Lake Toba is the largest lake in Indonesia and even South East Asia. This type of volcanic lake is the second largest lake in the world after Lake Victoria in Africa. A volcanic lake with a length of 100 kilometers and 30 kilometers wide along the furthest depths of approximately 400 meters which is located in the province of North Sumatra, Indonesia. Lake Toba in North Sumatra is estimated to form about 74,000 years ago from the super vulcano eruption. Approximately 2,800 cubic miles of volcanic materials spewed out of the volcano is currently erupting, and volcanic dust in the wind spread to half the earth. Explosion occurred during 1 week and throw the dust up to 10 kilometers above sea level. The eruption of Mount Toba affect world civilization. It is estimated, all-powerful eruption caused a change in the earth’s weather and the onset of an ice age
The area around Lake Toba has pine forests are arranged good. In the middle of Lake Toba there is a volcanic island called Samosir Island which is at an altitude of about 1,000 meters above sea level, and in the middle of the island of Samosir is still there more two beautiful lake named Lake and Lake Aek Sidihoni Natonang. In Tomok (Samosir Island) there is the Tomb of King Sidabutar, which he was already 500 years old. Also, Lake Toba ever won the title as the most favorite destination in Indonesia, with a reach of more than 4,000,000 tourists who come to the place in a year. if you come to visit here there are various souvenirs can be found around Lake Toba, like the ancient Batak calendar with original writing Batak, Batak guitar made of wood and a variety of other unique souvenirs. Ulos fabric typical of Lake Toba is one of the famous traditional handicraft Batak. The fabric is dominated by the color red, black and white are usually woven with colored threads of gold and silver. Ulos various types of fabric, including: maratur star, ragiidup, Sibolang, ragihotang, Mangiring and Sadum
- Almost all local mobile phone operators to get a signal on the island. Very good signal on Samosir Island even in remote places like in the middle of rice fields.
- Now, there have been several ATM that can easily be found in Pangururan as the district capital and a center of tourism Tuktuk Samosir.
- Instead, spend a minimum of four days to really explore the entire Samosir regency. To gain more experience, come and go through different access. For example Tomok come through the Port Road and return via Tele road.
- For transportation : In addition of taxis, there are public transportation by motor rickshaw fare much is so cheap, around 3 cent $. As for the rickshaw, as usual, be smart bargain prices. But, because it can fit three passengers, motor tricycles can be more efficient and convenient for direct transfer to goal