31 days in North Sumatra Itinerary

31 days in North Sumatra Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Sumatra vacation planner

Make it your trip
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Parulohan
— 1 night
Drive
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Samosir Island
— 5 nights
Fly to Kualanamu International Airport, Drive to Tongging
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Tongging
— 2 nights
Drive
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Berastagi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bukit Lawang
— 5 nights
Taxi to Binjai, Train to Medan
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Medan
— 14 nights
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Parulohan

— 1 night
Your day by day itinerary now includes Huta Ginjang View Point. On the 2nd (Sat), take some stellar pictures from Sipinsur Park and then take some stellar pictures from Huta Ginjang View Point.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Parulohan trip builder.

Pekanbaru to Parulohan is an approximately 12.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Samosir Island.

Things to do in Parulohan

Parks

Side Trip

Samosir Island

— 5 nights
Samosir Island is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of King Siallagan's Stone Chair, take some stellar pictures from Holbung Hill, take in the dramatic scenery at Gibeon Hill Waterfall, and wander the streets of Tomok Village.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Samosir Island trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Parulohan to Samosir Island takes 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Tongging.

Things to do in Samosir Island

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Tongging

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): make a trip to Sapo Juma and then take some stellar pictures from Paropo Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Toba and then take in breathtaking views at Bukit Gajah Bobok.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Tongging trip itinerary website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Samosir Island to Tongging. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Berastagi.

Things to do in Tongging

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Berastagi

— 3 nights

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.
Berastagi is known for nature, parks, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Sibayak, take in the awesome beauty at Gundaling Hill, take in the dramatic scenery at Teroh-Teroh Waterfall, and let the kids burn off some steam at Mikie Funland.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Berastagi driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Tongging to Berastagi takes 1.5 hours. May in Berastagi sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bukit Lawang.

Things to do in Berastagi

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Bukit Lawang

— 5 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.
Bukit Lawang is known for nature, wildlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bukit Lawang Jungle, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and take a peaceful walk through The Bohorok Orangutan Centre at Bukit Lawang.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Bukit Lawang online vacation planner.

You can drive from Berastagi to Bukit Lawang in 4.5 hours. May in Bukit Lawang sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 17th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Medan.

Things to do in Bukit Lawang

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Medan

— 14 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.
Go for a jaunt from Medan to Tanjung Pura to see Pelaruga Waterfall about 1h 45 min away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Tjong A Fie's Mansion, don't miss a visit to Brastagi Highland, look for gifts at Sun Plaza, and take in the dramatic scenery at Sipiso Piso Waterfall.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Medan trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Bukit Lawang to Medan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Medan sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. You will leave for home on the 31st (Sun).

Things to do in Medan

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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.