60 days in North Sumatra Itinerary

60 days in North Sumatra Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Sumatra tour planner

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Drive to Ngurah Rai (Bali) International Airport, Fly to Medan
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Medan
— 16 nights
Train to Binjai, Taxi to Bukit Lawang
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Bukit Lawang
— 9 nights
Drive
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Berastagi
— 9 nights
Drive
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Tongging
— 8 nights
Drive
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Samosir Island
— 9 nights
Drive
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Pematangsiantar
— 8 nights
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Drive to Kualanamu International Airport, Fly to Ngurah Rai (Bali) International Airport, Drive to Bugbug

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Medan

— 16 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Pelaruga Waterfall in Tanjung Pura (about 1h 45 min away). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Maimun Palace, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Medan Grand Mosque, and take in the dramatic scenery at Sipiso Piso Waterfall.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Medan trip itinerary maker app.

Bugbug to Medan is an approximately 9-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Bugbug to Medan is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Bukit Lawang.

Things to do in Medan

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Bukit Lawang

— 9 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, Head underground at Bat Cave, stroll through Bukit Lawang Jungle, and delve into the lush surroundings at The Bohorok Orangutan Centre at Bukit Lawang.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bukit Lawang trip maker tool.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Medan to Bukit Lawang in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March in Bukit Lawang, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. You will leave for Berastagi on the 2nd (Thu).

Things to do in Bukit Lawang

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Berastagi

— 9 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Berastagi: Kabanjahe (Longhouse in Lingga village & Dokan Batak Village), Indah Simarjarunjung Hill (in Parapat) and Sibolangit (Two Colors Sibolangit Waterfall & TWO COLORS WATERFALL). There's lots more to do: 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 little ones run wild at Mikie Funland.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Berastagi day trip website.

Traveling by car from Bukit Lawang to Berastagi takes 4.5 hours. In April in Berastagi, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tongging.

Things to do in Berastagi

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Tongging

— 8 nights
Explore Tongging's surroundings by going to Paropo Hill (in Merek) and Taman Wisata Iman (in Sitinjo).

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tongging road trip website.

You can drive from Berastagi to Tongging in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in April, and nighttime lows around 28°C. On the 19th (Sun), you'll travel to Samosir Island.

Things to do in Tongging

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Samosir Island

— 9 nights
Samosir Island is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Huta Bolon Simanindo Batak Museum, take a stroll through Tomok Village, stroll through Holbung Hill, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tele Observation Tower.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Samosir Island trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Tongging to Samosir Island in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Pematangsiantar.

Things to do in Samosir Island

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Pematangsiantar

— 8 nights
Pematangsiantar, is an independent city in North Sumatra, Indonesia, surrounded by, but not part of, the Simalungun Regency. Get out of town with these interesting Pematangsiantar side-trips: Sidamanik Tea Farm (in Simalungun), Parapat (Panatapan Parapat & Taman Eden 100) and Ancol Arung Jeram (in Tebing Tinggi). There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Tugu Becak Siantar, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vihara Avalokitsvara - Statue of Dewi Kwan Im, find something for the whole family at Siantar Waterpark, and admire the sheer force of Bah Biak Waterfall.

Discover how to plan a Pematangsiantar trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Samosir Island to Pematangsiantar by car takes about 5.5 hours. April in Pematangsiantar sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pematangsiantar

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

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.