Parapat is the biggest town on the north shore of Lake Toba with a concentration of lodging facilities. It connects the largest city in North Sumatra, Medan, with various destinations on the northern and eastern shores of the lake. Parapat is 4.5 hours south of Medan. To see it on the map, click here.

What’s Special

Parapat is the most popular tourist destination in Simalungun. It offers the scenic beauty of Lake Toba and a historical tour of its own. There is an old house at the tip of a peninsula that has a very steep cliff. Built before a 2-hectare yard by the lake in 1820, the building is a landmark of Indonesia’s defense of its independence. The historic building is where President Sukarno (first president) had to exile and stay for about one month during the fight in 1949. There are also some other neoclassical buildings at Parapat, which add to the charm of the town. 

What to Enjoy

Parapat is a small town located on the shores of Lake Toba or more precisely in Girsang Sipangan Bolon District, Simalungun Regency, North Sumatra. The city which is one of the main accesses to Lake Toba or Samosir Island the  location is about 48 kilometers (km) from Pemantangsiantar City. Because it is a link to Samosir Island, Parapat is increasingly visited by tourists, both local and foreign before the Covid-19 pandemic. Located on the shores of Lake Toba, Parapat City has a stunning tourist spot that is a shame to miss if you are visiting there. Parapat may be famous for the beauty of Lake Toba, but you also need to know that there are many tourist attractions in Parapat that are interesting to visit.
Here’s a list of five tourist attractions in Parapat that are suitable to visit

  1. Bukit Indah Simarjunjung
  2. Batu Gantung
  3. Taman Eden 100
  4. Air Terjun Gibeon 
  5. Air Terjun Sampuran

What to Expect

You will find the scenic views of Lake Toba just minutes before you arrive at Parapat. Entrance fee is Rp 20,000 ($1.80)/ car (including passengers). There are speed boats ready to take you from Parapat to Samosir island. They charge around Rp 500,000 ($37)/round trip of 4 people.

What Visitors Say

“Under construction , almost done… avaliable for public on Dec 2021. For people coming here please take care this facilities.” Mac Armand (Source)

“A nice spot to view samosir land and toba lake in a different side.the air so breeze.the food was still ok,but took so long to be served.many dogs around.the parking lot is quiet spacious.” Teacher Life Story (Source)

“Need more nature, just come to Toba Lake. You soul Will be refresh and relax. Enjoy and explore the secret place near Toba Lake.” Hidayat Batubara (Source)

“The atmosphere at night is also not as quiet as I imagined. Time and again the sound of the horns of buses or trucks and ambulances passing on the uphill path near the gaze. Because it is indeed the Central Sumatran Cross route to West Sumatra from North Sumatra.” ibudilaaugusty (Source)

Next point of interest:

Sidamanik Tea Plantation

See other attractions in Simalungun.