Makam Syekh Burhanuddin ( Syekh Burhanuddin Cemetery )

makam syekh burhanudin

photo: Zulfikri Sasma (fikriraja)

At 17th century, Syekh of Burhanuddin known as spreader of religion in Minangkabau. He has a deep knowledge of Islam and as well as trusted to have the power of supranatural.

He died on 10 Syafar.
After He died, his cemetery still visited by pilgrim until now.
The cemetery building distinguishes mosque architecture at 16th century. Religion Atmosphere very felt around the cemetery and every pilgrim has to dress Moslem.

His cemetery located in District of Ulakan Tapakis 12 kilometer of Pariaman, West Sumatera, Indonesia. Tourism can use public transportation depart from the city of Padang throught to Pariaman district, or by using a rent car.

“Marosok”, A Unique Tradition in Cow Market

marosok tanah datar

Marosok, is a unique tradition that can only found in cows market in Tanah Datar regencey, West Sumatera, Indonesia.

This unique tradition used for bargaining between the sellers and buyers.

Bargaining done in a unique way, using fingers like shaking hands which is covered by towel or sarong, without voice. When bargaining take place, the seller and the buyer grasping each other, holding fingers, shake hands to the right and to the left until an agreed price is reached. Using this unique tradition, bargaining process can not be seen by other buyers.

Each finger representing a nominal value of 1 million rupiah. For example, if the stock price is 2.5 million rupiah two fingers griped. Then for the 500 thousand rupiah the whole fingers averaged. If the buyer wants a 2.3 million rupiah bid, then the finger which is griped remains two. Then holding five fingers while shaking two fingers to the left, meaning that 2.5 million rupiah net of 200 thousand rupiah, and so on until an agreement is reached. If the transaction succeed, each hand release. Conversely, if the price does not match, still holding hands simultaneously offering a new price may be agreed.

Sikuai Island, A Peaceful Island with Natural Beauty

Photo : Fadly Amran (http://www.west-sumatra.com)

Sikuai island, a beautiful island in West Sumatera Indonesia. A island that offer a natural beauty like the dream became true. Located in Mentawai arhipelago, around 23 km the south of Padang City, make this island should be a great destination. To reach this island, you will escorted by a speed boat from Bungus Bay or Batang Harau street (a port).

Boat Schedule :
Check in Muara Port to Sikuai Island at 10.00 and 14.00
Check out Sikuai Island to Muara Port at 11.00 and 16.00

Sikuai island with 40 hectares area, offer an unforgeten journey. Many activities can do at this island.
You can walking along coast enjoying white sand beach, cycling, fishing, or just sighseeing and make a photograph of beautiful scenery.

Photo: Laura Octaviani (http://www.west-sumatra.com)
Prepare your schedule, make sure you don’t misses a beautiful sunset at the afternoon.  A beuatiful sunset scenery with a golden red color should be a great, romantic, and most waited moments.

Swimming, Banana boat, snorkeling, can be a choice to enjoying a beauties of the sea, to enjoying a clear of sea water, to feel beach life, to look a beautiful coral reefs, and fish.

A beautiful resort available at this island. The resort completely with many facilities.
The resort also offers many activities and holiday packages to make your journey valuable and unforgetable.

Blossom of Rafflesia Flowers

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Watching and seeing blossom of the world’s largest flower directly with your eyes should be an amazing experience. Rafflesia Arnoldi as the world’s largest flower usually blossoms during wet seasons i.e., from mid to end of year. This flower can only be found on Sumatera Island like Batang Palupuh Raflesia Park. That’s why it should be a good idea for visitors to first collect information about actual situation on the Rafflesia park. Visitor can contact the Office of Natural Resource Conservation at Khatib Sulaiman Street no 46A Padang, or contact the Natural Resource Conversation Unit of Agam district.

Visitor can found many Bunga Bangkai at Batang Palupuh Raflesia Park. There are contains of three types of Raflesia flowers : Raflesia Arnoldi, which can be 1,5 meters wide when blossoming, Raflesia Arizentis with a 15 cm diameter when blossoming, and Raflesia Oumor Pupolus Titanum.  Although it is more like a forest, this center is called a park because many Bunga Bangkai grow here. Outside this area, Raflesia flowers also grow in three to four areas.

Siti Nurbaya Bridges and Park


About 500 meters in the south of the city Padang, close to the harbour, in an area with Padang old town, there is a big bridge, called: “Jembatan Siti Nurbaya”, a bridge crosses the Arau river (Batang Arau) as the way to Siti Nurbaya Park, beside boat. Siti Nurbaya Park and Bridge was created because the strong lively fiction by Marah Roesli, one great writer from West Sumatra. The novel had been also filmed. In this park is also a cemetary place of Siti Nurbaya, a figure of Marah Roesli novel.

At daytime, Siti Nurbaya bridge is a normal bridge  as like as other bridge, but this lightened bridge offer a good place to hang out in the night, after the sun goes down, around 18.00 o’ clock. In this bridges, tourism can enjoying the night fresh air and some of Padang traditional food and drink. There are chairs to sit on also.

Siti Nurbaya park over you a wonderful & natural sightseeing and quiet place to enjoy Indies ocean and Padang city from the top of a hill, known as Gunung Padang. On the way to the park, you also could see another Japanese colonial remnants, such as cannon and bunker.

Pacu Jawi

buffalo race

Pacu Jawi (Buffalos Racing) is one of the famous sport event and cultures from  Tanah Datar, West Sumatera- Indonesia. This event was held in the rice field and is usually carried out at harvest rice, in order to harvest more lively atmosphere and fun. The race was held three times a year before the planting season.

Race Rules
Two cows tied to a plow and then a jockey tugging cows tail. There are five to 10 pairs of cows in each race.

Photo: Ervan Nanggalo

Pacu Itiak

duck race

Pacu itiak (duck race) is a Minangkabau tradition event starting from generation to generation since the year 1928. This is a unique sport (there is only one of the world’s) which is held by the Payakumbuh people.

The uniqueness of this race was at place of the race was not carried out in rivers or pool but in the air. Race participating is duck between the ages of 4-6 months old. The race categories is base on the distance such as 800 m, 1600 m and 2000 m. The winner is the duck that can fly above the path that is determined by the achievement of an early finish.

Photo: Rudi Gusteno

Embun Pagi

Embun Pagi located at ± 1000 m altitude above sea level. Here we can enjoy the most spectacular scenery, while looking at the glistening waters of the maninjau lake is buffeted by the evening sun which sets behind the hills. It’s really natural tourist paradise.

Getting There
Embun Pagi located at Agam, West Sumatera, Indonesia about 60 kilometers from the Padang city. When a car traveling at the speed of average spend only about 1.5 hours drive. If you travelling from Bukittinggi it’s spend only about 45 minutes (27 kilometers), not too far right? Embun pagi near from lake maninjau, spend only about 30 minutes, through kelok 44.

To Do
In this tourism object we can buy various handicrafts, and local souvenirs.

Facilities
This tourist attraction is right in front of the Nuansa Maninjau Hotel, know as The hotel with love panoramic.

Anai Resort

Anai Resort is a best golf course in the West Sumatera Indonesia, located 550 m above sea level, near from Lembah Anai.

The golf course designed by international golf course designer Thomas and Perretdes, with 18 holes, 73 parts, and 6270 Y distances.

Facilities
There are many facilities in bungalows locations such as club house, locker, shower, natural swimming pool, restaurants make this place as a best destination resorts.