Medan, Part 5 – Lake Toba, Samosir Island

August 05, 2013
Lake Toba or Danau Toba with the Samosir Island, forms the heart of the beautiful a beautiful caldera high in the treeless mountains of northern Sumatra. The lake was formed about 100,000 years ago after a giant eruption. It is the largest lake of southeastern Asia measuring 31 kilometer and covers an area of 1146km sq. It is also the deepest lake in the world, its exact depth is still unknown, but it is for sure deeper than 450meters. Lake Toba is the homeland of the Toba Batak, of which Danau Toba forms the centre, consists of five regions. Everywhere there is enough water, there are ricefields broken up by Toba villages with their characteristic houses, churches and graves. The volcanic soils are remarkably fertile and the Toba highlands have been inhabited for centuries.

Medan Toba Samosir

As the tour guide is explaining about the lake where both me and my sister took some pictures and enjoy the view since we could not hear from the deck of the ferry. The ride was 30 minutes in total. We stop by at a few places before we reach our final destination of Toledo Inn to stay the night.

Medan Toba Samosir

Medan Toba Samosir

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