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Parapat Town & What To See

Before visit Lake Toba,  the visitors will visit Parapat town firstly, so let’s go through the essentials about this town. Parapat is a small town in the northern part of Sumatra Island, Indonesia. It is approximately 185km away from Medan city and it sits right on the edge of the world-famous Lake Toba.

As Parapat is situated right by Lake Toba, it also offers many water-based activities such as kayaking, canoeing, fishing, water skiing, paddle-boating,bananaboat and speed-boating.

The main reason why visitors come to Parapat is for the breath-taking view of Lake Toba and to take a ferry to the one-of-a-kind Samosir Island. This town is the main starting and returning point for all passenger ferries that go to Samosir Island.

There are two sides to the town. On one side, there is the busy section that is geared towards visitors; this is where resorts, hotels, restaurants, karaoke bars and souvenir shops are found. On the contrary, there is the quiet area set on the hills where the bus station, bank and telephone office are located. There are plenty of accommodation options in Parapat, though the hotels here cater more to Southeast Asian travellers than Western tourists. This is not surprising, since Westerners often go straight to the Samosir resorts anyway. However, Parapat proves to be more advantageous for travellers on a budget because of its lower rates.

Parapat Restaurants & Dining

Most of the dining establishments in the area are concentrated in two locations: on Jalan Haranggaol and along Jalan Sisingamangaraja. Restaurants in Haranggaol are geared towards tourists, while those in Sisingamangaraja cater to locals. Most of the establishments serve Indonesian and Chinese dishes, but the food in Sisingamangaraja is considered better than in Haranggaol.

The Nightlife in Parapat

Parapat does not have much nightlife to speak of. There are a couple of restaurants that are nice for drinking, but there are no bars or clubs that stand out. The best bet for people looking for a drink or two are the bars found in the hotels or inns. However, patrons can expect to spend more for their drinks in these establishments. Those who are looking for a fun way to spend the night without breaking the bank can go to the karaoke bars instead. While there are also karaoke lounges inside the hotels, there are also independent establishments.

Shopping in Parapat
Parapat is not a shopping destination, but those looking for souvenirs will not be disappointed. There are many small shops that offer souvenirs such as ulos, which are locally woven cloths. Other finds like traditional detailed carvings and musical instruments can also be purchased. The usual souvenirs such as T-shirts, hats and key chains are also available. Tourists with a fondness for antiques will also love the selection available in Parapat, though they prove to be cumbersome souvenirs. The antiques market is located about 1 mile from Patra Parapat Lake Resort Hotel, which is situated on Jalan Pertamina Siuhan. There are no malls or shopping centres to be found in the area and most goods are sold in local markets.

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