We spend a full week at Samosir Island in Lake Toba last August at wonderful Carolina Cottages in Tuk-tuk with its lovely staff. Lake Toba is a fantastic place to relax a bit, especially after busy and crowded Medan, but also to walk around or rent a scooter to discover Samosir Island.
The climate is surprisingly refreshing, nice and warm during the day and cool in the evening.
The local Batak people were super friendly and helpful.
A few nice places to visit are: Tomok, Ambarita, Simanindo (traditional dances) and Pangururan with its hot springs. You can rent a boat at Carolina Cottages to take you to Binangalom waterfall that plunges into Lake Toba and where you can have a refreshing dip in the lake.
Across the lake at Parapat there's a nice market on saturdays.
We're glad we had a chance to visit Lake Toba and hopefully we will be back here someday.
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