16 reasons why Medan is one of Indonesia’s most underrated destinations
Medan is famously home to Lake Toba, the largest volcanic lake in the world. While planning my trip there, the only thing on my mind was getting to Toba’s clear blue waters. We touched down in Medan, a city on the cusp on modernisation. You’ll see crumbling colonial facades and street food vendors sitting right beside modern cafes and bars. The real intrigue of Medan though, lies away from its city.
With the guidance of our driver, we took a trip around the outskirts of Medan, travelling from Lake Toba to the small town of Berastagi, to Bukit Lawang nature reserve and finally back to the Medan city centre. Medan is as real as it gets. You’ll feast on durians in rickety wooden sheds and walk on riverbanks lively with the chatter of local Medanese.