January 2010


Langkisau hill is best choice place for paragliding if you wish a memorable paragliding experience.

Langkisau paragliding is located at an altitude of 250 m above sea level (dpl) with a takeoff direction that faces the lovely Indian Ocean. The primary landing site is located at Salido Beach, directly below the takeoff site. The landing site offers a large and soft target that can easily be reached, even by beginning students. In addition, Langkisau hill offers a lovely panoramic views.

Getting There

Langkisau hill is located in the Painan, West Sumatra, about 88km from the city of Padang and is a adequate two hour adventure by car.

To Do
Advantage of flying at Langkisau hill is that is possible to log up to 5, 6 or 7 flights a day.  With a abbreviate 20 minute ride from the beach you can be back on top of Langkisau advancing for your next flight.  Langkisau hill is perhaps the best area in Indonesia to practice repetitive takeoffs and landings!

When the winds are strong, you can be aswell be assured of accomplished aerial opportunities. Generally, pilots can remain aloft for 2 to 3 hours if the conditions are favorable for soaring.

Langkisau also offers an alternate takeoff area near the top of the hill that allows advanced Paragliders to fly over Painan and then land on a field in the middle of the city.   This route offers both a challenging takeoff and landing which should not be attempted by inexperienced pilots!

From the moment you arrive until the time you leave, you will be made to feel acceptable for every accommodation.  The Langkisau Paragliding Club is made up of dedicated paragliding pilots who will do their best to insure that your stay in Painan will be enjoyable.

The Lembah Anai Nature Reserve/ Aia mancua/ Fountain of Anai valley actually is a waterfall, located on the highway of Padang – Padang Panjang, West Sumatra province, Indonesia. The site comprises an area of 221 ha, consists of the river Anai and the surrounding forests in the Anai valley.

Getting There
To visit the site from Bukittinggi, just take a bus from Bukittinggi to Padang or vice versa and get out in Padang Panjang. It is about two and half hours from Padang city.

To Do

It’s easy to reach and to watch the beautifully of waterfall, because the waterfall exactly took place side by side on the highway, so no matter you want or not you will watch this beautiful nature view.
Unfortunately, the valley also serves as a major route for traffic from Bukittinggi to Padang. Both, a road and a railroad run through the valley.

To coming into this area you will charge about 1,500 IDR. and you will allow to go for swim on the nature pool of the waterfall. It is a nice place for picnic and relaxing.

To Eat
Even so with the place ate, in this city also often was gotten the stall ate that served was varied the Padang Cooking menu.

Ngalau Indah was a name of a cave in the slope of hills that were gotten in the Payakumbuh City, West Sumatra Province, Indonesia. Inside was gotten the stalagmite stone and stalactite that was formed from the process of lime sediment that took place hundreds of years. The two stone kinds had carved was varied the form kind, with amazing ornaments, like: bedroom space, the seat, the mosquito etc.

Getting There
Ngalau Indah Cave tourist attraction could be covered by using the land transport. From Padang City to Payakumbuh, the trip was followed around 3 hours by using the personal vehicle or the public’s transport.

Getting Around

Whereas scenery around Ngalau also was not inferior interesting. Before entering Ngalau or to be precise in front of the entrance of the tourists was welcomed by one carved from the stone that resembled the elephant. Entered Ngalau, the tourists will receive the performance various carved stone that was carved in Ngalau. The varied of the form and carved rock was given name in accordance with the form of the stone, like: the seat, the mosquito net, and the bedroom.

To Do
he visitors who felt tired or more for a long time wanted to enjoy Ngalau beauty could stop for a moment and sat relaxed on these stones. On the other side of Ngalau, was gotten the Tira Stone that was white that if being affected by the focus of the light, could reflect the light that was so beautiful.

From above the hills of around Ngalau, the tourists could see the Payakumbuh City panorama that was spread out in front of the eyes. The blend of the order of the urban building, green trees and the so wide paddy-field carpet were one unity from beauty of the Payakumbuh City.

So that tourist could enjoy Ngalau scenery with freer, the local government developed several supporting means, like: information light, the connecting road and the step. The admission ticket as big as revolved between Rp. 3,000 until Rp. 5.000 per the person.

In Payakumbuh City were available several hotels that were comfortable enough to spend the night, from the hotel that had stars to the hotel of the jasmine class (not too expensive).

To Eat
Even so with the place ate, in this city also often was gotten the stall ate that served was varied the Padang Cooking menu.

Harau Valley is a huge ravine with diameter 400 meters. The valley is very excited when you want to sight seeing walk on foot. it has a fresh air and exquisite lancscape around it. The granite mountainsides soured up with surrounding the valley. The granite cliffs that steep have a height around 80 meters until 300 meters. People who was hobby as cliffhanger who has visit to the valley give it name as “Yosemite” Indonesia.

Getting There
Harau Valley is located in 50 Kota Regency, at least 15 kilometers from capital regency,Payakumbuh or 47 kilometers in Bukittinggi east cost,West Sumatra,Indonesia.

From Minangkabau international airport, you can take a rented car or minibus plying the Padang-Payakumbuh. If you want to that place from Bukittinggi, you could take public transportation or rent a car whrere it could find in Bukittinggi city. The distance between Padang and Payakumbuh is about 140 km.

Getting Around

A Dutch colonial monument, which is located at base of Sarasah Bunta waterfall, is proving that valley visited since 1926. Ar that monument, there is Dutch Resident Assistant signature Lima Puluh Koto, F.Rinner and two Indonesia official, Tuanku Laras Datuk Kuning and Datuk Kodoh nan Hitam.

On the top of Harau Valley, there are nature preserve and wildlife reserve around 270,5 acres. This place was declared as a nature preserve since January 10th,1993. There are all kinds of tropic forest rain,which has highland species that protected, and a number of Sumatra rare animals. Long tail monkey (macaca fascirulatis) is an animal that often reveal itself in that area. This animal domesticated and love to move and back to forward around visitors. However, you must be careful, because there are some monkeys, which are annoying.There are often to take some food or goods from visitors and crawl when you want to close themselves.

The other animals are siamang (hylobatte syndactilus) and simpai (presbytis melalopos). their voice is often to hear but they never show themselves. The other fauna which protected are Sumatra tiger (panthera tigris Sumatrensis),bear (helaratos malayanus),tapir (tapirus indicus),wild goat (capriconus sumatrensis), and hedhog (proechidna bruijnii). There are 19 birds species like kuau (argusianus argus) and hornbill (anthhrococeros).

To Do
The tour objects potential are waterfalls,cave,the nature slots, and danger cliff,which is formed a wonderful and amazing landscape. There are recreations facility like swimming pool,camps, and valleys for hiking to surround taht area. the ticket to enter to Harau Valley is cheap enough and there is a location map too.

Lembah Harau had two point of tourism object, one called Sarasah Bunta and the other Aka Barayun. At Sarasah Bunta there are five waterfall and at Aka Barayun just one waterfall. The water of waterfall is so cool and fresh, there are also some little fish living on the nature pool of waterfall. At Aka Barayun there are some facilities of tourism; i.e. cottage/ resort, mini zoo, a track of hiking, Bendi/ horse-cart (the traditional vehicle), and also a butterfly farm

The Sianok Canyon (ngarai sianok) is located in Bukittinggi, West Sumatra,Indonesia. Ngarai Sianok (Sianok Gorge) has two hill walls facing each other almost vertically. Its height is about 100 to 120 meters and length around 15kilometers. These wall curved like a gorge where there are wide rice fields and Sianol river’s bends on its base. This gorge separates Bukit Tinggi and Mount Singgalang. The scientists concluded that this canyon is apart of fault, which separated of Sumatra Island to be two stretches along a length path ( Watermelon fault ).

The beautiful Sianok Canyon is a favorite spot for tourists. Sianok Canyon is one of the most impressive sites in West Sumatra, is very very amazing, particularly during sunrise and sunset, and can be best viewed from the Panorama park Bukittinggi or you could also go into the gorge, which is a settlement and paddy field area. In addition to the gorges beauty, visitors can also visit a Japanese bunker (the Japanese bunker is a massive excavation used by the Japanese to hide troops and munitions during WW II) located at the base of the gorge.

Getting There

Ngarai Sianok has abundant natural resources and culture. It is located about 1 km southwest of Bukittinggi, where the distances are between Jam Gadang ( Big Clock ) and Pasar Atas. Ngarai Sianok just a few blocks from one of hotel in Bukittinggi. The tourists are able to reach it by vehicles or walk on foot while heat the Bukittinggi fresh air. Visitors also can take a private car or sado/andong (traditional carriage) from the city center to Panorama Park which is located at Panorama Street while enjoying the cool weather in Bukit Tinggi.

From Minangkabau international airport, you can take a rented car or minibus plying the Padang-Bukit Tinggi route to Bukit Tinggi. The distance between Padang and Bukit Tinggi is about 90 km.

Getting Around

If you want to enjoy the beauty of Ngarai Sianok from Panorama Park, you can use the gazebos while watching monkeys playing around in the park. In addition, there is a 20 meter tall tower near souvenir shops where you could see the beauty of Ngarai Sianok clearer. Alternatively, visitors could travel 2 km using private car go down to the base sianok canyon through between the road from Bukittinggi and rice fields.

There is delightful walk down into the canyon and along the river. This trail goes all the way to Koto Gadang, the home of the Silversmith of WestSumatra. You can hike through the Sianok canyon River, is able to to cross by a canoe that facilitated by Qurays Water Sport Organization at this time.the routes that will be gone trough are from Lambah Village until Sitangkai Batang Palupuh Village along 3.5 hours. On its bank, there are founded are all kinds of plants such as Rafflesia and medicine plants. The wild animals founded like long tile monkey, gibbon, deer, wild boar, panther and tapir. In Dutch Colonial, the chasm also called “Kerbau Sanget, because there are much wild buffalo that lived in free around the river. Woods and grasses on its top plant it.


In Panorama Park, visitors could enjoy the beautiful scenery while eating in gazebos. You can take pictures of this scenery from the gorges beautiful vistas which draw many photographers and painters to visit Ngarai Sianok. Remember that, you should not miss the beauty of Sianok Canyon as well as foreigners to record for posterity.

In Panorama Park also has a mini theater for local performing arts.

In the North of Panorama Park, there are merchandises stall which sell t-shirts, bag, rattan handycrafts, until paintings which record the exquisite of Sianok Canyon

To Eat

Kiosks within the park only sell snacks and drinks. Outside the compound, you could find many restaurants selling Kapau rice.

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If you never visit West Sumatera before, tourism maps is best choices alternative for you, you can visit West Sumatera happier and easier. This tourism maps can be your guide

Here is distance in KM from a city to another city in West Sumatera.

Padang 77 213 35 56 93 105 178 72
Painan 77 136 112 133 170 182 255 149
Tapan 213 136 248 269 306 318 391 285
Lubuk Alung 35 112 248 21 58 70 143 37
Pariaman 56 133 269 21 37 49 122 58
Tiku 93 170 306 58 37 12 85 95
Manggopoh 105 182 318 70 49 12 73 107
Simpang Ampek 178 255 391 143 122 85 73 180
Padang Panjang 72 149 285 37 58 95 107 180
Bukittinggi 91 168 304 56 77 114 126 199 19
Payakumbuh 124 201 337 89 110 147 156 232 52
Batusangkar 102 179 315 67 88 125 137 210 30
Solok 64 141 277 91 112 149 161 134 54
Sawahlunto 95 172 308 122 143 180 192 265 85
Sijunjung 127 204 340 154 175 212 224 297 117
Lubuk Sikaping 168 245 381 133 154 191 178 105 96
Air Bangis 347 424 560 312 333 370 147 74 275
Sitiung 233 310 446 260 281 318 330 403 223
Muara Labuh 134 211 347 161 182 219 231 304 124


Tour de Singkarak 2010 will be started on 1-6 June, 2010, with 20 countries participants.


Tour de Singkarak 2010 divided into seven stages race, the length of the route about 700 Km, and long to be 6-7 route. Here’s Tour de Singkarak 2010 route :

  1. Padang
  2. Padang-Padang Pariama
  3. Padang Pariaman-Maninjau
  4. Maninjau-Bukittinggi
  5. Padang Panjang-Bukittinggi
  6. Bukittingi -Sawahlunto
  7. Sawahlunto-Singkarak

Download here : Tour de Singkarak 2009 Route Maps


From Maninjau to Bukittinggi participants will also be challenged through the winding streets of the most famous beauty kelok 44. Start at the Padang, the participants will stay in Maninjau and Bukittinggi. They will race a sprint from Padang Panjang to Bukittinggi. Towards Sawahlunto participants will pass Tanah Datar region and finish in the Singkarak. This event will also be enlivened with a variety of attractions arts in a number of locations. Such as Maninjau and Tanah Datar.


The winners of Tour de Singkarak 2009 , Ghader Mizbani Iranagh of Iran praised the route of Tou de Singkarak 2009 as a beautiful route. The track is beautiful, up and down, a good way, but the road traffic is busy” He said. Likewise, Cameron Jennings of Team Budget Forklifts (BFL) said Australia was pleased to participate in the tour de singkarak “The people friendly, good service, beautiful landscape.,” He said.

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Minangkabau Peoples

The people of Minangkabau is the Malay who reside current West Sumatra Province with the capital city of Padang. Historical researches revealed that the first kingdom on the country was located around 60 kms away from Bukit Tinggi city, a place called Pagaruyung. Here was found stone inscription in old Malay language and old Javanese writing. The inscription mentioned that king Adityawarman was ruling the country who was assigned by the kingdom of Pajajaran from West Java in 14th century. During the time West Java was under the control of the Great Kingdom of Majapahit. The Minangs are the world's largest matrilineal society, in which properties such as land and houses are inherited through female lineage. Some scholars argue that this might have caused the diaspora (Minangkabau, "merantau") of Minangkabau males throughout the Malay archipelago to become scholars or to seek fortune as merchants. As early as the age of 7, boys traditionally leave their homes and live in a surau (a community centre) to learn religious and cultural (adat) teachings. When they are teenagers, they are encouraged to leave their hometown to learn from schools or from experiences out of their hometown so that when they are adults they can return home wise and 'useful' for the society and can contribute their thinking and experience to run the family or nagari (hometown). This tradition has created Minang communities in many Indonesian cities and towns, which nevertheless are still tied closely to their homeland; a state in Malaysia named Negeri Sembilan is heavily influenced by Minang culture. In addition to being renowned as merchants, the Minangs have also produced some of Indonesia's most influential poets, writers, statesmen, scholars, and religious scholars. Being fervent Muslims, many of them embraced the idea of incorporating Islamic ideals into modern society. Furthermore, the presence of these intellectuals made the Minangkabau homeland (the province of West Sumatra) one of the powerhouses in the Indonesian struggle for independence. The Minang people belong to the Malay stock. Despite widespread use of Bahasa Indonesia, they have their own mother tongue. The Minangkabau language shares many similar words with Malay, yet it has a distinctive pronunciation and some grammatical differences render it unintelligible to Malay speakers. Today both natural (farming) ,trade and cultural tourism have become considerable economic activities in West Sumatra. Most notable of Minang culture is its culinary tradition, with unique spicy foods such as Rendang, Soto Padang (a soup), Sate Padang and Dendeng Balado (beef with chilli sauce). Minangkabau restaurants, which are often called "Padang" restaurants in reference to the capital of West Sumatra, are present throughout Indonesia and some neighboring countries. Massive earth quake on 30th November 2009 hit the country of Minangkabau killing more then 1000 persons and thousands of houses building, supermarkets and shops were in a total damage as by information collected by National Disaster Agency.

Minangkabau – Ceremonies and festivals

  • Minangkabau ceremonies and festivals include:
  • Turun mandi – baby blessing ceremony
  • Sunat rasul – circumcision ceremony
  • Pesta parkawinan – wedding ceremony
  • Batagak pangulu – clan leader inauguration ceremony
  • Turun ka sawah – community work ceremony
  • Manyabik – harvesting ceremony
  • Hari Rayo – Islamic festivals
  • Adoption ceremony
  • Adat ceremony
  • Funeral ceremony
  • Wild boar hunt ceremony
  • Maanta pabukoan – sending food to mother-in-law for Ramadhan
  • Tanah Ta Sirah, inaugurate a new clan leader (Datuk) when the old one died in   the few hours (no need to proceed batagak pangulu, but the clan must invite all clan leader in the region).
  • Tabuik – Muslim celebration in the coastal village of Pariaman

Minangkabau – Arts

  • Traditional Minangkabau arts include:
  • Randai, folk theater which includes music, dance and drama
  • Saluang Jo Dendang ("bamboo flute and singing")
  • Talempong (gong-chime) music
  • Tari Piring ("Plate dance")
  • Tari Payung ("Umbrella dance")
  • Tari Indang, traditional dance
  • Pidato Adat, ceremonial orations
  • Pencak Silat, performance based upon the Silat martial art

Minangkabau – Crafts

Traditional Minangkabau crafts include:

  • Hand weaving of Songket cloth
  • Embroidery
  • Wood carving
  • Goldsmithing and silversmithing of jewelry by filigree and granulation techniques


The staple ingredients of the Minangkabau diet are rice, fish, coconut, green leafy vegetables and chili. Food has a central role in the Minangkabau ceremonies which honor religious and life cycle rites. Minangkabau food is popular among Indonesians and restaurants are present throughout Indonesia. Nasi Padang restaurants, named after the capital of West Sumatra, are known for placing a variety of Minangkabau dishes on a customer's table along with rice and billing only for what is taken. Nasi Kapau is another restaurant variant which specializes in dishes using offal and the use of tamarind to add a sourness to the spicy flavor.
Minangkabau Dishes

  • Rendang, chunks of beef stewed in coconut milk and chili gravy usually cooked 4-5 times a year
  • Sate Padang, skewered barbecued meat with peanut sauce
  • Sambal Balado
  • Kalio
  • Palai
  • Dendeng  (beef with chili sauce)

Minangkabau Snacks and Drinks

  • Lemang
  • Tapai
  • The Talua, mixed egg and tea
  • Dadiah


Rumah Gadang (Minangkabu: 'big house') are the traditional homes (Indonesian: rumah adat) of the Minangkabau. The architecture, construction, internal and external decoration, and the functions of the house reflect the culture and values of the Minangkabau. A rumah gadang serves as a residence, a hall for family meetings, and for ceremonial activities. With the Minangkabau society being matrilineal, the rumah gadang is owned by the women of the family who live there – ownership is passed from mother to daughter. The houses have dramatic curved roof structure with multi-tiered, upswept gables. Shuttered windows are built into walls incised with profuse painted floral carvings. The term rumah gadang usually refers to the larger communal homes, however, smaller single residences share many of its architectural elements.
Oral traditions and literature

Minangkabau culture has a long history of oral traditions. One oral tradition is the pidato adat (ceremonial orations) which are performed by panghulu (clan chiefs) at formal occasions such as weddings, funerals, adoption ceremonies, and panghulu inaugurations. These ceremonial orations consist of many forms including pantun, aphorisms (papatah-patitih), proverbs (pameo), religious advice (petuah), parables (tamsia), two-line aphorisms (gurindam), and similes (ibarat). Minangkabau traditional folktales (kaba) consist of narratives which present the social and personal consequences of either ignoring or observing the ethical teachings and the norms embedded in the adat. The storyteller (tukang kaba) recites the story in poetic or lyrical prose while accompanying himself on a rebab. A theme in Minangkabau folktales is the central role mothers and motherhood has in Minangkabau society, with the folktales Rancak diLabueh and Malin Kundang being two examples. Rancak diLabueh is about a mother who acts as teacher and adviser to her two growing children. Initially her son is vain and headstrong and only after her perseverance does he become a good son who listens to his mother. Malin Kundang is about the dangers of treating your mother badly. A sailor from a poor family voyages to seek his fortune, becoming rich and marrying. After refusing to recognize his elderly mother on his return home, being ashamed of his humble origins, he is cursed and dies when his ship is flung against rocks by a storm. Other popular folktales also relate to the important role of the woman in Minangkabau society. In the Cindua Mato epic the woman is the source of wisdom, while in whereas in the Sabai nan Aluih she is more a doer than a thinker. Cindua Mato (Staring Eye) is about the traditions of Minangkabau royalty. The story involves a mythical Minangkabau queen, Bundo Kanduang, who embodies the behaviors prescribed by adat. Cindua Mato, a servant of the queen, uses magic to defeat hostile outside forces and save the kingdom. Sabai nan Aluih (The genteel Sabai) is about a young girl named Sabai, the hero of the story, who avenges the murder of her father by a powerful and evil ruler from a neighboring village. After her father's murder her cowardly elder brother refuses to confront the murderer and so Sabai decides to take matters into her own hands. She seeks out the murderer and shoots him in revenge.

This is some of West Sumatera Tourism Events calendar:

1. Dances performed every Sunday and on public holidays Bukittinggi museum’s open stage  
2. The famous bullfights every Tuesday at 05.00 p.m Padang Lawas (6 Km south of Bukittinggi) the antics of local owners and bettors are as much fun as the fights themselves
3. Pacu Jawi (bullrace) Payakumbuh every July The uniqueness of its race, the joky bite its tail to make the bull runs faster
4. Selaju Sampan and Dragon boat race Muko-Muko, Lake Maninjau every September a traditional watersports
5. Wild Hog Hunting Solok every May on Sunday the farmers with well – trained dog

Here’s some of Mentawai islands surf charter boats:


Completely refurbished with state-of-the-art equipment and cabins, MV Midas is luxury surf charter boat comfortably accommodates 6 to 10 people. Once onboard you are in the hands of the local surf experts that wave-lovers like you are looking for.

MV Midas is solution to reach the remote Mentawai surf spots that slower boats simply cannot reach. MV Midas use twin 1100hp diesel motors allow MV Midas to reach speeds of up to 26 knots. More about MV Midas


Built new in 2007 the Melaeuca boast traditional Indonesian design with all the modern amenities and safety features of a western style boat. With 80′ x 20′ x 6′ vessel feet of comfort and space at the best value in the Mentawais.

All sleeping areas are individually air conditioned. Guest amenities include an air conditioned sitting room complete with flat screen television, digital video disk player and sound system. There is also an open party deck with sound system plus fishing and snorkeling gear for your use.

TheMelaluca has all safety and navigational instruments, including: Furuno Radar; Furuno GPS; Furuno Echo Sounder; Kenwood SSB Radio; Icom VHF Radio; 7 fire extinguishers; a 20 person capacity life raft; 20 life preservers; SSB and VHF radio communications; 1 EPIRB, flares, smoke and emergency alarms. The vessel is powered by 2 Mitsubishi 320 hp inboard diesel engines, with 2 Mitsubishi PS100 250V generators.


Kaimana is a new 80 x 20 x 9 ft motor boat, built and moored in Padang. Kaimana depart Padang harbor on Saturday late afternoon/evening and arrive back in Padang harbor early Wednesday morning.

Kaimana offers the same luxury accommodation as some of the top western boats. She has 5 twin cabins with individual air-conditioning, so it’s much more comfortable than sleeping in the one room. She has a large fully air-conditioned lounge room with TV, DVD and stereo, 2 shower/toilet rooms with hot water showers and an outdoor shower. There is also a fantastic shaded top deck to watch your mates get shacked, and when the sun is going down, move onto the higher open top deck for a sunset bintang!