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Hot springs

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Across the sliver of land connecting Pulau Samosir to the mainland is a massive volcano plus hot springs, which make an enjoyable detour on your trip around the island.

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The original bathing spot and still the best is Rico Melati. It has the highest location up the mountain and therefore the best views. Also, aside from the concrete swimming pool typical in this area, they also have a more natural rock pool fed by a large bamboo pipe from above. Water temperatures in the pools are generally very hot, but usually not dangerously so.

You’ll typically find changing rooms and a basic restaurant attached and prices are generally fixed at 10,000 rupiah. At Rico Melati, entry is paid for by buying a drink and the great thing is that men and women can bathe together – not always a certainty at other baths.


Hot springs
Admission: 10,000 rupiah

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