Travel to Medan
The largest city in Indonesia outside Java has always been a melting pot of people from different parts of the world who came to flourish in its exhilarating atmosphere. Malay, Chinese, Indian, British, Dutch and other influences can be seen in the city's structures like Maimoon Palace, Tjong A Fie Mansion, Shri Mariamman Temple, London Sumatera Building and many others. From Medan, you can continue to enjoy the cool resort town Berastagi, plunge into the Sipiso-piso Waterfall, visit the orangutans at Bukit Lawang, surf the challenging waves at Nias Island and of course visit the famous Lake Toba, the world's largest volcanic lake. In the middle of the lake is Samosir--an island which is wider than Singapore and a perfect place to see the ancient customs of native Batak people. Treat your palate to tasty and unique cuisines of North Sumatra such as Bika Ambon (rich coconut milk cake), Kari Medan & Roti Jala (Medan-style curry and lace pancake), Arsik (carp fish with torch ginger fruit and Indonesian Sichuan pepper), Dali ni Horbo (soup with coagulated water buffalo milk), and Saksang (spicy minced pork stew).