365Indonesia. Day 34. The other side of Toba, North Sumatera.
Hello guys! Let's go back to one of the biggest lake in Indonesia, Lake Toba. have you ever been there? if you haven't, then you should, someday. because, not only the lake that will surprise you, but also the scenery and the history too. according to wikitravel, Lake Toba is an immense volcanic lake covering an area of 1,707 sq km (1,000 sq km bigger than Singapore) with an island in the center. Formed by a gigantic volcanic eruption some 70,000 years ago, it is probably the largest resurgent caldera on Earth (even i didn't know that before!). Some studies say it might have been associated with causing previous ice age/climate change and the largest human population bottleneck ever. Genetic estimates suggests that there were only a few thousand individuals that survived the catastrophe. The island in the middle - Pulau Samosir - was joined to the caldera wall by a narrow isthmus, which was cut through to enable boats to pass; a road bridge crosses the cutting. Samosir island is the cultural centre of Batak tribe who are mostly Christians in the modern days. Lake Toba was perhaps once more popular than it is nowadays, but for many it remains a firm fixture on the Banana Pancake Trail. It is a great laid back place to chill out for a few days after jungle trekking etc. The location is very popular with Chinese tourists around Chinese New Year, when availability drops dramatically and accommodation costs sky rocket. to get there, you just have to fly to Medan, North Sumatra. once you arrived in Medan's airport, Polonia, rent a car and travel to Prapat. it usually takes about 4 hours to get there, but trust me, Lake Toba is really worth it. Regards, Mad Check my blog Mad Alkatiri for more cool places and follow @madalkatiri