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North Sumatra, Indonesia

North Sumatra is the fourth-dense populated province after West java, East Java, and Central Java. Apart from its culture, this area also hosts some natural sightseeing that is very appealing for tourists like Lake Toba, Mount Sinabung, Sipisopiso Waterfall – one of the highest waterfall in Indonesia, Samosir Island, and Nias Island – great for sea activities like surfing and scuba diving. Aside from that, this province is also renowned for its commodities like oil, palm oil, tea and rubber – produced in a substantial quantity, and fine tobaccos. The most unique thing about this province is most of the population here are The Batak which has a very interesting culture. One of it is how the locals put buffaloes’ head at the roof because it represents the common architectural of their houses.

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About North Sumatera

North Sumatra, with the capital city of Medan, has become one of the favourite tourist destinations because tourist attractions in North Sumatra are diverse and unique. Having an area of around 72,981 square kilometres, North Sumatra is inhabited by more than 13 million people from various ethnic groups. The Batak tribe became the most dominant tribe in North Sumatra, followed by Javanese, Nias, Malay, Chinese, Minangkabau, Banjar, and other tribes. Islam is the majority religion here, and Bahasa Indonesia is used as the official language. Even so, there are many other languages used for daily conversation, such as Malay, Batak, Karo, Nias, and many more.Talking about interesting places and tourist attractions in North Sumatra, there are many destinations that you can visit. Each has a uniqueness that does not exist elsewhere. Not to mention the diversity of cultures and the many places to stay in North Sumatra, your tour here is more comfortable and enjoyable. Of course, booking accommodation for overnight stays will be easier and more practical if it is through Traveloka apps. Not only that, but North Sumatra's cuisine is also extraordinary with a distinctive taste because it uses spices that only exist in this region.

The Tourist Attractions in North Sumatera

The Sipiso-piso Waterfall

Sipiso-piso Waterfall in North Sumatra has been named as the highest waterfall tour in Indonesia, with water levels reaching 800 meters. This North Sumatra tourist destination is located in the village of Tongging, District Brand, Karo Regency. This waterfall emerges from an underground river and flows through a small cave that is on one side of the crater of Lake Toba. Its heavy flow of waterfalls so beautifully downwards. A trickle from the top, it just flows bigger when reaching the mainland, producing a rumbling sound very sharp in the ears. When viewed from a distance, this waterfall is small but amazing, so it is named "Piso", which means small and long.

Toba Lake

Your vacation to North Sumatra will never be complete if you don't stop by and witness the splendour and beauty of the Lake Toba tours. This lake has a length of 100 kilometres with a width of 30 kilometres, stretching just above Bukit Barisan. Located at an altitude of 900 meters above sea levels and surrounded by unspoiled forest makes the air on Lake Toba still fresh and cool. Lake Toba with a depth of about 450 meters is the widest and deepest lake in the world. Lake Toba has allegedly formed as a result of the devastating eruption of Mount Toba 74 thousand years ago. Right in the middle of the lake, you can see the most famous island in North Sumatra, Samosir Island.

Pematang Siantar Zoo

There is no interesting place in North Sumatra that is most suitable for family tourism besides the Pematang Siantar Zoo. Built on an area of 4 (four) hectares, this zoo is indeed the best place to spend time with family and children. Here, you can see various kinds of animal collections, ranging from mammals, birds, to reptiles. You can also see the Sinyulong Crocodile, the oldest crocodile that is more than 76 years old and the liger, a mammal from the hybrid-mating between a tiger and a lion that only exists in this zoo.

Bukit Lawang (Lawang Hill)

Located on the south side of Gunung Leuser National Park, Bukit Lawang is a small village which is the main entrance to enter the forest that is so popular in Sumatra. Not only due to the presence of Mount Leuser waiting to be conquered by climbers, but this tourist spot in North Sumatra is also very famous for being a rehabilitation centre for protected endangered species, the Sumatran orangutan.

Tangkahan

Still located around the Gunung Leuser National Park area, there is also Tangkahan which is touted as a hidden paradise. Tangkahan is a tropical rain forest area of 17 thousand hectares and is used as a conservation centre. Here, you can tour the National Park area by riding an elephant while seeing the beauty of the forest filled with a variety of flora and fauna.

The Culinary in North Sumatera

Kue Ombus-Ombus (Ombus-Ombus Cake)

This sweet snack is often served at traditional events and is very delicious to eat with a cup of hot coffee. Omus cake is made from a mixture of rice flour and brown sugar wrapped in banana leaves. It tastes sweet and savoury, wonderful when tasted right after being removed from the steamer.

Arsik

Arsik is a processed goldfish plus a variety of herbs and spices typical of the Tapanuli region. This dish is processed with the addition of water and oil, left until the water dries completely, and the seasoning has permeated completely. Then added with a plate of white rice, the taste will be so delicious.

Bika Ambon

With its distinctive shape and sweet and savoury taste, bika ambon is never missed by tourists. The colour is yellowish, with small cavities on the inside and skin on the surface. These snacks are widely bought as souvenirs but can still be eaten immediately accompanied by a cup of warm coffee.

Mi Gomak

Want to eat spaghetti? Try the Medanese typical spaghetti, mi gomak. This dish is made from spaghetti and is included in the traditional cuisine in North Sumatra. The way of serving it is easy, boil the spaghetti until it is cooked and mix it with herbs and spices. It tastes unique and guaranteed to make you addicted.

The Lodgings in Sumatera Utara

Hotel Niagara Parapat

This hotel is a place to stay in North Sumatra, which is located not far from Lake Toba. This 4-star accommodation offers luxury through facilities inside and outside the room to support your comfort while resting. Not to mention the location that is flanked by the hills, so the air is always cool and fresh.

Aryaduta Medan

Want to enjoy the glamour of Medan City? Aryaduta Medan is the right choice of accommodation. This 4-star hotel was built into one with the Grand Palladium Mall, one of the favourite shopping centres in North Sumatra. Not only that, but Aryaduta Medan also offers complete and luxurious facilities.

Adimulia Hotel Medan

Located on Jalan Pangeran Diponegoro, Adimulia Hotel Medan is another luxury 4-star hotel that is recommended for those who would like a vacation in Medan. The hotel offers complete and luxurious facilities, ranging from free internet access, air conditioning, to a swimming pool and a restaurant that is ready to spoil your tongue at any time.

Hotel Santika Premiere Dyandra Hotel & Convention

It's never difficult to find accommodation to stay in North Sumatra, because there are many choices you can find, especially if your booking is made through the Traveloka application. Like Hotel Santika Premiere Dyandra Hotel & Convention that located in the heart of Medan, this luxury 4-star accommodation has a very strategic location. It closes to several tourist attractions in North Sumatra, such as Plaza Medan Fair shopping centre, Sun Plaza Medan, and Grand Palladium Mall.

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