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If your idea of the perfect holiday is finding a coastal city and disappearing into busy streets lined with market stalls, then head to Medan, Indonesia. This urban gem in the Malacca Strait is practically unexplored by travellers, so you can tour art deco architecture and escape to secluded waterfalls without having to fight your way through crowds. When you’re ready to visit ornate mosques and the sultan’s palace—or take to the winding streets and open-air cafes—book flights to Medan and plan an itinerary of new sights, flavours and experiences.
You’ll find Medan accommodation concentrated around city centre and along major thoroughfares, so you have access to the top sights on your must-see list. For waterfront views, reserve hotels in Medan’s neighbouring port, Belawan.
In the city centre, take in the beautiful blue domes of the Medan Grand Mosque, browse relics at Shri Mariamman Temple and tour Istana Maimun, the palace home of the sultan. To sample the best of the city, wake up early and leave your Medan hotel for colourful finds and tasty treats at Central Market on Sutomo Street. Make sure you sample the durian pastries. Durian is a very distinctive fruit with a…less than appetising fragrance, but you’ll find it creatively put to use in the cuisine of the North Sumatra region. If durian is not your “cup of tea,” there’s always locally grown coffee to woo your taste buds. When you’re ready to leave the shopping and sightseeing behind, wander out to the Two Colours Sibolangit Waterfall, about 46 km south of Medan.
Fly to Kualanamu International Airport (KNO), just 27 km from downtown and catch a train with direct service from the airport to the city centre. Once you’ve reached your accommodation, explore the city in taxis and pedicabs—known as bekaks—which let you take in Medan at a slower pace.
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Hotels in Medan start at AU$18 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.