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Glory days again for Lake Toba

With the newly renovated Silangit International Airport serving direct flights to Singapore from April, Singaporean tourists can take a 50min plane ride to enjoy Lake Toba's breathaking Swiss-like views.
The newly renovated Silangit International Airport. The airport's upgrade is part of an ambitious effort by Indonesia to enhance smaller airports located close to tourist attractions and make them more accessible. Lake Toba as seen from one of numero
Lake Toba as seen from one of numerous viewing points. The destination's natural scenery is a big part of its attraction to tourists, and being a lake in an ancient volcano makes it an iconic destination.ST PHOTOS: WAHYUDI SOERIAATMADJA
The newly renovated Silangit International Airport. The airport's upgrade is part of an ambitious effort by Indonesia to enhance smaller airports located close to tourist attractions and make them more accessible. Lake Toba as seen from one of numero
The newly renovated Silangit International Airport. The airport's upgrade is part of an ambitious effort by Indonesia to enhance smaller airports located close to tourist attractions and make them more accessible. ST PHOTOS: WAHYUDI SOERIAATMADJA

Its heyday was the 1980s, but the Indonesian government is reviving it under an ambitious plan to show there is more to the country than Bali. Cue direct flights from Singapore, anyone?

Singaporean Ahmad Nasir is at Lake Toba in North Sumatra province on a family vacation to see the world's largest volcanic lake, which is 11/2 times Singapore's size.

To get there, the owner of a logistic company and his mother, aunt and sister had to fly to Medan, the provincial capital. There, they shopped for souvenirs and visited a palace before undertaking the four-hour drive to the lake.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 10, 2018, with the headline 'Glory days again for Lake Toba'. Print Edition | Subscribe