Lake Toba, North Sumatra – Indonesia It is an extraordinary natural wonder of the world. This spectacular and huge crater lake consists of an island nearly the size of Singapore at its center. At more than 1,145 square kilometers and with a depth of 450 meters, Lake Toba is actually more like an ocean. This is the largest lake in Southeast Asia and one of the deepest lakes in the world.

Samosir Island is located right in the heart of Lake Toba with a wonderful panoramic view of this magnificent blue lake. It is a volcanic island with the traditional village that is protected by surrounding barriers of earthen ramparts with bamboo fences and trees. The people also inhabit many unique and authentic traditional houses, especially Tomok’s, which consists of a row of solid wooden houses with striking saddle-shaped thatched roofs made of sugar palm fiber (called ijuk).

The native population is called the Batak tribe which is widely known for its festival culture. Among others, Tor-Tor Dance is considered the most elegant. This traditional dance is usually performed in celebrations such as harvest time or a wedding ceremony. and is used in a ritual to summon spirits and ‘walk’ them towards the stone statues, which were erected as symbols of the ancestors.

“As the leading trade fair in Indonesia, BBTF is the best platform to promote the destination. BBTF is proud to also include Lake Toba as one of the priority destinations to showcase its potential and capabilities to host such an event. Buyers from all over the world who come to BBTF will be able to learn more about the destination and also build a strong partnership for this annual event, which is why BBTF plays an important role in connecting business to business.” said the head of the BBTF 2023 committee, I Putu Winastra.

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