Traditional dancing at Simanindo

"Tortor" - Traditional dance for the Batak

Simanindo is situated on the northern tip of Samosir Island, Lake Toba, Sumatra, Indonesia. Visit traditional Batak dances (tortor) at Huta Bolon, just next to the road and also nearby the lake (so you can also go by boat). Especially "Sigalegale" dance is very nice to watch. A wooden puppet representing a deceased son is moved by strings.

There is also a little museum with some very nice ancient Batak artifacts. In a beautiful traditional village surrounded by earth walls with bamboo on top, you can watch a very nice dancing performance. You can take some very nice pictures here, don't miss out!

Performances (about 45 minutes):
Monday-Saturday: Start on 10h30. 2nd performance starts on 11h45.
Sunday: Start 11h45.

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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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