North Sumatra accommodation recommendations
Replies: 40 - Last Post: Oct 24, 2013 11:45 PM Last Post By: buksida
Sep 3, 2013 9:24 PM
North Sumatra accommodation recommendationsSpending three weeks travelling around north Sumatra with our two children (8 & 6). Already found somewhere on Pulau Weh to stay and dive but looking for recommendations for family friendly places to stay for a few days in the following:
Tuktuk (Lake Toba)
Budget around $30-$40 per night.
Sep 4, 2013 1:30 AM
Sep 4, 2013 1:51 AM
2and a 'must read' report on Bukit Lawang/Tangkahan by a traveller who had 2 young children travelling with her as well.
A few weeks ago I checked with Mega from Mega Inn about the costs of riding and washing elephants in Tangkahan.
One hour elephant ride and washing costs 650,000 rupiah/adult.
Children - 0-6 get 50% discount.
" - 7-12 get 25% discount
Other worthwhile information on Tangkahan can be found HERE.
Sep 4, 2013 7:42 AM
Sep 4, 2013 11:46 PM
4Thanks for the link, that was a great trip report, we may spend an extra day or two in Bukit Lawang now and will probably book transport from the airport to save staying a night in Medan.
Anyone any thoughts on Berastagi accommodation?
Checked out Carolina, thanks - there are a few similar outfits around that headland.
Is it busy in October? Would rather have the flexibility with the dates than book accommodation all in advance.
Sep 5, 2013 12:33 AM
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Sep 5, 2013 2:26 AM
Sep 5, 2013 2:33 PM
8We stayed with our two children in Wisma Leuser Sibayak for the last two months.
The best room with children are the bungalows. 100,000rp is the room rate, but 'extra bed' (mattress on the floor) is extra. Poster #8 appears to be a spammer, I would ignore the accommodation listing there.
Elephant rides (Tangkahan) are quite uncomfortable and the price is too high. Washing the elephant in the river is a much nicer, cheaper experience, and whereas elephant rides are relatively common in Asia, the elephant washing in this format is quite unique.
Sep 6, 2013 9:25 PM
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Sep 7, 2013 6:49 PM
11For a comfortable, well-run, midrange place in an excellent location at Bukit Lawang, Jungle Inn is very nice.
Unless you're there on the week-end or a holiday, Tuk-Tuk has far more rooms than visitors. Tabo Cottages is midrange, with a variety of rooms, again very nicely located. Next door is the excellent Horas Family Home. Both can be booked online. Cheaper and more rustic, but still very nice, is Romlan's, a long-time winner.
Sep 8, 2013 9:23 AM
Sep 8, 2013 8:24 PM
13Thanks, contacted Jungle Inn.
Still struggling for family accommodation in Berastagi. Its either budget backpacker shoe boxes or big bucks four/five star places the hike prices at weekends with very little in between. Listings in the LP are woefully thin and Google searches just return multiple Trip Advisor pages.
Sep 9, 2013 6:33 PM
14Very often, Trip Advisor Reviews are your best bet. I last stayed in Berastagi 20 years ago, and it was very small. In those days, Wisma Sibayak was the backpaker's home base. However, I've passed through twice on the way to Danau Toba in the past two years, and the place has become a sprawling mess as Medan has boomed. What's the attraction? Unless you're hiking up Gunung Sibayak, there's not a lot of thrills.
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