Visiting the Capital of Toba Samosir, Balige
North Sumatra hides lots of gems. Have you ever heard about Balige? It is the capital of Toba Samosir. It is situated on the edge of Toba Lake. Not to mention it is near to Samosir Island. This district is the home of many tourist attractions. The most famous tourist spot is the Batak Silalahi Museum. It becomes the center of the allure of Balige. Visitors can see unique items in the museum. Tourists also come here due to its unique school complex. It is located in Soposurung.
Some Interesting Places to Visit
Apart from the museum, Balige has a beautiful location to enjoy the nature. The name is Tara Bunga. It doesn’t take much time to visit this place. You only need to spend 15 minutes of driving. To be exact, it is located in Lumban Bulbul Village. The best transportation is bentor. It will be an amusing trip. It is even better than a car. Most of the visitors are families with kids. The children can play around at will. It is also possible to swim in the lake.
Balige also has a stunning waterfall. The name is Siboruon falls. As the name implies, it is located in Siboruon Village. There is a problem, though. The waterfall is located in the midst of the forest. It is impossible to access it using a vehicle. The only method is by foot. Due to this reason, you must be fit. It will be an opportunity for trekking, so you need to use the right footwear. Don’t forget to carry some bottled water.
Next destination is Mual Jabi-Jabi. It was the place for bathing. In the past, the King of Batak used it for relaxing and bathing. The name has the meaning of “the banyan fountain”. It is because the water source is surrounded by big trees. You can feel the solemn nature and relaxing atmosphere in here. There is only a problem. You can’t find tourist facilities nearby. That means you can’t also find a good accommodation in Mual Jabi-Jabi.
Another famous tourist spot in Balige is the floating café. It is situated in Lumban Silintong. Many visitors come from outside the town. As the name implies, this eatery has a unique concept. The place is constructed on the water. You can enjoy lots of foods and drinks here. This place is quite crowded during holidays, so you may expect lots of people in weekends. The food is good and the price is nice. Not to mention the staff is quite friendly. The floating café is a perfect place to restore energy before the next adventure.
How to Get There
From Medan, you can use either a private or rented car. You can directly head to Balige from Kualanamu Airport or main city. The trip takes about 6-7 hours. From Batam, you need to use an airplane. The destination is Silangit Airport. From this airport, you may continue the journey to Balige. It takes about 30 minutes. If you come from Jakarta, you can use Garuda Indonesia Airlines. There is a direct flight to Toba Lake. It takes about 3 hours from Soetta Airport.