Tourist information

There are a lot of places of interest on Samosir Island, around Lake Toba, elsewhere on Sumatra but also at Tuk-tuk, in the direct vicinity of Carolina Cottages.

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There are a lot more places that are definitely worth a visit. Maybe you want to pay a visit to the saturday market in Parapat. Or feed the monkeys just a few kilometres away from Parapat. Or you want to swim underneath Binangalom waterfall that plunges right into Lake Toba? What about the old Batak king's house at Pematang Purba and the Sipiso-piso waterfall near Berastagi? We can take you to Medan, Bukittinggi or anywhere else on Sumatra. If you need to know anything, don't hesitate to ask us.

If you like, we can take you there. Find out more at our transportation pages.

Binangalom waterfall, Lake Toba
Binangalom waterfall plunges into Lake Toba - Sumatra

Our customers

7th july 2008:
EarlyBird97, Berlin, Germany

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Hotel Carolina is by far the best place to stay on Tuk Tuk. It has the best location, set on the corner on the hill with majestic views of the lake. It has easily the best swimming area, set against a magnificent landscaped garden. The bungalows are all batak style with balcony and beautiful traditional carvings, but unlike other places, no rusty old roofs. No wonder the only photos in the Lonely Planet of the whole of Sumatra are of Carolina.

The hotel also has all the facilities you would need - cheap fast internet, mountain and motorbike hire (for cheaper than outside), massage, etc.

The service was excellent. Lake Toba is not exactly buzzing with tourists these days, and they seemed to have at least 2 staff for every guest. Every morning I would get up, go for a swim and be served fresh tropic fruit for breakfast as I emerged from the water. Fantastic. It's no wonder that despite the graveyard feel to the rest of Tuk Tuk, Carolina is always well patronised.

And finally, the best part - I had a nice bungalow right at the top of the hill with magnificent views, completely private and secluded for the incredible price of only 2 Euros! I have stayed cheaper in India, but that was a prison cell.

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