Carolina Cottages and Hotel,
Tuk-tuk Siadong, Samosir Island,
Lake Toba, North Sumatra,
Tomok is a small village at Samosir Island, Lake Toba, Sumatra, Indonesia. It is a one hour walk from Tuk-tuk. There are some beautiful traditional Batak houses to be found at Tomok. This is the place where the car's ferry from Ajibata (near Parapat) stops.
Furthermore, here you can find the grave of former king Sidabutar. Together with all the souvenir stalls, this tomb / sarcophagus is the main attraction of Tomok.
King Sidabutar's tomb and his wife's
On the way up, through a corridor of souvenir shops, you will find a few stone coffins, all belonging to the family of the former king Sidabutar. Please be so kind to put some rupiahs in the tip box.
Circle of statues, near King Sidabutar's tomb
There are also some musical performances in the traditional village (Huta), close to the souvenir shops.
At the end of the path through the souvenir shops, there is also a small footpath leading up to the mountain. It will take you approximately 2 hours to get to the top. You will have a magnificent view on Lake Toba and Tuk-tuk. Don't forget to bring your camera. You will probably be asked to drink some coffee at one of the few houses you will find there. Give them a little tip.
Carolina Hotel is probably the best place to stay in Lake Toba, because of the excellent location and the cheap price of the rooms. Located right in front of the Lake, you can get there directly by boat, as there is a small pier where boats stop on request. Rooms are simple but spacious and clean. We stayed in a superior room, which was unfortunately in front of the restaurant, which hides the lake view and from where you can hear all the noises of the kitchen until late. The standard rooms are certainly more quiet and with a better view on the lake, but probably they are very simple inside.
From there you can go for a walk around Tuk Tuk and easily reach good restaurants. Staff are very kind and helpful. They can help you to rent a car or a motorbike on request or to organise tours. The restaurant has a beautiful view on the lake and the menu is quite rich. Breakfast is not included in the room price, but it is extremely cheap. It is not possible to pay by credit card and there is no ATM machine on the island so bring enough cash!