On the 3rd morning, we went to see the 2 volcanoes, Mt. Sinabung & Mt. Sibayak.
We visited their local fruit market intending to look for passion fruit and pineapples. I think it’s due to the fertile soil in Medan, their fruits are extremely sweet & juicy. The people in the market were very friendly & helpful. Even though we had a language barrier, we still tried asking them where we could find pineapples, because the pineapples were no where to be found. We also sat on a horse carriage and one of my friend went for horse riding.
Upon arrival at Medan, we passed by the Grand Mosque, Tjong Afie Mansion, Medan City Hall and General Post Office. One of the city’s landmark is the water tower which is used to supply water to the city of Medan. We went inside Maimoon Palace Historical Building which was built in 1888, the building had an interesting and unique architectural design. We had to remove our footwear when we enter the building. Across the walls and ceilings of this building, we can find beautiful, complicated and detailed colourful ornaments.
After visiting the Maimoon Palace, we went for coffee at Otten Coffee. Quite a nice cafe with interesting interior. At Otten coffee house, they let us try the coffee for free, before we decide whether to buy their coffee powder. They specialize in 100% Sumatra coffee and roast their coffee daily to ensure the freshness of every cup. We did not buy the coffee powder in the end, because we felt it was too bitter & acidic.
JL. KRUING NO 3.E-F
MEDAN – NORTH SUMATRA
EMAIL : firstname.lastname@example.org
We checked-in to Emerald Garden hotel on our 3rd evening. I liked this hotel a lot because it has free wifi in the hotel room and lobby, their toilets are clean, they even have flat screen smart TV in the room. They have good breakfast too, at least there are some western choices in their breakfast buffet. We felt very blessed to have some western breakfast after having Indonesian food for the past few days.
However, if 3 person were to share a room, it is not advisable to choose this hotel. This is because they will add an additional small bed for the 3rd person, their additional bed is very small and hard! It is like sleeping on metal grills, there isn’t any cushion under the bed sheet. I had a backache and could not sleep well for the whole night on that additional bed. However, their normal beds are very soft and comfortable. So it is more suitable for 1 or 2 person to share a room.
Other than the bad additional bed, their swimming pool looks very dirty and dilapidated, there’s even construction work being done at the poolside.
Emerald Garden International Hotel
Jl. K.L. Yos Sudarso No. 1, Medan 20235 – Indonesia
Phone: 061-6611-888 Fax: 061-6622-888
We were also given free time to try Indonesian massage and body scrub at Gandara Spa. Gandara Spa looks very cozy and gives people a soothing feel once you enter the place. The interior looked very posh too. They allocated a room for 3 of us to do our massage together. The massage is done professionally, I felt very refreshed and relaxed after that. All 3 of us noticed that our skin became visibly fairer after the body scrub.
Jalan Tamir Hamzah Komp.Griya Riatur
Block G No.112, Medan 20117, Indonesia