10 days in North Sumatra Itinerary

10 days in North Sumatra Itinerary

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Fly
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Medan
— 3 nights
Train to Binjai, Taxi to Bukit Lawang
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Bukit Lawang
— 3 nights
Drive
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Berastagi
— 1 night
Drive
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Balige
— 2 nights
Drive to Kualanamu International Airport, Fly to Kuala Lumpur

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Medan

— 3 nights
The capital of North Sumatra, Medan earned the nickname "Paris of Sumatra" during Dutch colonial times due to its marked resemblance to the French city.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Maha Vihara Maitreya Cemara Asri and Rahmat International Wildlife Museum & Gallery. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Maimun Palace, take in the dramatic scenery at Sipiso Piso Waterfall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Medan Grand Mosque, and examine the collection at Tjong A Fie's Mansion.

Plan trip to Medan with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Medan is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Medan, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Medan can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Bukit Lawang.

Things to do in Medan

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Bukit Lawang

— 3 nights
Tucked away in Northern Sumatra, the small charming village of Bukit Lawang is best known for its World Heritage-listed Sumatran orangutan sanctuary, and also serves as a convenient base for accessing the surrounding jungle and national park.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Walking tours and Sumatra Jungle Life. And it doesn't end there: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, get outside with Outdoor Activities, stroll through Bukit Lawang Jungle, and delve into the lush surroundings at The Bohorok Orangutan Centre at Bukit Lawang.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bukit Lawang route maker.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Medan to Bukit Lawang takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Bukit Lawang sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Berastagi.

Things to do in Bukit Lawang

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Berastagi

— 1 night

City of Passion Fruit

Berastagi’s volcanic hillsides and rural beauty has historically made this Northern Sumatran town an appealing option for colonizers and settlers.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): let the kids burn off some steam at Mikie Funland and then get impressive views of Mount Sibayak.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Berastagi driving holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Bukit Lawang to Berastagi in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Balige.

Things to do in Berastagi

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Fun & Games

Balige

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): stop by Batikta and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lumban Bul-Bul Beach.

For ratings and tourist information, go to the Balige online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Berastagi to Balige takes 4.5 hours. You will leave for home on the 10th (Tue).

Things to do in Balige

Museums · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

North Sumatra travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
Volcanic activity has left a wealth of terrains and topography in North Sumatra, the second most populated province in the country. The region boasts the world's largest volcanic lake, waterfalls, and numerous islands. Because of the affinity to the water, visitors come to take part in a diverse range of activities like surfing, snorkeling, and birdwatching. Inland, traditional Malay homes in small settlements showcase rustic architecture alongside more formal and ornate Buddhist temples. The main urban areas provide an introduction to the multicultural history of the nation.