chinese..everywhere..I was told >20% of medan ppl are Chinese. And even the becak guy also confirmed to me medan is a huge chinatown--well dirty chinatown for sure haha
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The largest Mall in Medan- Sun Plaza - This is the 1st time i saw a 4 storey ACE hardware- the largest ACE I ever seen shocking.gif .. The mall itself is reasonably huge - probably ~ Old wing of IOI Mall
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Hi folks,
Glad that I found this thread and was very much alive just a month back. I'm actually extermely interested to go to Lake Toba as the scenery there is absolutely captivating. The first impression I got is that it is very romantic after reading the description and seen the pictures (am planning to go with my gf). The view definitely works and being non-touristy is a big plus too. However, there are a few other things I need to check.
My plan is to travel straight from Medan to lake Toba and skipping Berastagi. From what I understand, it takes 5 hours for this trip. How is the road condition like? Is it windy and bumpy? I'll probably charter a car to get to Parapat. Getting nauseated and a headache is definitely not something we look forward to....
Also, can you recommend me a hotel to stay? I've checked the web and came out with a few names: Tabo, Samosir villa and Carolina seems to be decent. Among the 3, I'm inclined to choose Samosir since it has the best view from its room but I could be misled by the website haha. Thats why I need help.

Appreciate you feedback. Thanks.
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Yes Samosir Vila is one of the best there. I stayed at their older sister- Samosir Cottage.. cheaper but abit dull.

If by car/taxi, the most ~ 4.5hrs to reach Prapat from Medan. The road to Prapat from Medan is getting better dy compare to 17yrs ago. For the nxt 4hrs it will not be really windy but the last portion slight winding road - not so bad. The bad things is stuck in the jam!
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Medan - Pematang siantar around 130km / 2 n half hour still ok la but u need to ask car driver drive safely or u'll got heart attack before u arrive tongue.gif

Pematang siantar - Parapat around 50km but since the road like a snake
so need around 1 - 1.5hours

Parapat - Pulau Samosir / tomok : u can use ur car croos the lake by ferry
i stayed at carolina hotel before not bad la
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Wow, I thought my driver already a hell of driver reaching Medan from Prapat within 4.5hrs wth 1/2 hr stop at R&R 7 another at Paten ting-ting-tong-tong biscuits shop. Yours only 3.5hrs?
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Thanks alot Stimix and Edi Lee for your feedback.
Any recommended cab company I should take from airport to Prapat?

Also, I've seen some of the pictures of look-out points posted and they look amazing!
Where are these look-out points? Are they close to Samosir Island?

Not trying to make Indonesia looks bad, but how is the security like in Medan ever since the 98?
Will being a Malaysian and chinese makes me stick out like a sore thumb?
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The look-out point are plenty surrounding the lakes & on the island itself.

Medan is busy and actually it is a huge chinatown haha. Hokkeins everywhere and you for once thinking you're in Penang wth the familiar hokkien been spoken by almost all the chinese there..


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QUOTE(stimix @ Feb 20 2012, 08:24 PM)
Wow, I thought my driver already a hell of driver reaching Medan from Prapat within 4.5hrs wth 1/2 hr stop at R&R 7 another at Paten ting-ting-tong-tong biscuits shop. Yours only 3.5hrs?
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Lol thats why i told orion123 to ask his driver drive safely or he'll got heart attack.

@orion123
I'll try to ask my friends about cab


Well im from medan, so what i can say is medan still ok la / safe as long as dont go to terminal / bus station
( fully with pocket picker n samseng ) tongue.gif
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QUOTE(stimix @ Dec 30 2011, 09:36 PM)
Yes I wanted too but i was told the entrance ticket already ~ 300K rupiah liao...We did saw abit of Tmn Simalem from the way [passing thru Telukbeua Volcano towards Sipiso-piso..I know it's nice but price & time...If I decided Tmn Simalem, I probably reaching Prapat almost nite liao & no need to eat lunch. Even without Tmn Simalem. I arrived at Prapat ~ 3pm and having super late lunch..damn hungry haha


Added on December 30, 2011, 10:07 pmOk add abit of my 5th -last nite b4 flying bck early on day 6..

We started early bcos already booked the taxi (Avanza) at Prapat for 525K negotiated kaw-kaw from 600K due to Christmas.. sad.gif No choice, beh tahan after experiencing cheap-ken squeezed bus ride from Medan to Berastagi  biggrin.gif 

On the way back, we passed by a famous Batu gantung very close to Prapat..well i just snapped that batu from far..seeing locals snapping like hell..me dunno anything..Only when I check wth my driver later, i was told of special legend behind that stone. it was actually a body of a girl committed suicide decades/century (?) ago due to family wanted her to marry her mentally sick cousin when she already havung affair wth her love one..After I zoomed closer..YEAH.. that small human sized hanging ock really look like a girl wth long hair hanging upside down  shocking.gif

user posted image

So, we took the taxi and we requested him to stop at that ting-ting-tong-tong-teng-teng shop...He actually din know where is this shop located but only know a famous chinese biscuit factory called "Paten"..So he did stop at this paten and yes..It's that Teng-teng=tong=tong shop  rclxms.gif ..Not cheap liao..1 box 17K.. sad.gif
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Bcos we spent so long at the shop ~ 30-40 min, the driver getting restless and start his engine..damn from a well batak driver now became rempit...certain road can speed till 120km/hr wor..wth heavy 1 way traffic sumore...after another stop for him to take late brunch near bengkel - Sei Serdang...We arrived at our hotel ~ 4/5hr from where we started in Prapat..fuuuuuu....normal bus travel i remembered last time - 6-7hrs!!

My Swiss Bellin or formerly myhotel (The big dark buiding on left) - Darm..the int deco of the room is so nice really boutique quality...well worth the RM120 i paid for.. rclxms.gif ..Too bad the hawker food at the back of the hotel is really cut throat - rp25K for a bakmi pangsit (Wantan mee0>.damn...Later that nite I got sick probably due to food poisoning
user posted image

Nearby my hotel in Chinatown..The most iconic tower in Medan- the dutch water tank:
user posted image

Also the famous Medan' Yap Ah Loy..ehh..Ah Fie house..The Kapitan who built Medan from a small town till his RIP. If not because of him, Medan will not be as it Today as the 3rd largest city in indon.. And also of him, Medan chinese still speak Penang Hokkien & also Mandarin (To my surprise0 till Today.. This is the only indonesian Chinese where i heard Penang Hokkien been widely used and even the locals Malays/Batak also can speak Hokkien to me  shocking.gif
Also in Medan, is the only city i can see lotsa chinese..everywhere..I was told >20% of medan ppl are Chinese. And even the becak guy also confirmed to me medan is a huge chinatown--well dirty chinatown for sure haha
user posted image

The largest Mall in Medan- Sun Plaza - This is the 1st time i saw a 4 storey ACE hardware- the largest ACE I ever seen  shocking.gif .. The mall itself is reasonably huge - probably ~ Old wing of IOI Mall
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Nice collection of photos and stories. Hopefully the volcano won't erupt first.
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You mean Sinabung? Actually that Sinabung beside Sibayak is a sleeping active volcano for the past 400 yrs until suddenly erupted 1.5yrs ago..I think a mth or 2 b4 Merapi Volcano in Jogja haha..When I was there in Dec, sleep again..

Sibayak pulak.. keeps on active and wth non-stop gas eruption years after years but no major eruption wan till we can go so near within 1 ft away from the smelly sufuric gas eruption haha
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You mean Sinabung? Actually that Sinabung beside Sibayak is a sleeping active volcano for the past 400 yrs until suddenly erupted 1.5yrs ago..I think a mth or 2 b4 Merapi Volcano in Jogja haha..When I was there in Dec, sleep again..

Sibayak pulak.. keeps on active and wth non-stop gas eruption years after years but no major eruption wan till we can go so near within 1 ft away from the smelly sufuric gas eruption haha
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Haha..i never go volcano before. Next week 3rd March 2012, I'll be to Medan/Lake Toba joining Firefly tour (RM700 per person for 5day 4 night). From all your photos and description from others, seems like a nice place... can't wait to go...

Here is the itineary:


DAY 1: ARRIVAL MEDAN – PARAPAT
You will be greeted by your tour guide on arrival at Polonia International Airport in Medan. Stop at licensed
money changer. You will have a chance to visit Maimoon Palace, the palace of the Sultan of Deli, which was
built in 1888. Transfer to local restaurant for lunch. After lunch, proceed to Parapat Lake Toba. Enroute stop at
Patent Shop to buy local food products such as Teng Teng or Ting Ting. Arrive at Parapat, a town on the shore
of serene Lake Toba. Check-in to hotel for accommodation. Dinner at hotel.

DAY 2: Parapat – Samosir Island – Parapat – Berastagi
After breakfast at hotel, cruise Lake Toba by ferry boat for about 45 minutes. Visit Tomok Village to see the
ancient tomb of King Sidabutar, before going back to Parapat for lunch. After lunch, tour continues to
Berastagi. Enroute stop at Simarjarunjung to enjoy ginger tea and fried bananas (personal expenses). Stop at
Sipiso Piso waterfall to see this magnificent 110 metres tall waterfall and an extraordinary view of Lake Toba
from the north side. Proceed to Berastagi. Upon arrival in Berastagi visit the Central Fruit Market to buy
tropical fruits, vegetables and flowers. Check-in to the hotel, where you will be having dinner.

DAY 3: Berastagi – Medan
After breakfast at hotel, proceed to Medan via scenic Sibolangit and Sembahe- about 2 hours drive from
Berastagi. Arrive in Medan where we will visit lovely galleries and batik shops. Lunch at local restaurant. After
lunch, we will visit Pasar Ikan Lama (traditional market) and Medan Mall. Afternoon check-in to the hotel,
dinner at a local restaurant or hotel.

DAY 4: Medan Full Day Shopping
After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a full day shopping at Pasar Petisah (traditional market) and Medan Fair
Plaza or Sun Plaza (branded shops). Lunch arranged at local restaurant. Afternoon back to hotel. Dinner at local
restaurant or hotel.

DAY 5: Medan – Departure
Breakfast at hotel, then free and easy until transfer to airport for your next destination
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Joining tour no choice wan they won't bring you to Sibayak Volcano for sure haha..Brastagi nothing much except that volcano tracking

Furthermore, They even skip few nice places even in Samosir such as the stone meeting chair in Ambarita!.. Long time ago during my 1st trip ~ 1990's The ferry trip include both Tomok & Ambarita
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Joining tour no choice wan they won't bring you to Sibayak Volcano for sure haha..Brastagi nothing much except that volcano tracking

Furthermore, They even skip few nice places even in Samosir such as the stone meeting chair in Ambarita!.. Long time ago during my 1st trip ~ 1990's The ferry trip include both Tomok & Ambarita
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Volcano tracking got go near volcano into the rim of volcano? I wonder if I can pay someone to bring us to Sibayak while we're in Berastagi icon_question.gif
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But your itineraries already full liao wor?
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I am going Medan for 3D/2N this June..can anyone whoever been before help me with some doubts? Appretiate it a lot!
1. Any must-go places in the city? Any market or mall that good to shop?
2. Heard that lake Toba is very worth to go, if I go on the next day morning I arrive and just stay for one night, will it be to rush? How long does it take to travel there? Any suggestion for accommodation?
3. I am a definite food lovers, Any recommended food?^^

Really appreciate for helping!
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Nothing interesting there. Lake Toba & Brastagi is the one you should be going and not Medan.
1nite at Medan on last day will do and you should goto either Brastagi or Lake Toba and spend more days there
QUOTE(Balancechong @ Mar 23 2012, 01:01 AM)
I am going Medan for 3D/2N this June..can anyone whoever been before help me with some doubts? Appretiate it a lot!
1. Any must-go places in the city? Any market or mall that good to shop?
2. Heard that lake Toba is very worth to go, if I go on the next day morning I arrive and just stay for one night, will it be to rush? How long does it take to travel there? Any suggestion for accommodation?
3. I am a definite food lovers, Any recommended food?^^

Really appreciate for helping!
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hi,

Anyone have rent a self drive car from medan to parapat before,
we are 4 of us travelling during end of may 2012, got a lot of info about the reckless driver from medan to parapat, so i plan to self drive my self, is it safe to do so ? or else anyone of you got a good and safe driver contact mind to share ? i don't want to risk my self during the journey to end my life.
Thanks for inputs
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QUOTE(stimix @ Mar 23 2012, 07:05 AM)
Nothing interesting there. Lake Toba & Brastagi is the one you should be going and not Medan.
1nite at Medan on last day will do and you should goto either Brastagi or Lake Toba and spend more days there
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Yes. i will spend more days in Toba or Brastagi but where should i stay better? in Brastagi or near Lake Toba? Any hotel you recommend?
Thank you so much.. smile.gif
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Both area having their own attraction. Brastagi is like our Cameron Highland and the only attraction there for me is Sibayak Volcano trekking.

Else, you can find more attraction on the way from Prapat to Brastagi or vice versa.

In Lake Toba go for Samosir Villa.
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Both area having their own attraction. Brastagi is like our Cameron Highland and the only attraction there for me is Sibayak Volcano trekking.

Else, you can find more attraction on the way from Prapat to Brastagi or vice versa.

In Lake Toba go for Samosir Villa.
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But your itineraries already full liao wor?
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Update from my trip:

a) Medan is very dirty and hot. Me and my wife walk from Garuda Plaza Hotel until Tjong A Fie Mansion. Along the way saw the Dutch Water Tank. Ate at Tip Top Restaurant. Then walk at the Fish Market (which does not sell fish but cloths and batik).

b) Journey to Lake Toba is smooth. Riding on bus is comfortable. I don't feel any discomfort that you guys talk about. LOL.

c) Along the way, saw Batak people cemetery is in front of their house

d) there's a Kuan Yin temple in some town before reaching the Batak village.

e) Stop at Tong Tong, Tin Tin..etc... lol... actually name for varieties of peanut biscuit

f) Lake Toba looks great. But since I've been to many places like Grand Canyon etc, I'm not that fascinated. But thinking that it is just a lake on top of volcanoes, it does look great.

g) Visit two village. One got houses to go in and visit. And got stone chair. This place, don't buy stuff. Its expensive. Instead go buy in Tomok Village. Almost all stuff should be around 30k to 50k ruppiah. Dun pay anything higher.

h) Then go to Berastagi. Cooling environment. Got Myammar Temple here.

i) go back to Medan. Got one Church look like Indian temple.

j) the best place to shop for girl is Pasar Petisah. Every girl should come here to shop.

k) the best place for guy to shop is Medan Fair Plaza which has Carrefour and many many electronic shops. LOL


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hi gogo2,

do you mind share with me how you take bus from polonia airport to parapat ? how much the fair ? how long the journey took? how the bus conditions?

We are 4 pax going to parapat ? thinking of rent a car with driver going to parapat ? if bus is good ,thinking of going using bus to save cost.

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hi gogo2,

do you mind share with me how you take bus from polonia airport to parapat ? how much the fair ? how long the journey took? how the bus conditions?

We are 4 pax going to parapat ? thinking of rent a car with driver going to parapat ? if bus is good ,thinking of going using bus to save cost.

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Its not public bus. I follow trip one. So its a hired bus. So I dunno the price. But taking bus is really comfortable.
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Hi gogo2,

o i see, you took private bus, any way Thanks.
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Guys..i going for a 5D4N Firefly trip promotion as well to Medan. Just wanna know which hotel you all checked in? how is the review. Below is mine and please give some advice

Danau Toba Cottage - Parapat
Sinabung Hotel - Berastagi
Grand Antares Hotel - Medan
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Thanks for the nice pics & info, I'm definately going to try horse riding. I'm headed there on 21 to 24 july 2012.

Was wondering, are the buses frequent? On the last day you took a taxi, are the buses really that bad?

What would you recommend a group of 4 with moderate transport budget.

Thanks.

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Buses are frequent but they wait till pack like sardine b4 they start the journey.. so you might hv to wait ~ 15-30min b4 they fill up the whole bus.

If you prefer comfort, just take the taxi &share wth 4 of you
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There seems to be little information about where places are exactly. I've tried google map, but couldn't find the the location of the hotels, and places of interest.

Other than si piso-piso and mount sibayak, I believe all the other activities are on the island itself, am I right? Will I be able to find them by renting a bike and wondering around?

I read that from the island I could take a boat to go to some of the places of interest. Are they on smaller islands, on the mainland, or on the main island itself?

For the batak dance, is it only available at bagus bay on saturday & wednessdays? Worth watching?

Thanks


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QUOTE(TheDoer @ May 25 2012, 01:41 AM)
There seems to be little information about where places are exactly. I've tried google map, but couldn't find the the location of the hotels, and places of interest.

Other than si piso-piso and mount sibayak, I believe all the other activities are on the island itself, am I right? Will I be able to find them by renting a bike and wondering around?

I read that from the island I could take a boat to go to some of the places of interest.  Are they on smaller islands, on the mainland, or on the main island itself?

For the batak dance, is it only available at bagus bay on saturday & wednessdays? Worth watching?

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I need to recall my trip again.. hehe.. but for sure Lake Toba, Brastagi & Medan are not the same like 2 decades ago.. That time, Lotsa M'sian going there but currently.. Tourist from M'sia really getting lesser & lesser & so do elsewhere
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Wikimapia is good idea.
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Tried reading everywhere but..So have a question..

How much if we take a private van/car (doesnt mind sharing with other tourist) from medan to parapat usually? anyone have any idea? as from reading, the bus seems to be..horrible, and yes I`ve been to Indonesia before I know how they drive..

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Tried reading everywhere but..So have a question..

How much if we take a private van/car (doesnt mind sharing with other tourist) from medan to parapat usually? anyone have any idea? as from reading, the bus seems to be..horrible, and yes I`ve been to Indonesia before I know how they drive..

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I took a proper licensed taxi during Christmas last year - Rp550K. But normally you can get it for ~ 400K rp if those unlicensed drivers..
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Me and my girlfriend will travel to Lake Toba on 5 Oct 2012. Just want to know who will going there and we can share the transport fare from airport to Lake Toba with private van.
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Anyone who has been to Medan, do you mind to share their itinerary ?
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Just read backwards few pages and you can see my photos itineraries dy smile.gif
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QUOTE(stimix @ Sep 2 2012, 10:39 PM)
Just read backwards few pages and you can see my photos itineraries dy  smile.gif
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Omg, I miss out page 7.
Terima Kasih Mod ! notworthy.gif


Added on September 4, 2012, 1:01 amJust purchased a return ticken, Medan - Szb by firefly (0 Fare. RM65 including choosing a seat, so cheap).
My question,I'm travelling alone, do you think 5D/4N is more practical or 6D/5N days to visit all the famous place such as Brastagi/Lake Toba etc.
Any advice ?
This is my very 1st time going to Indon and travelling alone sad.gif


Added on September 8, 2012, 12:12 amHi guys,
I assume majority will be going with the flow. Eg, Medan - > Parapat -> Samosir island - > Parapat - > Berastagi -> Medan.
Pros : Easier to get transporation , (any more to add?)
Cons: Long journey (any more to add?)

Would like to know what's the benefit of going against the flow (stimix's route) ? eg : medan -> berastagi -> parapat -> Samosir island - > parapat - > medan ? (Did I miss out some point or terbalik some point ?)
Pros : Shorter journey to get back to medan ; Most likely will pass-by some hotspot ?
Cons: transportation ; (any more to add?)

I'm planning a 5D4N.
Anyway, what are the activities available in Berestagi ?
Is it advisable to spend a night at taman simalem ?

Terima kasih banyak-banyak !

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QUOTE(foxxy @ Sep 2 2012, 10:05 PM)
Omg, I miss out page 7.
Terima Kasih Mod !  notworthy.gif


Added on September 4, 2012, 1:01 amJust purchased a return ticken, Medan - Szb by firefly (0 Fare. RM65 including choosing a seat, so cheap).
My question,I'm travelling alone, do you think 5D/4N is more practical or 6D/5N days to visit all the famous place such as Brastagi/Lake Toba etc.
Any advice ?
This is my very 1st time going to Indon and travelling alone sad.gif


Added on September 8, 2012, 12:12 amHi guys,
I assume majority will be going with the flow. Eg, Medan - > Parapat -> Samosir island - > Parapat - > Berastagi -> Medan.
Pros : Easier to get transporation , (any more to add?)
Cons: Long journey (any more to add?)

Would like to know what's the benefit of going against the flow (stimix's route) ? eg : medan -> berastagi -> parapat -> Samosir island - > parapat - > medan ? (Did I miss out some point or terbalik some point ?)
Pros : Shorter journey to get back to medan ; Most likely will pass-by some hotspot ?
Cons: transportation ; (any more to add?)

I'm planning a 5D4N.
Anyway, what are the activities available in Berestagi ?
Is it advisable to spend a night at taman simalem ?

Terima kasih banyak-banyak !
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Hi.. I'll be going solo backpacking to Medan next week too..
so far, hvn't plan anything yet coz it's last mins plan.. juz bought ticket few days ago (normal price)..
do u got any itineary plan out for yr trip?
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hi, is anyone going to Medan lake toba for the period of 8th-11th December?

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SAM TRANSPORTER +6282163766720 / samosir.transporter@yahoo.com

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helo, going to medan o 30/11 to 3/12/12. wanna ask fellow friends about transportation there. i received a quotation from Yogarental as follows :


Thank you for using our on-line form, your request our Daihatsu Xenia with driver on 30 Novermber 2012 is available. We are pleased to confirm your reservation as follows:



Start Date/Time: 30 Nov 2012/8.45am

Finish Date/Time: 3.Des.201212/5.55pm

Total Days: 4 days

Rate: Rp.350.000 per day

Total Amount: Rp.1.400.000


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· The rental rates are inclusive Driver fee and all risk car insurance.

· The rental rates are exclusive car's petrol consumption, driver meal & driver accommodation IDR 75.000 per day

my question is : is it normal for them to charge us for driver's meal and accomodation?

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Yes. You need to pay for the drivers' makan & stay for sure haha.
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Yes. You need to pay for the drivers' makan & stay for sure haha.
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hihi, next saturday i am going to Medan, and now only start to read through the thread to get some idea how to plan my trip.
basically i have 4D3N, and i wanted to do like below, however my friend tell me if without a taxi i am not able to do it, as time spent on waiting bus might be long and troublesome.

8th Dec sat, Arrived Medan airport --> direct go to Berastagi
Question: is there any van those can share with other tourist type? how much is it?

9th Dec Sun, Early morning climb to the Mount Sibayak --> planning same day go to Paparat and if possible to go samosir island.
Question: is that possible? any taxi can go to paparat with cheaper cost?


10th Dec Mon: seems like i have limited time, shall i stay in Paparat or spend a full day in samosir?
does Samosir island has those day tour which bring us to several place? (2 ladies do not know how to ride bike)

1th Dec Tues: spend whole day go back to Medan airport.

anyone can advice me??? really need help now. read the thread soound like not easy to get public transport, and also taxi sound expensive for 2 persons only..... omggggggg!!!
i only plan to have budget for RM500-600 for accomodation, transport, meal, and any other releveant expenses... iis that possible?
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Hi all, I talk to tobatransporter.ricky@gmail.com

My trip of 6 person 5d4n 23rd-27th December (Christmas season)
The transporter quoted me RM650/pax total RM3900 (IDR 12.5mil)

the price inclusive of"
1.driver fee
2.petrol
3.entrance fee
4.accommodation (3 rooms every hotel)
SAMOSIR VILLA RESSORT
HOTEL DANAU TOBA COTTAGE IN BERASTAGI
HOTEL GRAND SAKURA IN MEDAN

my question is whether the price quoted is reasonable? And he last request is to pay in IDR. What is your advice?
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Anyone traveling to medan next year jan-may period?
Maybe we can go together in group
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im going on 1st may to 5 may 2013.

travelling alone
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im going on 1st may to 5 may 2013.

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i dont know if anyone had recommended this site over here.. but try this site(www.makanmana.net) for those who are going to medan soon and is like me, looking for some local food. And i must say that they look soo very inviting. drool.gif




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i live in medan... a lot of nice place brows.gif
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i live in medan... a lot of nice place  brows.gif
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there is awesome Duck Noodles drool.gif but very expensive, 1 bowl already 50K rupiah sweat.gif
there is chicken meat, like hainanese wan.. drool.gif it come with a bowl of congee drool.gif with half boil egg drool.gif

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there is awesome Duck Noodles  drool.gif  but very expensive, 1 bowl already 50K rupiah  sweat.gif
there is chicken meat, like hainanese wan..  drool.gif  it come with a bowl of congee  drool.gif  with half boil egg  drool.gif
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Yeah.. The locals there should know all the nice places but one think for sure..Medan foo pricing is not cheap.. I ate my lunch & dinner at the lane behind Swis Bell Inn.. I think the backlane of Jln Surabaya.. Lotsa Chinese restaurants & hawkers there.. I was surprise on the pricing!! Even one plate of wantan mee and chicken rice cost ~Rp30,000! shocking.gif or almost RM10/plate shakehead.gif
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Yeah.. The locals there should know all the nice places but one think for sure..Medan foo pricing is not cheap.. I ate my lunch & dinner at the lane behind Swis Bell Inn.. I think the backlane of Jln Surabaya.. Lotsa Chinese restaurants & hawkers there.. I was surprise on the pricing!! Even one plate of wantan mee and chicken rice cost ~Rp30,000!  shocking.gif  or almost RM10/plate  shakehead.gif
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it just urban legend that the food in indo is cheap sweat.gif

if you visit those nasi padang restaurant like Garuda, you will be freaking out the price doh.gif almost like our Mamak restaurant in KL sweat.gif

Only those roadside, small shop restaurant will be cheap wink.gif
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it just urban legend that the food in indo is cheap  sweat.gif

if you visit those nasi padang restaurant like Garuda, you will be freaking out the price  doh.gif  almost like our Mamak restaurant in KL  sweat.gif

Only those roadside, small shop restaurant will be cheap  wink.gif
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There are cheap food esp in Jakarta, Bandung, Jogja & Bali..Even in Bali, no doubt Kuta is expensive but I still can get rp15,000 -rp20,000 food and certain warung near outskirt can get ~rp8000 rclxms.gif ..In Jakarta, it's expensive but the Malls food court even those inise the luxury & classy Plaza Indonesia also does not reach rp30,000 /plate smile.gif ..

The surprise thing- hawker in Medan already reaching the price of the food inside Plaza Indonesia food court shakehead.gif shocking.gif
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hi, im going Medan - Lake Toba in May...
now is drafting the itinerary, travelling in 2 persons, 4D3N...

May i know how long from Medan - Parapat n Parapat - Berastagi?

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QUOTE(rkg38 @ Feb 6 2013, 03:11 PM)
hi, im going Medan - Lake Toba in May...
now is drafting the itinerary, travelling in 2 persons, 4D3N...

May i know how long from Medan - Parapat n Parapat - Berastagi?
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Depending whether you want to hire taxi/private car or take public transport?

Do read my journey starting from this post to get an overall view & timing https://forum.lowyat.net/index.php?showtopi...post&p=47784343

I started from Medam- Brastagi_Prapat-Lake Toba-Prapat & lastly back to Medan.

If you take public local bus, travel from Medan to Prapat should be ~6-8 hrs depending on jam (I did this in early 90's) but if you take those crazy taxi/private car wth crazy young batak driver, you can reach Prapat within 4.5-5 hrs smile.gif (Did this in my 2012 trip) ..Prapat to Brastagi.. by bus (~ 5hrs) and by charter car/agent -Also around the same time bcos you asked to stop ..I cant recall the timing dy.. bcos few stop in between to view the Batak Houses, King's palaces & Waterfall..
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QUOTE(rkg38 @ Feb 6 2013, 03:11 PM)
hi, im going Medan - Lake Toba in May...
now is drafting the itinerary, travelling in 2 persons, 4D3N...

May i know how long from Medan - Parapat n Parapat - Berastagi?
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Medan - Parapat about 5 hours if you take a private transport.

In fact, i don't advise you to take public transport if you just have 4 days at Medan, quite taking time.

Now got a very budget and good 4D3N join package in market, just RM 460/pax, included everything. biggrin.gif


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Hi everyone,
Going to explore Indonesia for about 2 weeks from North to South including Medan. Anybody can recommend me the best prepaid carrier with unlimited internet? I'll need the internet extensively during my time there. Some tips to on how to activate the internet would be helpful too. Will use it on my iPhone or Android tablet.
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Going to explore Indonesia for about 2 weeks from North to South including Medan. Anybody can recommend me the best prepaid carrier with unlimited internet? I'll need the internet extensively during my time there. Some tips to on how to activate the internet would be helpful too. Will use it on my iPhone or Android tablet.
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I just comeback from medan yesterday. I'm using simPati starter pack that cost about 10k rupiah. Data for 2Gb cost 60k rupiah, valid for 45days. Make sure u bring microsim cutter because most of the shop do not have microsim cutter. Last time i use knife to make my own microsim

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I just comeback from medan yesterday. I'm using simPati starter pack that cost about 10k rupiah. Data for 2Gb cost 60k rupiah, valid for 45days. Make sure u bring microsim cutter because most of the shop do not have microsim cutter. Last time i use knife to make my own microsim

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Yup, I also used simPati starter pack and topup 300k to get the 4GB data with 45 days validity. Managed to finished the data before I go back to Malaysia.
Fully recommended as I went to Jakarta, Jogja, Malang, Solo and Surabaya and the connection rarely goes down to EDGE or GPRS, along the way. It's always either 3G or 3G+, very stable... smile.gif
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Is it save to travel alone in medan?

searching for ground package but need to topup more money since i'm alone.

now decided to travel by myself?

no time to do any homework yet.
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below are the itinerary for up coming trip to Medan:~

Day 1 (KUL - MES), Medan - Berastagi
my flight is 0740 from LCCT to Medan, expect to arrive at 0735 local time.
maybe have a local breakfast and walk around in Medan, then go to Berastagi.
At Berastagi, go to Gundaling Hill

Accomodation: hvnt decide where to stay yet, any recommendation? prefer those near to Mount Sibayat, cos plan to climb it on next day.
(some hotel information: Grand Mutiara ,Mikie Holiday Resort or Horison (the 1 stimix stay in his last trip to Medan))

Day 2, Berastagi - Perapat - Samosir island
climb Mount Sibayat, Buddhist Temple, Patent Shop, Sipiso piso water fall.
if got time, plan to go Simarjarunjung, but dun know can make it?

Accomodation: Toba Cottage or Samosir Cottage, any suggestion?

Day 3, Samosir island
Go to Tele Mountain, Tomok Village, Ambarita Village, Stone Meeting Chair, Pangururan Hot Spring

Accomodation: probably same with day 2, Toba Cottage or Samosir Cottage.

Day 4, Samosir island - Medan
Straight away back to Medan for flight back to Malaysia.
Flight is 1725 from Medan to Malaysia.

how is it guys, pls comment~~


any 1 know this place called Graha Annai Velangkanni, i js know it is located in Medan, but cant find more info...

Stimix, where is Tg Unta?

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Horison is no good. The unit is far away from the hotel. Need to walk atleast 200M away & the worse thing, my unit facing main road sigh
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QUOTE(rkg38 @ Apr 10 2013, 04:46 PM)
below are the itinerary for up coming trip to Medan:~

Day 1 (KUL - MES), Medan - Berastagi
my flight is 0740 from LCCT to Medan, expect to arrive at 0735 local time.
maybe have a local breakfast and walk around in Medan, then go to Berastagi.
At Berastagi, go to Gundaling Hill

Accomodation: hvnt decide where to stay yet, any recommendation? prefer those near to Mount Sibayat, cos plan to climb it on next day.
(some hotel information: Grand Mutiara ,Mikie Holiday Resort or Horison (the 1 stimix stay in his last trip to Medan))

Day 2, Berastagi - Perapat - Samosir island
climb Mount Sibayat, Buddhist Temple, Patent Shop, Sipiso piso water fall.
if got time, plan to go Simarjarunjung, but dun know can make it?

Accomodation: Toba Cottage or Samosir Cottage, any suggestion?

Day 3, Samosir island
Go to Tele Mountain, Tomok Village, Ambarita Village, Stone Meeting Chair, Pangururan Hot Spring

Accomodation: probably same with day 2, Toba Cottage or Samosir Cottage.

Day 4, Samosir island - Medan
Straight away back to Medan for flight back to Malaysia.
Flight is 1725 from Medan to Malaysia.

how is it guys, pls comment~~
any 1 know this place called Graha Annai Velangkanni, i js know it is located in Medan, but cant find more info...

Stimix, where is Tg Unta?
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your itenerary looks similar with mine. are you going on 1st may?
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Tg Unta is 1/2way in between Sipiso-piso waterfall & Parapat. Just a short stopby & scenery of the lake & Samosir from the road surrounding the volcano rim. I think I posted the photo of tg Unta b4?..Haha..not too sure.. probably you can go back to my Dec 2011 postings?
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rkg38
post Apr 19 2013, 08:19 AM


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QUOTE(winston_light @ Apr 15 2013, 11:15 PM)
Hi there,

your itenerary looks similar with mine. are you going on 1st may?
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im goin in Mid of May, u also 4D3N?
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post Apr 23 2013, 10:07 PM


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QUOTE(winston_light @ Apr 15 2013, 11:15 PM)
Hi there,

your itenerary looks similar with mine. are you going on 1st may?
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Hi, mind to share ur itenerary?
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post May 17 2013, 04:39 PM