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.