Sipoholon Hot Spring, the Pamukkale of Sumatra


North Sumatra is one of the most attractive areas to explore. This province has various attractions that you will probably enjoy. The crown jewel is Lake Toba, the biggest volcanic lake in the world. However, there are lots of interesting spots, one of them is Sipoholon Hot Spring.

A natural hot pond. via Instagram/sadadnst

Just like most of the natural hot springs in Indonesia, this one is the result of volcanic activity. The main difference of this hot spring with others is the beauty of the crater are. The view here is somewhat otherworldly, making Sipoholon a really great place to visit. Here is all you need to know about it.

Location & Access

it is really accessible. via Instagram/adisitumorang

The whole area is located to the southeast of Toba. In fact, it is only a few kilometers away from the shore of the lake. Administratively, this lake is at Situmeang Hasundutan, Sipoholon District, North Tapanuli Regency, North Sumatera. The hot spring is very accessible via main Sumatra Road. You only need a seven minutes’ drive from Tarutung. In short, this place is really accessible.


A river of hot water. via instagram/novia_hh

Scientists believe that this hot spring area is the result of a massive eruption. The ancient Martimbang Volcano erupted and what’s left was this hot spring in its crater. As with other volcanic hot springs, the water here is sulfuric. Usually, the sulfur content on the water is low enough to be beneficial for you. That is why people love bathing in this kind of hot spring. Other than warm water is soothing.

Hot Spring          

Otherworldly view. via Instagram/budisimanjuntak03

The hot spring here produces really water. The temperature can reach up to 70 degrees Celcius. In some parts, people even bring eggs to boil here. They just put the eggs in the hottest water, wait for several minutes and your boiled egg is ready. People, of course, come to this place to enjoy the view and take a warm, relaxing bath. You definitely need to find the best place to enjoy the perfect temperature.

Colorful and Instagramable

The colorful rocks. via Instagram/adisitumorang

The main selling point of this hot spring, apart from the actual hot water, is the beauty of the whole area. Mounds of colorful layers with bluish ponds make Sipoholon Hot Spring a very instagramable. In fact, many come to this hot spring for the picture and panorama. The colorful nature of this hot spring even earns it a reputation as a Pamukkale of Sumatra.

A lot of beautiful spots. via Instagram/visit_sumut

Sipoholon Hot Spring is a great place to visit after you enjoy Toba. This hot spring offers not only relaxing and healthy sulfuric water, but also a beautiful place. Prepare your spare clothes and camera to enjoy the best of this place.

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