This is the part two of my Lake Toba trip. I’m continuing my journey after spending two days in Parapat and Samosir Island. If you haven’t see the blogpost about the first part, you should because I talked about how to get to Lake Toba from Medan. You can click here to see the part one. I must say this road trip is the highlight of my Lake Toba trip and so glad I did it. If you interested to know more about Sipiso-piso Waterfall, keep reading.
We hire a guide/driver to take us from Parapat to Medan via Sipiso-piso waterfall and Berastagi. During the roadtrip, we were driving along the lake toba until we reached the northern part of Lake Toba, where the waterfall located. You can call or message this number (Bapak Jul of Happy Tour, +6281361301344) if you are in Parapat and going back to Medan or need a guide around Lake Toba.
Along the Lake Toba
Along the trip to Medan and Sipiso-piso Waterfall is nothing but beautiful views. I mean, endless views. This is the part where I realized that Indonesia is damn wealthy in term of nature and tourism destination. Although I was kinda sleepy, I found myself admiring the views from the car’s window. I made several stops along the Lake Toba because I can’t simply move on without taking picture. I also saw a small island that is so adorable and wished I can use drone so I can take decent picture of it.
Bukit Indah Simarjarunjung
Bukit Indah Simarjarunjung or BIS for short, is one of the stops I made for the sake of pictures. In here, it is famous for the swings, nests and other cool and innovative “selfie spots”. If you don’t want to take selfies, there are people who can take pictures for you but you have to pay them. It’s ranging from Rp. 10’000 – Rp. 20’000 ish, depending on the kind of picture you want and your negotiation skills. You can give them your SD card (or your phone) and they will use their camera to take your picture. This is my first time using the swing and I was scared to fall so I used the safety belt. You might able to not use the safety belt. The spot that I like the most is the bird nest look alike.
The highlight, the pinnacle of this blog post is of course, the Sipiso-piso Waterfall. Once you arrive the location of Sipiso-piso Waterfall, you will find a lot of vendors’ stalls. You can see the Sipiso-piso Waterfall but from a distance. You need to go down lots and lots of steps to actually get near to the Sipiso-piso Waterfall. The some of the stairs are quite damaged with no maintenance. It took about 1 hour to go down and maybe 1.5 hour to go up. I stop in the middle because I was wearing sandals and had limited time. Sipiso-piso Waterfall reminds me of paradise falls in the movie “Up”. I stop in one of the warungs (stall/small shop) and just admire the beauty of the waterfall from there. I’d say this tourist spot is not as famous as Bali and mainly the tourists are local people. If you want to avoid getting rigged (the usual occasion in the unfamous spot for international tourist), try bringing a guide or a friend who speaks Indonesian.
After Sipiso-piso Waterfall, we went for a stop in Berastagi to refuel our energy before going straight to Medan. We went to one of the restaurant in Berastagi. I recommend you to try Bataknese cuisine, which is roasted pork (babi panggang). It usually comes with a soup and blood. Yes, blood. It is a cooked blood and it is supposed to be eaten together with the pork. And of course, you have to eat it with rice. There are other food but this one is mainly the most popular one. To drink, I recommend you to try Indonesian soda drink called Badak (means rhinoceros).
Berastagi is also a popular place for people who lives in Medan as their one-day or weekend trip. There are other attractions such as hiking Mount Sibayak or chilling in the hills. If you’re going to Berastagi from Medan, it is around 2 hours by car and there’s no train or official public transportation. However, you can look at transportation company in Medan and for sure they will have Berastagi as one of their destination.
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