A real life Middle Earth : Lake Toba

My first experience visiting Indonesia was to Bandung, the shopping haven. Next, I stepped foot in Jakarta for just one night to watch a ‘live’ concert of my favorite Indonesian band. That was 3 years ago. Medan was my third experience visiting Indonesia. I wasn’t sure what to expect at first because this is my first trip overseas which I’m not staying in a middle of a city but enjoying nature instead. I’ve seen tons of photos of Lake Toba online, but it’s never the same until you’re really here to see how the lake just sprawled across the horizon.

Bear in mind that upon landing in Medan, you still need to travel another 4-5 hours to reach Parapat, and catch a boat from there to Lake Toba. It’s best if you touchdown Medan in the morning, so you can reach Lake Toba before it get’s dark.

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The legendary Lake Toba, Medan, Indonesia
Sunset always never fail to impress me. All the time. Reached Parapat late evening, just in time for this stunning view across the lake.
Sunset always never fail to impress me. All the time. Reached Parapat late evening, just in time for this stunning view across the lake.
Where I stayed, Bagus Bay. Don't expect 5 star facilities, but the rooms are clean, staffs were friendly, they have a Batak dance show by the villagers for you to experience at night (FOC) and lastly the location is good (near to the jetty) and the rooms are situated right near the lake.
Where I stayed, Bagus Bay. Don’t expect 5 star facilities, but the rooms are clean, staffs were friendly and they have a traditional Batak dance show performed by the villagers for you to experience at night (FOC) and lastly the location is good (near to the jetty) and the rooms are situated right near the lake.
The hut I chose to stay at Bagus Bay. For a mere RM50 per night, they don't provide towels and all, but look at the view from the window.
The hut I chose to stay at in. For a mere RM50 per night, they don’t provide towels and all, but the view is priceless.
The view from Bagus Bay
The view from Bagus Bay
Behold, Lake Toba view from the top of a hill. Rent a bike to explore the small town and came to a small 'warong' uphill with this scenic view.
Behold, Lake Toba view from the top of a hill. Rented a bike to explore the small town and came to this small ‘warong’ uphill with this scenic view.
Came across a Batak village and their traditional houses. Shape reminds me of Malaysia's Minangkabau house. The difference - these houses have no rooms. Just one main area in the middle and a kitchen at the back. Not sure what they do to have some privacy.
Came across a Batak village and their traditional houses. The shape reminds me of Malaysia’s traditional Minangkabau house. The difference – these houses have no rooms. Just one main area in the middle and a kitchen at the back. Not sure what they do to have some privacy.

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A family of four in one of the Batak houses. Baby Andre was excited to have some visitors.
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The only place to get ATM machines and money changer is to go to town, Tomok.
Looks very much like Middle Earth to me
Looks very much like Middle Earth to me

 


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