Visiting Lake Maninjau, Kelok 44, Hometown of The Famous Buya HAMKA

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Planning to go on a tour or travelling, we definitely want a smooth trip, comfortable accommodation, cheap hotels, good food, cheap plane tickets, close to everywhere, and can rent a motorbike or car.


In Lake Maninjau Hometown of The Famous Buya HAMKA, there is natural beauty and unique culture of the local community. There are many uniqueness, starting from the village (desa), sub-district (kecamatan), district (kabupaten) and provincial levels.

In Indonesia, each province has different and interesting characteristics. Each province has a different and unique culture and lifestyle.

Lake Maninjau or Danau Maninjau, meaning overlook or observation in the Minangkabau language, is a caldera lake in West Sumatra, Indonesia. It is located 36 km to the west of Bukittinggi.

Lake Maninjau in West Sumatra is one of the calmest places in Indonesia. Come to this ancient lake, set within a volcanic crater, to escape from the crowds and hustle and bustle of the rest of the country.

Perched in the mountain highlands, around 461 meters above sea level, Lake Maninjau is a splendid sight. At 100 m2, this lake is an impressive natural wonder and a place to come when you’re after a peaceful and relaxing place to unwind and absorb a sleepy pace of life.

To get to the lake, visitors must take the steeply descending road from Bukittinggi. This journey will have you on the edge of your seat as the road has sharp hairpin bends and unforgettable twists and turns.

The 44 bends in this road give it its name; Kelok 44. The drive down to the lake will amaze you with its remarkable views over the shimmering blue lake and surrounding hills.

The lake is more than just a beautiful landmark, but also a part of the cultural heritage of the local people. The legend of “Bujang Sembilan” (roughly translates as “Nine Young Men”) is based around this lake.

According to local folklore, one of the men in the story died by plunging himself into the crater. The crater then expanded, forming a lake.

The government is taking good care of the preservation of nature and maintaining the condition of the forest.

The environment is also well maintained.


Visiting Lake Maninjau Hometown of The Famous Buya HAMKA, we will witness routine community activities in unique traditional cultures. And there are special dishes and food as part of culinary tours that are delicious and yummy.

With inspiring scenery and peaceful surrounds, a visit to Lake Maninjau will leave you relaxed and rejuvenated. If you’re looking for fantastic views, the Maninjau resort is perched at the top of a hill and offers some of the best views of the lake.

Maninjau Village is located near the lake and a number of famous Indonesians call this place home. Buya HAMKA, one of the most notable novelists in Indonesia, was born here.

HAMKA wrote the phenomenal Tenggelamnya Kapal Van der Wijk.

Another famous person who was born here is Rangkayo Rasuna Said, one of Indonesia’s national heroes. Her name has been immortalized as one of the protocol roads in Jakarta.

This is a place to relax and slow down. You won’t be bothered by the hustle and bustle of city life here. Instead, sit back, relax and enjoy the basic elements of land, sky and water.

Rejuvenate with an early morning swim. Spend a quiet afternoon watching the clouds float over the peaks and slowly descend down the crater walls.

Or if you’d prefer something a little more active, hire a canoe and take a leisurely paddle around the lake.

In this place there are also regular events or activities held every year, both national and international.


The journey to Lake Maninjau Hometown of The Famous Buya HAMKA is now very easy. We can enter through various modes of transportation.

Located only 35 kilometers away from Bukittinggi, the easiest way to get to the Lake is by car. As the road twists and turns you’ll get some breathtaking views of the pristine blue lake and surrounding hillside.

On the drive be prepared to see wild monkeys too which will be waiting for scraps of food to be thrown from passing cars.

Regular buses run daily between Maninjau and Bukitinggi.

Depending on where you stay, you can use a private car or public transport to make your way around.

Or explore the beautiful terrain with a ride on a mountain bike. If you’re a thrill seeker, experience the adrenaline rush of speeding through the tropical surrounds on the back of a motorbike.

For a slower paced adventure, venture out onto the lake with a trip on a canoe.

The condition of the infrastructure is getting better. Starting from highways, airports, trails, ports, bridges, stairs, even some places can be reached by toll roads.

We can visit by plane, car, ship, bus, motorcycle and bicycle. At some point, we can take the train. We can also walk freely.


In Lake Maninjau Hometown of The Famous Buya HAMKA, as technology getting better. We can easily find locations for mini markets, shops (warung kedai), Money Changer, ATMs, Bank BRI BCA BNI Mandiri, BTPN Bank Nagari BJB, supermarkets, and restaurants. So we will not starve or lack the necessary items.

If you are sick and need help, you can also visit clinics, drugstore pharmacies (apotek), practice doctors, hospitals, and health centers (puskesmas).

In this place we can also look for places of worship such as mosques, churches, and others.


Finding place to stay in Lake Maninjau Hometown of The Famous Buya HAMKA is very easy. We can stay at home stays, hotels, inns, hostels and other places.

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Experience and Reviews

There are already many visitors have visited Lake Maninjau Hometown of The Famous Buya HAMKA, there are many interesting stories that are told. Like feeling satisfied, happy, wanting to come again, sleep well, and almost no one is disappointed or complains to come here.

So, visitors will find out on how to find the best hotels, where is exactly located, why it is amazing, how much is the fare and rate, who are the people, whom to ask, and when is the best time to visit.

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That’s all the information we provided, hopefully useful.

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