What to do and see in North Sumatra, Indonesia: The Best Places and Tips

December 24, 2017 Stefan Strunk

North Sumatra (Indonesian: Sumatera Utara), is a province of Indonesia. It is located on the island of Sumatra, and its capital is Medan. North Sumatra is fourth most populous province in Indonesia after West Java, East Java and Central Java and the most populous Indonesian province outside Java, with over 13.5 million inhabitants in 2014.
Restaurants in North Sumatra

1. Mount Sibayak

On the edge of Berastagi town | Jaranguda, Doulu, Kabupaten Karo, Berastagi 22156, Indonesia
Excellent
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4.5 based on 305 reviews

Mount Sibayak

Reviewed By kuneswarys2016

Hiking wasn’t difficult as it suits beginners.. but the sunrise was great compared to mount nature in my opinion.. however it is a good exercise for one..it’s nice to the openings where you can the steam from boiling waters the sulphur on the rocks.. there are many guides.. price ranges from 100,000 IDR to 200,000 IDR (kindly ensure the guide includes the entrance permit, guide fee and also the hot spring)..the entrance permit is 10,000 IDR per person..these are list of guides we contacted before the climb :- johanes Tarigan ( +6282272257804), geleng (+6285297700529), ari ( +6281375409031) ..please don’t ask the hotels to contact because the price will Be expensive ..u can just what’s app them..it is cold during the hike before sunrise so wear your gloves and wind breaker..

Jl. Stasiun no. 1, Medan 20231, Indonesia +62 61 4561331
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Airport Railink Services

We Are First and Biggest Airport Train Services in Indonesia. We provide a smart chocice and convinient tarnsport to the City trough Exclusive Railway

Reviewed By arieflaksono - Jakarta, Indonesia

Tried this airport trains from Medan to Kualanamu on the way back Jakata. Surprisingly it is fast, easy and hassle free 30 minutes train ride. Recommended. Will use this again rather than stuck 1,5 hours in traffic.

3. Marian Shrine of Annai Velangkanni

Jl. Sakura III no. 10 Tanjung Selamat, Medan, Indonesia +62 8163141172
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4.5 based on 195 reviews

Marian Shrine of Annai Velangkanni

Reviewed By Junita C

Medan has 2 inculturation church. One is in the city's suburb, the other is in Berastagi which needs to drive around 3 hours to reach there. This annai velangkani church is indian tamil inculturation. The other one is Bataknese (local) inculturation.
Annai velangkani holds misa in Bahasa Indonesia, Tamil, and also English.
It has a store downstair which you can buy Rosario, cloth, etc. You can refill your bottle with holy water from the tap on the back.

4. Lake Toba

20217, Indonesia
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4.5 based on 734 reviews

Lake Toba

Reviewed By Iwan R - Palembang, Indonesia

We are gathering here in Toba Lake in Northern Sumara. This lake now is different from when i stayed here in some years ago... i cannot call this place as a comfort tourism spot anymore... seem many changes happenned here... too bad

5. Bukit Lawang Jungle

Bukit Lawang 20774, Indonesia
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4.5 based on 101 reviews

Bukit Lawang Jungle

Reviewed By Han G - Toronto, Canada

From Econo lodge we hired a guide and Park ranger to do jungle trekking at Gunung Leuser National Park. It was a a great day we saw few different monkeys, birds and other animals, the highlight was we encounter the Orang Utan and her baby. it was a wonderful experience that we never can forget. Recommended for naturallovers

6. Tjong A Fie's Mansion

Jl. Jend. A. Yani no. 105, Medan 20111, Indonesia +62 813 6120 3998
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4 based on 465 reviews

Tjong A Fie's Mansion

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

Many original objects show living style of probably most important Chinese man in history of Medan.
All signs are also in English so it’s easy to go through exhibition by yourself. And all rooms are accessible including kitchen and toilets.
You will easily spend an hour wandering around. It’s also much less crowded than Maimun. Definitely worth 35000.

7. Maha Vihara Maitreya Cemara Asri

Jl. Kolonel Bejo, Medan 20731, Indonesia
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4.5 based on 98 reviews

Maha Vihara Maitreya Cemara Asri

Reviewed By HagueKing

This Buddha temple is majestic in its size as it is in experience. The tour is great, incl the happiness coffee in the cafe. Brewed especially for you. I visited at the afternoon of the Starbucks shooting in Jakarta in January and engaged in interesting discussions about the Buddhist way to deal with evil in the world. The visit truly inspired me and still does. Highly recommend a visit.. The level of inspiration depends of course on each individual state of mind and set of believes.

8. Sipiso Piso Waterfall

Kabanjahe, Indonesia
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4 based on 293 reviews

Sipiso Piso Waterfall

Reviewed By Johnmagfam - Singapore

We were on a package tour by TobaTransporter, hence this was one of the attractive and worthy stopover. Our driver drove us from Mikie Hotel enroute to Samosir, since we paid a packaged price we do not know what's the price of half day trip here. But here if u are staying at least 2 or more nights, it makes sense to book a local tour package and have a driver drive you for the entire trip. We did that and were satisfied.
This water fall is best appreciated if you move down but because my wife knee conditions we only did about 1/3 down.
Overall, the sights are good and post-card genre even if you cannot walk down.

9. Mikie Funland

Jl. Let Jend Jamin Ginting | Desa Sempajaya, Berastagi 22152, Indonesia +62 811-6176-192
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4.5 based on 170 reviews

Mikie Funland

The best recreation's spot for your family and friends. We are the first theme park for family in North Sumatra that have 35 over different kinds of attractions that can be played all day, using just one ticket.

Reviewed By foe_514ng - North Sumatra, Indonesia

The admission rate keeps increasing, but the attractions offered, also upgraded a lot. Rate as per 30th April 2017 is at IDR 120,000 per person. If it's not included in your room packages, then you'll need to queue in order to buy entrance ticket. But...MoreHi Foe_514ng Thank you for visiting our park, and also willing to share the experience We hope you always enjoy a holiday in Mikie Funland See you and have a great day !!! Regards,

10. Brastagi Highland

Medan, Indonesia
Excellent
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4 based on 132 reviews

Brastagi Highland

Reviewed By Hubert G - Tongeren, Belgium

We drove over the Highland without making a stop . On the other hand we've made a stop in Berastagi itself where we walked over a small Marketplace with tons of fruit and vegetables . Attraction apparently was a ride on ( wild ? ) horses with young men almost excited as the horses were. Not to recommend , unless you're a seasoned equestrian !

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