The fourth largest city in Indonesia, Medan is one of the most diverse areas of the country, with people from almost all Asian ethnic groups, including China, Java, many in Indonesia, South India and North India. This diversity has led to a dynamic culture, making the countryside a must visit for any tourist who wants to explore Indonesia.

Usually, travelers from Medan spend as a simple transition point in Malaysia or other cities of Indonesia, Pulau Penang or the beautiful Lake Toba, but the city itself has much to offer in terms of culture, food and scenery. The terrain is a fusion of many ethnic and religious cultures, so the landscape is dotted with Netherlands buildings, mosques, Hindu and Buddhist temples, churches and many other places of worship. With a large lawn area, old government buildings and heavy traffic, as well as new sparkling shopping centers, Medan also offers an interesting contrast between old and new. Each ethnic group represents a variety of Medanese foods, making it an excellent place to visit food, and should be visited by foodies and foodies. Therefore, despite the relatively unknown situation, the terrain is very pleasant for the immersion end of the year in the diversity of Indonesia.

Medan has a wide range of hostels for backpackers and budget travelers, mid-range hotels and five star hotels, for quality accommodation. There is also an exclusive cottage for women backpacker, with prices as low as Rp 50,000. For luxury-oriented travelers, Medan offers JW Marriott and Grand Swiss-Belhotel.

Restaurants and Local Food in Medan

One of the most famous places in Indonesia for a combination of eclectic foods from all over Asia, Medan is truly a tourist destination. Sundanese food, Javanese food, Indian food, Chinese food, Balinese cuisine and fusion cuisine are all available in large quantities. Indonesian specialties such as cendol and gado gado are available, along with rare Sundanese food such as Nasi Liwet (rice dish cooked with coconut milk, chicken broth and spices). There are also many types of coffee, with noodles and Malay rice. There are also many Chinese-Indonesian fusion foods, in addition to Middle Eastern and Indian selections.

Currency of Medan

Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)  is the official currency of Indonesia, and is exclusively used everywhere, therefore all currencies must be exchanged, as foreign currency does not apply in Indonesia. Cash is recommended in Medan, because apart from the main place, credit cards are not accepted.

Currency Exchange in Medan

The best place to exchange money is at the airport, and in some shopping malls in the Mall.ATM is located in shopping malls, urban office complexes, many department stores and also in areas frequented by tourists.

Daily Budget (Excluding Accommodations)

Excluding accommodation, travelers with minimal budgets do not require more than about Rp 15.000-20.000, and travelers with low cost can operate for Rp 20,000-30,000, while more expensive travelers can spend more than Rp 40,000.


The people of Medan are mainly followers of Islam and Christianity, with many Buddhists and Hindus also part of the population. The terrain is filled with many religions, and is typically diverse, with various places of worship around the city.

Customs of Medan

Medan is also quite conservative, so tourists are advised to dress modestly and respect the customs that govern the region, including prayer times, especially in Ramzan. Tipping is also prevalent in more expensive hotels and cafes, but not other traditional places.

Medan language.

The usual language spoken in Medan is Indonesian, with Javanese and Chinese, because of its cosmopolitan nature. English is also commonly used, because European citizens are in merchant city. Sometimes, Indian languages ​​are also spoken. Hello (General Greeting) 😕 Hi. What is Khabar? Ê I am from : I am From… Nice to meet you!: Nice to meet you! Good morning / evening / night good morning / night / sleep.

History of Medan

Medan is known as the Paris of Sumatra, and is the most widely known city in the area, since colonial settlements concentrate on the area predominantly. After the arrival of the Dutch, Medan began to grow rapidly. In 1865 tobacco was introduced and Medan became a rich plantation center. There are planters in Medan from many countries: England, the Netherlands, the United States, France, Germany, Poland, and Switzerland. During World War II, it was also under siege with other countries in Indonesia. Since then, it has been modernized relatively quickly and is one of the largest cities in Indonesia.

Medan Tourism

There are many tourist attractions in Medan tour. From religious tourism, nature tourism to historical tourism. But the most famous tourist spot in the field is Lake Toba Medan.

Nightlife in Medan

Nightlife in Medan is incomplete without drinking, and Medan is home to a wide range of bars, including karaoke bars, wineries, clubs and sports bars. Wine lovers should visit places like Cava Lounge and The Vintage Wine Shop, and sports fans can visit the Shoot Pool Lounge & Sports Bar. Other clubs with DJs include Medan Club and The Tavern.

Shopping in Medan

Cambridge square and Sun Plaza are the most popular malls in Medan, with an entire area decorated with cafes and small restaurants, and with shops that can sell cheap brands at affordable prices. The Central Market, which is the largest market in Medan, is open from 4:00 am to 10:00 am in the morning. It has a wide range of fruits, vegetables, spices and other products, fresh from the Brastagi highland plantations, at very affordable prices. Rame Market is another popular market that opens at 9am to 5pm, with many fabrics, dried fruit shops, and Chinese fabric shops.