First version: April 21, 2015
The information on the Internet regarding transportation on these routes is scarce and in our opinion not always the most reliable. It took us also quite some time to get the information we are looking for enabling us to provide our guests with the best and most reliable information on these routes. For now we limit ourselves to the route Tuk Tuk – Sidikalang. When we have better information on the remaining parts we will add the information to this page.
For the route Tuk Tuk – Sidikalang we have now three options.
Transportation only *)
For this mode of transportation we take as example Horas Family Home as the starting point. You start walking to Simpang Tuk Tuk, this is where you come to the main road from Tomok to Ambarita. The walk takes about 20 minutes. At Simpang Tuk Tuk flag down an Angkot going to Pangururan. Normally you will see an Angkot every two or three minutes, but keep in mind not all Angkots have as destination Pangururan. Some may only go as far as Ambarita, Tolping or Simanindo. If you are dropped in such a place, nothing to worry about, just wait for the next Angkot which brings you further. In Pangururan catch another Angkot or a bus to Sidikalang and have you dropped at an Halte for your next destination. Based on quite a few reports of guests who travelled this way the total travel time is some 5 to 7 hours and the cost is some Rp 70.000,-- per person.
Transportation only *)
In this case we will arrange a Public Angkot for you which will pick you up from Horas Family Home at 08.00 h in the morning. This Angkot will go all the way to Sidikalang with all the irregular stops en-route, meaning picking up passengers or dropping off passengers and a bit of waiting time in Pangururan. The total travel time is 3.5 to 4.5 hours and the cost is less than Rp 100.000,-- per person.
We expect to be able to arrange for the same kind of transportation to for example Singkil and Ketambe within a few months. Travel time and costs unknown as yet.
We have no business interest in any of the transportation aspects of your journey. Notwithstanding, we are ready to arrange for your transportation under our credo ‘EXCLUSIVE & EXCELLENT’.
If we arrange for your transportation under this option you can start at any time from Horas Family Home and the actual ride from Tuk Tuk to Sidikalang will take about 3 hrs. Of course it will take a bit longer because you may want to stop at interesting places en-route such as the Hotsprings at Pangururan and of course TELE HILL. Under this option we are already ready to arrange for your transportation from or to all the places mentioned above, including Singkil and Ketambe.
For this we have now 2 options.
Option 1 starts at 07.00 h from Horas with transportation arranged for by Horas Family Home. You take the ferry to Parapat. From Parapat you go by car to Ketambe via Merek, Sidikalang and Kutacane. With a few short stops along the route you will arrive in Ketambe around 16.00 h.
Option 2 starts at 08.00 h from Horas.and we will arrange public transportation (transportation only) for you. You follow the route via Pangururan, Tele, Sidikalang and Kutacane. You will switch from minibus to minibus 3 times and with a little bit of luck you will arrive around 19.00 h in Ketambe. The cost is Rp 200.000,-- per person.
THE MEANING OF TRANSPORTATION ONLY *)
It means that you just join the crowd. You will have no control over your driver or your fellow passengers and your angkot or bus will only stop when the driver feels the need to do so. Your angkot or bus will only be full when the driver decides it is full. Full meaning there is no more place to hang along or sit on top of the angkot or bus. You have a fair chance that you your driver will be the full smoking, crazy racing star driver training for the upcoming F1 races. Recently our guests illustrated the services and the conditions of a car of a real Low Cost Carrier as follows: It felt like we were part of a Demolition Derby in a car which had barely survived the last round.
We are not a tour operator nor a travel agent and we are not a tourist information office. Under Option 2 and 3, we only arrange for transportation for guests actually staying with Horas Family Home.
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