Trip to Medan, Indonesia [Part 5] – Simarjarunjung & Sipisopiso Waterfall

A continuation from Part 4

**Some of the photos in this post were taken by using my old Blackberry phone, hence the bad quality of the photos. I apologise for any sore in the eyes… ;p**

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It started to rain heavily as we leave Ambarita Village. The weather had been nice to us since morning with the wind and clouds covering us from direct sunshine but once the rain started to fall, it was unforgiving. It was very heavy causing the fog to spread to the top of the hills on Danau Toba.

Elok je lepas kami nak keluar dari Kampung Ambarita, hujan turun. Terbaik! Dari pagi cuaca elok je sebab redup dengan angin sepoi-sepoi bahasanya. Sekali bila hujan, haaa amekau. Lebat sangat sampai kabus pun penuh kat Danau Toba ni.

Fog starting to cover the hills…

As we reached the mainland, our guide’s van was already there waiting for us. Our destination today is to go back to Medan city where we will spend our second cum final night. The view along the way was amazing and unforgettable. Pak Muhklis, our driver, did not use the highway that we used yesterday but instead, he decided to use the old road. Along the way, I saw a lot of Batak houses with the unique rooftop, churches with gothic-style designs, a volcano and grilled-whole pigs. The lane was very narrow to the point that everything seems too compact.

Sesampainya kami kat tanah besar, van kami dah siap-siap tunggu kat situ. Hujan lebat sangat, terkejar-kejar kami masuk dalam tu. Harini kami akan balik semula ke bandar Medan. Pemandangan sepanjang perjalanan memang cantik sangat. Pak Mukhlis, pemandu kami, tak nak ikut highway jadi dia ikut jalan lama. Lalu depan rumah orang Batak yang unik tu, gereja design ala gothik, gunung berapi apa entah Pak Adibyo bagitau dan banyak babi guling. Jalan dia sempit sangat sampaikan aku rasa jarak antara van kami dengan rumah diorang, dekat je.

Leaving Danau Toba heading towards Medan city.

It was a very long journey. Very long. I did not remember how long I fell asleep but I did fall asleep. I thought I wanted to see the view but no, my eyelids were just too heavy. I only woke up when we stopped at Simarjarunjung rest area to have some bandrek. Yes, I did not know what that is but still order it though. Turned out, it is actually like a ginger tea plus some herbs. To drink a cup of hot bandrek in a cold weather of Simarjarunjung was a bliss.

Perjalanan nak ke Medan dari Danau Toba memang lama. Aku sendiri tak sedar berapa lama aku tertidur. Konon nak tengok pemandangan, sekali pemandangan yang tengok aku. Hehe. Aku terjaga bila kami dikejutkan sebab dah sampai kawasan rehat Simarjarunjung. Pemandangan kat sini memang cantik. Menghijau je. Lepas tu sebab tempat ni atas gunung, memang sangat sejuk. Sebab sejuk kami minum bandrek. Tak tau pun apa tu asalnya, main belasah je. Rupanya macam teh halia campur herba. Tengah sejuk-sejuk, minum panas-panas, layan…

If you visit Simarjarunjung rest area, try bandrek, a local specialty.

From Simarjarunjung, we continued our journey to one of the amazing wonders of North Sumatra, the Sipisopiso waterfall. Located at Tanah Karo regency, this waterfall is situated at the northernmost tip of the Danau Toba caldera.

Dari Simarjarunjung, kami teruskan perjalanan ke salah satu dari keajaiban Sumatera Utara iaitu air terjun Sipisopiso. Air terjun ni letaknya di kabupaten Tanah Karo, di bahagian titik paling utara caldera Danau Toba.

Sipisopiso waterfall, one of the natural wonders of Indonesia.

There are reasons why I regard Sipisopiso waterfall as an amazing wonder. Firstly, it is a plunge waterfall. So, water can be seen clearly fall from a height. Secondly, it is formed by a small underground river of the Karo plateau that hurls itself from a cave . And the best part is, if Yosemite Falls is regarded as the highest waterfall in North America, Sipisopiso waterfall is actually the highest waterfall in Indonesia!

Ada sebab kenapa aku anggap Sipisopiso ni satu keajaiban. Sebabnya, pertama air terjunnya jenis jatuh tinggi. Nampak air dari tinggi fushh jatuh ke bawah. Lepas tu, air terjun ni punca dia dari sungai bawah tanah yang keluar melalui gua. Stail tak stail? Hehe. Paling best sekali, air terjun Sipisopiso ialah air terjun paling tinggi di seluruh Indonesia! Ya, rekod tu!

The highest waterfall in Indonesia, Sipisopiso waterfall.

Surrounding this area is stairs for photo opportunity and rows of shops selling souvenirs and food. If one is hungry, there are a lot of stalls here. But it was raining heavily and we were running late. So, after taking some photos under the heavy rain, we proceeded to Medan. Initially, the plan was to visit Brastagi but due to time constraint, we scrapped that plan.

We reached Medan around night time, after having dinner at ACC Restaurant somewhere in town. We checked-in at Hotel Antares Medan, which was our sanctuary for tonight. Before going to bed, I asked my brother to join me to take a stroll on the street. It was something that I love to do whenever I am out travelling in a foreign land. To take a stroll during night time. But Medan is different. It is almost impossible to cross the road without the guts!

Dekat kawasan air terjun ni ada banyak tangga untuk pelawat ambil gambar. Kedai-kedai pun banyak. Kalau lapar ke, haus ke, boleh je singgah. Tapi, sebab hujan lebat sangat dan kami dah lewat, lepas tangkap-tangkap gambar, terus naik van balik. Masa nak kira kepala, Pak Adibyo sempat membahankan aku lagi. Dia kira-kira kepala, tak perasan aku berdiri belakang dia, lepas tu tanya yang lain, “Abang tomok (gemuk) mana? Yang tomok mana yang tomok?”. Geram je aku. Sebab dia pun tomok jugak! Haha.

Sebab dah lewat sangat, kami skip Brastagi dan terus ke Medan. Sebelum check in di Hotel Antares Medan, kami singgah makan dulu di Restoran ACC. Lepas tu, terus ke hotel. Sebelum tidur, aku ajak Ijat adik aku ikut jalan-jalan kat luar. Aku kalau travel memang suka jalan-jalan waktu malam kat kawasan sekitar. Tapi, Medan ni bahaya sikit. Kereta, motorsikal semua laju-laju!

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To be continued – Part 6

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13 thoughts on “Trip to Medan, Indonesia [Part 5] – Simarjarunjung & Sipisopiso Waterfall

  1. I did not manage to see Sipisopiso Waterfall, but from your pic it looks nice, shame the weather was not better for you, though. I did not know it was the highest waterfall in Indonesia. I have seen many volcanoes but not waterfalls (apart from Gitigit falls). Great to see you enjoyed the scenery during your visit to Ambarita Village. I also loved the Batak houses!

    1. It is very nice. Amazingly beautiful and the surrounding areas supplement its grandeur. Yes, the weather was bad but still, I can’t simply forget the view of the place. It is just beautiful. :)

      I just figured out it is the highest waterfall when I checked on Trip Advisor, Wikipedia and most of the blogs/travel articles.

      I have seen more waterfalls in my whole life than volcanoes. Haha.

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