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Reviewed 7 June 2010

My hubby and I visited Samosir (may 2010) and had a awesome holiday staying at Thyesza Guesthouse. Thyesza is located next to the lake. You can practically just jump in for a swim. The water is clear and cool - wonderful to cool down on a hot day. In front of us is this massive volume of clear cool water and behind us are the mountains - what a sight!!! For the more adventurous, you can go hiking or trekking, then follow by canoeing/snokerling in the lake.

The nite the best time with its cool breeze and watching the clear skies, drinking cool BIntang beers and fresh BBQ fish from the lake. The nite is cool so you do not need air-cond in the room. However, a fan will be nice in the room.

The price is fantastic and the whole 3 days/2 nites - real value for money.

On the 1st nite, we were treated to a BBQ with fresh fish from the lake. The sauce that came with the fish ( slightly spicy) was heavenly. On the 2nd nite, Mama Thyesza prepared satay and it was delicious. Don't forget to try the french toast with honey for breakfast.

To reach Samosir you need to take a boat or ferry from Parapat. Parapat is est. 4 hrs drive from Medan. We recommend you hire a private car to pick you up from the airport and go straight to Parapat and then a boat or ferry to Samosir. Can or email Mama Thyesza and she can arrange for someone to pick you up at the pier to the guesthouse. I recommend taking the boat rather than the ferry - which is faster and ore comfortable.

99% of the people leaving in Samosir are the Batak folks who are Christians. They are warm, friendly people. They sings beautifully as e hear the music and singing coming out of the many churches around Samosir on Sunday.

Samosir is a place to relax with friends and loved ones, enjoy nature - one of the few place on earth that had yet to be spoilt by too much development. If you looking active activities - disco/karaoke/shopping, then this is not the right place for you.

We going back to Samosir and staying at Thyesza again in July 2010.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Kimchinglow
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Reviewed 18 April 2010

We discover the beautiful place when we round island by motorbike after visited The Stone Chairs & museum at Simanindo having stop at guesthouse for break. Mama Thyesza was great chef & nice person preparing cake, tea & all meaks- feeling like stay at home! View of lake was fantastic really have a great stay on following day!

Pohye from Penang, Malaysia

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled with friends
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1  Thank pohye K
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Reviewed 13 April 2010

The great thing about Theysza Guesthouse are actually two things: the owner and the location. The owner, who calls herself Mama Theysza, is the type of manager that wants to make sure you're fine. If it rains she'll run out wiht an umbrella to guide you from the lakeside tables to the homey inside of the guesthouse. The location is as easy and silent as you can imagine and wish it to be. It's close but not in the middle of the most touristic places around lovely lake Toba. We had some days to remember with smiles on our faces.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank ADutchCouple
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Reviewed 10 September 2009

I went to Thyesza Guesthouse last month. It is located on Ambarita, a village around the Toba Lake. It is quite calm and peaceful there, out of crowd, though some tourist did a party on the night I stayed, but it didn't quite disturbed me though.

What I like the most is the view offered by the guesthouse, an incredible view. Besides, the service is also very good. And also Mrs. Theysza made a real nice meal. You can also swim on the beach if you like, the water is very clean.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with friends
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Thank gostev88
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Reviewed 3 September 2008

I think this is the best place for staying together because they always have plenty rooms to stay in
The family who run the hotel was very friendly and welcome us warmly
The service,room,food was good
Although we stay in a standard room (not the one that the photo shown),which is cheaper but the room was great

Overall I recommended this place for people who wanna try to swim in the lake, the water run clear and no weed
The view was amazing from garden

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled on business
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2  Thank v0nny
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