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Padang

Travel Guide Asia Indonesia Sumatra West Sumatra Padang

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Introduction

Padang is the capital city of West Sumatra, located on the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. It has around 835,000 inhabitants.

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Weather

Padang has a tropical climate with hot and humid weather year round. Temperatures are around 23 °C-24 °C at night and mostly around 30 °C during the day for most of the year. Rain is possible during all months, though May to September tends to be somewhat drier compared to the October - April period. Especially October to December sees around 500mm a month and the annual average is around 4,300mm!

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Getting There

By Plane

Minangkabau International Airport near Padang has flights with Air Asia to Kuala Lumpur, while other cities served are Jakarta and Singapore. It also has flights to Bandung and to Batam and Medan on Sumatra itself. During the Hadj, there are flights to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Havilla MaranathaJalan Bandar Pulaukaram No. 10 - DGUESTHOUSE-
Brigitte's Housejl. Kampung Sebelah I no 14D. Berok Nipah, PadangHOSTEL84
Wisma MutiaraJl. Pulau Karam No. 149GUESTHOUSE-
Villa Air ManisJl Air Manis No88, Bukit Gado-gado Padang Selata, West SumatraGUESTHOUSE-
Homestay Gracejalan batang arau 88 B/5Guesthouse-
Lorent HomestayJl. Jamaluddin Uak Ketok, Kelurahan Pisang, Pauh.GUESTHOUSE-
New House PadangJalan HOS Cokroaminoto no 104 PadangHOSTEL-

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Keep Connected

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

Post

Pos Indonesia provides the postal service in Indonesia. Pos Indonesia is government-owned and offers services ranging from sending letters and packages to money transfers (usually to remote areas which have no bank branch/ATM nearby) and selling postcards and stamps.

It is recommended to send letters from a Pos Indonesia branch, not by putting it inside orange mailbox (called Bis Surat) in the roadside, because some of the mailboxes are in very bad condition and aren't checked regularly by Pos Indonesia. Opening times of post offices usually tend to follow general business hours: Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm (sometimes shorter hours on Fridays), Saturdays from 8:00am to 1:00pm, closed on Sundays. Bigger cities, tourist areas and central post offices tend to keep longer hours, into the evenings.
Sending a postcards, letter or parcel is relatively expensive, but fairly reliable. It takes several days at least to send it within Indonesia, at least a week internationally.

Private postal services based in Indonesia include CV Titipan Kilat (CV TIKI), Jalur Nugraha Ekaputra (JNE), Caraka, and RPX. There are also foreign postal services that have branches in Indonesia, including DHL, TNT, UPS, and FedEx.

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Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: -0.95489
  • Longitude: 100.3695

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