The city of Medan in North Sumatra sees a large number of tourists as it is the entry and exit point for stunning neighboring attractions like Lake Toba and Bukit Lawang. Unfortunately however, many people stay overnight in Medan and leave as quickly as possible, thinking that this is just another big city in Indonesia. They couldn’t be more wrong however, and Medan sees a lot of domestic tourists who realize its charms and who also recognize that it has some of the best food in Indonesia.
Tjong A Fie Mansion
Anyone who has been to Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion in Penang in Malaysia may find Tjong A Fie Mansion familiar, and Tjong A Fie was actually a relative of Cheong Fatt Tze hence the similarities between the two buildings.The mansion is one of the top attractions in Medan and is a great place to see how people would have lived in this city in the 1900s.You can take a guided tour around the mansion which will take around an hour and hear all about the history here with one of the attentive guides.As you walk around make sure to check out all the ornate decorations and the pretty garden for which the mansion is famous.
Two colour waterfall
Sibolangit Waterfall is not like any other waterfall: its 100-metre long cascade is a shade of greyish-white, while its plunge pool is a dazzling emerald blue — a result of a unique phenomenon in which two different colours exist in the same waterfall! Picture it against a rocky cliff and calm greenery… The view is simply breathtaking. The water can be a bit chilly but if you’re game, you can dive into it! Otherwise, you can dine at the many food stalls situated along the trails while taking in the beautiful surroundings.
Eat at Tip-Top restaurant
Conveniently located across the street from Tjong A Fie Mansion, Tip Top Restaurant is something of an institution in Medan and first opened its doors in 1934. Little has changed since that time and this is an example of the pretty colonial style architecture that is found all over Medan.The restaurant serves a range of Indonesian and international food, and also has an in-house ice cream parlor as well as a bakery that turns out delicious cakes.The real reason to come here though is to enjoy the period setting and get a taste of how Medan would have looked years ago.
Familiar with the famous Pamukkale white pools in Turkey? Well, if that has always been on your bucket list, you’ll be surprised to find that the Tinggi Raja White Crater in North Sumatra bears a striking resemblance. These glorious white “snow” terraces emerge due to hot water flowing over the limestone steps in the area, which have then cooled and hardened. It is not possible to swim here because the temperature of the water is simply too hot. Nevertheless, it’s worth a visit to explore this ethereal spot!Plus, it’s a 4-hour drive away from Medan so be sure to start your journey early. Click here to find out more.