February 2010


Jembatan Akar is a root bridge crossing over the river. It is a natural phenomenon where the roots of two kubang trees (Ficus sp) are plaited each other. Kubang tree is a clump of trees that grows around riverside. Starting from the eagerness of unifying two villages separated by a river, a Muslim scholar namely Pakih Sokan designed a root bridge crossing over the river. It spent approximately 26 years so that the root bridge was able to be used as the bridge in common. It was firstly designed in 1896 A.D. but, it could be used in 1916 A.D. This 30 meters long of root bridge is longer than two other root bridges in Japan and in West Java.

Getting There

Jembatan aka located 65-70 km to the south of Padang City or 15 km from Painan, Pesisir Selatan District. The journey will pass through Teluk Bayur, legendary harbor in West Sumatra. From Simpang Bayang, travel forward about 1 km more to find the location of the root bridge. In addition to using private vehicles, the location can be reached also by using the transport. Left-right way to treat the location of beautiful green fields and Batang Bayang river with roofs waving think along the edges.


You can spend more night around the location as there are many resorts or hotels in Painan. Furthermore. You can easily find restaurants offering Masakan Padang, local cuisines of Padang City. An impressive moment for you tasting Masakan Padang beneath the leafy trees around the bridge.

To Do

Communities around jembatan aka believes that, someone with full of confidence bath in the Batang Bayang river with the position of stem just below the bridge would be easy to find mate. Also the legend, those who bath in Batang Bayang river can stay young.

Lubuk minturun, is a trips to the natural bathing area, a natural choice vacation. Characteristics of the bathing place is the freshness crackle communicating with lori, transportation, train hanging residual Netherlands. No one it seems, the object of fasting is so choice. Robustness, that is the appropriate expression to describe the flow of water is clear and limpid. Left-right way to treat the location of beautiful flowers will accompany you, and When the scene is finished, cool bathing area has been waiting for you.

Getting There
The Lubuk Minturun are located about 15 kilometers north of Padang or 13 kilometers from Minangkabau International Airport. Visitor can reach to the object by car or motorcycle. If using public transport, you can take advantage of the city transportation department Tabing-Lubuk Minturun or by pass Lubeg toward the city limits and get off at the corner Lubuk Minturun. Then you can ride motorcycles in accordance with the fee you offer versatility. Left-right way to treat the location of beautiful flowers will accompany you.


While enjoying the crackle of water you will see thousands of ‘ban’ fish as adult index finger. In the vicinity of bathing, for those who wish to camping, the area is also available for camping and hiking of course.

Photos : Department Of Culture And Tourism, Padang, West Sumatera

Rendang (Padang-style Beef Stew) is a dish which originated from the Minangkabau ethnic group of Indonesia, and is now commonly served across the country. Also popular in Malaysia and Singapore, rendang is traditionally prepared by the Malay community during festive occasions.

Randang Minangkabau Seasoning

Padang cuisine is renowned for its fiery taste obtained from coconut milk and spices. Rendang is made from beef (or occasionally chicken, mutton, water buffalo, duck, or vegetables like jackfruit or cassava) slowly cooked in coconut milk and spices for several hours until almost all the liquid is gone, allowing the meat to absorb the spicy condiments. The cooking process changes from boiling to frying as the liquid evaporates. The slow cooking process allows the meat to absorb all the spices and to become tender. The spices may include ginger, galangal, turmeric leaf, lemon grass and chillies. Chicken or duck rendang also contains tamarind and is usually not cooked for as long as beef rendang.

Kinds of Randang Minangkabau

There are two kinds of rendang: dried and wet. Dried rendang can be kept for 3–4 months, and it is for ceremonial occasions or to honour guests. Wet rendang, also known as kalio, can be found in Minangkabau restaurants, and without refrigeration, it should be consumed within a month.

Randang Minangkabau Award

Lamak Bana – the Padang language term for “very delicious” – reflects the indigenous cuisine of West Sumatra. Rendang Minangkabau is one of Minangkabau cuisine which is so delicious, words cannot describe how good it is until you have tried it. International recognition for the delicacy of Minangkabau cuisine is evidenced by the election of a typical “Minangkabau rendang” is a must taste food when visiting Indonesia. ASIA WEEK magazine (August 18, 2000), in the section of “ASIA’S BEST” say that Rendang Minangkabau as one of the best food in Asia and also as the most memorable dishes by strangers from abroad when reminded of Indonesia. Restaurant is honored as a presenter this Minang cuisine in ASIA’S BEST is “Sabana Nasi Kapau” located in Melawai Jalan Raya No. 21-A, Block M, South Jakarta.

Dendeng balado (beef with chili sauce) is West Sumatra cuisine made from thin slices and the width of dried beef and fried dry. This fried meat flavored with chili paste (bumbu balado).

Seasonings and cook process method are varied because there are many versions. However, there are mandatory in this balado seasoning is salt, onion, red chilies, and lime juice. This difference makes “dendeng balado” also performed in various crispy and taste levels, but still delicious.

Nagari Sulit Air have unique mountain has a flat vertical cliff with red color on the left upper and the White color on the bottom right, just like national flag of Indonesia.

Getting There

Nagari Sulit Air is one of the large village in West Sumatra, located about 80 km from Padang. This village is located in Sepuluh Koto Diatas, Solok District, near from lake Singkarak (approximately 12 KM). From Minangkabau international airport, you may take a rented car or a public minibus plying the Padang-Solok route. This journey will take you passed the Sitinjau Laut area which is famous for its sharp curves and steep canyons.

To reach the summit of Mount Red-White you need to walking Ladder (in the Minang language = Janjang) of 1000 (one thousand) steps, so that the location of this tour known as the “Janjang Saribu”.

To Do

On the peak of the mountain, visitor can enjoying the beautiful panorama of Nagari Sulit Air. Beautiful natural fusion scenery between the green mountains, and sunset.

Also, visitor can take pictures of this scenery which draw many photographers and painters to visit Nagari Sulit Air. Remember that, you should not miss the beauty of Nagari Sulit Air as well as foreigners to record for posterity.

Twin Lakes are two lakes (“Danau Dibawah” & “Danau Diateh”) which are adjacent to each other in areas that were located on the edge of Highway Padang – Muara Labuh exactly in the Alahan Panjang. The distance between “Danau Dibawah” & “Danau Diateh”, only about 300 meters. Twin Lakes has a depth of 44 meters.
Danau Diatas, located in the Lembah Gumanti district in the highlands of Alahan Panjang. Located about 25 km east of the capital city of Solok Regency (kayu Aro) towards Muara Labuh (Sungai Pagu). Lake with 17.19 ha, is surrounded by agricultural land such as horticulture, vegetables, fruits such as passion fruit and persimmons.

Danau Dibawah has an area of approximately 16.83 ha and located at less than 1 km south of Danau Dibawah, that is why the lakes are known as Twin Lakes. Both lakes can be seen simultaneously from the top of the hill that is located between them. In the top of this hill, tourist facilities have been built by the Government of Solok to makes tourist more comfortable in enjoying the beauty of the Twin Lakes with cold air. The peoples around the lake most of the farmers. Generally they grow horticultural crops as the main livelihood.

Getting There
To reach the Twin Lakes is very easy. From the Padang city, tourists can take a public transportation such as intercity bus, this lake can be reached within a half hour. Distance between Padang city and Twin Lakes about 60 kilometers. Highway to the lake is smooth and tourists can enjoy the rural scenery and the beautiful tea plantations along the way.

To Do

Twin Lakes is an impressive recreation with beautiful scenery and beautiful rural atmosphere. Plateau and the hills surrounding hills are ideal for sports fans hiking, camping and also as a family recreation.

In addition, the tourists can see Mount Talang, which is still active. Stored in the beauty of the Twin Lakes Solok and other kinds of enchantment, making this region was never devoid of tourists.

Photo Copyright:
M.Jihad Hizbullah (Jihad) and Ngakan Nyoman Maesa Yuda

Mount Singgalang located at an altitude of 2877 m above sea level (dpl). Mount Merapi is close to the City of Bukittinggi, precisely Agam District, West Sumatra, Indonesia.

Among the many mountains in West Sumatra, Mount Singgalang is a tourist attraction that is often visited by tourists. On the peak of the mountain, you eill find two ponds named “Telaga Dewi” and “Telaga Kumbang”

Getting There
Mount Singgalang can be reach easy enough, considering its location is not far from the center of Bukittinggi and Padang Panjang. From Padang or Minangkabau International Airport to Mount Singgalang takes about 2 hours to get to the location. Meanwhile, if departed from Bukittinggi City takes approximately 30 minutes. Transportation to reach the location can be done through land routes, can use public transport or travel. Transportation costs between Rp 15,000 – Rp 20,000 per person.

To reach the top of the mountain, there are three ways that can be accessed:

  1. Pandai Sikek way (from Koto Baru), it started from Padang City to Koto Baru and continue to Pandai Sikek by any accessible public transportaion, transportation cost about Rp 3,000.
  2. Kenagarian Malalak way (from Toboh), it started from Padang to Bukittinggi continue to Toboh by any public transportations, transportation cost about Rp 5,000.
  3. Balingka way, it started from Padang to Bukittinggi (Padang Luar) continue to Batu Tagak, transportation cost about Rp 4,000.

Mount Singgalang location not far from the city of  Bukittinggi and Padang Panjang. You may spend more nights as there are many hotels that can be found.

To Eat
Along the road to Mount Singgalang, there are many restaurants offering various cuisine Padang food can cure hunger tourists.

Boat race competition in Padang City has been started since the Dutch colonial government occupied Indonesia. At the time, it was called Selaju sampan (literally means paddling boat). The boats are decorated with colourful ornaments so the paddling boats in the competition will be more attractive. In 1995, Chinese people brought Dragon Boat race Competition around the world including Indonesia. Later on, its development in Indonesia occurs rapidly rather than other countries.

Dragon Boat Race Competition in Padang has some distinctions from other similar events in other provinces in Indonesia. Rivers in Padang tend to have broad side, calm water and constant stream. That is why; it is regarded as the right place for such event remembering its comfort offering challenges for the players to achieve the best results.

Dragon Boat Race Competition in Padang takes place to commemorate the birthday of Padang City, on August 7th. Recently, Dragon Boat Race Competition takes place at international level. The event is commonly held on first week of August.

Race Categories
Dragon Boat Race Competition in Padang has some categories(200 meters race, 250 meters race, 1000 meters race, and 2000 meters race). There are three classes, 10 paddlers, 20 paddlers or 30 paddlers for each team. Here is the race category :

  1. 800 meters with a paddle 22 (son)
  2. 800 meters with a paddle 12 (son)
  3. 800 meters daughter paddle with 2
  4. 800 meters with 12 paddle daughter
  5. 800 meters between the unit with 12 paddle
  6. 800 meter paddle son daughter among nations with 22 paddle
  7. 800 meters with a mixture of 12 paddle.

Getting There
Dragon Boat Race Competition in Padang takes place in Sporthall of Haji Agus Salim, Padang City. West Sumatra Province, Indonesia. Dragon boat race competition area can be accessed by any kind of public transportation via Minangkabau International Airport – Padang City route, around 30 minutes.

Around Dragon Boat Race Competition in Padang City you can easily find 4 star hotel.

To Eat
Rumah Makan Padang are consistently open for you 24 hours.

Race category :
  • 800 meters with a paddle 22 (son)
  • 800 meters with a paddle 12 (son)
  • 800 meters daughter paddle with 2
  • 800 meters with 12 paddle daughter
  • 800 meters between the unit with 12 paddle
  • 800 meter paddle son daughter among nations with 22 paddle
  • 800 meters with a mixture of 12 paddle.

Cubadak Island located in Mandeh territory, with area covered about 705 hectare, and known as Pulau Pinchnugan Talu/ Pincuran Orang Talu/ The Talu’s Douche. It is located in Koto XI Tarusan sub district, which is a west side of kampong Mandeh. It had a beautiful and exotic nature and sea view. The tourist named this island as “the paradise of the south”.

Getting There
Cubadak island is located in Indonesia, West Sumatra, Pesisir Selatan. Access to reach the Cubadak island is easy enough, considering its location is not far from Padang. From Padang or Minangkabau International Airport to Cubadak island takes about 2 hours to get to the location. Transportation to reach the location can be done through land routes, can use public transport or travel.

To Do
We can do some activities like diving, snorkeling and trip to Pagang island and Sironjong island. Cubadak island surrounded by coral reef, fascinating virgin equatorial forest inhabited by different kinds of monkey, wild pigs, deers, iguanas and numerous birds. In Cubadak island, sloping beach with soft white sands and beautiful shells to be found, also a clear blue water, it is good for  a beach picnic and snorkeling trip. It is a nice tourism destination to visit  on your next  summer holiday.

Getting Around
Cubadak island close to Carocok Harbour and Mandeh Area, it is about 1.5 km. We can enjoy Sunset here, Taking relax and Swimming, .

Cubadak island is a natural accomodation. Cubadak Island had a few bays and capes. On this island there is a resort, it had a cottage, made from a traditional material (rattan, woods and with thatch roof), with professional services. It is arrange by the international investor from Italy. The tourism facilities are available and completed with hangar, yachts, cottages, restaurant, sanitation, telecommunication facility, radio and park.

On the Cubdak island, there is absolutely no particular dressing code ! Yet if you plan to visit villages, cities or markets… it is recommended to avoid sleeveless tops or mini skirts for the ladies. Men should always be wearing a T-Shirt or similar.

Pencak silat or known as ‘silek’ in Minangkabau is a martial art rooting from Malay. Malay ethnics are commonly found in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei Darussalam, Phillipines and several tiny islands adjacent to those countries. In fact, Melayu is one of hundreds of ethnics inhabiting the regions.

Martial arts of pencak silat can be found in these countries with various terms. In Indonesia, this traditional martial art is officially known ‘pencak silat’. However, people in each region have their own terms. In general, all t way from west to east, pencak silat is known in West Sumatera as ‘silek’ and ‘gayuang’, whereas in the eastern coast of the island, just like in neighboring country Malaysia, the term used is ‘silat’.

Photo: Aldo Cimpago

The origin of pencak silat remains open to discussion, and the anthropologists keep attempting to find out the origin of this martial art. There are some legends on silat. One of them is a tale of a woman beholding a fight of gigantic mantises by the river. The woman watched the insect movements closely that she was not aware of her being by the river for a long time. Her husband was upset to wait at home then decided to look for her. To his surprise, he saw his wife sitting alone by the river. He angrily tried to hit his wife. Yet, his wife missed the attack easily and beat him. He was impressed to see the martial art of his wife. Eventually, he asked his wife to teach him the martial art that she learned from the mantises.

Another tale on pencak silat closely related to Minangkabau is a story about a minangkabau king who combined martial arts of his guards coming from four different countries: Persia, China, Vietnam and Siam. Minangkabau people called such combination of martial arts ‘silek’. Silek has various techniques which depends upon the place where it was learned, for example; Silek Tuo, Silek Pauh, Silek Kumango, Silek Seteralak and Silek Lintau. Despite its different terms and techniques, this silek essentially comprises four aspects :
Martial art, Arts, Sports and Mental / spiritual.