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“Far from Airport but Worth Visiting”
Review of Lake Toba

Lake Toba
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Private Tour: Karo Highlands and Lake Toba from Medan
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Kuala Lumpur
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Far from Airport but Worth Visiting”
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”
Reviewed February 23, 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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Windsor, Canada
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“My favourite place on this earth”
Reviewed February 23, 2013

When I was a kid, I always find Lake Toba beautiful, surreal, and magical. It's a humongous volcanic lake. I always know that the lake is a remains of a volcano. But I only learned few years ago that the lake is a remains of a super-volcano that was erupted about 75,000 years ago, which affected the earth's climate at the time. Above the ground, it is truly beautiful, surreal, and peaceful. Beneath the region, there is always movement like the rest of Indonesia. Therefore, the country is called the ring of fire. Indonesia is truly lucky to have this beautiful lake. I always visit this lake every time I go back to Indonesia to visit my families. I always put it on the last part of my trip, just to relax and unwind, for about 2 weeks. One thing for sure, Lake Toba is a special place for me. It's always be.

Visited February 2013
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Gili Trawangan, Indonesia
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“I love Lake Toba - and Maruba Restaurant!”
Reviewed February 23, 2013

I've been spending 4-6 month each year in Asia since 1997, and 4 times i headed to Lake Toba for a real rest. Great swims, great people and a more temperate climate (they are 900 meters high and 2 0r 3 degrees over the equator - perfect!) But then there is one family that cooks such great food - Maruba's! Ika and Tom are super hosts at this quiet spot, and then you add locally grown (much in their own garden) herbs, vegetables and fruits with a properly trained cook and baker - the results are the ebst food at the best prices. I spend weeks at a time in lake Toba and they get one or more of my meals ever day. Try her Grilled local Lobsters, or her Ayam Samur, or the guacamole she starts by picking the avocado when you order! She bakes her own bread ever other day as well so the sandwiches and such are a much nicer meal than anywhere else. Enjoy!

Visited February 2013
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“Amazing, Beautiful, Tranquil, with Interesting Culture”
Reviewed February 21, 2013

Just imagine it. 75,000 years ago, there was an unimaginable volcanic explosion that created a crater 80 kilometers long and 30 kilometers wide. The resulting crater eventually partially filled with water, creating Lake Toba. Today, visiting this beautiful spot, it's hard to imagine the cataclysm that happened here, a volcanic event so huge that it created a mini ice age on earth and almost wiped out a new species...us.

Lake Toba is a 5 hour drive from the city of Medan, the closest airport. Most everyone that gets here hops on a ferry in Parapat and goes to Samosir Island, in particular, to the little town of Tuk Tuk. Here you have many hotels to choose from (we stayed in the Carolina Hotel). There are lots of good restaurants and it's a nice little town to walk around.

My advice would be to hire a driver for the day (around $35) and take a tour of the island of Samosir. You will be able to see a lot of Batak homes and even see a Batak dance performance. The Batak are the local tribe that have inhabited this area for a few thousand years. They have built very unusual homes (that are amazingly similar to the homes in the Tana Toraga area of Sulawesi). They are Christians, which is unusual in the heavily Muslim country of Indonesia. I would also recommend hiring a bicycle for the day (about $2) and bike around Tuk Tuk and the nearby towns. That was a great way to see the countryside and the local life.

Visited February 2013
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