I was in Medan, North Sumatra 5-14 Dec 2022 and I stayed at the Deli River & Omlandia Restaurant hotel. These folks arranged my tour to Samosir island( Lake Toba), returning via Brastagi; anor shorter trip to Ka. Lawanq forest. I am all praises for the tour package arranged for me. It was not too heavily packed for the 3 night tour to Samosir isle and return. Aside from the lousy weather understandable- end of monsoon period), it was a beautifully hotel on the island literally on the shores of the idyllic and placid waters of L. Toba.
Hotel aside, cultural sites aside, what stands out as outstanding and highly commendable is the driver and the vehicle given for my use. The driver, Ucok Erwan was more than a driver to me. A gentleman, polite and one wt deep knowledge of the place, he served as my informal tour guide as well. If one prefers quiet time, one simply has to tell him and he respects our need for quiet time. I was recovering from a bad back and having been advised by the management of Tri- Jaya, Ucok took great pains emphasis added) to make it as comfy a journey for me. I am truly indebted to him and the tour company.
Apart from that, Ucok was also always thinking on his feet and quickly changed my return route in view of the never ending heavy rsins( fear of landslides), but only after seeking my agreement; but without compromising on the sites we had in my plan.
My day trip to Bkt. Lawang to see orang utans in the wild is anor outing that I will never forget. Here, apart from the ride, it was pre arranged that a local guide would accompany me on my jungle sojourn. I can't recall the local guide's name(I think it was a Mr. Shukri- but Ucok n Tri Jaya will know), always gently held my arms/ hands to ensure that I did not slip and fall in the really wet and slippery hill slopes of the jungle.
In sum, my holidays in Medan, 5-14 Dec 2022 is certainly memorable and you can bet that I will do it again, wt Tri Jaya tours of course, to cover Lake Toba, Brastagi ( mainly bc the weather was so horrible that I could hardly see the volcanoes), apart from other areas of this idyllic island of Sumatra. And I would, would visit orang utans sgsin - with my favorite driver, Ucok Erwan. Thank u.