Attractions and things to do around Lake Toba

Tuk Tuk

Tuk Tuk is the main tourist center on Samosir Island. It is a pleasant place for walking around, shopping and admiring the views over Lake Toba.


Tomok is about 5km from Tuk Tuk on Samosir Island. It is the main area that locals live. It is a good place for buying souvenirs and eating local food. In Tomok you can see the grave of King Sidabutur. He was the Batak King that introduced Christianity to the Batak people.


Ambarita is famous for the “stone chairs”. The stone chairs are around 300 years old where a kind of court was held to decide the fate of criminals. Serious crimes were dealt with harshly. The criminals were beaten and their bodies rubbed with lemon and chilli to make their wounds more painful and finally they were beheaded and their bodies thrown into Lake Toba.

Blood and some meat of the criminal was eaten by the king and the villagers. One of the guides is a direct descendant of the former king of the village.

Museum Huta Solon Simanindo

A visit to the museum is a must for anyone wanting to explore Batak culture and tradition. There are some good examples of traditional Batak houses. There are Batak dancing performances held from Monday to Saturday at 10:30 am. Audience participation is more than welcome!

Hot springs

The hot springs located around 40km from Tuk Tuk and is a scenic drive to get there. The water from the hot springs is not surprisingly very hot!

Swimming in Lake Toba

Lake Toba is great for swimming and cooling off. The water is a little chilly but as they say, it’s fine once you get in. The water is deep, but a few hotels have created their own swimming areas in the lake to make it safe for people with young children.

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