"Medan" Indonesia Favorite Tip by iwent

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Favorite thing: Medan. Big, noisy, congested and above all hot or wet, or hot and wet depending on the season

Medan has no obvious sights to enthrall the visitor yet it's worth a visit.

Lovers of (Dutch) colonial architecture should walk along Jalan Jend A Yani: the old post office, a circular building with authentic post office counters, the former hotel De Boer, now Hotel Dharma Deli. One of its innovations in colonial times were the 'mosquito-free rooms'. Windows were enclosed with a fine-mesh wire gauze so that people could sleep without mosquito nets.

In the Tip Top Cafe Dutch planters used to spend a Sunday afternoon, drinking jenever and reading six-week old newspapers on the veranda. These days the veranda, the cane chairs and the Dutch menu are still there. On the menu: kroket, bitterballen, saucijsebrood, uitsmijter, ijstaart, moccataart.

If you can't stand the heat and humidity any more go to one of the air-conditioned shopping malls: Deli Plaza and Sinar Plaza at the corner of Jalan Putri Hijan and Jalan Guru Patimous. Suddenly shopping has become sheer pleasure!

Medan Airport is 3 km south of the city. There are regular connections with Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and several cities in Europe.

Domestic flights operated by Merpati and Bouraq There are two bus terminals: Amplas Yerminal 8,5 kms south of the city for Bukkittinggi, lake Toba and further south.

Pinang Baris Terminal 9 kms north-west of the city for Bukit Lawang (Orang utan rehabilitation centre) Brastagi and Aceh.

If you like to inhale exhaust fumes live dangerously you can put your life in the hands of a motor becak driver otherwise taxis are a better option. They are not metered!

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  • Written Dec 8, 2002
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