"Medan - "The Penang of Indonesia"" Top 5 Page for this destination Medan by SLLiew

Medan Travel Guide: 258 reviews and 598 photos

Just returned from Medan - my fourth time there.

Medan is a great place to eat too. There is a lot of similarity between Medan and Penang with a sizeable Chinese population originally from Penang. It is like a tale of two cities. Medan and Penang are twinned cities.

Although not directly affected by the 2004 tsunami, Medan was the epicenter where all aid and personnel and famous visitors like Bill Clinton, George Bush Senior and Kofi Anand transit before proceeding to Bandar Aceh which was directly hit.

Medan is the 3rd largest city in Indonesia after Jakarta and Surabaya with more than 2 million people.

It is the commercial center for Northern Sumatra.

Medan is the gateway to Lake Toba, Nias Island, Aceh and Bukit Tinggi and Padang in Southern Sumatra.

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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Dec 3, 2011 at 2:30 AM

    Thanks for your interesting story, SL!

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    Medan information sounds very good for the sites to see, and your pictures are good.

  • DAO's Profile Photo
    Nov 22, 2009 at 6:13 AM

    Hello SL! Greetings from Kenya. I sent a postcard from Burundi as promised. DRC like Somalia only has DHL . And they do not sell postcards. Rwanda wanted $2 for a card and I have a list of more than 30, so I didn't do it this time. All the best!!!!

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2009 at 7:53 PM

    Hi SL! Nice tips on multi-cultural Medan --- I never even heard of this place. You really have gone all around Asia! Good job! I like their hometown "Starbucks", hehehehe...Norman :)

  • Jul 9, 2008 at 6:56 PM

    Congratulations SL for your excellent write-up and pictures of Medan. My family and I have unanimously agreed to award you "The Best Virtual Tourist and Ambassador of Medan". from Fuad & Family, KL

  • Basaic's Profile Photo
    Apr 25, 2008 at 9:58 AM

    This is a great Medan Page. I had a good friend from Medan.

  • kenari's Profile Photo
    Apr 14, 2008 at 9:19 PM

    great pic and good tips,going to medan next month for golfing ,cant wait to eat durian and all the flavor of kek lapis

  • imran8852's Profile Photo
    Dec 25, 2007 at 10:37 AM

    Interesting info esp. about the "Invocation" Thank SL!

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Dec 10, 2007 at 2:44 AM

    Very enjoyable page on Medan SL. Especially liked the restaurant tips and the different food items.

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Dec 4, 2007 at 12:54 PM

    Nice new page enjoyed the complete virtual tour & I do hope they keep the tree lined streets


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