Medan, the largest city outside Java, is rich in various natural attractions that will amaze anyone. The Bukit Barisan Mountains that stretch from north to south already guarantee the availability of beautiful panoramas. As a bonus, in these mountains are Lake Toba and Samosir Island, whose beauty is well known abroad.
But for those of you who feel that the main tourist attractions of Lake Toba are too mainstream, there’s nothing wrong with coming with us to explore the other side of Lake Toba and other natural attractions that are no less stunning. Let’s explore other natural landscapes, both in the mountains and beaches, each of which has its uniqueness.
Well, before starting to pack up for you lovers of nature tourism, it’s a good idea to open and review your itinerary and be prepared to meet the charms of new natural attractions in Medan that are no less exciting.
- Experience the unique white snow that doesn’t make you freeze: White Crater Dolok Tinggi Raja
There’s no snow here. Instead, this is a hot crater with turquoise water. This crater is surrounded by white limestone, so the water looks like a stretch of ice.
This place is quite similar to the White Crater in the Ciwidey area, West Java. But this place is much quieter and hasn’t been too exposed by travelers.
There is also a stream of water that blends with the outpouring of hot water. However, this combination of water does not feel hot, so many visitors use it for bathing.
- The thrill of going through rapids in the middle of the forest: Wampu River Rafting
Wampu River does have a variety of unique and exciting offers for you. Challenging rapids, tropical forest charm, waterfalls, and stunning river valley views. Sometimes, you can see the activities of local people fishing in the river, interesting, right?
This river has several tributaries that will make your rafting adventure even more memorable. The frequent trails usually start from Marike Village and end at the Bahorok Bridge.
If you’re still feeling unsatisfied, it’s a good idea to stop at the hot springs that are also available there to relax for a while.
- Enjoy the beauty of nature from the top of the treehouse: Bukit Indah Simarjarunjung
Bukit Indah Simarjarunjung also becomes a favorite destination to enjoy the beauty of Lake Toba. And now it becomes even more enjoyable with the construction of some unique treehouses.
Imagine that you are feeling the coolness of the air that pierces your skin while watching migratory birds, and the beauty of Lake Toba and Samosir Island, and the green forest of the Bukit Barisan Mountains from a treehouse!
True, all that you can do here, you know. The most spectacular view is at sunset!
There is also a mini flying fox, but it’s quite interesting to try.
- It’s fun to see the flow of water breaking through the rocks: Snow Beach
Disclaimer: This place is named “Snow Beach” with quotes because it’s not a beach and doesn’t snow. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything out of the ordinary here.
This place is a river whose flow is filled with various unique rocks. The river’s water flow goes hand in hand and breaks as it hits rocks, which locals say becomes “snow.”
Many rocks which sticking out in the middle of the river give their uniqueness. So take the time to stop at this ideal spot to add to your photo collection!
The facilities of this place are not widely available. However, you can rent tires from the surrounding community to enjoy the cool water there.
- Relax and enjoy the beauty of the “beach” on the mountain: Bukit Paropo Silalahi
The beach on the mountain? Okay, this is not a natural beach because actually, this “beach” is “Lake Toba Beach.” Indeed, because of its breadth, Lake Toba already resembles the sea, and one of its beautiful “beaches” is Paropo Hill.
Paropo Hill is a tourist destination that is on the rise. From here you can enjoy the blue water of Lake Toba, which is not inferior to the charm of the world-famous beaches!
This beautiful “beach” stretches up to 28 km. Also, witness the beautiful nature paintings when green mountains meet the clear water of Lake Toba.
- Play with elephants and discover the beauty of nature behind the thick forest: Tangkahan – Langkat
Behind the thick forest in Gunung Leuser National Park, hidden an exciting tourist spot that has been loved by many travelers: Tangkahan.
One of the attractions of this place is that travelers can bathe the elephants while in the middle of the thick forest.
For those who are not satisfied walking around the forest and playing with elephants, there are trekking paths with no less interesting views.
Tangkahan also has several waterfalls whose water is obvious, you know. You can choose to swim or just soak in the cool.
Before you plan a trip to Medan, be sure to read more about Medan and Indonesia by visiting Wonderful Indonesia.