Sumatra is the fifth largest island in the world, famous for its unique mountain landscapes, beautiful lakes, endless beaches, rich history and unique original culture. By its popularity Sumatra can only be compared with two Indonesian islands, Java and Bali.
The capital - the city of Medan - is the historical and cultural center of the island. The city was founded in the early 19th century. These days, more than one hundred of the most valuable architectural monuments are situated there. Palace of Istana Maimon, modern monuments and temples, Masjid Raya - those are the most remarkable places that are recommended to every traveler.
Nature lovers can go on a trip to Lake Toba and explore picturesque foothill areas, waterfalls and coffee plantations. Toba is the largest lake in Southeast Asia. In the center of the lake there is the island of Samosir, visiting which you can learn many interesting facts about the history and life of local residents. There are several craft and souvenir shops on the island, where you can buy souvenirs. At the lakeside there is the modern resort of Parapat. The lovely hotel reminiscent of ancient palaces, luxury restaurants and entertainment venues would make vacations amazing. There are all necessary for water sports on the beach; the local craft store would amaze visitors. Artisans will welcome students in all comers.