Medan Trip 1: Toba Lake and Samosir Island

Last December 2013,  I got the chance to go to Medan and traveled to some popular cities around Medan, like Pematang Siantar, Prapat, and Berastagi before exploring the Medan itself.

For the flight from Palembang to Medan, I used Garuda. I was surprised that I should walk to the plane until I realized the plane is the small one. The seat is 2-2 so the foot space is bigger but the height isn’t.

In front of Garuda Explore Jet

Upon arrival, took a picture some pictures in front of the new airport – Kuala Namu airport. It is a big and clean airport, a bit like the Lombok Praya Airport. The difference is this airport is connected directly to the train station.

at Kuala Namu Airport

The journey began! We stopped by at Patung Dewi Kwan In in Pematang Siantar (didn’t have chance to try the famous noodle – the drawback of using tour). Took some pictures here:

At the lower level:

Dewi Kwan Im, Pematang Siantar

At the upper level:

Dewi Kwan Im, Pematang Siantar

At the yard:

Dewi Kwan Im, Pematang Siantar


Finally we arrived at Prapat (by the side of Toba Lake) after 4-5 hours drive.

The view is totally awesome since we’re able to see the lake from the top and on our way going down. Hello Toba Lake :).

Some views from our room:

Toba Lake

Toba Lake

Toba Lake

Andddd… my picture 😉

Toba Lake

Here, you can enjoy several water sports although the variations aren’t as many as in Tanjung Benoa, Bali. I recommend you to spend 2 night here: 1 night to refresh after 4 hours drive from  Medan so you can have full day to explore the lake and especially Samosir Island (the island in the middle of the lake) – will show you the map I got at Tomok Village later.


The next day, we went to Samosir Island using Ferry. They usually give us 1 hour to explore the island (only small part), so we depart and leave with the same group. Ensure that you remember the boat name:

Ferry to Tomok Village, Samosir Island

At the Ferry, there were some boys singing to get money:

Ferry to Tomok Village, Samosir Island


There are two most popular villages that you can visit: Tuk-tuk and Tomok village. Our tour brought us to Tomok village.

Tomok Village, Samosir Island

Tomok Village, Samosir Island

Watched the popular Sigale-gale traditional dance. There are several spots performing this dance.

Sigale-gale at Samosir Island

After that, I went through the road until I found this Batak Museum:

Batak Museum at Samosir Island

Finally, this is the maps of Toba Lake and Samosir Island that you can find when you arrived at Tomok Village:

Toba Lake & Samosir Island Map


So, now I’ve visited the 2 biggest lakes in Sumatera: Toba Lake and Ranau Lake. 😉

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