As of Sep 2012 here is only one Cirrus/MasterCard ATM on the island (at the white beach entrance) so you should get enough cash at Parapat before crossing the lake to the island.
The road signs are pretty much useless
as is asking the locals for
are going to Tuk Tuk keep going
even though it may seem
be taking forever
you have been in the Kijang
10 other people, but
will get there and
hosts will be wonderful
Do not try to drive out of Samosir Island by going up and over the top to the land bridge. The road is very bad.
The ferry ride over is fantastic, just truly peaceful, apart from the car radios playing, the ladies selling peanuts, bottled water, mie or pretty much anything else. Normally some of the passengers and vendors will be able to speak English. Landing at the other end of the 1 hour ferry journey is daunting, but again, behave like everyone else in Indonesia and just push, ever so politely, but firmly and eventually you will get off the ferry and onto the main road. Alternatively use the boat service but watch out for the guys that ask for the fee before you embark — they do not work for the operators, you pay on the boat.
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