Medan to Lake Toba, How to Experience Well-Spent 4 Days Itinerary
Now you don’t need far to come to Santorini to find the views of the Caldera, visit Lake Toba in North Sumatra Indonesia. You will find what you want to see. Road to Lake Toba is now also more straightforward if in the past you had to get off to Kuala Namu International Airport in Medan and continue a five hours road trip. Now you can immediately get off at the Silangit Airport and shortly arrive at Lake Toba. Moreover, Garuda Indonesia Airlines even has a direct route from Silangit Airport to Singapore.
The best time to visit North Sumatra is during the dry season, which ranges from May to September. But if you come during the rainy season, it is also beneficial because even though it will often rain, the fresh air around will make you comfortable to do some activities. Here it is four days itinerary of Medan to Lake Toba for your reference :
Itinerary Day 1
- Pulau Samosir
Located in the middle of Lake Toba, Pulau Samosir is an island that is nearly the same size as Singapore. It is probably the most significant island within an island on the planet. There are plenty of hotels, the majority of which provide lake views where you can enjoy water sports just steps from your room!
- Taman Simalem Resort
Taman Simalem Resort is an accommodation option that you can try. This resort is located in Tongging, about 1200 m above sea level. With an area of about 206 hectares, this resort has much uniqueness. The weather is freezing, which is 15 to 23 degrees. The resort even provides a free room for your hired driver.
Itinerary Day 2
Start your day by merely catching the sunrise and check out the tallest waterfall Sipiso-piso of Indonesia just 20 minutes from the hotel. Return to research Taman Simalem; have a yoga class visiting Lake Toba, select a jungle trek (either free for hotel guests) or treat yourself to some relaxing Indonesian massage or Ayurvedic therapy.
If you’re up for that, the resort actually organises organic farm excursions as well as full-day excursions. You can arrange a day trip together with a hired driver to Pulau Samosir.
- Sipiso-piso Waterfall
When you come to Lake Toba, don’t forget to witness Sipiso-piso Waterfall. This waterfall is 120 meters and offers epic views. Even the Sipiso-piso waterfall has been highlighted as the highest waterfall in Indonesia. What’s more, you can encounter a stretching rainbow above if you come in the right moment.
- Pulau Samosir
First stop at Pulau Samosir, explore Ambarita Village where you can find traditional Batak homes that used to appeal to his loved ones and this king. Within Ambarita, you’ll also place these Siallagan stone chairs at which people were executed for crimes like murder or rape. The executioners would be jailed into wood pieces beneath the King’s home till the judgement day.
You can hitch a ride by Tigaras Ferry Jetty at Simanindo Port to travel to Samosir Island from Taman Simalem Resort. To reach the island, you will need approximately two and a half hours. Ferry departures from Tigaras are 8 am, 9.30 am, and 11.30 am. While the schedule for the ferry crossing from Simanindo port back to Tigaras is 2 pm, 4 pm and 6 pm.
Itinerary Day 3
- Sibayak Volcano
There is an assortment of treks you’ll be able to hike to the Gunung Sibayak crater for 1.5 hours to five hours. This trek through the dense jungle will demand a manual (~Rp.250,000/~S$25). The shorter path (1.5 hours) is relatively straightforward and may be achieved on your own. For the quickest route up, get your driver to drop you off at Sibayak Multinational Guesthouse where it’s a 1-1.5 hour trek around the very top.
Itinerary Day 4
The last day is the day of returning to the town. Before leaving for the airport, you can relax for a moment at the resort and have breakfast.
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