Don’t waste your time arguing with bus drivers. They can be stubborn, so it’s better just to move on.
Don’t be surprised if locals get excited if you tell them you spent time in Medan as a child or are half-Batak.
If you have ever been in Jakarta, you likely have seen some really bad driving by bus drivers. Well, lots of the drivers come from Medan and the streets here can make the streets in Jakarta look tame by comparison. If you can drive in Medan, you can drive anywhere.
If you are shopping in a traditional market like Petisah, Sambu or Melati, dress down or you are likely to find yourself paying more.
Medan is famous for its spicy food, so take care. You can ask for your chilli on the side to try and keep the temperature down.
Women, don’t be surprised if local men call you “Ito”. It’s a term of respect for women.