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West Sumatra

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Introduction

Floating rest house in the lake

Floating rest house in the lake

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West Sumatra is famous for its unique culture and its beautiful mixture of mountains and tropical white sandy beaches. Padang is the capital city, located on the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. West Sumatra is also the home of Minangkabau, the one from few tribe which practice matriarchate in the world. In this province, you will see how the culture, people, Islam and nature fuse, especially in Ranah Minang.

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Cities

  • Padang
  • Bukittinggi - Bukittinggi is a small town with pleasant weather all year. You can reach this town by bus from Padang or from the airport. It is 2 hours by bus and you can view unique and beautiful scenery along road. Bukittinggi is surounded by the Barisan Hills and two big mountains, Singgalang Mountain and Marapi Mountain. You can go trekking on this two mountains. You can also find a magnificent canyon in town, Sianok Canyon. Near to Sianok Canyon you can also find a long tunnel, and people called this tunnel the Japanese tunnel. There are so many ancient villages around Bukittinggi which all have traditional and unique cultures.

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Sights and Activities

You can see every kind of natural tropical beauty in this province. Some worthwhile activities include taking a city tour, hiking or biking.
The Mentawai Islands are great for surfing.

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Weather

West Sumatra has tropical climate with hot and humid conditions throughout the year. Temperatures at sea level are around 30 °C during the day and 23 °C at night with little variation during the year. There is no real dry season just a less wet season which last from February to August. More rain falls from September to January when temperatures during the day are just a few degrees lower as well.

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Getting There

By Plane

There are daily direct flights from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to Padang's Minangkabau International Airport (PDG), and several choices of local and international airlines from Jakarta. Padang is also connected with Singapore, Bandung, Batam, Subang, Medan and during the Hadj season with Jeddah.

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Sleep

There are many budget hostels that you can find around Bukittinggi Town. Just go to Kampung Cina and you will find many hostels and other amenities for travellers. The average rate for a hostel in Bukittinggi is US$ 10-15 per night.

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