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Lodging & Transportation in Medan, Samosir Island & Brastagi

4 of us adults will be spending 5 days and 4 nights in Medan & surrounding areas from 29th. August to 2nd Sept. 2007.After reading this forum we decided to spend our holidays the following :-

29 August - Arrived in Medan by AirAsia form K.Lumpur at 8.15am.
We plan to go direct to Samosir Island for 2 nights stay.We will
be staying in Carolina hotel. The room rate offered was very
The questions are..How do we spend the 2 days there ? How much
will it cost to rent a car with a driver to take us round the
Island for one day ?

31 August - Proceed to Brastagi.
Should we stay overnight in Brastagi ? If yes, can we find a hotel
with a good location that charges between 150,000 to 200,000
rupiah per room OR any type of room that can accomodate 4 of us
for not more than 400,000 rupiah (would appreciate if the hotel
e-mail address can be provided) OR should we just go round
Brastagi and in the evening proceed to Medan ?

1st. Sept - To Medan
Where to stay so that we can go shopping (local product) without
needing to take a taxi. Our budget for hotel in Medan should not
exceed 300,000 per room twin-sharing with breakfast .

As for transport we were offered by Carolina hotel to take us from Medan to Parapat,(on 29th.) then from Parapat to Brastagi (31st.) with overnight stay
and then to Medan (on 1st.) The charges were 1,800,000 rupiah with a driver (however no sightseeing). Is the charges reasonable?

If we skip the Brastagi overnight stay, the charges will be 1,400,000 rupiah.

Thank you

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