Indonesia Travel Guide – There are many attractive and exciting tourist destinations in Indonesia. Among them is the Lake Toba, the country’s largest lake. What makes this enormous lake special is that it is located on a crater and has an island on its middle, the Samosir Island. Do you want to visit this amazing lake? If the answer is yes, our guide below may help you.
- 1 How to Get to Lake Toba
- 2 Things to Do in Lake Toba
- 3 Where to Stay
How to Get to Lake Toba
Thanks to the recently built Silangit International Airport, now visitors can fly to the lake directly.
- If you are from Jakarta, the flight to Silangit Airport should take about 2 hours and 10 minutes.
- From Malaysia, the flight to Silangit Airport should take about 1 hour 20 minutes.
- Come from Singapore, the flight to the Silangit Airport should take about 4 hours 25 minutes
- From Australia, the flight to the Silangit Airport should take about 17 hours 20 minutes (including transit in Kuala Lumpur)
Alternatively, you can get to Lake Toba by taking a flight to Medan and proceed with a rental car, a shared taxi or public bus. The travel should take about 4 to 6 hours. After arriving at Parapat, get on a ferry to go to Tuk Tuk on Samosir Island. This takes about 30 to 50 minutes.
Things to Do in Lake Toba
What kind of activities you can do? A lot. Here are some examples:
See the Stunning Binangalom Waterfall
Binangalom waterfall is one of the most popular attractions on Samosir Island. On this site, you can see water drops in waves from the cliff’s top. It is an amazing sight. Not to mention you can swim under the waterfall, too. Be sure to take photos while you are here.
Hike Up and Enjoy the Breathtaking View from Pusuk Buhit
Do you like hiking? If you do, you don’t want to miss Pusuk Buhit. It is a volcano located in the Northern Sumatra. It is popular for its stunning view. How could it not? Its hills are bright green. It might take about 7 to 8 hours to reach the top, but it is certainly worth the effort. At the top, you will see a breathtaking view of the surrounding area.
Learn about the Local Culture at Batak Museum
Do you like to learn about the local culture on your trip destination? If you do, you must visit the Batak Museum. This museum allows you to learn the Batak culture and history. The museum is large. It is not surprising, considering that it was once the house of Raja Sidauruk but it was turned into a museum.
A trip to Lake Toba is not complete without watersports. Luckily, on Samosir Island most of the resorts provide watersports facilities. Depending on your resort, you can kayak on the lake, ride on a banana boat, and even try riding a jet ski on the clear water. Is it fun? Absolutely.
Relax in Aer Rangat
Feeling tired from all your trips? Go to Aer Rangat and relax in a natural hot spring. Aer Ranget is located at the feet of Pusuk Buhit. It costs only IDR 2,000 to enter with additional IDR 10,000 to access a pool for foreigners.
Where to Stay
There are so many places to stay near Lake Toba. The following are some of the nicest ones.
Tiara Bunga Hotel (starting price: approximately IDR 521,000/night)
If you want to enjoy your trip in solitude and far from the crowd, this hotel is for you. In this hotel, you will be able to truly enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of the lake.
Samosir Cottages (starting price: approximately IDR 363,000/night)
This cottage is quite unique. It blends the traditional Batak heritage and modern design, allowing you to enjoy the best of both worlds.
Inna Parapat Hotel and Resort (starting price: approximately IDR 596,000/night)
This hotel has a very beautiful garden, which makes it a great spot to take photos. If you want to enjoy local foods, there are shops and restaurants within walking distance.
Debang Resort (starting price: approximately IDR 350,000/night)
This is a resort that overlooks the breathtaking Lake Toba. Although what it offers is basic, it undeniably looks amazing.
If the lake is to be described with one word, the word would be tranquil. Indeed, the lake is so tranquil. On the lake, you can just relax and enjoy the calm atmosphere. There are just so many exciting activities you can do in and around the lake. When you travel to Indonesia, be sure to visit this magnificent lake.
Want to make your trip to Lake Toba even more enjoyable? Book a tour package. A tour package will take care of your needs, from how to get to the lake, what activities to do, to where to stay. With a tour package, you can focus all your time and energy on enjoying your time on the lake.