Sleeping in a Lakeside Horned Bungalow on Samosir Island, Sumatra
Samosir Island is known for its mild climate and laid-back rustic atmosphere. It's also a geology geek's dream—1500 foot deep Lake Toba is surrounded by sheer cliffs and was formed after a cataclismic volcanic eruption 75,000 years ago (so powerful that it nearly wiped out humanity!). Luckily, we're still around to roam the lush green island (which was formed by the resurgent caldera) and soak in the much less thermally threatening Pangururan hot springs. The island's traditional Batak villages offer lovely lakeside accomodations, like Tuktuk Tumbal whose ornate, dark-wood bungalows are topped off with a distinctive roof in the shape of a buffalo's horns. Just outside your door are docks to swim out to, boats to hop on, fish waiting to be caught, and unspoiled nature to explore.