Lake Toba is a place in Sumatra (Indonesia) that is the largest volcanic lake in the world and one of the greatest relaxation places in Asia. One thing is sure: there aren’t a lot of things that you can do here but you do have an atmosphere that will keep your mind out of that. You can either rent a motorbike or a private car in order to visit its amazing sights.
Samosir island is an island that has recently formed inside the lake and which offers great views and friendly people.
Pay a visit to the hot springs – these are positioned on the opposite side of Tul-tul, outside the biggest settlement of Pulau. These springs represent an interesting view, but you might want to be careful to the pungent sulfuric smell and the hot waters.
The motorbike drivers who like adventure can go into the hills to see the exact source of these springs. Needless to say that the views from above are spectacular and perfect for excellent pictures.
Visit the Batak Museum – this is placed in Simanindo, close to Tuk-tuk. The house of king was restored and transformed into a small museum that offers plenty of useful information about the Batak culture.
During the morning, you might be surprised to catch an early dance. These happen around 10:30 a.m., if there are tourists to see it. Remember though that the dances that are done at the museum are more interesting than those who are made in guesthouses.
Batak dances and music – there are two main guesthouses named Samosir Cottages and Bagus Bay. They normally have traditional dances and music in the nights of Wednesday and Saturday starting with 8 p.m. As mentioned previously, these shows take place only if they have the right number of guests.
Normally, these shows start when people are still enjoying their food and then they transform into songs that can be sang when the drinking activity is blossoming. The locals are often animating the performances by playing on old and modern instruments.
Does fishing sound good? Lake Toba is famous for the fish that can be found near the docks or the shore walls. The shops close to Tuk-tuk offer poles and nets for a comfortable fishing experience. The mornings are better for this activity because you can use leftovers from breakfast as bait. But you can also do it during the night with the help of a flashlight pointed towards the water. And if this is not enough, you can ask a local to take you on his boat for a unique experience.