Danau Toba is the largest lake in all of Southeast Asia. The giant lake sits at an altitude of 800 meters, and is 100 kilometers long and 30 kilometers wide. The lake is situated in the caldera of the huge Toba volcano which erupted approximately 75,000 years ago. The eruption of Toba was one of the most massive eruptions ever on Earth. Many scientists believe that this eruption triggered the last ice age. The eruption probably lasted two weeks until finally the volcano collapsed and formed the caldera which is now Danau Toba. The bottom of the volcano rose and formed the island of Samosir which is beautifully situated in the middle of the blue waters of Toba.
Danau Toba, or Lake Toba, is a must see of Sumatra. We enjoyed our scenic bus ride from Bukit Lawang, but nothing prepared us for our first view of the beautiful Danau Toba. It was absolutely breathtaking. Our bus stopped in the town of Parapat and we had to take a ferry to Pulau Samosir, or Samosir Island.
In fact, we stayed in a Batak home at the Tabo Cottages in the village of Tuk Tuk. Our cottage took up the second floor and upper loft that you see here. It was a beautiful and comfortable honeymoon suite--for the low low cost of $6usd per day.
The cottage was the perfect setting to work on our Creative Loafing articles. We had views of the lake on one side and rice paddies on the other side.
Tabo Cottages is run by German born Annette and her husband who is a native of Danau Toba. Annette came to Sumatra while on an around the world trip after law school. She stayed. They now have three adorable children and a successful business.
Some of the kids of Danau Toba.
A family lived next to our cottage, and every morning we saw them out in their rice paddies clearing the area for the rice.
After several days of clearing the paddies, they began planting the rice. They worked very hard.
We also enjoyed walking and riding around Danau Toba.
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