Indonesia has a variety of extraordinary natural beauty that is not possessed by other countries. One of them, which you can make for year’s vacation destination is Lake Toba in Sumatra island. It is very famous in the country. Precisely, it is in Brastagi district and about 4 hours dring from Medan, the capital of North Sumatra province.
Lake Toba is located in the mountains of Bukit Barisan, North Sumatra. The area is 1,145 square kilometers which makes it the widest lake in Southeast Asia and is larger than Singapore [716 kmsq]. The background of Lake Toba was formed due to volcanic eruptions which spewed 2,800 km cubic of eruption material, thus making the crater that gradually filled with water into a lake. Lake Toba is also the largest lake in the world formed by volcanic eruptions and is included in the Guinness World Records list. In the middle of Lake Toba, there is an island called Samosir. The island is approaching the vast area of Singapore and has several villages with extraordinary natural attractions, such as mountains and waterfalls.
Samosir Island and Lake Toba are the heart and home of the Batak Tribe. You can also feel the hospitality of the villagers while knowing their culture. If you travel to Lake Toba from April to August, chances are you will be able to witness the festive and traditional rituals of the Batak Tribe, which is the ceremony of the Lake Toba Community Party. The ceremony was held to remember the Batak tribe’s ancestors by presenting songs, sporting events, and Batak dances.
As for lodging on Lake Toba, you do not need to worry, because there are many resorts, hotels, and ordinary lodging, each of which offers extraordinary views. Other tourist activities on Lake Toba that you can do include: around the Tuktuk Siadong-Adong Village, visiting historical sites (Tomb of the Sidabutar King), seeing local people planting rice, and seeing people’s houses with Batak Gorga.
So what are you waiting for, organize your vacation and family to Lake Toba now!