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The Village Of Parapat

The area around Parapat is a fantastic place for hiking with beautiful views over the lake and the mountains Dolok Sisae and Dolok Simartinambing, of more than 1600 meters altitude. From the port of Parapat the ferry departs several times a day to the island of Samosir.

The village of Prapat came under Dutch rule in 1904. In Balige, near Toba Batak, a city on the southwest tip of Lake Toba, the legendary historical figure Si Singga Mangaraja lived. He was the leader of the last major Batak revolt against the Dutch at the end of the nineteenth century. (Si Singga Mangaraja)

Holiday village

In the twenties of the 19th century, Parapat became a holiday destination with many bungalows built by the plantation companies for their staff. The oldest existing hotel is Hotel Prapat. In 1948 Soekarno, Hatta and Agus Salim were interned in the beautiful Pasanggrahan (Guesthouse) ‘Villa Marihat’ on the Parapat peninsula. This house is open for visitors.

A tour to Parapat can be included in a tour around Sumatra. Contact Tri Jaya Tour & Travel for the possibilities and prices.


This area offers beautiful walks with a view of the lake and the Dolok Sisae and Dolok Simartinambing mountains, which are more than sixteen hundred metres high. The Dolok Simanoek and Soeroengan mountains also located here are more than two thousand metres high.

From the harbour of Parapat the ferry departs several times a day to Samosir Island.

Drawing by Harm Kamerlingh Onnes, 1923