13 Feb 2013
This year, Chinese New Year fell on 10 Feb, 2013. Felt a waste if did not fully utilize CNY holiday, I scouted for cheap air tickets last minute. Found KL-Medan return ticket for less than RM400/pax, felt it reasonably price for 1 hour travel, why not try Lake Toba this time?
After committed for air tickets, I started researching information about Toba and Medan, felt a sucker when I read some blogs where other people got return KL-Medan ticket for less than RM100, but what to do, it is CNY and everything is expensive, including hotels in Toba Lake.
Arrived Medan at 8.45am local time, check out process did not take long and found driver Mr Sam already waiting at Arrival Hall with a tank card with my name.
Sam was courteous and spoke good English, we were advised there will be a 4 hours car ride to Parapat and we would take our breakfast in an hour time
Sam stopped us at this restaurant where we had Indonesian food, ambience was good but find food ordinary and price was definitely not cheap.
Found this fish head quite tasty though, the gravy was like our Penang asam laksa and the fish’s texture is smooth
The chicken is sweet and they used Kampung chicken, which I found the flesh a bit hard
Ambience wise was definitely not bad and clean
We continued our journey after breakfast and along the way, we saw oil palm estates, rubber estates, Batak style churches, schools, both Pekan Baru town and Permatang Siantar, before finally reaching Parapat. This route was however, smooth and the road condition was good compared what we experienced the next day.