Padang, the capital of the West Sumatra Province, is one of the most ancient cities on the west coast of the Indian Ocean. This beach city, with a population of 800 000, stretches from the foot of the Bukit Barisan mountain range to the Indian Ocean. Located on the equator Padang enjoys hot weather, offset by a fresh sea breeze.
Minang people are definitely friendly people, very rarely in bad moods nor with bad intentions, youngsters frequently approach foreigners in a charming and funny way, sometimes even forcing themselves to overcome their modesty. Padang is one of the safest city in Indonesia.
Although the population of West Sumatra is diverse, the main ethnic group is the Minangkabau people (buffalo in local dialect), well known over Indonesia for its matrilineal system and its uniquely buffalo–like roof architecture. They speak their own dialect of the Indonesian language known as Minang.
Islam is the predominant religion throughout the Province and Catholic and Buddhist minorities are well integrated; churches and temples stand next to the numerous Mosques in an open–minded atmosphere. The bustling and noisy historical centre of the city extends from the old harbour and merges old buildings from the Dutch colonial era with Chinese influences; it suffered sever damages during the 2009 earthquake.
The Padang spicy cuisine is famous all over Indonesia. In no time the waiter will fill the whole table with plates, containing kari – chicken and fish prepared in coconut curry, Rendang (meat in coconut gravy) and Dendeng Balado, thin slices of dried and fried beef served with red & green (!) chilies.
Day 1 padang airport
Old Town of Padang. This historical town of Padang with many old buildings and a colouful harbour with Dutch architecture is Padang’s main attraction. It’s located beside the Muaro River. Walk along the beautiful pedestrian at the river bank with a row of old Dutch buildings. On the river there is a historical harbour of Padang built by Dutch. Now the harbour and the river is full of colourful little boats. There’s also a beautiful bridge on the river, Sitti Nurbaya Bridge with colourful lights on night. Still in the old town, there’s an old Chinatown with many old shophouses. There’s a beautiful old Chinese temple, See Hien Kiong Temple and a beautiful old mosque, Muhammadan Mosque.
Adityawarman Museum A museum about culture and heritage of West Sumatra.
“ you definitly should meet this place. You’ll see 3 beautiful waterfalls. Enjoy a nice backview while hiking and there’s not a single Person when you arrive at the waterfalls. At this time, this is a verry unknown place. You’ll reach the first waterfall (a small one) after 20 minutes hiking. From there, it takes about 20-30 minutes to get to the second. Clean water, high waterfalls, awesome nature ! To get to the third one it takes again about 30 minutes. Enjoy your time!
Days 3 ( Sungai Pisang & Sungai Pinang )
the view over Bungus bay is beautiful.(2) Sungai Pisang & Sungai Pinang you end up overlooking the stunning area of Kawasan Wisata Mandeh which gathers some beautiful little green islands offering perfect white sandy beaches; typical fishermen villages where time has stopped, surroundings hide many small sandy beaches.
Pariaman City is one of the cities located in West Sumatra. Geographically, most of the area are located on coastal areas. Two thirds of Pariaman City are coastal areas. Therefore Pariaman City area has its beautiful natural potencies in the form of beaches, seas and enchanting islands. The purpose of this study is to introduce the natural potential of the marine tourism objects that are found in Pariaman City. Qualitative description approach is used as the research method and purposive sampling is the method of taking samples in this research. Observation, interview, and documentation are used as technique of taking data. The results show that the most visited tourism objects in Pariaman City are Gondoriah Beach, Cermin Beach, Kata Beach, Turtle breeding area, Pauh Beach and also culinary sightseeing places, while other beaches
Day 5 padang to airport
from padang to airport