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Lumban Samosir

Practical information on Lumban Samosir

  • Relaxation
  • Countryside
  • Volcano
  • Lake
  • Place or Religious Monument
  • Festivals
  • Music
  • Museums
  • Handicraft
  • Essential
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
By minibus: 4 to 6 hours from Medan
When to go
From June to September
Minimum stay
2 to 3 days

Reviews of Lumban Samosir

Marine Faure Seasoned Traveller
48 written opinions

Samosir is a peninsula of about 400 square miles in Lake Toba.

My suggestion:

I suggest you have grilled fish at Jenny's Restaurant!

My review

Samosir is a large volcanic peninsula in Lake Toba, formed after the eruption of a supervolcano (and not an island despite appearances). The destination is quite touristy enough, but during my stay, I didn't feel like I'd met many backpackers or families.

Most travellers stay in Tuk Tuk and you are therefore likely to come across a few tourists, but the place has retained all of its charm, and I can assure you I found it restful and serene, nature lovers please note!

I hired a scooter to explore Samosir and discover the peninsula for myself. It is possible to get around Tuk Tuk on foot, but Samosir covers an area of about 400 square miles, so I appreciated having some means of transport to cover longer distances and get out of the village.

Samosir is the cultural centre of the Batak people. I was able to visit villages, attend ceremonies, discover regional dances and visit the Batak museum. Batak houses are easily recognizable by their wooden structure.

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