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“Should be on your travel list!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Lake Toba

Lake Toba
Sumatera Utara | Indonesia, Indonesia
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“Should be on your travel list!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

This huge lake called Danau Toba by the locals is not only a lake but a super volcano too and is recorded as the largest volcanic lake on earth therefore visiting is a must and make sure you stay overnight.

Visited July 2012
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“The Earth's largest explosion in 25 million years”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013 via mobile

Once the scene of a super eruption 75,000 years ago, filled the Earth’s atmosphere with so much dirt, smoke & gas that it blocked out the sunlight for years causing a mini Ice Age. The volcano mouth is over 100kms in circumference giving you an impression of the size of this monster volcano. Toba dirt has been discovered in core samples in places as distant as northern India, the Arabian & South China seas, pretty far places to throw a rock. Colder temperatures is believed to have destroyed food sources & contributed to a genetic bottleneck in the Earth’s human population, dwindling down to around 15,000 people. Today beautiful Lake Toba sits inside the extinct mega-volcano’s caldera, Samosir Island located in the middle.
The region is populated by the Toba-Batak people who originally fled the mountains of Northern Thailand & Southern China during the time of the Mongol invasion of South East Asia about 500 years ago. Reaching the Sumatran coast they continued inland to the highlands & lived in isolation for hundreds of years in Sumatra’s deep jungle. Over time, the Toba-Batak’s culture evolved to become warlike cannibals, enjoying casual violence, fighting & village burning as popular pastimes.
The flesh of law breakers was enjoyed with the spoils of victory, seasoned with ginger, visit the Stone Chairs at Ambarita for proof. The royal Sidabutar cemetery featuring stone carvings & tombs can be visited at Tomok & a rival village king’s Batak house, nowadays a museum can be visited at Simanindo. Thermal hot springs are located at Pangururan next to the sulphur mine & is a leisurely 70km ride from Tuk Tuk passing thru windy mountainous roads, some of it by the lakeside & lush sleepy villages in northern Samosir Island. A scooter ride in the sunshine is one of the best things to do. They can be hired from hotels for under $10 US a day.
As previously mentioned, many taxi drivers at Polonia airport in Medan hustle travellers for trips to Parapat at Lake Toba where you catch the ferry to the village of Tuk Tuk on Samosir Island. Most will drive a hard bargain but others can be talked down to a more reasonable rate. Our driver was able to get us there alive in 3.5 hours.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

4-5 hours drive from Medan and it was actually a tiring journey...you may sleep all the way to lake toba.
But once you reach Parapat....your tired disappeared as you see the huge amazing beautiful lake. Board an hour boat to Samosir Island and i stayed one night at Toledo Inn Hotel Samosir (my 2nd stay).
Old hotel but all the facilities is there....karaoke (RP70,000 per hour), food outlets, clubs and souvenir shops. You may enjoy the night by sitting right in front of the lake with a cup of coffee. Its cold down there and the best relaxing place.

Visited February 2013
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“Far from Airport but Worth Visiting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

It took about 5 hours driving from Medan Polonia Airport to Lake Toba. The journey was long and boring but when i saw the lake, i immediately forgot about the tiredness. The lake is extremely huge with greenish blue lake water. We really enjoyed the ferry trip from Parapat to Samosir Island. It is a good way to see the lake nearer. The water near to jetty was a bit oily but the rest are still very clean. Some local ladies were selling boiled eggs and steamed peanuts on the ferry. I tried the boiled egg and found that it was quite different from the eggs that I normally eat. Must try! We stayed one night in a lake side hotel in Samosir Island. The next day, we visited Batak Houses before leaving the island. Then, we proceeded to Sipiso-piso Waterfall, which is another attraction of Lake Toba.

Visited February 2013
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“Amazing lake and the biggest lake”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013 via mobile

This lake so naturally and so large with surrounded by mountain line. It was too bad that transportation to get here just use land with 5 hours driving from Medan. The hotel at city Parapet not many and look like old.

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