Lake Toba is one of the most recommended tourist places when you are going to North Sumatera. It is not just unique. This magical location in Indonesia is actually even larger than Singapore, and due to Indonesia’s varied culture and the perfect place right into Lake Toba is precisely like seeing an entirely new country! Well, hold that thought, because Lake Toba is not just any river! Lake Toba exudes a beauty that is tranquil and silent. Locally known as Danau Toba, it’s the world’s biggest crater lake.
At first, the tourist should take a flight to Kuala Namu Airport in Medan, capital of North Sumatra, and then proceed with a six hours road trip. But now, everything is more convenient since the establishment of Silangit Airport in 2017. The Silangit airport is among the infrastructure improved by the Joko administration to create other tourism hot spots across the world archipelago of more than 17,000 islands. And guess what, the Silangit airport is open, and that means you can fly into Lake Toba instead of transporting into Medan and just carrying a road trip to the lake. This new Silangit Airport can gather 36,000 visitors annually. Now, they can fly to Silangit and hit Lake Toba in just 1 hour.
For those who dream of visiting Lake Toba, here are some suggestions to be listed on your 3D2N itinerary.
Day 1: Arrival-Silangit Airport
Arriving at Silangit International Airport, you will meet up with the tour guide before starting the trip. The driver will take you to the first stop at Hutaginjang for witnessing the magnificent view of Lake Toba. Then having a few time for lunch at the local restaurant nearby. The journey continues with a tour of the Balige area, strolling around the Balige Traditional Market and Silalahi Center. Next stop is heading to Parapat, a city located beside Lake Toba. During the trip, you can enjoy the tropical plantations at Taman Eden 100. Arriving at Parapat, you can check in to the hotel to rest and have dinner
Day 2: Strolling Around Samosir Island
Embrace your morning with breakfast at the hotel before cruising the Lake Toba by ferry boat. It takes 45 minutes to cruise around and enjoy the view. Spend your day 2 in Lake Toba by visiting the historical tomb of King Sidabutar at Tomok Village. You can also go through Ambarita Village to observe the well-known stone chairs and implementation area of King Siallagan. Unfortunately, it requires only for groups of a minimum of ten persons.
Going back to Parapat, the tourists shouldn’t miss the chance to have lunch at the local restaurant. Tour proceeds by surrounding another tourist destination such as Soekarno House, a place where the first President of Indonesia was exiled. Furthermore, you can stop at Marsuse-the Monkeys Rehabilitation Center before going back to the hotel room.
Day 3: Free Activities
At the third day, you can choose whatever activity before leaving Lake Toba. It would be nice to have breakfast at the hotel first.
Optional Outside Activities
Lake Toba is an unmatched natural beauty. There are some activities you can experience, such as swimming, kayaking, or riding a boat while enjoying the sunset. If you like staying on the shore, hiring a scooter and then sailing around the island would be a pleasure. Moreover, chasing waterfalls on Samosir, or hiking to the top of Pusuk Buhit Mountain close to Pangururan would be exciting too. The hike will be well worth it as you will be treated to a view of the lake.
Whether your trips take you to a long stroll on beaches, delicious cuisines, relaxing spas and resorts or urban attractions, extra research will give you the best experience for your visit. Get to know more about Lake Toba by visiting Wonderful Indonesia.