Fun Staycation at Taman Simalem Resort, Medan

On the 2nd day at Medan, we prepared ourselves to visit the famous "Lake Toba" located outside of Medan, it is the largest volcanic lake in the world and is in Sumatra. The lake is so big that it has an island within the center of the lake, called Samosir Island. But, we're not exactly heading towards the lake itself, to get a better view of the lake, we went towards Taman Simalem Resort, a resort area located on a mountain next to the magnificent lake. We were sure enough, the view has got to be a whole lot better from above.

We took off from Medan around 2 PM, and the journey took us more or less around 3 to 4 hours of car ride. It is a long way to go from Medan to the resort, and the traffic was pretty much f***ed up. Road signs weren't much of a help either, we had to ask around the locals for directions as we kept on getting lost throughout the intersections. But we somehow managed to arrive earlier since we exceeded the usual speed limits though.

We planned on catching the sunset on the mountain by the time we get there. But unfortunately, the sun has already set even when we were still on our way there. So we just went ahead to our room to put all of our stuffs down and head for dinner before having an early rest after the long mountain ride.

So yeah, forget about the sunset, we're gonna rest early and prepare for an early morning the next day to catch the sunrise!

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Early morning at Taman Simalem Resort, we woke up at approximately 5.20 AM, while getting ready to set off to catch the sunrise, we checked online to find out that the sunrise will be seen on 6.30 AM that morning, that gives us enough time to prepare ourselves to see the sunrise.

We got out of our room at 6.00 AM only to find out that the weather wasn't really that good and everything was foggy. We couldn't really do anything much besides praying and hoping that the fog would clear out as soon as possible. Seriously, our chance of seeing the sunrise has just gotten thinner.

Upon arriving at One Tree Hill, the said to be the best spot to catch the sunrise, the fog has subsided a bit, but it's still there, covering most of the lovely view of Lake Toba. We just sat inside the car while waiting for the sky to get brighter. And as time passes on, more cars arrive one by one, supposedly to catch the sunrise as well.


And since it was August 17th, which is also Indonesia's Independence Day. We celebrated it by bringing the flag all the way up there! The feeling was pretty good and as we brought the flag around, another group of tourists also borrowed the flag to take some photos.


Yeah, so in the end, we didn't manage to catch the sunrise, but we still took some photos there anyway. Afterwards, we head on back to the hotel to have our breakfasts, as to fuel ourselves before we start trekking into the forest, yes, you read it right, we're gonna trek into the forest!

Breakfast with a view


Trekking is something new to me, I have hardly ever trekked before. The high altitude makes oxygen scarce and hard to breathe properly. Not to mention that the uneven ground is also a challenge as we have to be careful with our steps so as not to trip down to the steep cliff just right beside our path.
But with that being said, the beautiful nature, the feel, and everything just makes you feel like you have to keep on going forward! It is somehow very relaxing and motivating.


After trekking, we went to a nearby cafe in the resort, "Kodon Kodon Cafe", to grab some snacks and replenish our energies again. The cafe provides several medium-sized separated chambers for us to relax ourselves and the view is simply gorgeous! We spent quite a lot of time there chatting away while the rain starts to pour down, washing away all of our fatigue.

The view from the chamber in Kodon Kodon Cafe. (Sadly, the fog is still there)
Healthy Juice; Pineapple, Carrot, Pakcoy, Orange

In the afternoon, the sky had gotten a lot clearer than before. Most of the mist seems to have subsided due to the pouring rain. The temperature has also become a lot warmer by then. We went to the golf course for a quick session of golf and ventured around the resort for sightseeing.
The resort is really huge and there were simply plenty of places that we haven't been to yet, but we didn't really have any much time left.

We went around for sightseeing, and the view was magnificent even when the fog was still there. There were plenty of trees, green mountains all around, and the place is very well maintained. The air is mostly cool and breezy throughout the whole day.



For dinner, it was a steamboat party! Woohoo, we were so excited. The steamboat has got to be the best dish for a cold night on the mountain. And they provided quite a lot of ingredients for the steamboat as well. YUM!

There were eggs, quail eggs, crab sticks, meatballs, fish balls, fish cakes, silken tofu, prawns, sea cucumbers, various sliced seafoods, etc. I couldn't even remember all of the ingredients used. All I could remember was the awesome taste and warmth that exudes from the steamboat pot.


Voila! That was how our steamboat dinner looked like, the smoke was puffing out of the steamboat like a coal train dashing through the railway. Totally awesome and comforting to the tummy. It simply warms up your whole body.

Time flies very fast when you're having fun indeed, it was our last night staying at Simalem Resort as we would be checking out from the resort the next day and we simply couldn't bear to leave just yet. But what could we do to stop the time, we just had to accept it and come back another time.

The last part of the Medan trip will be up on the blog soon, where we finally got a clear sky for the a lovely view and several last stops before leaving Medan. See you there!

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