Hidden from the hinterland of Northern Sumatra, Things To Do at Lake Toba, with its luscious greenery and blue waters, is fast becoming a popular destination within the region. Lying only 4 hours away from Central Medan, this ancient supervolcano is bound to pleasure both nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. Covering more than 1200km², the region around Lake Toba is among the most varied in Southeast Asia, and distinctly different from anyplace else in Indonesia.
Before you jump on the bandwagon and rush to the lake, here are eight things you should do during your visit to Lake Toba.
1. Chill by the lake
Immerse from the magnificence of the lake by having a picnic or a walk by the lake. There’s no better way to appreciate nature than just taking your time to revel in it. Lay down a picnic mat, or simply catch a beach chair from among the numerous lakeside hotels and just have a glass of iced tea or two.
How do a visit to the lake be complete without a dip in the water? Swim in the fresh waters of the lake right at the doorstep of your lakeside hotel. Watch out for rocks and shallow beds prior to taking a dip in!
If swimming is not your thing, there are other water activities available like jetskiing which you may have a visit!
2. Rent a motor scooter
An affordable method of researching Samosir island on Lake Toba will be on a motor scooter. Whilst the island is rather large at 640km² (in contrast, Singapore is 710km²-RRB-, the majority of its attractions are located on the northeastern side facing Parapat. Consequently, it’s quite possible to visit majority of the attractions the island has to offer on bike. Cycling can also be possible, but given the steep slopes and poorly maintained roads, it’ll be extremely tiring to cycle. Rental of a motor scooter should only cost about IDR 40,000/hour (~SG$4 or US$3) inclusive of petrol. I’m quite sure costs are bargainable if you’re looking at renting it for the entire day.
3. Visit the Batak Villages
The region surrounding Lake Toba is occupied by an ethnic group known as the Bataks, whose traditions and lifestyles are usually different from the rest of Indonesia. The large majority of Bataks subscribe to the Christian faith, and in turn there are many more churches in the region than other Indonesian towns and cities. The Batak individuals themselves are split into many distinct classes with unique cultures and practices from one another.
Nevertheless, one thing which stayed similar among the Batak people is the architecture of their homes. While there are minor differences, most Batak groups have homes with roofs that are further shaped. The pictures above show a Toba Batak village on the island of Samosir, based in the center of Lake Toba.