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Lake Toba and Samosir Island, The Most Beautiful Places In North Sumatra

Welcome to My Beautiful Indonesia - Lake Toba and Samosir Island, The Most Beautiful Places In North Sumatra, Indonesia. Lake Toba is located in North Sumatra, Indonesia. Lake Toba has a length of 100 km and a width of 30 km. with depth of about 450 m wide range of 1.145 km2. This Lake is one of the prime tourist attraction on the island of Sumatra. Because of the natural beauty that is very exotic, capable to lure domestic and foreign tourists.

Lake Toba and Samosir Island

Lake Toba is a natural tourist attraction, has cool air, and blue waters. And is surrounded by the green of the pine trees make you want to stay longer here. Lake Toba volcanic Lake is formed by an eruption of Mount Toba thousands of years ago. The eruption formed giant caldera or crater then filled with water so that it becomes a Lake like this now. This very large explosion to volcanic ash produced is spread almost all over the world and resulted in the mass death, reducing the 60% of the number of people at the time. In addition, according to the researchers, the eruption also affects the Earth's climate and weather entering the Ice Age.

Lake Toba and Samosir Island

In the middle of Lake Toba, there is an island called Samosir island, which adds to the picturesque Lake Toba. Samosir island has two small lakes are Lake Sidihoni and Lake Aek Natonang. Samosir island has an area of almost an acre Singapore country. Samosir island inhabited by Batak tribe. Batak tribe who lived in Samosir island still adhere to the beliefs of their ancestors. They are also still running ritual of their ancestors.

Lake Toba and Samosir Island

On Samosir island there are two villages that are often visited by tourists, namely Tomok and Tuktuk. Tomok is a village which has many interesting attractions such as the tomb of Batak King Sidabutar, Museum Batak and the popular  Sigale-gale  puppet dance performances. In contrast to Tomok that has many historical sights, Tuktuk is a village where there are lodgings for tourists.

Lake Toba and Samosir Island

Lake Toba and Samosir island

What is interesting of the Lake Toba ?

Sigale-gale doll becomes one of the characteristics of tourist spots in Sumatra. Wooden doll 1.5 metres tall, complete with Batak custom clothing. Sigale-gale dance performances can be seen in some of the sights in Lake Toba, Bolon Huta Museum and several other museums.

Sigale-gale doll dance performance

Lake Toba Festival

Lake Toba Festival is an annual event, is a collaboration of North Sumatra Goverment and the Ministry of tourism and Creative Economy. The event was held between the months of August-September.

In this festival, held in a variety of cultures and the competition for those, such as from a boat race and dance performances. You can also find a variety of delicious cuisine and hunting beautiful Ulos cloth during the event.

Activities that Can be Do at Lake Toba and Samosir island

Here you can do a lot of activities such as playing Jetsky, surrounding the Lake by boat, watching the various dances of local customs, watched the boat racing, the race saw a natural phenomenon stone pendant and many more others, you can also stroll through the villages on the island.

Souvenirs and Cuisine in the Lake Toba

In the area around Lake Toba filled with various cultural uniqueness. Traditional souvenir Batak is also varied, ranging from unique guitars made from wood typical of Batak, until the calendar of ancient hand written, all original from Batak, and many other unique shops. Shopping paradise and unique antique items Batak is on the island. One of them, namely, Ulos fabric. Ulos fabric is usually red, white and black, and decorated with gold-colored thread.

Ulos fabric, souvenir from Samosir island

For food, many of the unique cuisine of this place, some restaurants also here include Elios Restaurant, Rumba Pizza, Romlan Guest House, Tabo Restaurant and Buddhist Resto.

Tips on visiting the Lake Toba and Samosir island

- Choose The Right Time
The best time to visit is from April to August. Because of this month's sunny weather, so you can enjoy a tour of Lake Toba in comfort.

- Visite existence Ceremony

The advantage for you if visit Lake Toba, when local communities are doing a ritual or a party of the people of Lake Toba is you can witness the excitement of the event. other than that there is a very crowded event here is Lake Toba Festival

- Choose the time for documentation
If you want to get nice photos of Lake Toba, time is very limited, only about 1 hour. Morning 05:30 to 06:30, while in the afternoon at 16.00 – 17.00. This period is often referred to as gold. Because at the moment, the best light is offered in the Lake Toba.

Lake Toba and Samosir Island

- Travel Route to Lake Toba
The closest location on Lake Toba which can be accessed by vehicles is Parapat, Simalungun.

From Pinang Baris Terminal of Medan, riding the bus to Parapat. From Parapat, you can see the beauty of Lake Toba. If you want to Samosir Island, you can cross by ferry from the port of Ajibata to Tuktuk, Samosir. This place is the perfect place to enjoy the beauty of Lake Toba.

Well, that’s all information about Lake Toba and Samosir island that I can post. Thank’s for reading, and I do apologize for my bad english xD hehe

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