Toba ATM--how to take out more cash while staying in TukTuk
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Oct 5, 2012 11:57 PM Last Post By: johnney
Oct 5, 2012 2:04 AM
Toba ATM--how to take out more cash while staying in TukTukThere are now ATMs in Tomok and Ambarita. (Head left or right from TukTuk.) They work if you've got a Mastercard.
If you've got a VISA debit card then you've got to head to Parapat--no luck on the island (that we found).
To get to the ATM:
From the dock in Parapat, turn left. Keep following this road straight for about 10 minutes (walking). You will pass under an arch and reach a "T" intersection.
Walk until you see a petrol station up ahead on the left. On the right there will be a BNI atm. This one takes VISA, if it has money. It worked for us once, but not today. (Confounded, we doubled back to the BRI bank on the same street, which we knew didn't take VISA, but they were delightfully helpful.)
If you keep going past the 1st ATM, you will see a SECOND petrol station up ahead about 200 meters. This one has a Mandiri Bank ATM.
An employee of the bank greeted us at the ATM. It worked great. By the time we finished, there were 3 Mandiri Bank employees outside who were happy to meet us, smiled, shook our hands.
What a delightful banking experience!
If you're walking this stretch around lunch time, keep an eye out for the white tent set up on the lake-side of the road about half-way between harbor and ATMs. Pick up a delicious local lunch for 10,000Rp. Chicken curry, stewed vegetables, rice, sambal if you need even more heat, all wrapped up for eating at your leisure. I smelled the food as we walked by, then I noticed the crowd and figured it was good. Wasn't disappointed.
I hope this makes taking cash out easier for someone in Toba.
Oct 5, 2012 5:00 AM
1I think most of the banks OP refers to only dispense IDR 50,000 notes. They dispense a maximum of IDR 1,000,000. If you want a decent amount of money (to avoid home bank fees for repeat withdrawls) you need to go to the ATM with IDR 100,000 notes. I remember once it dispensed IDR 3,000,000 then IDR 2,500,000 but now only IDR 2,000,000 (sometimes it is empty and says it has a problem). It takes both Visa and Mastercard. If empty go down further to the next one which only dispenses IDR 1,000,000 but accepts both cards.
When you get off the boat from Parapat get into a local bus (angkot) and ask to to to an ATM - 'mau ke ATM' (Ah Teh Em, European style). He will probably take you to the first ATM at the service station (which OP referred to). But you are travelling in the opposite direction from what he described. (Fare 2,000) Walk down the road till you get to the next one - sorry I can never remember its name but it has 100,000 on the front of the machine - this is the one you want. (Not Mandiri by the way, BRI BNI, BCA or something.)
Sorry I do not think I have ever eaten in Parapat so have no comment on the food. I always eat Batak food at the Elios resturant in Tuk-tuk.
Oct 5, 2012 6:24 AM
Oct 5, 2012 11:57 PM
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