Laut Tawar Lake is located near Takengon, in the
highlands of Cental Aceh, is very scenic. Takengon, the capital of the
region, lies on the west side of the lake, 1,120 meters above sea
level, with an average temperature of 20 C. It has soaring cliffs
around the shore, which are ideal for rock climbing. The scenery is
lovely and the area is being developed as a tourist resort with water
recreation such as skiing and boating being readily available. The lake
is also stocked with trout. There are warm water pools at Simpang
Balik. Many caves dot the lake’s surroundings, Loyang Koro and Loyang
Pukes caves by the side of Laut Tawar Lake are interesting to explore.
Motorboats can be hired for fishing and sightseeing. There is excellent
hiking in forests filled with exotic orchids, and trekking to the
Telong and Tetek volcanoes for the more energetic.