Maxx-M - - TRAVELING -

Medan has a new air­port, Kualanamu. If this is your first time vis­it­ing Medan, you can take the train from the air­port to ex­pe­ri­ence the sights of Medan. If you are trav­el­ling with friends, a cab is cheaper than the train (the train costs about 100,000 ru­piah).

Durian, mer­anti and bika Am­bon are amongst Medan’s fa­mous foods. You can find what some say is the best durian on earth at Ucok Durian, on Jalan Iskan­dar Muda. Jalan Ma­japahit is fa­mous for bika Am­bon and Jalan Kru­ing for mer­anti.

If you like pork you have to try the Chi­nese food in the Pring­gan area, in­clud­ing the grilled pork on Jalan Darat.

Ex­plore old dis­tricts of the city like Merdeka Walk and Jalan Ah­mad Yani, and visit the iconic restau­rant Tip Top there.

Don’t for­get to visit spir­i­tual places like Al Mashun mosque, Gu­nung Timur Bud­dhist tem­ple, An­nai Ve­langkanni Catholic church and Shri Mari­amman Hindu tem­ple to ex­pe­ri­ence the rich cul­ture and spir­i­tu­al­ism of Medan.

Say “Ho­ras,” when you meet lo­cals. The greet­ing means, “How are you?” It’s a good ice­breaker and lo­cals will be pleased that you are mak­ing an ef­fort with the lan­guage.

Ex­plore the sec­ond-hand mar­kets around Sambu, Me­lati and Si­ma­l­ingkar.

One of the best ways to see Medan by night is on a mo­tor­cy­cle pedi­cab.

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