Siberut National Park

Siberut Island in the Province of West Sumatra is separated from the mainland by the Mentawai Strait, at a distance of about 155 km from Padang. Siberut National Park is located on the island. Some 60% of the forest area is covered by Dipterocarpaceae primary forest, mixed primary forest, swamp forest, coastal forest and mangrove […]
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Pagaruyung Palace

Pagaruyung Palace is also called Istano Basa Pagaruyuang. This palace was the center of the kingdom of Minangkabau. The building of this palace is very unique, because all poles are tilted. In fact very strong and resistant to earthquakes that frequently occur in West Sumatra. The form of this palace is “Rumahgadang” with a very large size and buffalo horn-shaped roof that curved tapered upwards. Access: Pagaruyung Palace is located 5 km from Batusangkar, 45 km from Bukittinggi, and 103 km from Padang. Source: The Government of Tanah […]
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Bukittinggi

The town of Bukittinggi (literally means high hill) is West Sumatra’s cultural center. This town is nestled in the highlands north of Padang in the Agam valley. While Padang may be the modern commercial and administrative hub, Bukittinggi is a bustling market town. Although it is less than a degree south of the equator, Bukittinggi has […]
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Harau Valley

The-Harau Valley Green Ricefields and Waterfalls Tumbling Down Steep Cliffs A relaxing one-hour drive from the bustling market of Bukittinggi in the province of West Sumatra lies the beautiful Harau Valley (sometimes called the Arau valley). Where lush green rice fields are hemmed in between huge granite cliffs. Here dozens of waterfalls tumble down from 80 to 300 meters height into […]
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Sawahlunto

Sawahlunto: Historic Coal Mining Town, and Silungkang Gold Songket Sarongs After an hour’s drive from the city of Padang to its northeastern outskirts, the road splits. Lake Singkarak lies to the left and Sawahlunto to the right, some 95 kilometers from Padang. Sawahlunto is known as the town of the ‘black pearl’ harking back to the once-abundant coal which was the town’s […]
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