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“Lake Toba, Indonesia”
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Private Tour: Karo Highlands and Lake Toba from Medan
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“Lake Toba, Indonesia”
Reviewed March 27, 2013

Lake toba,a beautiful place to let your hair down,simply magnificent place and a god sent to the local people there, I really couldnt find words to describe the panoramic views ,according to the guide, two volcanoes erupted and lake toba was 'born' .......just visit this place and you will know for yourself.....superb place

Visited March 2013
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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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“Great place to do ... absolutely nothing!”
Reviewed March 25, 2013

If you want a place to get away from it all, Lake Toba is one of the best place to just sit back, relax and do absolutely nothing! Of course, you could go for a swim in the very clear waters or just dip in the water. The lake is teeming with wild life and you could see many birds flying above the lake during the day. At night, the lights are switched on and you could see streams of light reflected on the waters. Peaceful, quiet and serene!

Be sure to get a place a few feet away from the water!

Visited March 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Heaven on earth”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

Staying on Samosir island was something i will never forget. Surrounded by a fresh water lake the size of belgium, which in the morning doubled as a clean place to take a swim. This island has panoramic views of the mainland from almost everywhere and the higher you go the more you will find. Home to wild horses, monkeys and eagles, this lazy island is close to paradise.

Visited April 2012
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“Should be on your travel list!”
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”
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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