Danau Toba

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Lake Toba (Indonesian: Danau Toba) is a lake and supervolcano, 100 kilometres long and 30 kilometres wide, and 505 metres (1,666 ft) at its deepest point. Located in the middle of the northern part of the Indonesian island of Sumatra with a surface elevation of about 900 m (3,000 ft), the lake stretches from [show location on an interactive map] 2°53'N 98°31'E? / ?2.88, 98.52 to [show location on an interactive map] 2°21'N 99°06'E? / ?2.35, 99.1. It is the largest volcanic lake in the world. The lake formed as a result of the eruption of Mount Toba, this is one of the largest eruption in the world of throughout history.

Lake Toba is located in North Sumatra province, Indonesia and has long time to important tourist destinations in North Sumatra beside to Bukit Lawang and Nias to attract domestic and foreign tourists. Parapat is a town at the edge of the lake, it is the entrance to Lake Toba, a distance of some 180 kilometers from Medan, and about 60 kilometers from Pematang Siantar.

In the middle of the lake, there is an vulkanik island name is Samosir Island and you can go to there by ferry-boat and you can stay in the cottage with Batak style and experience life as Batak people. Traditional houses made of wood will certainly complement the experience of your vacation. There are some good places to tour visited in this island such as the waterfall in Simanindo hill, hot water bathing at Pangururan city, Tuktuk Siadong, etc. Or around the island with rented motorcycles.

Also you can look the Lake Toba from the hill of Simanindo, with the quiet water, and there is pasture with buffalo, the rice fields and the village with traditional Batak houses.
This island is very beautiful and quiet. The atmosphere is suitable for a holiday and honeymooners.

How to getting there?
Go to Medan you can use the aircraft, many airlines that offer to the destination city of Medan. Meanwhile, from Medan to Lake Toba you can rent a car or chartered a bus or taxi.

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