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Asia » Indonesia » Sumatra » Lake Toba March 12th 2010

Vuokra-autolla Ambaritasta Medaniin, aamupalalle pysähdyttiin jo Parapatissa. Kiva Minang-ravintola. ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Sumatra » Lake Toba March 6th 2010

12 vuoden jalkeen tulimme jalleen Kaakkois-Aasian suurimman jarven eli Danau Toba:n keskella olevalle Samosir:n saarelle. Suomalainen kesamokkifiilis norjalaisilla vuonomaisemilla hoystettyna.... read more
To Barbara's

Asia » Indonesia » Sumatra » Lake Toba February 28th 2010

On our trip so far we have had a few long, tiring overnight bus journeys but none can compare to the sheer horror of the 5pm coach to Parapat, on the edge of Lake Toba. Ulrich, our Basil Fawlty like hotel owner, had warned us of huge delays and cranes that stay at one particular spot to pull out the coaches from the bog. Waiting at the bus stop we saw enough damaged coaches to leave us with a little lump in the throat as we boarded ours. The signs were good though as the seats were relatively comfortable, the air-con worked and the bus looked clean. It even had an on-board toilet. This good will, however, was to last about as long as an England World Cup campaign. Not an hour had passed before things ... read more
Beautiful Lake Toba 3
Coffee at Samosir
diving board

Asia » Indonesia » Sumatra » Lake Toba February 22nd 2010

Fortunately, of the eight of us on our jungle trek, seven were heading to Lake Toba so we decided to hire a private car between us, thus saving us another ‘experience’ involving men accidentally spitting in my face while I attempt to wrap my legs around the back of my head and old lady trying to squeeze in and sit with her bum in my face. I feel once is an experience, twice is just masochistic. Anyway split between seven of us the fare was very reasonable and the journey surprisingly pleasant taking in some fantastic scenery. Lake Toba is the largest lake in Southeast Asia set in the collapsed caledra of an extinct volcano surrounded by mountains (thanks to Lonely Plant for the description) and is really stunning, the views as we weaved our way ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Sumatra » Lake Toba February 6th 2010

After a long blog-absence I have returned! I am now in Probolinngo,Java Indonesia after having had a fantastic trip in Sumatra. The people of Sumatra and Indonesia in general are so friendly and welcoming! Not to mention there is an attraction or two to see! The adventure began interestingly right off the bat. At the ferry terminal there sat a ragged-looking old mountain bike set-up for touring and VERY loaded! It definitely looked like it had seen a few miles. It's owner was a fantastic character named Julian who has been cycling around the world since 1989!! That is not a typo! Julian was born in Africa and grew up mostly there to parents of mixed heritage and then then ended up in the UK. He holds a UK passport and has an English accent but ... read more
Watch your Step
Masjid Raya

Asia » Indonesia » Sumatra » Lake Toba February 6th 2010

So, the next a.m after arriving in Berestagi Julian and I set off for Lake Toba. It's a clear, volcanic lake (the biggest in s.e asia at 1700 sq. km) surrounded by mountains and looming volcanoes. Sumatra has a string of 14 volcanoes(many of which are active to some degree or another) running down the centre of the island. We tried to get some info. on taking a road that followed the east side of the lake but were unable to find anything useful. All we knew was that the buses took a big detour and didn't follow this road. There are a couple of blogs online from other cyclists who have ridden some parts of Sumatra but nothing on this road. We had to assume that because buses avoided it, it must be a bad ... read more
East Road, Lake Toba
Ferry to Samosir Island

Asia » Indonesia » Sumatra » Lake Toba February 4th 2010

On New Year's day I set out to the largest lake in Southeast Asia, Lake Toba. It was listed as a 'must-do' in my Southeast Asia guide book, I booked the flight 3 weeks earlier and went there on a whim. Wikipedia intro to Lake Toba: A former supervolcano, Lake Toba is the largest volcanic lake in the world. It is 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 metres (2,953 ft). In addition, it is the site of a supervolcanic eruption that occurred about 74,000 years ago, a massive climate-changing event. The eruption is believed to have had a VEI intensity of 8. This eruption is ... read more
1st waterfall sighting
tabo cottages

Asia » Indonesia » Sumatra » Lake Toba December 26th 2009

I arrived at Lake Toba on December 22nd. Lake Toba is the largest volcanic lake in the world. It is 100k by 30k and goes down 505 meters at its deepest point. After a 30 minute ferry ride I arrived at Samosir Island, the largest island within an island in the world. Sumatra is the 6th largest island in the world and Indonesia is the largest island country in the world with more than 17,000 islands of which 922 are inhabited. The Batak people who inhabit Samosir Island are a Christian lot fond of singing, dancing and "jungle juice". I stayed at Lakejon with an amazing balcony view across the lake. Also staying there were a lovely, party hard group of Finnish university students. We hit it off right away and got tucked into over 20 ... read more
Local Services
Balcony View
Deep Fried Christmas Cookies

Asia » Indonesia » Sumatra » Lake Toba September 19th 2009

September 14 2009 - September 22 2009 Exchange rate as of September 14 2009 1GBP = Rp15,724 TRANSPORT: Hotel to Amplas Bus Terminal by motorized becak--Rp30,000 Medan to Parapat by bus--Rp20,000 (5 hours) Parapat to Tuk Tuk by ferry--Rp7,000 (1 hour) HOTELS: Samosir Cottages Dbl, cold water--Rp119,000 inc. breakfast One of the nicest places on Samosir, with very decently priced rooms with a good view of the lake. Swimming area on the lake, deck chairs, restaurant and internet available. Some very noises cats around though! Abadi Guesthouse Twin, mandi, squat toilet--Rp150,000 (not the normal price at it was Idul Fitri) Very rustic place, with semi-traditional Batak houses next to the Lake. Rooms were clean though and it was quieter than the bigger places. We got an early start from Medan and caught another motorized becak to ... read more
Medan to Parapat
Medan to Parapat
Medan to Parapat

Asia » Indonesia » Sumatra » Lake Toba September 2nd 2009

Time flows fast having fun We get a two month visa in Penang - Malaysia, take a boat to Medan - Indonesia and a local bus to Parapat, lake Toba. On this bus we have life karaoke on volume ten! My knee's are forced in between the seats but the theatre of people getting on and of the bus with all there goods makes the five hour trip worth while. We arrive in the middle of the Saturday market, the air filled with herbs, wood, fire, fish and food. First we have lunch in a local restaurant. When I ask for the menu the answer is: ''menu? Sit down please, we have fried noodle and fresh fruit juice, welcome to Lake Toba''. We feel good, smile, sit down and enjoy the meal. The boats go regularly ... read more
Busy building
Today's Cafe' Opening

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