Hidden from the hinterland of Northern Sumatra, Lake Toba, using its luscious greenery and blue waters, is fast becoming a favorite destination within the region. Lying just 4 hours from Central Medan, this historical supervolcano is certain to pleasure both nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. Covering more than 1200km², the region around Lake Toba is among the most varied in Southeast Asia, and distinctly different from everywhere else in Indonesia.
Before you jump on the bandwagon and hurry to the lake, here are threethings you need to do during your trip to Lake Toba.
- Chill by the lake
Immerse in the magnificence of the lake by having a picnic or a walk from the lake. There is no better way to appreciate nature than just taking your time to enjoy it. Lay down a picnic pad, or just grab a beach chair from one of the many lakeside resorts and simply have a glass of iced tea or two.
How can a trip to the lake be complete without a dip in the water? Positioned in the fresh waters of the lake right at the doorstep of the lakeside resort. Watch out for rocks and shallow beds prior to taking a dip in!
If swimming isn’t your thing, you will find other water activities available like jet-skiing that you may have a visit!
- Rent a motor scooter
An affordable method of exploring SamosirIsland on Lake Toba will be to a motor scooter. Whilst the island is rather big at 640km² (in contrast, Singapore is 710km²), the majority of its attractions are situated on the side confronting Parapat. Consequently, it’s quite feasible to visit bulk of the attractions that the island offers on bike. Cycling may also be potential, but given the steep slopes and badly maintained streets, it’ll be extremely exhausting to cycle. Rental of a motor scooter should only cost approximately IDR 40,000/hour inclusive of gas. I’m quite sure costs are bargainable if you are taking a look at leasing it for the whole day.
- Visit the Batak Villages
The region surrounding Lake Toba is occupied by an ethnic group called the Bataks, whose traditions and lifestyles are usually different from the rest of Indonesia. The large majority of Bataks subscribe to the Christian religion, and consequently there are a lot more churches in the area than other Indonesian cities and towns. The Batak people themselves are split into several different classes with distinctive cultures and practices from one another.
Nevertheless, one thing that remained similar among the Batak people is the architecture of their houses. When there are slight differences, most Batak groups have homes with roofs that are further formed. The images above show a Toba Batak village on the island of Samosir, based in the Middle of Lake Toba.
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