Medan is a mighty interesting place not a stone’s throw away from Peninsular Malaysia. It’s not a densely packed Asian metropolis – think of it as the Auckland of Indonesia. It’s got majestic mountains and substantial bodies of beautiful blue water.
Their sate is certainly saucy.
If you want to visit the legendary Lake Toba, then you’ve got to take a nice long trip inland – roughly 3 hours by bus across 180km.
The trip to Parapat, the primary port town that services Lake Toba and the immense island at its centre, is relatively serene and plain. There are a few rolling hills, with lots of paddy fields and simple estates on either side.
However, as you wind your way up the final stretches of bendy mountain roads approaching Parapat (oh, you will know), get ready for the breathtaking reveal!