Already the journey from Medan to Parapat is a journey well worth making!! Along the way you will see the
beauty of the landscape, decorated with green rice field and plantations. On this tour you will pass numerous
villages, before the landscape changes and becomes more virgin as it climbs into the highlands. The final reward
of the long journey is the sight of Toba, Indonesia's biggest lake as well as the largest quaternary caldera
in the world, and one of the most impressive attractions in Sumatra.
The crater of Lake Toba was formed by an eruption of the Toba super volcano 74,000 years ago. It is believed that these were the largest volcanic eruption of the past two million years. This was followed by a cooling of global climate, known as a volcanic winter.
Toba is now a very nice and large crater lake with a relatively cool climate. Even wealthy Indonesians use the air to relax over the weekend. The culture of the Batak is ubiquitous and interesting and offers surprising insights into the diversity of the peoples of Indonesia. Check our tour recommendations for additional information about how to travel at Lake Toba.
Sights to see at Lake Toba
The water of Lake Toba very clean and invites you to swim. However, there are not many places to swim and not every hotel has access to the lake. It is therefore advisable to consider the swimming possibilities when choosing a hotel.
Lake Toba is in the center of the homeland to the Batak people. You can see the great culture of the Batak at a tour to one of several cultural sites, e.g. the king Sidabuar's grave, a Batak king who adopted Christianity, or a set of 300-year-old stone chairs, formerly used to precipitate cruel judgments. One of the best attractions of the region is the Batak architecture. At several locations travelers can see the distinctive wooden houses with sharp rising roof endings and outlandish carvings.
You might read about a waterfall just above Tuk Tuk. However, this waterfall has only water at or directly after heavy rain.
Travel to Lake Toba
A tour to Lake Toba usually leads to Medan International Airport. From there you can take a bus from Amplas bus terminal, which is located right in front of the car entrance to the airport. You?ll have to walk about 15 minutes to reach it. There, you can catch a yellow public bus, number 64, to Amplas Terminal in Medan. From Amplas terminal a public bus leaves to Parapat at Lake Toba.
For comfort seeking travelers, we recommend to take a taxi to Parapat. Try to catch a Raja Taxi. The company operates new and modern mini-vans. They have air-conditioning and smoking is generally not allowed. You can book tickets through your hotel in Medan or by calling: Raja Taxi +62 (0)617 366-555.
From Parapat there is a ferry service to Tuk Tuk on Samosir. The ferry operates every hour and costs Rp. 10.000. You should ask at the hotel reception for the first and the last service a day, and for more travel information. Many hotels are located right on the lake and have their own place to get on and off of the ferry. So, don?t hesitate to ask the ferry operator to stop directly at your hotel.