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Medan is a modern city and the capital of the Indonesian province of North Sumatra. It's relatively undiscovered so you can enjoy the authentic charms of the local culture, plus there's some great nightlife too. There are some delicious eateries including atmospheric places in the night market, making the city a must for those looking to go off the beaten track in this part of the world.
Medan flights arrive at Polonia Airport, with a flight to Medan taking around 16 hours. There are direct flights from the UK and cheap Medan flights are easy to come by with a little planning. The airport is just a couple of miles south of the city with the transfer between city and airport taking just 15 minutes.
To get around after Medan flights touch down you have a variety of options. Choose from becaks (motorised rickshaws) or taxis for easy travel within the city. Getting out of the city and moving around the country there are good rail links and air-conditioned buses. Cheap Medan car hire is another alternative, giving you the chance to travel both around the city and within the country under your own steam.
Medan has many interesting buildings dating back to the era when it was a Dutch colony. These buildings are art deco in style and include the City Hall building and the post office. Maimoon Palace and the Grand Mosque are well worth a visit, and the mosque has a remarkable and unusual black dome. For those who enjoy shopping there is the modern Sun Plaza which opened recently and plenty of places to buy arts and crafts. When looking for a hotel Medan has a range to suit all budgets.