60 days in North Sumatra Itinerary

60 days in North Sumatra Itinerary

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Drive to Ngurah Rai (Bali) International Airport, Fly to Kualanamu International Airport, Drive to Pematangsiantar
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Pematangsiantar
— 6 nights
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Parapat
— 5 nights
Drive
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Balige
— 5 nights
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Tarutung
— 5 nights
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Samosir Island
— 6 nights
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Nias Island
— 4 nights
Fly to Kualanamu International Airport, Drive to Sitinjo
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Sitinjo
— 4 nights
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Berastagi
— 6 nights
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Bukit Lawang
— 6 nights
Taxi to Binjai, Train to Medan
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Medan
— 9 nights
Fly to Ngurah Rai (Bali) International Airport, Drive to Bugbug

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Pematangsiantar

— 6 nights
Pematangsiantar, is an independent city in North Sumatra, Indonesia, surrounded by, but not part of, the Simalungun Regency. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tugu Becak Siantar and Bah Biak Waterfall. Explore Pematangsiantar's surroundings by going to Sidamanik Tea Farm (in Simalungun) and Ancol Arung Jeram (in Tebing Tinggi). The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Vihara Avalokitsvara - Statue of Dewi Kwan Im, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Pematang Siantar Zoo, and make a splash at Siantar Waterpark.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Pematangsiantar trip planner.

Bugbug to Pematangsiantar is an approximately 11-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Indonesia Time (WITA) to Western Indonesia Time (WIB) is minus 1 hour. In March, daily temperatures in Pematangsiantar can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. You'll set off for Parapat on the 14th (Sat).

Things to do in Pematangsiantar

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Parapat

— 5 nights
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Panatapan Parapat and Taman Eden 100.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Parapat online trip planner.

Getting from Pematangsiantar to Parapat by car takes about 1.5 hours. You will leave for Balige on the 19th (Thu).

Things to do in Parapat

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
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Balige

— 5 nights
Step off the beaten path and head to Sipinsur Park and Lumban Bul-Bul Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Balige trip planning site.

Drive from Parapat to Balige in 1.5 hours. On the 24th (Tue), you'll travel to Tarutung.

Things to do in Balige

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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Tarutung

— 5 nights
Step off the beaten path and head to Salib Kasih Tarutung and Soda Hot Spring. Explore Tarutung's surroundings by going to Sibolga (Batu Lubang Tunnels & Putri Island).

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tarutung trip builder tool.

Drive from Balige to Tarutung in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 26°C. You will leave for Samosir Island on the 29th (Sun).

Things to do in Tarutung

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Samosir Island

— 6 nights
Discover out-of-the-way places like TB Silalahi Centre (Museum Balige) and Efrata Waterfall.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Samosir Island holiday maker tool.

Traveling by car from Tarutung to Samosir Island takes 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Nias Island.

Things to do in Samosir Island

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Nias Island

— 4 nights
Step off the beaten path and head to Mataluo (Lompat Batu) and Bawomataluo Village.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nias Island online trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Samosir Island to Nias Island. In April, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. On the 9th (Thu), you're off to Sitinjo.

Things to do in Nias Island

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Sitinjo

— 4 nights
Sitinjo is known for historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taman Wisata Iman and explore the activities along Lake Toba.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sitinjo travel planner.

Explore your travel options from Nias Island to Sitinjo with the Route module. You'll set off for Berastagi on the 14th (Tue).

Things to do in Sitinjo

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

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Berastagi

— 6 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mount Sinabung and Two Colors Sibolangit Waterfall. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Berastagi: Merek (Bukit Gajah Bobok, Paropo Hill, &more), Kabanjahe (Dokan Batak Village & Longhouse in Lingga village) and TWO COLORS WATERFALL (in Sibolangit). There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Hot Spring Pesona Sibayak View, stroll through Dolok Tinggi Raja, pick up some local products at Berastagi Fruit Market, and get impressive views of Mount Sibayak.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Berastagi online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Sitinjo to Berastagi in 2.5 hours. April in Berastagi sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bukit Lawang.

Things to do in Berastagi

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Side Trips

Bukit Lawang

— 6 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sumatra Jungle Life and Walking tours. There's lots more to do: get outside with Bukit Lawang Holiday, explore the fascinating underground world of Bat Cave, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bukit Lawang Jungle, and take a peaceful walk through The Bohorok Orangutan Centre at Bukit Lawang.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bukit Lawang trip planner.

You can drive from Berastagi to Bukit Lawang in 4.5 hours. April in Bukit Lawang sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. You'll set off for Medan on the 26th (Sun).

Things to do in Bukit Lawang

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Medan

— 9 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. Change things up with a short trip to Pasar Kaget Binjai in Binjai (about 50 minutes away). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Berhala Island, stop by Durian Ucok, browse the different shops at Center Point Mall, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Le Hu Garden.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Medan trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Bukit Lawang to Medan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Medan

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

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.