Is This Indonesian Town Really the “Monaco of Asia”? Mary Zakheim October 24, 2016 Asia, Travel Guide Yes. Yes it is. Here’s why: Lake Toba, the world’s largest volcanic lake, is aiming to present itself as the “Monaco of Asia.” And it should. This lake is almost like folklore for the adventuring trekker — a secret of sorts that contains miles of blue water, peaceful villages, storied history, and blissful nature retreats. Created by a volcanic eruption an estimated 70,000 years ago, the modern result is breathtaking: a huge sea-like body of water, complete with an island (which has two more lakes), friendly locals, hot springs, hikes, and plenty of laid-back activities. Don’t believe us? Check this out. A photo posted by Come To Lake Toba (@cometolaketoba) on Oct 21, 2016 at 4:15am PDT Like, is that even real? We want to be there. Lake Toba has another amazing perk: it’s pretty cheap. With hotel rooms, food and drink, and activities at rock bottom prices, it’s a totally affordable place to jet off to. But the tourism board is trying to change the perception a little. With the support of European Union ambassadors, Indonesia is investing in making Lake Toba the “Monaco of Asia.” Though no specifics have been discussed publicly, Lake Toba becoming a chic, peaceful beach destination like Monaco sounds like a good idea. Still, it looks pretty chic already to us. A photo posted by Come To Lake Toba (@cometolaketoba) on Aug 25, 2016 at 5:27am PDT The EU committee also detailed plans to team up with Indonesia for conservation around the region — for natural reserves, animals, and traditional weaving techniques. That’s all well and good, but let’s look at more pictures of Lake Toba, shall we? A photo posted by Come To Lake Toba (@cometolaketoba) on Jul 22, 2016 at 9:15am PDT A photo posted by Come To Lake Toba (@cometolaketoba) on Jul 20, 2016 at 3:49am PDT A photo posted by Come To Lake Toba (@cometolaketoba) on Jul 5, 2016 at 3:07am PDT Aaaaand time to pack our bags.