Perhaps most famous of the things to do at Lake Toba because of the accessibility, the ruins of an ancient Batak village along with stone chairs and head-chopping block can be found in the nearby village of Ambarita.

The stone chairs were used for meetings by the local king, and both a torture stone and chopping block were once used for brutal executions.

Ambarita is situated in Simanindo, Samosir Regency, North Sumatra. Located three miles northwest of Tuk-tuk along the main road. The stone chairs are not on the main road, ask in town about how to get there. Hiring a Batak “guide” inside the village is both entertaining and well worth the $1 -- prices are variable -- for learning about the cannibal rituals and Batak culture.

Photo by: Barry Kusuma