Lake Toba is known as Danau Toba in Indonesia. Located somewhere in the middle of the northern part of Sumatra, it is about five hours drive by road from Medan, the capital of the province.
This super crater lake is a result of a volcanic eruption many thousands of years ago, and is known as the largest volcanic lake in the world. Therefore, Lake Toba is the ultimate destination for tourists who come to North Sumatra and Medan is naturally the gateway to the lake.
Lake Toba spots a length of 100km and width of 30km. The surface area is an impressive 1,130km2 with an average depth of 500 metres. In the middle of the lake is Samosir Island, which is dotted with many resorts and chalets to cater to the millions of tourists who throng to visit throughout the year.
For those of you who are planning a visit, make sure to get your money changed before arriving at Lake Toba because the exchange rate is lower here. Moreover, if you are planning to get souvenirs, be sure to bargain as hard as you can. Vendors are willing to reduce their prices drastically especially if you are their first customer for the day.
Sriwijaya Air managed by YOU Wings fly from Ipoh to Medan four times weekly at a one-way all-in promotional fare of RM99.
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