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 kilometres, 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 per cent 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.