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Medan's most visited attraction is the Multi Adventure of Sumatra. It also has some pretty nice caving and hiking, and a decent number of travelers making their way through Indonesia stop by Medan to check them out. Take a look at this Medan travel guide to find out more about things to see and do there.
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Medan is the capital of North Sumatra and the third largest city of Indonesia with a population of around 2,5 million. The province of North Sumatra is home to many of Sumatra's most popular attractions, including the jewel of the crown, Lake Toba. Other attractions are the Orangutan Rehabilitation Center of Bahorok, the Karo and Batak highlands around Brastagi and Parapat, and Nias islands off the west coast. 
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Medan is not a real tourist destination. If I didn't have family there, I wouldn't visit the place. It can be used as a startpoint. You can go to lake Toba from Medan. You have the Orang Utang reserve as well, but they are all a few hours drive outside of the city. There is a crocodile farm in the city but it is quite shocking. Greenpeace or Gaia would get a fit, if they would see it. Once outside the city it is very nice but the traffice everywhere is hectic and the roads are less than perfect. It is really for the hardcore backpacker to do this.
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Big, busy, noisy and dirty city but with a lot of friendly people. Perfect place to start for take offs to Bukit Lawang, Lake Toba, Berastagi. Next to the big mosque and across the MC Donald,you'll find a restaurant/cafe runned by an Ozzy, with alcohol and western food.
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