Blue ocean is fast becoming a favorite destination in the area. Lying just four hours from Central Medan, this ancient supervolcano is bound to please both nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. Covering more than 1200km², the territory around Lake Toba is still one of the most diverse in Southeast Asia. It is also clearly different from anywhere else in Indonesia. Before you jump onto the bandwagon and hurry over to the lake, then here are three things that you definitely should do during your visit to Lake Toba.
- Get yourself chill with the lake
Immerse from the beauty of the lake by having a picnic or a stroll by the lake. There is no sweeter way to enjoy nature than just taking your own time to revel in it. Lay down a picnic mat, or simply grab a beach chair from a few of the numerous lakeside resorts and just have a glass of iced tea or two. Located in the fresh waters of this lake right at the doorstep of your lakeside resort. Look out for rocks and shallow beds before diving in. You will find several other water activities available such as jet-skiing, which you’re able to go to.
- Rent a motor scooter
An inexpensive method of researching Samosir island on Lake Toba would be on a motor scooter. Even though the island is quite big at 640km² (compared, Singapore is 710km²), nearly all of its attractions are on the northeastern side overlooking Parapat. For that reason, it is quite feasible to visit most of the attractions that the island has to offer on motorcycles. Cycling is also possible but provided that the steep hills and poorly maintained streets, it will be exceedingly tiring to cycle. The costs are bargainable if you’re taking a look at leasing it very carefully.
- Visit the Batak Villages
The region surrounding Lake Toba is occupied by an ethnic group known as the Bataks. Whose customs and lifestyles are usually distinct from the rest of Indonesia. The massive bulk of Bataks subscribe to the Christian religion. Consequently, there are a lot more churches in the region than other Indonesian cities and towns. The Batak people themselves are split into several diverse groups with distinct cultures and practices in one another.
However, one thing that stayed similar to the Batak people is the architecture of their homes. While there are slight differences, most Batak communities have houses with similarly shaped roofs.
Whether your trips take you to a long stroll on beaches, delicious cuisines, relaxing spas, and resorts or urban attractions, extra research will give you the best experience for your visit. Get to know more about Lake Toba by visiting Wonderful Indonesia.