Lake Toba, Medan Indonesia (II)

We had a good night’s rest and woke up to this magnificent view!

IMG_6849Taken right from our balcony.

IMG_6848This one was taken from the lobby as we waited for Ramses and Torang to pick us up after breakfast.

Heres more pics from our villa! Tell me its not perfect. haha!

IMG_6861

IMG_6862

IMG_6863

IMG_6867

IMG_6868

IMG_6869

IMG_6870

IMG_6879

IMG_6880

 

IMG_6881

At 1030am, they arrived and fetched us. We drove around the town of Tuktuk and saw many local children going or leaving for school. We saw how the locals of Samosir Island live. They are all self-sufficient, growing their own crops, rearing their own farm animals. The entire island is believed to be the top of the volcano that exploded and formed the lake that surrounds it. The whole area is so huge and beautiful. Lush and green. Every crop grown blossomed and flourished. The air is cooler and fresher. I feel healthier just being there for 1 day.

My only gripe is the roads. They dont have banglas and other foreign workers like in Spore. Only locals work to make roads and others. So work is slow and messy. Stones and rocks still line the paths and driving is extremely bumpy. Youre better off on a bike. But thats little price to pay for what we were about to witness after a couple of hours leaving samosir to sumatra island via a bridge in Tano Banggol to go up Tele. A place up in the mountains that gives you a bird’s eye sweeping view of Lake Toba that will forever stay etched in my mind. I almost feel that im in some European country instead of Indonesia.

IMG_6900

IMG_6908

IMG_6909

IMG_6911

IMG_6919

IMG_6924

IMG_6947

IMG_6949

Our driver and guide. 🙂 Great guys.IMG_6956

IMG_6964

IMG_6968

IMG_6973

IMG_6978

After spending an hour up here in Tele enjoying the scenic view, we returned to Samosir to visit the Hot spring at Pengururan. But as we drove down, we had to make a pitstop because the view was too gorgeous to ignore.

IMG_7037

IMG_7044

IMG_7046

IMG_7051

IMG_7058

We knew we have reached the Hot Spring when we could smell the sulfur. It was so strong and overpowering. Despite the nauseating smell, we had lunch there at there restaurant. hahaha! Wasnt that bad, really! Hubb and the 2 men even climbed up the sulfur formation to take a closer look at the hot water flowing down. I am too chicken to do so. hehe… They have pools for guests to swim or just sit in. But we didnt wanna because it was too hot!

After that, we drove back down and visited the Huta Bolon Simanindo museum to see how ancient Bataks live. A little history lesson in our trips, always makes em that wee bit more interesting. 🙂

IMG_7090

IMG_7096

IMG_7108

IMG_7109

IMG_7113

We returned to our villa famished and in need of a good shower. Ramses had invited us to Roy’s Pub later that night to listen to some live Batak Reggae music. I told hubb to go on his own. I booked a 2hr in-room massage for that night for idr200k instead. As soon as the masseuse left, hubb returned saying that while the music was good, they were heavily drinking. (duh… its a pub!) So hubb excused himself earlier. Haha…!

We had an amazing day on Samosir Island. It broke my heart a little knowing we’d be leaving the next morning. There are many other things to see and do. Like a boat tour around the lake, the waterfall which i’d only see on Ridu’s laptop the other night, the bbq session, swimming in the lake, other unknown nooks and crannies not listed in the usual touristy itinerary and only accessible via Ridu’s and Ramses’s diary. Haiz.

Advertisements

One thought on “Lake Toba, Medan Indonesia (II)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s