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Parapat is a popular recreational place with a fairly bad reputation. Interesting combo, isn't it? This town sits on the eastern side of North Sumatra's Lake Toba and acts as the primary port for catching the ferries to various points around the lake and on Samosir Island, which sits in the middle of the huge volcanic crater lake. Part of the town has developed along the Trans-Sumatra Highway to accommodate passers-by. Indeed, it is a good place to stop and break up your long journey if you are traveling between Medan and anywhere south in Sumatra. After the 4-6 hour drive from Medan, this is where you get dropped off. From here you can stop and get lunch or head straight into the older part of town along the lake. The 15 minute walk to town (you can also take a bemo) takes you by some small resorts and low density hotels with part of the lake viewed from below. When you get into town, though, any thoughts of a peaceful lakeside town vanish. The touts begin as soon as you approach the dirty market. You won't make it to the ferry port without going unnoticed. Once on board the ferry, just sit back, relax, and wait for it to depart (you pay on board). It will take you close to or directly to your hotel on Samosir, where you will look back at Parapat in the distance and be happy that you are no longer there.