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The capital of West Sumatra, Padang is the gateway to the Minang highlands. With the largest port on Sumatra’s West Coast, this is a merchant town attracting ships trading in goods such as rubber, cinnamon, coffee, tee, cement and coal. If you take a stroll down to the old colonial waterfront you’ll see century old warehouses stocked with fragrant cinammon and other spices waiting to be shipped to Jakarta and Singapore.
The Batang Arau River flows through the city and it is quite a sight to see the collection of small boats and hand paddled ferries that line the riverside.
Or you can do some diving activities in Padang. Go this link if you want to see more information about it.
Most attractions in Padang are within walking distance but if you need a break, there are metered taxis available.
Although slower, a more romantic option is to take a bendi – a horse drawn cart.
The city is also serviced by mini buses and buses.
Padang is half-way up Sumatra’s west coast and is served by a good network of land, air and sea routes.
Padang’s new airport is the Bandara Internasional Minangkabau (off Jl Adinegoro), 20km north of the centre of town. Domestic flights go daily between Padang and Jakarta, Medan and Palembang. Airlines operating flights to Padang include Garuda, Air Asia and Lion Air.
Padang’s Bengkuang bus terminal is located 12 km from town.