Berastagi is a town in North Sumatra, Indonesia.
From Medan: For a bus to Berastagi go to Jalan Ginting, Padang Bulan Medan. A taxi from the city center takes about 30 minutes and costs 35.000 Rp. From here take the bus company "Sumatera Transport". The drive to Berastagi takes between 1.5 and 2 hours and costs 10.000 Rp per person.
From Parapat: At the pier for Tuk Tuk ferries there is a booking agent. From here you can go to Berastagi every hour ( 7am - 7 pm) with mini busses. The price 120 000.
From Kuala Namu Airport, there is direct bus to Kabanjahe which pass by berastagi. Turn right after get out from airport, you will see buses and counter. Tell them you are going to berastagi,they will show you the bus. It is small bus and cost 40k only. It takes around 3hours. You may show driver your hotel and he could stop near to hotel at the main road.
Buses service many of the surrounding villages as is the case in the rest of Indonesia. Prices are similar to those elsewhere in Indonesia. Many run along the main road all the time. Central market is main stop.
Sibayak, Sinabung mountains, Sipiso-piso Falls, Traditional Karonese House at Lingga Village, Lake Toba (Tongging).
The tourist info is very helpful, it's at the top of the main drag by the fruit market. However, booking trips may be cheaper with local agencies, for example Losmen Sibayak Guesthouse (in the centre, next to BRI bank).
A climb of Gunung Sibayak is a must. A guide is not required but the path could be very slippery after rain, steep and confusing in some areas.
Catch a minivan from the town to the bottom of the mountain. (Rp 3000)or walk it up from the town (around 40 minutes, nothing interesting on the way up). You could be asked to pay a fee of Rp 4,000 at the begining of the trek. The walk starts off by ascending a road paved the entire way up. When you reach "white rocks" on the left of the way, climb there and follow a narrow path, soon you'll find some stairs on the way up. It is a tough walk and water and snacks are a must, but those a basic level of fitness should be able to complete this with rests along the way. For people with some mountain experiance no problem at all. Don't go alone, wear good shoes. 1.5-2h hours from bottom to summit.
The crater of Gunung Sibayak is filled with rocks that tourists have inevitably made into all sorts of shapes and words. From here, a good way to descend the mountain is to head off over the far side of the crater (3 o clock) down some very slippery surfaces. Beware though, there are some who have ended up getting seriously lost. In particular, avoid the trail that heads behind the antenna hill; you want to be heading down the opposite direction. Be extra cautious in foggy weather. Alternatively, easier and safer, walk back the same way you came and about 25? minutes from the summit a road veers off to the left (if going downhill). This will bring you to Semangat Gunung, the hot springs village.(1 hour?)
From here, transport back to Berastagi is as easy as jumping on the first bus seen, not very often and last one around 6pm.
You can also go to Gunung Sinabung, the easiest way is to take a minibus to Danau Kawar (a lake at the foot of the volcano) and then hike up (you should ask for directions as the beginning is not obvious). After the initial pass through the farms the path is impossible to miss (although the usual stories about lost/dead tourists exist and are listed at the tourist information office in Berestagi), so no guide should be necessary. Good views from the top (weather permiting)and excellent walk through the jungle (the walk up to Sibayak is not quite so pleasan). 10 hrs hike.
Try betelnuts from the market. You buy the leaves, a paste, tobacco and a red nut. All are mixed on the leaf, rolled and chewed. The paste is lime so it has a kick to it.
- ATM, (In the main street). There are two banks with ATMs: Mandiri and BRI. edit
Chinese restaurant in the main street has some good eating options and hot food. Food streets are opened along the side of main street after dark. Many type of Indonesian foods are available, mostly 'Ikan Bakar' (Grilled Fish).
For an adventure try the local specialty called babi panggang. It's pork meat in a special sauce.
- Europe Chinese restaurant. On the main road, close to the tourist market. Good and clean.
- Wisma Sibayak Western dishes. They use mainly fresh ingredients. They also have a European quality natural yogurt. Be prepared to wait, as it takes time to prepare meals from fresh ingredients. Location is at the city center, near the road to Lake Kawar. Tel: 0628-91104
- Jabu Berastagi. Hip restaurant/lounge, but not expensive. Western and traditional dishes. They have a large variety of good coffee and you can choose from many brewing techniques. A little bit hidden up Jl. Perwira, about 10 min walk from the center
Try the palm wine known as tuak at a local tuak house. Don't be surprised if someone breaks out a kecapi and starts singing. You can also snack on snake, monitor lizard, and dog meat.
- Hotel CitiHoliday Stoomvaart, Jl. Letjen. Jamin Ginting, . Located at the historic site of Djakarta Lloyd resort house (old dutch colonial resort), dated from 1922. It is nestled on top of a small hill with nice view and breezy wind. Next to old Bukit Kubu park. This hotel is excellent for budget traveler. Usually only open on weekends and public holidays. Will also open for group booking on weekdays. Rp 160000/night (non-peak season). edit
- Horison Berastagi, Jalan Jamin Ginting, ☎ (0628) 91999, . Located in Berastagi, North Sumatra, Indonesia. It's a 2-hour drive from Medan — simply go to the Padang Bulan Bus Terminal where there are aplenty of buses going to Berastagi. All rooms equipped with Wi-Fi Internet access, Mini-refrigerator, Sofa and table. Some of its facilities and services are Swimming pool, Restaurant, bar and Room service. Berastagi is well-known for its array of flowers and agricultural produce. Many visitors love its Lake Toba, but you should also see these remarkable places: Gunung Sinabung Volcano, Tahura National Park and Sikulikap Waterfall.for to see many interested place you have to use car taxi and guide to volcano:call +6285297589379 Rates start at 380,005.00 IDR. edit
- Hotel Sibayak Internasional is a four-star property located on the road leading up to Gundaling Hills which is the scenic point for viewing the two volcanoes : Sibayak and Sinabung. The hotel has 112 rooms divided into several types including cottages. Facilities include heated swimming pool, restaurant, lounge, pub, karaoke and business centre with internet access. The decor is mostly wooden with ornamental colours of the local Batak tribe. It is the only starred-hotel within walking distance ( 5 minutes ) of the traditional fruits and vegetables market of Berastagi. A good discount on the already low published rate is readily given if you ask for it, barring peak holiday seasons of Muslim New Year or Christmas-New Year.
- Wisma Sibayak is located on the Southern end of the main street near a roundpoint with a big green cabbage sculpture, and is quite suitably located. There are two classes of rooms and even the premium rooms are very basic. Basic rooms Rp 50,000. Premium (with balcony) Rp 100,000. This hotel option will be suitable for all but the most fussy traveller. Toilets are operated by bucket and shower is cold water. As the altitude of Berastagi is approximately 1300m, it can sometimes be very uncomfortable to shower with the cold water. Hot shower costs Rp 10,000 extra. Helpful staff with many useful information and maps for visiting tourist attractions around the city. Also good for booking transportation to Toba Lake or to Gunnung Sibayak.
- Mikie Holiday Hotel and Funland (berastagi), Jl. Letjen. Jamin Ginting (hotel), ☎ 0628 91650, . checkin: 3pm; checkout: 12pm. Located 10 minutes away from the berastagi city ,Mikie Holiday Resort offers 129 rooms,From the superior, deluxe, family,choice of 4 Theme rooms, 4 floral theme rooms, 2 suites and a Presidential suite. All rooms are equipped with Wifi excess.Guests are pampered with the mouth watering food and beverage outlets. Mikie Signature restaurants such as Frisbee a fried chicken outlet not to be missed. The Resort provides a heated pool and a games room to full fill your leisure needs. Sing your heart out at our state of the art Music box karaoke with a choice of private rooms to choose from. If you are planning an incentive outing or a meeting, Mikie provides a one stop destination to your needs. Adjoining the Resort is the Funland with over 34 international rides, paintball, Atv and many more. Watch out for our new theater that caters for 3500 person that will soon be hosting many international celebrities. Rp440. (,berastagi) edit
- Mutiara Hotel, berastagi (PT MUTIARA HOLIDAYS), ☎ 0628 91311,91555, . edit
- Hotel Sinabung (BERASTAGI), jln kolam renang, ☎ 0628 91400, . edit
- Green Garden Hotel (Berastagi), Jln Merdeka (above the town centre, on the right hand side of the road to Medan), ☎ 0628 91777. A large hotel with a swimming pool. Used to be listed as 4-star, now locally as 3-stars +, but rooms quite basic, although with TV and hot shower. Restaurant open until 11 p.m. Breakfasts modest. (,green garden) edit
- Berastagi Nachelle Homestay, Simpang Ujung Aji. No 1. Komplek BBC - Just nearby Mini Market INDOMARET, ☎ +6281362429977, . Different style rooms starting from 220,000 for a double (no windows) with shared bathroom. Homestay is very clean. Breakfast is excluded but can be purchased for 25,000, which gives a banana pancake and tea or coffee. Located 15 minutes walk from Berastagi town centre, Close to the Shopping Center, Post office, internet cafe, fruits market, traditonal market, restaurants, etc. A nice place and has a great vantage point to see the sunrise and Berastagi surroundings from the rooftop. Hot shower. edit
- Smiley's Homestay (Berastagi), Jalan Sekolah Kelurahan Gundaling I, ☎ +62 813 6216 7012. Ismail (Smiley) and Cecilia are terrific hosts who speak great English and share their cosy little home. Delicious and ever-changing breakfast included in the price. They can hook you up with tours, transport and all other info. Smiley has been a tour guide for many years and is full of knowledge. Cecilia also cooks an amazing local dinner for a small fee, you can even request a cooking class. The dormitory room is basic, consisting of a large room with two double and one single bed, adjacent is a toilet, (hot) shower and a balcony. Everything is very clean and tidy, you will feel totally comfortable. 180,000 for 1 person, 230,000 for 2 persons (double bed). edit
Public transport to Lake Toba is possible and quite easy, however it is involving 3 minivan changes. First you need to go to Kabanjahe (20 minutes, 4000 IDR), from Kabanjahe to Siantar (3 hours, 20000 IDR, tell driver to stop at Sinpong dua) and from Siantar to Parapat ( 10000 IDR big bus, 20000 IDR minivan, around 1 hour, all prices as of July 2013).
You can also charter a taxi/minivan from the guesthouse and get there in 4 hours than whole day or Transporter for 450,000 IDR (Private Van)with their tour packages and transport price,see at their sites. You could also stop at the waterfall on the way ; All busses to Bukit Lawang pass by Medan.
Minibuses to Kutacane (Kutancane) (for Ketambe) come through from Medan; wait up by the tourist office rather than near the market as the latter charges 10,000rp extra (presumably some kind of commission). 70,000rp (May 2015), 4 to 5 hours through very nice scenery.