North Sumatra

The charming village of Dokan is around 16km south of Kabanjahe. Some half a dozen traditional houses can be found here and they're all occupied, which makes the place more interesting than any of the museum-like traditional buildings you might have seen elsewhere. However, as they remain family homes you’re unlikely to be invited inside to look around. You can get here by the occasional direct minibus from Kabanjahe (7000Rp).

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1. Museum Karolingga

7.62 MILES

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2. Air Terjun Sipiso-Piso

7.69 MILES

These narrow but impressive falls cascade 120m down to the northern end of Danau Toba, 24km from Kabanjahe and about 300m from the main road. It's worth a…

3. Lingga

7.85 MILES

The most visited of the villages around Berastagi, Lingga, a few kilometres northwest of Kabanjahe, has just a couple of traditional houses with…

4. Giant Cabbage

11.29 MILES

Berastagi’s most prominent landmark is this homage to the humble cabbage, erected in 1972 as a 'thank you' for the riches it brought to the local economy.

5. Taman Alam Lumbini

11.57 MILES

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6. Museum Pusaka Karo

11.67 MILES

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8. St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

11.79 MILES

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