Lake Toba, Indonesia
4 - 7 December 2010 - Medan, Lake Toba, Brastagi
Bob Sumatera's website
Blog writeup: http://www.jamiesoon.com/blog/?p=62
Arrive in Medan
Get into Bob's van
Billboard ad in Medan
Stop for a tea break.... very sweet bandrek... tea with pepper and some spice
Ok, move on to next stop, me sitting in front with Bob Sumatera, our guide
Toilet stop at petrol station
Buy some Ting Ting Tang Tang peanut snacks
"Company trip"..... me and laimeng
Choose which one you want to eat...
Quick stop at a Kwan Yin statue... new place..
Drive to Lake toba
Starts to rain
Trying to get to the jetty to catch the 2.30pm ferry... ohoh.. traffic jam at the market
Oh.. missed the ferry.. wait for the next one
Jalan jalan around Parapat first
Welcome to Lake Toba... people fishing
Kids fishing for small fish
Look at people's gardens and flowers
Hen and chicks
Wow a church...
Nice plants growing in this area...
Still talking photos of people's flowers...
Ok, 5.30pm ferry arrives ...
Loading the ferry with vehicles
Sit upstairs ... about 1 hour to reach the Samosir island
Arrive at Samosir island to our hotel/resort.... time for dinner.. and avocado juice
and some Bintang beer
Next day... early morning
Nice place !
Time for a quick dip in Lake Toba!
Breakfast.... mee goreng
Jalan jalan in the nearby village
So, this is lake toba with the island in the centre...
Another ferry that only carries passengers
The lotus flower that Chia took is somewhere here...
Ok, in Bob's van now, time for a tour of the island... kids going to church
Batak traditional house
One of the many Batak king graves
Batak people calendar
Bob does some demo of how the criminals were punished..
Blindfolded, cut up and squeeze with some lemon juice..
Lots of church here in Lake Toba...
Can watch traditional batak dance here, but skip...
One of the biggest Batak King graves
Very nice and green
Try out some durians
Crossing the bridge
Another Batak king grave
On the way to Tele hill
Nice view of the lake
Still on the way up to Tele hill ...
Top of Tele hill
Viewing the views from the tower
Tele hill tower
Back down, next is hot springs
You can take a dip here if you want...
Lets explore while waiting for lunch
Lai meng trekking...
Sauna, fall in and you'll be cooked .. look at all the sulphur and hot steam
Water pipes connected to nearby shops...
Time for maggie mee lunch
Walk up the hill to visit another church
Driving back to the Samosir Island
Stop for shopping...
Buying some mini mangoes
Stop to buy some more water
Adeline handling the cash
Time for dinner and Jenny's restaurant..
More avocado juice
Have a closer look at magic mushroom...
Have some ikan bakar, salad, chicken curry etc.... yummy...
Our VIP hotel room at Lake Toba
View outside hotel room next morning
Time to pack up...
Avocado fruit.... yes, its avocado....
Visit a nearby church while waiting for the ferry
Locals dressed in their best to attend a church party
Ferry to parapat
Buffalo hitching a ride
Pump tire air...
On the way to Brastagi
Wow.. nice views, like NZ
Lunch with tomato juice
Stop at Batak King longhouse
Volcano in your neighbourhood
Waterfall.... Piso piso waterfall tourist stop...
Me and laimeng
Nice view again
Bumpy road... pls ask government to fix the road..
Arrive in Brastagi... look, a giant cabbage
See volcano .. raining
Visit the Brastagi fruit market
Terung Belanda ?
Yay, nice hotel room with nice bed and nice toilet
Giant bulu si ham... big and fat and juicy
How to make avocado juice ... yummy
Dinner time in Brastagi roadside stalls
Yummy ikan bakar and chicken bakar... with some sauce and vege...
View outside hotel room
Breakfast... got nice porridge
Nice pool, but too cold to swim
Walking around in the morning
Stop at hot springs, also can get a close up view of volcano
There's a geothermal plant here...
Volcano... forgot the name
Can trek around here ?
On the way to Medan
Church, with Indian designs
Back in Medan, looking for food
Looking for food...
Quick cheap lunch at a foodcourt
Stop at Sun Plaza before going to airport
Apparently originated from Indonesia
Munching on donuts at J.CO
Bye bye Bob
All the layer cakes we bought .. very good
Fly back home...
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