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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Medan Holiday - Berastagi ( Day 2 )

We're currently on a short break in Medan, Indonesia. Yup - hubby, Elyssa, myself and my 30 week pregnant belly. Probably my last chance to follow hubby on a business trip before I get too big!

His official work part is Mon to Weds, but we flew in earlier on Sat for a little family holiday. For Day 2 (will write about Day 1 later) we chartered a taxi to Berastagi, a highland town about 2 hours away from Medan.

Berastagi is actually half way to Lake Toba, but we decided to give Lake Toba a miss cos there were lots of online reviews about very bad road conditions. Turned out to be a good decision - 2 hours was bearable (some parts of the road were just full of potholes! a horse could have gone faster than a car. but overall, not as bad as I feared), but 4 hours would have been a torture!

Some photos taken in Berastagi town -

View of the volcano

My princess and I

I loved the cool weather and the scenery!


There were plenty of horses for riding - either on horseback or in a carriage
Fixed pricing so we didn't have to negotiate
3 of us in a carriage
25,000 rupiah (slightly less than RM10) for a 10 minute ride. Elyssa was so excited!!




For our late lunch, hubby was a little worried that our stomachs couldn't handle the roadside stall food hygiene, so we asked the taxi driver to bring us to one of the nicer hotels.

Our lunch
Simple but tasty fried noodles and rice. (110,000 Rupiah, approx RM40). We sat out in the open so it was really nice

Happy girl posing after lunch

Blur photo of a fruit stall, taken from the moving taxi
Plenty of these stalls on the way


The journey back from Berastagi to Medan took us almost 3 hours! There were more vehicles so that created a backlog at some parts of the road that which were full of potholes.

So, was the day trip worth it? Well, the journey back and forth was longer than the amount of time we actually spent in Berastagi itself. Also, travelling with my pregnant belly and a young child meant we had to miss some of the key highlights of the town such as trekking up to the volcano crater and trekking up to the hot springs.

But still no regrets cos we had an extra day to spare. The cool weather (almost like Cameron Highlands) and views were lovely. And it was indeed an eye opener to see the living conditions of the locals as we moved further and further away from Medan town. We also coudn't help thinking that the government could better develop tourism in Berastagi simply by improving the road conditions. After all, it's less than 70km away from Medan! Imagine spending 2-3 hours on the road for that short distance.

6 comments:

Alice said...

nice trip huh......reading your post made me itchy to go holiday also....hehehe
have a safe pregnancy huh.......

Mommy to Chumsy said...

wow holiday again???? you are so lucky :) love the photos. look like a very nice place.

ChloeRuoyi said...

Wah, holiday again! Elyssa and you are so lucky :)

Yes, all I can remember of Berastagi is the bad road! I holidayed there with my parents when I was a teenager. I had very bad motion sickness and puked on every journey throughout our 5D4N trip :(

Mummy Moon said...

Nice pictures. I bet you have a great holiday in Medan. I would visit Berastagi if I go to Medan one day.

Kristie said...

happy holidays!!!! envy lah, u guys get to travel so much :)

Mummy Gwen said...

You look great in the photos. :) Looks like a nice place to visit.