SAMOSIR ISLAND A BEAUTY OF INDONESIA By Echo Agripa
How to get there
Recommendation to enjoy Samosir
Samosir is situated amid of a Volcanic Lake namely Toba Lake (the widest lake in SE Asia)
Total of the area is 630 square kilometres and 995-1200 above sea level
Dominant Tribe : Batak, one of the prominent tribes in Indonesia
An island within an Island, this Island is located in Sumatra Island, Indonesia
Samosir , or Samosir Island , is a large volcanic island in Lake Toba , located in the north of the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. Administratively, Samosir Island is governed as six of the nine districts within Samosir Regency. The lake and island were formed after the eruption of a volcano around 75,000 years ago (Toba, Sumatra, Indonesia Volcanoworld, Accessed June 7, 2006)
Satelite Image of Samosir
Sight-Seeing Spots What Are They? Wait.. At 630 km², Samosir is the the fifth largest lake island in the world (Island Superlatives World Island Information, Accessed June 7, 2006)
Two smaller lakes , Lake Sidihon i and Lake Aek Natonang .
Town of Pangururan on Samosir and Uluan Peninsula
The tourist resorts are concentrated in the Tuktuk area
Toba Lake Villages Samosir or Batak Villages
Lake Sidihon i and Lake Aek Natonang 9/5/10 This is not really well-known spot compared to other spots on this island but this one is recommended just to hike and lastly enjoy all the scenery of one part of Lake Toba from The top of the Hill. It is really quiet and fresh and usually used as camping site. Just like Lake Sidihoni, This is a part of Toba Lake that can possibly be visited by bike only from the Samosir Island. Green grass lies down as if it is a stepa. It’s windy and cold with all traditional villages modified to be hostel and residence.
Town of Pangururan on Samosir and Uluan Peninsula Town of Pangururan is one of biggest towns in Samosir . This is an historical area by which many of Kings and their families are buried. As well as other area, it has an uniqueness of it’s houses. Uluan Peninsula is a bay in a part of Toba Lake and it is quite dominated by agricultural activities rather the tourism, it is in the middle of the island so it is reachable from wherever you stay. One unique think is that all houses are built with the backyard close to the Lake.
Tuk-Tuk Peninsula is located on the eastern coast of Samosir Island, in Lake Toba. It is the main tourist village on the island, and it is here that tourists to Samosir find most of the accommodation, from simple guesthouses called losmen to upmarket resorts. Tuk Tuk is located across a bay from Tomok, another village where there are ferry services to Prapat. A small country road leads from the Tuk Tuk peninsula to the rest of Samosir Island.
exploring TOMOK Tomok is one of the main towns on Samosir Island, in Lake Toba. It has a jetty for ferries coming in from Prapat, which is 30 minutes away on the eastern bank of the lake. 9/5/10
Traditional Batak house in Tomok, with grain being dried in the yard, and a less-than-traditional satellite dish at the back.
The main draw of Tomok must surely be the King Sidabutar's tomb. Apart from that, there are also traditional Batak houses with the curved roor ridges to be found here.
BATAK MUSEUM in TOMOK
Culture Richness 1. Batak People The Batak people live in the north of Sumatra, in the hilly region of lake Toba. At the beginning of this century the last Batak were placed under the authority of the Netherlands. Most of them were christianized. The Batak form the largest protestant community of Asia. Nevertheless a lot of old traditions were preserved. More than 4 million people are Batak; it is one of Indonesia’s largest population groups. Actually Batak is a general name for 5 groups with different cultural and linguistic characteristics, namely : Batak Toba, Batak Karo, Batak Simalungun, Batak Mandailing and Batak Dairi. Batak music is well known beyond the borders of Indonesia for its happy and romantic tunes. Almost everybody plays the guitar and there are music and dance performances a few times a week.
They all believe in a descent of a common ancestor. Moreover, all Batak have in common that they live on the growing of rice and have the same wedding system. The Batak are organized in ‘margas’, large family groups. The members of one marga can only marry a person of another marga. Upon her marriage the wife passes over into the husband’s marga. 2. Wedding Ceremony
HOW TO GET THERE
How to perfectly enjoy Samosir
Do not go To Samosir by Public Transportation!! You can rent a car from Medan. Why??
Change your money to Rupiah before you are there in Samosir, Why??
Don't forget to bring your camera!!
Prepare your swim-suit
Bring your dictionary, why??
ENJOY YOUR VISIT AND FEEL DIFFERENT INDONESIA, IT'S FAMOUS HOSPITALITY AND IT'S ORIGINAL CULTURE Thank You TERIMAKASIH