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.
“My third stay here and I'll be coming back.”
I treat my trip to Lake Toba unlike many. I'm there for chilling out on the porch staring emptily at the lake with a coffee or beer and a book.
In this respect I can imagine no better place than the Carolina. The service is not intrusive, but is happy to help. The rooms are clean and spacious. The porches are very comfortable, quiet, and inviting. The restaurant is even more inviting. With a selection of different levels of privacy, one can interact with fellow guests, be alone for a quiet conversation or in your own thoughts. The views are great from here and with the Batak architecture design you will never feel a drop of rain if you're unfortunate enough to encounter the brief spells.
The concessions are priced in line with the rest of Toba, so I would definitely recommend hiring a motorbike and exploring Samosir. The Batak people are incredibly warm and hospitable.
The beach is imaginary but it's easy enough to imagine that the sand covered embankment is tropical in the daytime when the warm breeze is flowing off the lake and you jump into the refreshing fresh water.
There are ants but among vermin, I will take ants over any other options. The screens for the (windows) could be cleaned more frequently as well and hope that the management will take that to heart.
I can't compare with other accomodations in Tuk Tuk as I found Carolina and kept coming back.