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West Sumatra

Description

Much of its highland is formed by the Bukit Barisan Mountain range; virgin jungles inhabited by elephants, tigers, leopards and rhinos. Minang people have spicy-hot dishes and ancient matriarchal customs. The women own property and the men leave home to seek their fame and fortune. Traveling is considered a mark of success, Padang restaurants are found in all major towns across the nation. The people are hospitable and eloquent. They primarily speak bahasa Minang, with poetic style of speech.

Entry

Getting There : Padang's Tabing Airport is the main gateway to West Sumatra and is serviced by Merpati Nusantara Airlines. PELNI's ship "Kerinci" sails every two weeks for Jakarta from Teluk Bayur Harbour. Smaller vessels from Muara Harbour sail to small towns along the entire west coast of Sumtra. Regular bus services run between Padang, Bukittinggi and other major cities of Sumatra, as well as via the trans-Sumatra Highway to Jakarta. West Sumatra days are filled with colorful ceremonies and festivals. Legend of the Minangkabau is descendants of the youngest son of Alexander the Great, King Maharjo Dirajo. During the early 19th century, the area was disrupted by wars between the followers of the traditional Islam or Padris, and those adhering to the traditional law (Adat) of the Minangkabau.

Tourism Office

West Sumatra : Jl. Khatib Sulaiman 7 Padang, Phone. (62-751) 7055711, 446282, Fax. 7055183

http://www.minangkabautourism.info


Mentawai Island : Jl. Raya Tuapejat km 4, Phone. (62-759) 320042

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Japanese Bunker

Japanese Bunker

 

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Ngarai Sianok: Breathtaking West Sumatra Canyon

Ngarai Sianok: Breathtaking West Sumatra Canyon

 

Just on the outskirts of the hill town of Bukittinggi in the Minangkabau highlands, lies this breathtaking canyon which the locals call Ngarai Sianok,...

Location: Sumatra » West Sumatra » Kota Bukittinggi

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Madobak Ugai Matotonan Village

Madobak Ugai Matotonan Village

 

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Location: Sumatra » West Sumatra » Kab. Kepulauan Mentawai

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Kerinci Seblat National Park

Kerinci Seblat National Park

 

Kerinci Seblat National Park (TNKS) is a natural conservation area. This one and half million hectare area is located in four provinces; West Sumatra,...

Location: Sumatra » West Sumatra » Kota Solok

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Air Manis Beach

Air Manis Beach

 

Air Manis Beach is closely related to the legend of Malin Kundang in West Sumatra. Malin Kundang is a character fabled to have been turned to stone,...

Location: Sumatra » West Sumatra » Kota Padang

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Rafflesia Park

Rafflesia Park

 

Raflesia Park is part of the Batang Palupuh Nature Conservation Center in Agam district. Although it has many other species, this 3.4 hectare...

Location: Sumatra » West Sumatra » Kota Bukittinggi

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Jam Gadang

Jam Gadang

 

Jam Gadang is an icon of Bukittinggi. In the Indonesian language, Jam Gadang means big clock and big it certainly is! This 26 meter tall clock was...

Location: Sumatra » West Sumatra » Kota Bukittinggi

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Bukittinggi

Bukittinggi

 

Nestled in the highlands north of Padang in the Agam valley, the town of Bukittinggi or ‘high hill’ is West Sumatra’s cultural...

Location: Sumatra » West Sumatra » Kota Bukittinggi

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