Sumatra's big one
Medan Travel Blog› entry 21 of 56 › view all entries
I spent several months in Medan doing my thesis research, so I really got to know the city from the backstreets first before I visited its tourist attractions. Even though I really like the city, I admit it has a lot of unattractive elements to it. There is some violent crime, air pollution is horrible (I noticed in more recent trips here that they took down the air pollution gauge at one of the busy intersections--and it is not because air quality is good now), and a general impression from the street level is that the city is pretty dirty. Those things aside, Medan offers its residents some of the best shopping and mix of food on the whole island. The cultural range here, in general, is impressive and gives Medan a lot of character that is lacking in more monotonous cities (no names).