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“Cultural Trip”
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 August 19, 2014

Samosir Island is a very natural place, not much developed, this makes the island still remains its own tradition and cultural. Through the 2 days 1 night trip, we get to know better about the cultural of Batak people.
We have explored this island with my two boys. We are so lucky to have an experience driver from Tobatransporter - Pak Zul with excellent time management, without him, our trip won't be so wonderful.
While visiting the Stone Chairs of Sollagen, he helped us to get a tour guide who is the 5th generation of the King Sollagen. The tour guide gave us explanation from head to toe for 45 minutes, he answered what ever questions we asked. From the architecture of Batak House to the punishment of criminals.Even he demonstrated how the law-breakers were punished, how to blindfold his eyes, be slided by the small knife, bring to the block cut off his head... blood was drunk by the king and meat were distributed to the villagers. In short, it is worth to hire a tour guide instead of walking in and visit without any understanding about the culture.
Next, we went to the Museum of Simanindo. They will have 2 shows daily except Sunday. As the dancers need to go to church, the show starts at 11.45am on Sunday, the only show. Most of the dances describe the ceremony on how the ancient Batak people prayed for the rain, harvest and marriage. The traditional Batak Dance was performed in a very natural stage which was under the hot sun and the Batak Houses were the background. The performance was interesting and awful. My sons learned the words "Horas, Horas, Horas" from here, meant "welcome".

Tele is another must go place if you are in Samosir. The scenery and landscape are so magnificent. It offers the one of the best views in Lake
Toba and Samosir Island. But it would be a little bit dangerous if you go by motorbike as the road is quite slanting.

We would like to recommend ELIOS and Jenny's Restaurant for BBQ fish(Ikan Bakar).

3  Thank Karuna98
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Reviewed August 8, 2014

What more can one ask for on a vacation? The views that came with the lake were breathtaking and leaves you hesitant to go back to the hustle of the city. Though it definitely needs to buck up in terms of cleanliness( some places only), it does not disappoint. This is one of the places that makes you fall in love with nature ever more. Great for relaxing no frills vacations.

1  Thank BellStanley
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Reviewed August 6, 2014

Visiting Lake Toba many times in the last 20 years, I can't help to think that it is one of the most magnificent landscapes I have ever seen. Landscapes like that appear sometimes in computer games or in movies as phantasy landscapes.
Samosir Island on Lake Toba is a great area for hiking a lot. There are no big roads around and very, very few vehicles.
Besides, the people are pretty friendly and helpful, if they can. The Batak Toba tribe has a very fascinating tribal culture, of which much is still alive. The Batak Toba people are, as mountainous people often, pretty conservative in maintaining their old customs. That's very rare nowadays.
As accommodation I always used 'Romalan Guesthouse' in Tuktuk; it has clean rooms, spectacular views over the lake and a really good restaurant.
For an illustrated information on Lake Toba I recommend you this website:
http://www.asienreisender.de/laketoba.html

5  Thank Thim-Kwai
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Reviewed August 5, 2014

Stayed at Lake Toba for a few days, in Tuktuk. There are many tourists and travellers there you can meet. The lake is beautiful with the island of Samosir in the middle. You can walk around, cycle or get a motorbike as it's good to explore the island. The culture is a bit different to the rest of Indonesia as the Batak people are Christian. Beautiful, interesting and relaxing. A great trip.

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Reviewed August 1, 2014

an island that let you totally free of stress and far our self from the busy life in the city.
wonderful villas, ride horse, swim and the picture of volcano with the non stop thick fireworking.....

1  Thank Wilfred W
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