The area around Parapat is crisscrossed with things to do and see, from firmly-established, must-see spots to hidden gems that await the more intrepid traveler. Berastagi and Petumbak are two other places you may wish to visit while you're in Sumatra.
Medan is 65 miles (105 kilometers) from Parapat. This regional center offers a wide range of tourist attractions, including Vihara Gunung Timur, Vihara Borobudur and Shri Mariaman. Gunung Leuser National Park, University of North Sumatera and Sun Plaza are some more interesting attractions worth investigating for those who have time left.
If you have great weather, take the time and discover Sumatra's open-air markets. If you're looking for indoor entertainment, you can't beat Sumatra's craft workshops. These are great spots to learn about the local lore and culture and perhaps pick up a memento.
There are loads of ways to experience the wide open spaces in and around Parapat. Hiking and mountain climbing are just two ways active visitors can get their kicks. If you're the kind of traveler who prefers to take the slow lane while on vacation, this region is great for sunbathing and bird watching.
Upon conclusion of your vacation to this incredible region, rest assured that you can always come back. As good hosts like to say: A guest once, forever a friend.