21-25 December 2014.
It took quite some time to write a new entry, especially when its about traveling, and especially when my mind is not at ease.
Lucky we had guided tour this time, so everything is well organized, including foods. Yes, I think my stomach had super culture shock for the various and plenty foods they provided. Ohh poor my tummy..
We arrived at Kuala Namu International Airport around 8.30 a.m. and met the tour guard for our 5D4N stay in Medan. By taking bus provided by the tour agent, we leaved for Parapat Lake Toba, the 2nd largest volcanic lake in the world, via Tebing Tinggi. This 176km journey took around 5 hours drive to the Danau Toba Cottage Parapat hotel, and passed by some plantations and small towns along the street. We stopped by at one of souvenir shop, and had our lunch and continue our journey to the hotel. Later we had no program, and had our Minang style dinner at the local restaurant.
After had breakfast at the hotel, and checked out the hotel, we rode a boat to Samosir island to experience and see the culture, traditional houses, and ancient sites of Batak tribe. We visited Ambarita village with the stone chairs of King Siallagan, where the elders held a meeting to decide the fate of captured enemy, because the Toba Batak people of the past still adhered to cannibalism. The last visit was Tomok village to see the old tomb of King Sidabutar. Returned to main island, we leaved for Berastagi, a mountainous resort at Karo regency, well-known for its plantations and various kind of flowers, vegetables and fruits. Arrived at Berastagi, after checked in the Horison Berastagi Hotel, we had dinner served at local restaurant. Some of us decided to go to hot spring, but I decided to rest at the hotel.
|Heading to Samosir Island!|
|The view reminds me of Davos, Switzerland.|
|The ladies in the family. We really don't look like real siblings!|
|Spotted. German language written on board. Hehee|
|Old tomb of King Sidabutar at Tomok Village.|
After breakfast, we visited Gundaling for the scenic of Tanah Karo, and Pasar Buah traditional market for shopping. Enroute stopped at Simarjarunjung for the scenic view of Sipiso-Piso waterfall. We then leaved Berastagi for Medan, 2 hours drive, and the enroute stopped at Pagoda Swevdagon. As we arrive at Medan, we visited Istana Maimoon, Mesjid Raya, and had city sight seeing. Later we checked in Polonia Hotel, had dinner served at local restaurant.
|Behind me is Mount Sinabung, among 130 actively volcanoes in Indonesia.|
|Not so strawberry picking.|
|"Really? No strawberries at all?"|
My #misimencariistana is now continue to another country with different architecture, different history.
Maimun Palace (Indonesian: Istana Maimun) is a royal palace of Sultanate of Deli and also a well-known landmark in Medan. This kingdom was once part of the Aceh Sultanate but seceded from it in 1669. Maimun Palace was built by the 9th Sultan of Deli, Sultan Maimun Al Rasyid Perkasa, under whose auspices construction began in 1888 and completed in 1891.
We had shopping tour at shopping centre. I don't fancy this activity too much, yet I have no choice.
We had breakfast, ready for check out at 11 a.m., had Ayam Penyet for lunch at local restaurant, and arrived at the airport around 2 p.m. for check in. We arrived in Kuala Lumpur at 5.45 p.m. and I was all ready to rest for super super super long holiday.
P.s. Did I mention I miss you, baby? hehee ohh *cries*