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“nicely danau toba”
Review of Lake Toba

Lake Toba
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Private Tour: Karo Highlands and Lake Toba from Medan
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Surabaya, Indonesia
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“nicely danau toba”
Reviewed March 24, 2014

Lake Toba is an immense volcanic lake covering an area of 1,707 km² (1,000 km² bigger than Singapore) with an island in its centre.

Formed by a gigantic volcanic eruption some 70,000 years ago, it is probably the largest resurgent caldera on Earth. Some studies say it might have been associated with causing previous ice age/climate change and the largest human population bottleneck ever. Genetic estimates suggests that there were only a few thousand individuals that survived its catastrophic eruption.

The island in the middle - Pulau Samosir - was joined to the caldera wall by a narrow isthmus, which was cut through to enable boats to pass; a road bridge crosses the cutting. Samosir island is the cultural centre of the Batak tribe who are now mostly Christians.

Visited December 2013
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Bangkok, Thailand
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“Very scenic”
Reviewed March 24, 2014

Lake Toba is very scenic. There is good grilled fish to be had and a huge waterfall. The restaurants could be clean and the it would be really nice if locals and visitors would stop littering.

Visited March 2014
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Singaapore
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“Excellent service by Tobatransporter tour guide”
Reviewed March 20, 2014 via mobile

My family and I were interested to know about the Batak culture. Hence we decided to make a trip to Medan Lake Toba. Quite clueless on how to plan our trip, I googled and came across tobatransporter on wikitravel. I whatsapp the number and very quickly, Ricky answered my queries and arranged our tour according to our needs, under short notice. We were flying to Medan the next day.
We enjoyed the trip to lake toba and berastagi very much. Our tour guide Pak Jojo was accommodative and patient and shared the history the Batak people, their culture and the places we visited. We visited Samosir Island, Hot Springs, Stone Chair, Sipiso piso waterfall etc. We felt safe throughout our trip.

Dianah

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Bandung, Indonesia
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“One of many must visit lakes in Indonesia”
Reviewed March 5, 2014

Lake Toba is the biggest lake in Indonesia, made by nature from sculptured ancient caldera of Mt. Toba, a super volcano which erupted thousands of years ago. It has a unique feature because it has an island in the middle of it, Samosir island.

Getting there from Medan, takes about 3-4 hour by car. You will passed two big towns before arrived at Parapat and reach the lake. The first town is Tebing Tinggi, famous of sticky rice cake (lemang) which has salty taste. If you like sweet, you can eat it with fried banana or Sarikaya. Sarikaya is a custom jam made of brown sugar, coconut milk, cinnamon, and some eggs.

The second town is Pematang Siantar, famous of it's 'Becak Mesin'. It's some kind of transportation around the town, where a carriage is welded to a motorcycle. Famous because the bike is still made in Germany back in 1940s. I think you need to try at least take a picture riding it.

When you arrived at Parapat, is nothing you can do because Parapat is really a small town. And the best way to cross the lake to Samosir island from Parapat is using speed boat that cost you about USD 50 capable of carrying 4 passanger including the driver. It will take you about 15 minutes. But if you like the slower boat and want to enjoy more time crossing the lake, you can take the bigger boat which will take you about 45 minutes to the island. But still, I recommend taking the speed boat to feel the splashing water and waves, because this lake is so big it has waves like the sea. Around July the wave can reach as high as 3 meters.

I will tell you about Samosir island on separate review :)

Visited March 2014
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Ayuthaya, Thailand
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“Medan to Toba Lake”
Reviewed February 28, 2014 via mobile

Dear friends
I and my husband will go to Medan Kualanarmu (KNO ) on Mar 21' 2014, time 18.35 we are looking for share transportation from airport to Toba lake
Anybody would like to let us share or share will us, please advice

Visited March 2014
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