Backpackers on Samosir Island. A number of these independent travelers just graduated from college and are off on an extended trip away from home. Getting to lake Toba is not a simple hop and skip from the West. Once there, it ranks as one of the greatest “remote” locations to idle away the days in a fantasticly beautiful spot on a super low budget.
Sumatra makes a great travel destination, but getting from place to place requires long car rides in remote areas and plane flights into cities where few would want to linger.
The photos on this Website of Sumatra were taken in 2000. Lake Toba was not physically touched by the tsunami. However, the cultural and economic changes to the lake have undoubtedly been large.
Danau (Lake) Toba, and is the largest volcanic crater lake in the world. Toba is immense, formed by a colossal volcanic explosion 70,000 years ago. It is a an inland freshwater sea.