Parapat - Sumatra





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Parapat is on the foreshore of Lake Toba and is where you catch the ferry across to Samosir Island in the middle of Lake Toba. In the 1920s Parapat became a holiday village, with many of the bungalows belonging to the European plantation owners in Medan and Berastagi. In 1948, Soekarno, Hatta and Agus Salim were imprisoned in 'Villa Marihat' in Parapat. This house is still open for public viewing.

Nowadays there is nothing of great interest in Parapat apart from being the ferry port to get across to Samosir Island on Lake Toba.


There are quite a few travel offices in Parapat which can exchange money or organise bus tickets or tours. A Bank BNI ATM machine is located at the top end of the main road which accepts international ATM cards and the booth is air-conditioned! Further down the road is a Bank BRI office which has a Western Union office within for money transfers.

ATM machine in Parapat

They have a fresh fruit and vegetable market on every Saturday morning next to the ferry wharf.

Food Markets in Parapat

The last ferry across to Samosir island leaves at 7pm in peak tourist season and 6pm off peak. Ferries start at 7am. Price for crossing to Tuk-Tuk is 7000Rp.

The main road running through Parapat is the Trans-Sumatran Highway. From here there are regular public buses going to Siantar. In Siantar you can change buses to go to Berastagi and on to Medan. There are also buses going to Sibolga where you can catch a ferry to Nias Island. The bus from Parapat to Sibolga take 4 - 5 hours. There are also buses going to Bukittinggi which can take up to 17 hours.




There are a number of nice/average hotels in Parapat located on the lake looking over to Samosir island.

Charlie Bar and Restaurant, right next to Parapat's ferry wharf has good budget rooms. Rooms from 30,000 - 40,000Rp. Internet access for 17,000Rp per night. For pics and contact details click here.

Hotel Sedayu. Located on the Trans Sumatran Highway at the top of Parapat. Rooms from 79,000Rp per night. For pics and contact details click here.

Hotel Wisata Bahari. Right on Lake Toba, close to the Highway that runs through Parapat. Rooms from 190,000Rp per night. For pictures, prices and contact details click here.

Patra Parapat Lake Resort is located on the hillside of the Siuhun Peninsula overlooking Lake Toba. 58 spacious rooms and swimming pool overlooking the lake.

Inna Parapat Hotel overlooking Lake Toba.

4 star accommodation


Hotel Niagara Parapat
Jl. Pembangunan No.1 Parapat
Phone: (0625) 41028, 41008
Fax : (0625) 41233

Prices from 479,160Rp in low season or from 608,630Rp in the high season for a standard room per night. Great views of Lake Toba from the hotel.

3 star accommodation

Hotel Natour Parapat 
Jl. Marihat No.1, Parapat
Phone: (0625) 41012, 21667
Fax : (0625) 41019

Hotel Danau Toba Int.
Jl. P. Samosir No.17, Parapat
Phone: (0625) 41583, 31726
Fax : (0625) 41719

2 star accommodation

Hotel & Bungalow Astari
Jl. P. Samosir No.9, Parapat
Phone: (0625) 41219, 41725

Wisma Danau Toba
Jl. P. Samosir 3-6,
Parapat 21174
Phone: (0625) 41302

Hotel Parapat View
Jl. Sidada Pintu, Parapat 21174
Phone: (0625) 41375, 41376

Hotel Siantar Parapat
Jl. Sisingamangaraja No.8,
Parapat 21174
Phone: (0625) 41564
Fax : (0625) 41465

Danau Toba Int Cottage
Jl. Nelson Purba No.4,
Parapat 21174
Phone: (0625) 41172
Fax : (0625) 41640


Last updated - 31st May 2009

Main street in Parapat Sumatra

The main road in Parapat the Trans Sumatran Highway


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