Explore Sumatra

Sumatra is huge island with 1800 km & 450 square kilometers width, stretching from the Indian Ocean in the North to the straits of Sunda in the South. It is a land of virgin tropical rain forests, volcanoes, high plateaus, waterfalls, lakes, peaceful white sandy beaches, terraced rice fields & endless plantations. The people of the island are hospitable & warm & can be divided in to many groups of ethnic such as Acehnese, Bataks, Minangkabau, Malays, Nias, etc. Each group has their owns dialects, religious beliefs, traditional arts, customers & cultures. The diversity of arts & cultures literary make this island a Garden of Eden for social & historical scientists & cultural seekers. From the Acehnese in the North, the Bataks people around Lake Toba, the unique matriarchal social system of the Minangkabau & the Malays people that mostly at the coasts.

Traveling in NORTH SUMATRA will bring you to these beautiful & interesting places:

Medan means battlefield in Indonesian vocabulary, referred to the site of battlefield between the Aceh Kingdom & the Deli Kingdom. Once Medan was part of the Deli Sultanate but now is the capital city in Medan are the Mesjid Raya (Grand Mosque), the Maimoon palace, the prewar architecture buildings in the down town, crocodile farm, etc.

Bohorok, The Sumatran Orangutans Rehabilitation Center
Also known as Bukit Lawang, lies in south of Mount Leuser national park. Here young orangutans are taught self-preservation skills by human teachers for a return to their original habitat. The center is a 45-minute walk from Bukit Lawang at the end of a river trail. A canoe on a cable is provided for crossing the river. Besides of to observe the Sumatran orangutans, Bahorok is place for the adventurous.

About The Orangutans

Flora Fauna Spotting bukit lawang
One of the great apes, usually vegetarian & tailes & equivalent to the African gorilla & Chimpanzee. Their name, in Indonesia, means “Man of the forest”. Orangutans are often loners & do not travel in large families. Another orangutans rehabilitation center is in Tanjung Puting National Park Central Kalimantan serves the quite distinct Borneo subspecies of this endangered ape.

brastagi Medan
A lovely tourist town that located in the karo highlands known for various kinds of flowers, vegetables & fruits most famous of which is the “Marquisa” passion fruit. It is 66 km southwest of Medan & surrounds by two volcanoes: Mt. Sibayak & Mt. Sinabung.

Lake Toba & Parapat
Lake Toba Medan
The centerpiece of Sumatra is the gigantic crater Lake Toba. With 80 km length, 40 km width & 450 m deep, Lake Toba is the largest lake in Southeast Asia. It was a caldera of giant volcano that collapsed around 100.000 years ago. Now Lake Toba has become one of the major tourist destinations in Indonesia, offers its natural beauty, cool climate & rich culture of the Batak people. On shore of Lake Toba there is Parapat, the embarkation point for ferries & boat to Samosir Island. It is a busy resort mostly by tourism.

Danau Toba History
Danau Toba, or Lake Toba is the largest lake in Indonesia and the largest volcanic lake in the world. It was created by the eruption of a super volcano 75 thousand years ago. It is still surrounded by the crater edge of that volcano, and in the middle of the lake, volcanic activity created Samosir an island as big as Singapore. Attached to that island is a small peninsula, with the village of Tuktuk on it. This is the tourist destination of the area, where we enjoy the cool air, a dive in the lake, the relaxed atmosphere, and the local Batak culture.

Tomok market’s
Take the ferry across lake Toba back to Parapat, and visit the local traditional markets. As there are no banking facilities in Tuk Tuk you can also do banking and stock up on supplies at the local shops. The ferry ride is very lovely and you can view all the nice cabins in traditional Batak style, including cane roofs, and a private pool created in the lake.

Historic Ambarita
You can hire mountain bikes or scooters to explore Samosir island, the main island in Lake Toba to which Tuktuk is attached. The main road goes around the island. You will enjoy amazing views until you reach the historic town of Ambarita. The entrance is a wall around the historic center which you will enter via a small gate. You can fill in your names in a guestbook, and will be requested to pay a small fee.

There are a few traditional Batak houses in a nice row that have the traditional shape of the Minangkabau houses. They all have the horns of the water buffalo for inspiration. One of the houses doubles as a small museum and you can have a guide explain the use of tools there.

History of Cannibalism at the old courtyard of Ambarita
Most important part of Ambarita is the old courtyard. Under an old tree are a number of stone chairs in a circle where the village elders held council. Criminals who were convicted with the death penalty were led to the execution yard 50 meters further. This is a larger circle with stone chairs, and a large boulder on which the convicted would be tortured to scare away the evil spirits. Then, the victim would be killed, beheaded, and cut in pieces. The heart and liver were eaten by the king and elders, and every witness had to eat something as well. The blood served as a drink for everybody.End the visit by spending time at the souvenir street. There are lots of stalls with woodcarvings and ornaments.

Graves of Tomok
You can continue to head to Tomok. Main attraction in this village is the grave of the King. . There are some stone figures around the graves. A little further is a large doll on a stage. The story goes that a former king was so sad for the death of his son, that he ordered a dancing doll. The dancing of dolls became a tradition at funerals. In Tomok are a lot of souvenir stalls as well. This market has clothing and other souvenirs. In Samanindo is a the Batak museum. They have Batak traditional dance shows

Samosir Island
Located right in the middle of Lake Toba, Samosir Island covers an area of 630 square-km. This island is home of the fiercest but kind hearted Toba Bataks. Visiting the village of Tomok, Tuk-tuk, Simanindo, Ambarita is recommended for traditional Batak Toba houses & local dances.
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