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Medan 3D2N Trip on 26-29th April 2012

by hwkhor Online Now Apr 4, 2012 at 12:04 AM

Hi,

How is the travel safety in Medan recently? Is the place safe for a lady solo traveler?

Anyone else can suggest me an itinerary for my 3D2N trip? I'll be arrive in Medan around 1630, is there a bus/taxi to Parapat about 1700? How much will be the cost if i take taxi? or should i stay a night in Medan and take a bus the next day early morning to Parapat? Anyone know what time will be the 1st and last bus from/to parapat?

Is anyone here going to Medan this period?

Thank you
Vern

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    Re: Medan 3D2N Trip on 26-29th April 2012

    by pPamela Online Now Apr 4, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    Hi Vern,

    Arriving in a place like Prapat in the dark at 9.30pm at night is not a good idea.
    Sleep in Medan for the night at say Blue Angel and get the tourist bus outside the next morning.
    There are seldom timetables for buses as they only usually leave when they are full.
    Are you going over to Lake Toba?
    Pamela

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    Re: Medan 3D2N Trip on 26-29th April 2012

    by sheherezad Online Now Apr 4, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    Are you serious? Medan/Parapat (for Lake Toba?) from Alor Star for 3D/2N? And you expect to catch a bus thirty min after your plane lands? And if you take Pam's sensible suggestion, go all the way there and back for one night? Imho you'll end up travelling most of the time (I'm told the roads are as bad now as they were 25yrs ago! I recall how exhausted I felt by the time the Reliance 4D/3N tour reached Brastagi!)) and will hardly have a holiday! Better stick to Langkawi or Pedu or even Belum imho! ;)

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    Re: Medan 3D2N Trip on 26-29th April 2012

    by sheherezad Online Now Apr 4, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    > Reliance tour
    I opted for it, despite the single supplement, a single lady travelling alone, re: safety.. Watch out for Batak men looking for a better life! LOL! :-D

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    Re: Medan 3D2N Trip on 26-29th April 2012

    by davidjo Online Now Apr 4, 2012 at 4:52 AM

    Visit Bukit Lawang, 80 kms from Medan, a Orang utan Rehabilitation centre and wonderful GH'S by the river, trekking too. Parapet will be too long travelling time.

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    Re: Medan 3D2N Trip on 26-29th April 2012

    by hwkhor Online Now Apr 4, 2012 at 8:06 AM

    Hi Pamela,

    I'm planning to visit Lake Toba and Samosir Island. Will it be too rush or not enough time?
    26/4: Overnight in Medan.
    27/4: Take a bus to Parapat > Samosir Island > Lake Toba
    28/4: (Blank)
    29/4: (Blank)

    Siposo piso waterfall, Brastagi??

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    Re: Medan 3D2N Trip on 26-29th April 2012

    by Daihappydai Online Now Apr 4, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    I would have to agree with other posts - it is a four hour trip to Parapat and then a ferry across to the island. While there may possibly be a bus sometime on the evening you arrive, I wouldn't recommend arriving in Parapat at midnight.
    The roads have improved a lot recently, but while distances seem short, the actual speed on the roads is quite slow - a lot of traffic, and at night a lot of trucks.
    I would take up one of the other suggestions - Berastagi or Bukit Lawang. There will be buses leaving for Berastagi at that time and the road from Medan to Berastagi is good - although still slow at times and mostly uphill. There is plenty to do in the Berastagi area for a couple of days. I stayed there for four days in January this year and found there was lots to do (although no nightlife and it can be cold). From Berastagi you can take a half day trip to Sipiso-piso falls and see Lake Toba from there. The new Buddhist temple 5km out of Berastagi is amazing. The traditional villages are worth seeing.
    I stayed at Wisma Sibayak - the people there were incredibly helpful and friendly.
    The alternative of Bukit Lawang is also a good one. Not sure about getting there on the night you arrive, but plenty of morning buses, about 90 minutes to get there. A good chance to see semi-wild orangutans and there is likely to be other tourists around to spend the evnings with.
    Whatever you decide, have a great trip.

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    Re: Medan 3D2N Trip on 26-29th April 2012

    by sheherezad Online Now Apr 5, 2012 at 6:35 AM

    @Daihappydai - thank you for the update on Brastagi: that would be my choice given the horribly hot weather in MY at the moment! ;-) I remember we stayed in a nice Spanish villa type hotel there and the wonderful local fruits in the market! :-)

    @OP - while you may choose to ignore my reply, do note:

    > 26/4: Overnight in Medan.
    > 27/4: Take a bus to Parapat > Samosir Island > Lake Toba
    > 28/4: (Blank)
    > 29/4: (Blank)

    = 4D/3N (not 3D/2N)! ;-)

    FYI even the 4D3N trip I did then of Medan/Parapat/Lake Toba/Samosir/Brastagi was no less then EXHAUSTING!! I needed a massage to recover from it by the time we got to Brastagi!

    I imagine it would still be exhausting even with the improved roads coz of the (still) long drive - it was long then coz the roads were really bad though the traffic was light, but now it seems to be for the reverse reason.. Good luck! :-)

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    Re: Medan 3D2N Trip on 26-29th April 2012

    by AngMimi Online Now Apr 5, 2012 at 7:40 AM

    @hwkhor

    When are you going to Medan? Email me..thanks

    Im from SP, perhaps we can go together?

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    Re: Medan 3D2N Trip on 26-29th April 2012

    by hwkhor Online Now Apr 5, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    Thanks for your reply.
    Anyway, this is my first time to have such plan as solo traveler. So im planning for a short trip only.. have a first trial. :P

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    Re: Medan 3D2N Trip on 26-29th April 2012

    by sheherezad Online Now Apr 5, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    4D/3N is fine imho! Enjoy! :)

    @AngMimi, that's nice of u! ;) Btw my brother is from SP, too! ;)

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    Re: Medan 3D2N Trip on 26-29th April 2012

    by AngMimi Online Now Apr 6, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    @Sheherezad

    Its a very small world indeed. :-)))

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    Re: Medan 3D2N Trip on 26-29th April 2012

    by sheherezad Online Now Apr 6, 2012 at 4:22 AM

    :-D

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    Re: Medan 3D2N Trip on 26-29th April 2012

    by hwkhor Online Now Apr 6, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    @Angmimi, my trip will be on 26-29/04/12.

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    Re: Medan 3D2N Trip on 26-29th April 2012

    by cleopatradecruz Online Now Apr 19, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    Hi there , i also will be going to Medan next week on 26 to 29th april but my flight is early in the morning from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. My first trip to medan and i will travel along with my boyfriend. But today i still have doubt about the earthquake that had happened in medan recently. Would that be safe to travel in medan during this period as i have been informed by my few friends that they had heard the news / rumours about the tsunami / earthquake alert might be happened again within this month April in Acheh / Medan .
    I am still in the dilema now whether have to cancel or to proceed with my plan / holiday to lake toba. Infact i cant wait to be to this beautiful place but this rumours has turn my mood down .:-( . Please advise shall i proceed or not with my plan. Thank you in advance for all your feedback.

    Christy

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    Re: Medan 3D2N Trip on 26-29th April 2012

    by sheherezad Online Now Apr 19, 2012 at 3:53 AM

    @cleopatra, may I suggest you post this separately, as you might get more appropriate response to your specific query? ;-)

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    Re: Medan 3D2N Trip on 26-29th April 2012

    by cleopatradecruz Online Now Apr 19, 2012 at 8:17 AM

    Hi sherezad, thanks for ur comment. Actually I'm still new in this forum and can u give me an idea how am I going to post this to get more feedback in this website? Many thanks again

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    Re: Medan 3D2N Trip on 26-29th April 2012

    by giampiero6 Online Now Apr 19, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    hi...just go to the Medan forum and use the orange Post a Question link :)

    VT Forum temporarily unavailable

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    Re: Medan 3D2N Trip on 26-29th April 2012

    by sheherezad Online Now Apr 22, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    Thanks, G!

    @cleopatra - My apologies for the delayed response: I just got back to VT :( Suggest you search for the link VT's webmaster provided above and follow the prompts (if you haven't already)? :)

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    Re: Medan 3D2N Trip on 26-29th April 2012

    by sheherezad Online Now Apr 23, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    @cleopatra - So, you have!

    I'm sorry you received such sarcastic/unhelpful responses for your re-post (first 3 replies) - do feel free to give any such reply you receive the 'thumbs' down (at the thumbs up/down prompt at the bottom of each reply)!

    As you can see from this forum, most VTers are quite helpful! :-)

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    Re: Medan 3D2N Trip on 26-29th April 2012

    by hwkhor Online Now May 2, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    Hi Cleopatradecruz, so did you proceed to your trip to Medan?

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