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Medan (Indonesia)

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2 / 5 - One review
How to get there
2 hours 20 from Jakarta by plane
When to go
From June to September
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Medan

Marine Faure Seasoned Traveller
48 written opinions

The third biggest Indonesian city, located to the north of Sumatra.

My suggestion:
Go to visit the Great Mosque which is the most beautiful one in Indonesia!
My review

Medan is definitely the third biggest city of Indonesia, but it's not very rich culturally speaking. As in Jakarta, which can be depressing at first, it's full of intense traffic, pollution, chaos and noise. However, you won't find many tourists.

I stayed in Medan for two days and visited the Great Mosque, the most beautiful in Indonesia, which is a fairly imposing modern building worth the trip. To get in there I had to put a scarf over my hair and shoulders. Think about covering yourself up to below the knee too: this is valid throughout Indonesia but especially in religious buildings.

In Medan you can find some buildings from the colonial era. I walked there for some hours but the old quarter doesn't have anything exceptional. For me, this city is rather an access point to reach Lake Toba, the biggest lake in Sumatra, or even Bukit-Lawang. 

Tours and travel ideas Medan

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Adventure and wildlife in Indonesia
Length 12 days Approx. $2,450
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