Le Tour De Medan Begins

Trip Start Feb 02, 2011
Trip End Feb 06, 2011

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Danau Toba International Cottage

Flag of Indonesia  , Sumatra,
Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The flight journey was a brief one, just 45 minutes. Once landed in Medan, it took a while for the Immigration clearance, almost an hour actually. They seemed to be checking everyone thoroughly before allowing them to pass through.

We were the last ones in the que and we came out to the waiting area in around 1 hour. From there, the driver was waiting ready for us, a nice gentleman by the name of Mr. Sunkiss. Well, my next 5 days was to be spent with this man. 

Upon greeting, I had told him of a few additional temples which I had planned to visit and he made the amendments to the plans accordingly. Instead of visiting a few places in Medan today, he suggested that we keep it for the last day instead, a slight change in the itinerary. 

I just agreed with him and at sharp 9.10 am, we left Medan heading for the town of Parapat which lies on the shore of Lake Toba. 

The journey was long and it was a culture shock for the others seeing Indonesia the way it is, especially the roads and traffic. As for me, I am very used to this already. Taking up the winding roads, we finally stopped at a small town along the way for lunch. The driver suggested that we have our lunch here or else the next proper town was another 3 hours journey. It was already 11.40 am and we agreed.



Stopping at this small Minangkabau Restaurant, I introduced to the others my favorite Nasi Padang. Nasi Padang hails its origin from the Padang province just below North Sumatera. It is an array of dishes being served with white rice, cooked in traditional Padang ways. Every items, almost ubiquitously is spicy. At first, they were hesitant to try it because they were not so used to it, but I guess later, they had accepted the fact that they were in a foreign land and this is the kind of food they are going to face for the couple of days. 

Lunch only took us around 30 minutes and we proceeded to the town of Pematang which is where the ascend started to begin. Lake Toba is actually located 900 meters above sea level. We arrived at Pematang around 12.50 pm. The main attraction in this town is a famous cookie or shall I say a range of cookies made from peanuts.




  The preparation methods differ thus giving them a variation of taste and flavor. Their names are unique. Some of them are called Ting Ting, some Teng Teng and etc. After giving us samples to taste, the factory owner was trying to sell some of the products to us. We bought some of these as they did taste good and the price was very cheap indeed. 

After the short stop here, we continued the journey to Parapat. I was told by the driver, it is another 1 hour drive from here, and once again that depends on the traffic.
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Jay on

Ting Ting Teng Teng...hehehe sounds like a xylophone class but looks yummy though.

greekcypriot on

I wonder what the ting ting taste would be!!
Enjoy your trip Venoth

venoth on

Hi Jay, yes, amusing names exactly like the stroke of a xylophone. There's Ting Ting, Teng Teng, Tang Tang, Tong Tong and etc. hehehe But all of them are know as Paten.

venoth on

Hi Greekcypriot, typically sweet. Thank you so much for your kind comments.

venoth on

Hi Sridhar, yes, but that was specifically the Southern portion of Sumatra which included the districts of Palembang, Bengkulu & Jambi. Northern was more under the influence of the Malay / Muslim rulers and in certain areas Buddhism and Christianity.

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