Lake Toba has been designated as one of the new icons of Indonesian tourism on account of its natural beauty.


Some people liken Lake Toba, which covers an area of approximately 1,145 kilometers, to a “small sea”. In fact, it is the largest natural lake in Southeast Asia and one of the deepest lakes in the world.


Currently, the Indonesian government has designated Lake Toba as a super-priority tourist destination, besides Likupang, Borobudur, Mandalika, and Labuan Bajo.


The decision to make Lake Toba a super-priority tourism destination has certainly involved some thoughtful consideration.


The beautiful lake, which stretches across seven districts in North Sumatra — Simalungun, Toba, North Tapanuli, Humbang Hasundutan, Dairi, Karo, and Samosir, has great potential as a world-class tourist destination.


One of the strategic places to soak in the beauty of Lake Toba is North Sumatra’s Dairi district, which is located in the Bukit Barisan plateau at an altitude of about 700-1,250 meters above sea level, or about 200 meters above the surface of Lake Toba.


This strategic location of Dairi district allows visitors to take in the beauty of Lake Toba up close.


Located in the northwest of North Sumatra province, Dairi district covers an area of approximately 192,780 hectares, or 2.69 percent of the total area of the province. The district consists of 15 sub-districts.


Dairi district, which is home to around 317,751 people, is just 153 kilometers, or three hours away, from Medan City. It is also on the route used by people to go to Aceh province.


However, even though Dairi is located strategically and is not far from some important tourism destinations, such as Lake Toba, so far, not many people are familiar with the mesmerizing tourist sights offered by the district.


Tao Silalahi


Tao Silalahi, one of the mainstay tourist attractions in Dairi District, North Sumatra Province. (ANTARA/Juraidi/yas)

For instance, while in Dairi district, tourists can make a trip to Tao Silalahi, which is the perfect spot to enjoy the beauty of Lake Toba.


The Tao Silalahi attraction, which is located near Lake Toba, specifically in Silahisabung sub-district, offers a host of nature tourism activities.


Here, besides being able to enjoy the beautiful panorama of Lake Toba, visitors can opt for tourism facilities provided by local tour operators and choose from a range of activities — from camping, lounging, to swimming.

In addition, tourists can also go around the lake on boats provided by some local tour agents.


For photography enthusiasts or even professional photographers, the wonderful vistas of Tao Silalahi are sure to be a draw, especially sunsets. Moreover, during their visit to the attraction, tourists can even be treated to a stunning lavender panorama.


Secretary of the Dairi Tourism Office, Besli Pame, said that Tao Silalahi is indeed one of the main tourist sites in the district and has managed to bring in more tourists from a number of other tourist sites around Dairi.


Moreover, now there is an application called Visitdairi which can help potential visitors to get to know places of interest in the district.


Tao Silalahi is quite special when compared to other tourist attractions in the Lake Toba area since it has the l

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