Republic of Indonesia
Merlyn Guest House +6281361169130 email@example.com
Clean lake-view, twin-bed garden bungalow (no. 2), right on the lake shore, with private terrace and bathroom, for IDR 60,000.- or US$ 6.50 per night.
Beer: 620-ml bottles of ice-cold Bintang Beer (c. 4.7 % alc./vol.) for IDR 27,000.- or US$ 2.95 per bottle from the guest house’s comfy restaurant.
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Exploring the friendly Batak village of Tuk-Tuk, where a long row of guesthouses, restaurants and handicraft shops stretches right around the shore of the Tuk-Tuk Peninsula aka Tanjung Tuk Tuk, and learning about the dramatic formation of Lake Toba, the largest volcanic lake on the planet, which was formed only 100,000 years ago after a cataclysmic volcanic eruption resulting in the formation of a caldera which filled with water afterwards (present-day Lake Toba), and where the pressure from the dormant magma, which had not yet erupted, caused Samosir Island to emerge, right in the middle of this 1,700-sqm large crater lake, only 30,000 years ago.
Hiring a brand-new 110cc Honda NSC110 scooter from Viona’s Coffee Shop +6281264363926 (IDR 75,000.- or US$ 8.20 per day, bensin included) and cruising the northern part of Samosir Island (without being stopped and nailed by one of the many corrupt traffic cops) thus visiting on our way the traditional Toba Batak villages of Ambarita, Simanindo and Lumban Suhisuhi with their beautiful old stilt houses and common home industry of hand-weaving as well as spectating at, almost simultaneously, two different weddings at Simanindo: (i) the touristy imitation of a Batak wedding as part of a lovely dance performance at the village's meticulously restored open-air museum (admission: IDR 50,000.- or US$ 5.50 per foreigner), formerly the home of the Batak king Rajah Simalungun and his 14 wives, and, over the way, the real McCoy, (ii) the genuine Batak wedding at a Batak Christian Protestant Church aka Huria Kristen Batak Protestan (admission free).
Click below for a summary of this year's travels
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