Travel Guide to Lake Toba, Sumatera (Indonesia)
Lake Toba (Indonesian: Danau Toba) is one of the most popular destinations in Indonesia, located in Medan, North Sumatra. Lake Toba is the largest volcanic lake in Indonesia, and in the Southeast Asia, either. One thing that make Lake Toba more special is the reality that there is an island in the middle of the lake, Samosir Island (Pulau Samosir).
Lake Toba area is 1,000 km² bigger than Singapore (1,707 km²). In the past Lake Toba formed by a gigantic volcanic eruption about thousands years ago, it is probably the largest resurgent caldera on Earth. Samosir Island, The Beautiful island in the middle of lake toba was joined to the caldera wall by a narrow isthmus, which was cut through to enable boats to pass; a road bridge crosses the cutting. It is said that Samosir island is the cultural centre of the local tribe (Batak), the indigenous from North Sumatra.
Considering its size, Lake Toba is so big and actually more like a sea than a lake. Lake Toba is the largest lake in Asia and the second largest in the world after Lake Victoria in Africa. Lake Toba hold the record as a lake which has the deepest water, which is more than 400 meters.
Lake Toba is incredibly beautiful and it is a perfect place for relaxation. The temperate climate, amazing scenery, and hospitality of local community make this spot is a great stop when travelling through Sumatra. For visitors who want to explore the island, it is suggested to rent a motorbike to explore and learn anything about the local culture.
Actually there are some tourists attractions that can be visited when you are in Lake Toba Area:
Tuktuk is a well-known area for visitors which has extraordinary beautiful view of Lake Toba. In Tuktuk you can buy souvenirs and various kind of second-hand books.
Tomok is perfect for you culinary-adventurer, this place offer delicious Indonesian food. You can also bask in local culture as there is burial place for the King Sidabutur, which is so popular between local people.
The Best time to visit Lake Toba is on May when the weather is perfect (not too hot nor cool). The temperature might go up suddenly high as it continues to summer but it is also erratic and may have sudden rain.
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Pictures of Lake Toba