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“MUST go if you are at north sumatra.”
Review of Lake Toba

Lake Toba
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Private Tour: Karo Highlands and Lake Toba from Medan
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6 Day North Sumatra Highlights - Jungles Orangutans Lakes and Volcanoes
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Reviewed April 1, 2014

visiting this place during February, during bycle touring at North sumatra. that time there was erruption of volcano Sibayak.
Lake Toba was a old volcano lake, and in the middle of it contains island called Samosir, an is a Batak area, with most 95% of population was christian. main town at Samosir was: Tuktuk, Ambaritha, Tomok. these three town located at north part of the island, and there were others like Onna Runggo( super scenic view, but the road to there was in really bad condition.) etc.
To see the good view of Lake Toba, i suggest that one can go to Menara Tele, located 21 km out of the creator, after Pangururan, can see the lake from other edge. or else when you are on the way from Medan to Parapat, via Sumatra Highway( super narrow and hilly route), can take picture but it is imposibble to stop the vehicle, unless you go with bycle.

How to go:
1. By bus, public transport~ take Damri bus from Kualanamo to AMPLUS terminal, take yellow bus nomber 64, 63. than from Amplus take public bus to Parapat, 30.000 idr. from parapat, take ferry to Tuk-tuk( passenger) 10.000, first ferry 8am, last 7pm.

2. Take chater van if you are in group. many agent at Kualanamo airport.

3. Ferry to Samosir: from Parapat, "Tiga-Raja" jetty , take ferry to Tuk-tuk, it is for passenger. if you are driving , take ferry to Tomok.

4. By bycle ( still must take ferry from parapat to samosir), from Medan( not really recommended becaose the traffic is busy and if yes you will go through Tebing Tinggi and Permatang siantar than Parapat) , or what i did is from Tanjung Balai ( port at Asahan area at north sumatra) than take the village route to Prapajanji, to Mandoge and finally reach Parapat. super scenic view and good ride.

** Strong recommend to visit Menara Tele, to see the scenic view along the route and also lake Toba.

5  Thank wlysolo
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Reviewed March 29, 2014

We just took a Saturday day trip from Medan to Lake Toba in a rent car. Not smart. It's a beautiful lake, but next time we will take at least 2 days as the drive up (4 hours) is brutal: twisty, turny, honky, narrow. My neck still hurts.

4  Thank M R K
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Reviewed March 25, 2014

Every time I visited Lake Toba, I always adore the view from a far. You can enjoy the scenery, spoil your eyes with all blue (from lake) and green from the trees. However, when you come close to the lake, you have to 'compromise' with all the garbage, as the community not really aware with cleanliness. Overall, I always enjoy Lake Toba!

2  Thank EviKaban
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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.

2  Thank alisahr
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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.

2  Thank William T
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