We did a long weekend in lake toba and loved it. We flew into Medan airport, recommend you organize a private taxi in advance it will avoid hassles of finding a taxi driving and being ripped off. Our hotel recommended a taxi company. We flew in on a Friday night and we decided to head straight to our hotel in Parapet. We were told to allow 4 hours for the trip from medan to parapet however it was hari raya weekend and it took us 8 hours! We stayed in Parapet the first night as the boats to Lake Toba stop running in the evening. The hotel will direct you to the local ferry terminal and boats left every half hour or so to LAke Toba. We stayed at Bagus Bay huts, we told the driver of the boat where we were staying and he dropped us off in front Bagus Bay. The accomodation are huts with fan only. Our hut was clean, beds were comfortable (not rock hard like I have experienced in many times traveling Asia) there was an ensuite with western style toilet and warm shower. we booked via email, i did however take a couple of weeks to respond to our email and confirm our booking if you don't have a couple of weeks to wait best to ring. Bagus Bay have a restaurant with delicious local and western food. We hired motor cycles from across the road and went exploring for a day, lake toba has a beautiful countryside with moutains and waterfalls. we checked out the hot springs it was about a hour and half drive from Bagus Bay. There was 7 of us and It cost us S$1.20 to hire out a private hot spring for one hour. The hot spring we went to was a titled pool and the water was super hot - very relaxing thou. Within a short walking distance from Bagus Bay there is are plenty of local restaurants serving cheap and yummy local dishes. There are also water activities and trekking to do. You can arrange for a massage from Bagus Bay from memory it cost S$6 for one hour. Lake toba is very relaxed place and we saw very few tourists.
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