Grand Swiss-Belhotel Medan
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Linda and I arrived in Medan at 17.45 after a five hour stopover in Kuala Lumpur and paid the $25 USD for our 30 day visas. We were due to meet my step sister Louise, who would be travelling with us for the next 2 and a half weeks through Northern Sumatra.
Louise had arrived earlier in the day and we had agreed to meet her at the Grand Swiss …
... especially after completing a TEFL course myself, the pressure some of the students placed on us dor the interviews over our entire stay in Medan (just two days!) left us feeling tired, unfriendly and somewhat used. By the end, counting the students we helped before Bukit Lawang, we must have talked to over 30 or 40 of them! Not exactly what we needed, but an experience none the less.
Afterwards, we headed to the bus tour company looking for info on ...
... to Bukit Lawang was about 3 hours and along the way we saw rubber plantations and palm oil plantations. We arrived in town around 1:30pm and then started the trek up to the hotel. A guide showed us the way as we crossed a rushing river (on yet another pretty sketch bridge) and then up about 100 steps to the hotel. The heat combined with our backpacks made this climb brutal. We were introduced to all the staff at the hotel while we waited ...
... see us shouting hello hello! Then they were hiding around the side of the car just staring at us and giggling when we looked at them. We set back off and Bebe bought some snacks from the side of the road to share but they were disgusting so I didn't have any. Cold deep friend fish bits? You can keep them thanks Beebs! He offered us some chillies to try and mine was the hottest thing on the planet. I just licked the end and my head blew off. We finally arrived in Bukit lawang where a ...
So with my flight out of Penang leaving about lunchtime it didn't leave much for to do other than grab breakfast and say my goodbyes to Lisa. Arriving at Penang airport, with a ticket that had only cost £25 for a 50 minute flight, I left Malaysia with little hassle or fuss and found myself heading to country number seven.
So arriving into Medan airport, my first experience of the locals was the gentleman at passport control
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility