The Must Visit in West Sumatra
Padang is one of the gateway to West Sumatra. The International airport is definitely the entry for internasional surfers in order to get to the most infamous surfing spots in Mentawai Islands. Exploring the city is do able for a day trip. Culintary trip in Padang is must do. Try Rendang! Voted number one according to GO CNN on The World’s 50 Most Delicious Foods.
litterally means high hill in bahasa indonesia, located about 2 hours away by land from Padang, it is famously known for it’s Jam Gadang, The big clock tower. Take scenery pictures of Ngarai Sianok (Sianok Canyon), explore the Lubang Japang (Japanese Caves) and of course spend time shopping at the largest market in Bukit Tinggi, Pasar Atas (Upper Market). If you like to buy items in bulk, make your way to Pasar Aur Kuning.
One thing you shouldn’t missed out while you are here during lunch time, make your way to Rumah Makan Gulai Itiak Lado Mudo. Warning: this Minang’s own top notch delicacy is really spicy and shouldn’t be missed! Make sure you are there before lunch time especially during the weekends.
Located 1,5 hour drive from Bukit Tinggi, Harau Valley (Payakumbuh) is definitely the must visit in West Sumatra if you love nature. The landscape and waterfalls are just amazingly beautiful. Avoid the noise and hear the relaxing voice of the nature by staying at Abdi Homestay, this lovely eco-homestay is managed by local’s very own Ikbal and Noni. You will have your own valley and rice terrace view from your own bungalow balcony with an additional the sound of natural waterfall in the background. Its simplicity makes you want to stay for days or even weeks.
There are no direct bus/travel from Lembah Harau (Payakumbuh) to Lake Maninjau, you have to make your way back to Bukit Tinggi first. If you have motion/car sickness problem, now it’s time to take the anti motion sickness pill, Seriously!. There’s no way to avoid the crazy drive along Kelok 44 , the most infamous route from Bukit Tinggi to lake Maninjau. Kelok means turn, so yes, there are 44 extreme hairpin turns, but there is no reason to avoid this Kelok 44, the AMAZING view of Lake Maninjau from up hill is definitely a must see!
Make a day trip to visit the Istano Basa (or more famously known as Istana Pagaruyung) from Harau Valley. This recently renovated historical site is open for public. a great tip when you visit this palace is be a tourist! Rent the traditional clothes and give your best pose with Istana Pagaruyung in the background.
This is part of Mariza's #XplrWS trip, live tweets from @lagunatrip about #XplrWS can been read here: http://chirpstory.com/li/40815
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