My friend told me that I could go to PRAPAT and LAKE TOBA by a MINI VAN TAXI beside by Commuter BUS, what is the difference thence I was realized that by TAXI is more convenient than by BUS.
There are many Travel Agents along MEDAN'S SISINGAMANGARAJA STREET, which offer a transportation from MEDAN to PRAPAT, so I bought the ticket in one of a travel agent CV. CITRA NASIONAL which located at Jalan Sisingamangaraja No.64 with the fare of Rp. 70,000,- (at the moment the tip was written)
We went to Prapat in the morning by minibus which load 8 passengers where the trip was through many small Cities: Deli Serdang, Serdang Bedagai, Tebing Tinggi, Pematang Siantar and the Last is Simalungun with a short stop for lunch in SIANTAR and a few moments coffee time at TOBA Height. We reached PARAPAT at the edge of Lake Toba after approximately 4 hours drive, thought it was feel tired but we still be happy by the scenery along the road were really nice and got a new nice friends MEGA and SUHUT SIPAHUTAR
Take a flight from Cengkareng-Sukarno Hata Air Port to Medan is a nice trip, book the ticket of domestic air flight from one of travel agent in the city a few days before the date, if not in high season one could get a good price. I have no suprised when the departure was delayed one or two hours.
Take a flight in the day is an exciting, Sumatra Island offer its green landscape of tropical rainforest, Palm and Rubber trees, Bukit Barisan mountain range and if you take a seat on the left side, you could see the scenery of Lake Toba from above. From Cengkareng Sukarno Hatta Air Port to Medan Polonia Air Port take two hours
Medan is the gateway to North Sumatra. There are Indonesia Garuda, Malaysian Airlines and budget airlines Adam and Airasia operating between Penang International, Malaysia and Medan airport. For many Indonesians, flying out of Medan to Penang vs from Jakarta was preferred because of exemption of paying a heavy departure tax.
There is also a regular boat service between Penang and Medan (Polonia Port). I took a cruise from Medan to Penang and got seasick. Except to get my first experience crossing the Straits of Melaka (Malacca), I think I will continue to fly the next time to Medan.
There are local overland bus into North Sumatra from Palembang and Bukit Tinggi in Southern Sumatra and from Java island. As I have not been on these, I can only imagine that they are long trips and probably picturesque.
To reach Tangkahan on the edge of the Gunung Leuser national park, we had to cross the river by means of a ferry, which we did a couple of times during our three days stay. On the other side of the river we would either have to wade through a small stretch of water or get aboard a canoe.
Getting around Nias is not difficult, although bus travel can still be painfully slow as even 'new' roads seem to be perpetually potholed. Fortunately, most of the interesting places in the south are fairly close together.
A new road down the east coasts is now the main route from Gunung Sitoli to Teluk dalam via Tetehosi and Lahusa. While it is an improvement on the old 'Trans Niassan Hwy' accross the central mountains, the new road is already deteriorating. The 128km trip takes good three hours by car, or four hours by public bus - still, it's preferable to the five or move hours on the old route.
Local buses operate around the two major towns; elsewhere, you can catch rides on trucks or negotiate pillion rides on motorcycles, chartering a car and driver is another option, but if can be costly.
Air SMAC has flights from Medan to Binaka airport, 17km south of Gunung Sitoli, every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday for 244,000Rp one way/return. Flights leave Medan at 7 am and Gunung Sitoli at 8 am. The SMAC office at Jl. Lagundri 46 (0639 - 21010) in Gunung Sitoli.
Boat There are two boats from Gunung Sitoli to Sibolga every night except Sunday, and one from Teluk Dalam to Sibolga every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. In Theory, all the service leave at 8 pm, but in practice they seldom set sail before 10 pm. See Sibolga's Getting There & Away entry in the previous section for fares and important boat details.
In Gunung Sitoli, the ASDP ticket office (0639 - 21554) is at the harbour at the end of Jl. Yos Sudarso. PT. Simeulue is on Jl. Sirau, opposite the Bintang Terang restaurant. In Teluk Dalam, PT Simeulue can be found at Jl Ahmad Yani 41 (0639 - 21295).
Pelni provides a weekly link between Gunung Sitoli and Jakarta. Two ships do the journey, operating on alternate Saturdays. Every secon week, the Kambuna goes to Jakarta (108,000/369,000Rp deck class/1st class) via Padang (36,000/120,000Rp), departing at 1 pm. Every other week, the Lambelu sails fo Jakarta (112,000/383,000Rp) via Sibolga and Padang (38,50/128,500Rp), departing at 8 am. Check the timetable at the Pelni office (0636-21846), by the seafront at Jl. Cengkeh 38.
The main route to Lake Toba from Medan passed through Tebing Tinggi and Pematang Siantar the Simalungun Batak areas. However there is a the scenic back road across the Karo plateau from Brastagi that skirt the northeastern edge of Lake Toba caldera. This a longer but far more visually exiting route with many interesting stops a long the way.About 20 kilometers from Medan and traffic is soon left behind as you begin he climb into the forested foothills of the Bukit Barisan (mountain range). Brastagi is dominated immediately to the north by smooking Mountain Sibayak, while further to the west is higher mountain Sinabung (2,451 meters).
If you want to go to samosir island, there only be reached by ship/boat from PARAPAT. Samosir is in the middle of toba lake. You only pay about Rp.10.000-30.000 per person or if you want a hire for the trip you have to pay more then Rp.50.000 based on negotiation.
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