After a flight from Panang to Medan and a bus from Medan that after numours break downs only just managed to get over the top of the crater we got to Lake Toba, our first proper stop in Indonesia. Lake Toba is actually a super volcano that has long been extinct but in the massive crater a lake has formed. In the lake is an island called Samosir and on the island is another lake! The main island is vast, only a little smaller than Singapore. Head hunters used to live here and it has a lot of interesting history. Before the Bali bombs Samosir was incredibly popular with travellers because of it's remoteness from the rest of the world caused by the high sided crater it sits in. Now however after the bombs it's a ghost town with a lot of abandoned hotels and restaurant. Anyway despite its quietness we loved toba. We found some incredibly good value accommodation and ended up staying longer than we planned! We ate lots of good food and spent the rest if the time scootering around the island and relaxing next to the lake. We had a problem though, after hours of phone calls to banks and going round in circles on the Internet with the very badly laid out asian airline websites we could find no airline companies that would except our cards or any other payment for our next flights. We seemed to be totally stuck but we had made friends with some of the staff of our favourite restaurant, one of which Anna booked our flight for us thank god!