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Mount Marapi is also known as Merapi, located at an altitude of 1210 m above sea level (dpl). Mount Merapi is close to the City of Bukittinggi, precisely around Agam District and Tanah Datar, West Sumatra, Indonesia. As one of the most active mountain in Sumatra, Merapi has erupted frequently. Starting from the late 18th century until 2008 recorded about 454 times already erupted, 50 of them in a large scale, while the rest are small scale with the issue of sulfur ash.

Privileges
Among the many mountains in West Sumatra, Mount Merapi is a tourist attraction that is often visited by tourists. Mount Merapi has a fixed point for the climbers, making it easier for the climbers to make the climb. In this mountain there is a growing edelweiss flowers blooming around the mountainside, adding the beauty of Merapi Mountain.

Getting There

Access to reach the Mount Merapi is easy enough, considering its location is not far from the center of Bukittinggi and Padang Panjang. From Padang or Minangkabau International Airport to Mount Merapi takes about 1.5 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.

Accommodation
Merapi location not far from the city of Bukittinggi and Padang Panjang. In view of Mount Merapi near two city, the tourists from out of town who want to linger in the area, can stay in a hotel in the two city’s.

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

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Ngakan Nyoman Maesa Yuda

Mount Marapi is also known as Merapi, located at an altitude of 1210 m above sea level (dpl). Mount Merapi is close to the City of Bukittinggi, precisely around Agam District and Tanah Datar, West Sumatra, Indonesia. As one of the most active mountain in Sumatra, Merapi has erupted frequently. Starting from the late 18th century until 2008 recorded about 454 times already erupted, 50 of them in a large scale, while the rest are small scale with the issue of sulfur ash.

Privileges
Among the many mountains in West Sumatra, Mount Merapi is a tourist attraction that is often visited by tourists. Mount Merapi has a fixed point for the climbers, making it easier for the climbers to make the climb. In this mountain there is a growing edelweiss flowers blooming around the mountainside, adding the beauty of Merapi Mountain.

Getting There
Access to reach the Mount Merapi is easy enough, considering its location is not far from the center of Bukittinggi and Padang Panjang. From Padang or Minangkabau International Airport to Mount Merapi takes about 1.5 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.

Accommodation
Merapi location not far from the city of Bukittinggi and Padang Panjang. In view of Mount Merapi near two city, the tourists from out of town who want to linger in the area, can stay in a hotel in the two city’s.

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

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.

To DO

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.

CITY PDG PNN TPN LBA PRM TKU MGP SMP PP
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

Schedule

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

Route

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

Challenges

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.

Opinion

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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Bukittinggi is one of the loveliest, friendliest, most relaxed town in all Sumatra. This town is situated more or less 930 meters above sea level. Bukittinggi, formerly named Fort De Cock by the Dutch, has a cool climate and is surrounded by three volcanoes: Tandikat, Singgalang and Merapi. In the outskirts of the town is the Ngarai Sianok canyon, a canyon separating Bukittinggi from Kota Gadang, 12 km away overland. Kota Gadang is renowned for its fine silver filigree and hand embroidery.

A center of attraction is the town’s clock-tower, topped with a horn- shaped roof and referred to by the people as Jam Gadang. It overlooks the market square and the city’s magnificent surroundings. Also worth visiting is the Museum’s which is a Rumah Gadang, a traditional extended family house built in the 19th century. There are dance performances at the museum’s open stage every Sunday and on public holidays. Night dance performances are at Sliguri. It is also worth seeing the bullfights at Padang Lawas (6 km south of Bukittinggi) every Tuesday at 5.00 p.m.

From Jakarta International Airport to Minangkabau International Airport in Ketaping it will take about 2 hours, after you arrive you can use Taxi or Bus to Bukittinggi.

There are various Inns and Hotels in Bukittinggi, If you are looking for a star hotel, theres The Hills Hotel (Ex Novotel Coralia) Bukittinggi with a grand view of the beautiful Anai valley, while Lima’s Hotel, Hotel Asia and Hotel Denai are classified locally as a superior hotels.

  • Simpang Raya, Jl Muka Jam Gadang. This large, popular restaurant has good-quality Padang food plus a basic Indonesian menu with soup, rice or noodle dishes.
  • Under the Bridge Restaurant, Jl A Yani. This is a slightly up market travelers restaurant serving steaks, pasta, pizza, apple pie and chocolate cake.

Moving Around

You can move around the city by Taxi, Bus or rent a car. Theres also a horse carriage or sado provide a colorful charming transportation to move around through the town.

Other Things to See or Do

  • Watching one of the landmarks of the city, the Bukittinggi Big Ben or known as Jam Gadang. Also.
  • Make nice trips in the environment like to the Harau nature reserve, the Pagaruyung Minangkabau palace and Lake Singkarak.

As a tourist center, Bukittinggi boasts a multitude of craft, souvenir, jewelry, and antique shops. Many craft village lie within an hour ride from Bukittinggi.

Shopping

  • Lively Pasar Atas (Upper Market), just south of the clock tower, is lined with stalls and shops selling everyday goods and souvenirs. Nearby, Sumatera,
  • Jl Minangkabau 19, has a huge range of textiles from Sumba and Irian Jaya and king sticks from North Sumatra.

Travel tips

  • Though the horse carriage is far more expensive than the ‘ojek’, it is very popular with the locals, especially since it can carry whole families.
  • The tourist office is at Jl Syech Bantam 1 (Mon-Thurs 8am-2pm, Fri 8-11am, Sat 8am-12.30pm; tel 0752/22403), near the clock tower.
  • Tours: Many places offer one-day local tours to traditional villages, the Pagaruyung palace and the Harau Canyon.

(Article copyright: www.my-indonesia.info)

Bungus

Bungus 20 kms South of Padang sheltered by a bay, there are two good beaches : Carolina and Karang Tirta.

Anai Resort and Golf Course

Anai Resort and Golf Course. The Anai resort is located in gorgeous natural setting roughly 550 meters above sea level. This resort is incorporating first-class hotel facilities.

Batang Palupuah

Batang Palupuah, 12 km from Bukittinggi, is a refuge for the giant flower Rafflesia arnoldi, blooming only once a year in November. A guide can be obtained from the office at the reserve.

Rimbo Panti Nature Reserve

Rimbo Panti Nature Reserve. Just aside the road to Medan, at the distance of 108 kms from Bukittinggi, this nature and wild life reserve where various monkey species and black panther found in here.

Bung Hatta Forest Reserve

Bung Hatta Forest Reserve. Situated 15 kms from Padang in the direction of Solok, known in the past as the Setya Mulya Botanic Garden. The reserve has giant flower Rafflesia arnoldi.

Batu Basurek

Batu Basurek. A stone with inscriptions in the old Palava script of India, bearing the legend of Adityawarman in the year 1347.

Tanjung Alai

Tanjung Alai. Located at 7 kms Lake Singkarak, enjoy gliding in the fresh and coolness of its air.

Mount Talang Tea Plantation

Mount Talang tea plantation. 35 km from Padang, one of the highest mountains 2,572 meters above sea level has a green and fresh views. From here you can overlook the beautiful Twin Lakes and Lake Singkarak.

The Mystical Rao-rao

The Mystical Rao-rao. Some 15 kilometers from Batusangkar. A village in which the Minangkabau building style is well preserved.

Belimbing Village

Belimbing Village. Some 20 km from Batusangkar, this traditional village has some beautiful old Minangkabau long houses. Around the village one can enjoy the beauty view and traditional social life of Minangkabau matriarchal society.

Tabek Patah

Tabek Patah. 30 kilometers from Batusangkar, is a lookout point in the foothills offering a wide open view on the magnificent central Minangkabau countryside.

Batu Sangkar

Batu Sangkar is 41 km southeast of Bukittinggi, a center of the Minang-kabau culture. Megalithic remains found in the area support the theory of a large community living in the area some 2000 years ago. Many fascinating historical sites were found at Batu Basurek, a stone with inscriptions in the Palava script of India, bearing the legend Adityawarman, the Emperor of Kanaka Mahindra (the island of gold).
Pariaman has 300 years old traditional houses. Make sure to visit the open council grounds with ancient stone seats, the mosque and hot spring.

Pandai Sikek village

Pandai Sikek village is 13 km south of Bukit Tinggi and famous for its hand woving and carving industry. The village has a thousand of looms and turning out richly colored cloth. Carved wooden ornaments and furniture also made here.

The Twin Lakes

The Twin Lakes (Lake Diatas and Lake Dibawah) 65 km from Padang the two lakes, one a little higher than the other are located at +1000 meters above sea level and covered by thick mist. There are several cottages and coffee shops in Lake Diatas resort.

Pagaruyung Kingdom

Pagaruyung Kingdom. Situated at the ouskirt of Batusangkar the capital city of Tanah Datar Regency. In the past, it was the seat of the ancient of Minangkabau Kingdom, Pagaruyung : which at the beginning of its history was ruled by a queen named Bundo Kanduang. Relics of that ancient past are still scaffered over the area among them are Batusangkar stone inscriptions found in some areas.

Ngarai Sianok

Ngarai Sianok is a canyon in a city, a steep colorful valley surrounded by 100 meter cliffs. 4 km from Bukittinggi, there are many tunnels and caves made by the Japanese during WW II. The pathway leads to Koto Gadang that is renowned for its fine silver filigree and hand embroidery.

Harau Valley

Harau Valley is 15 km northeast Payakumbuh, 100 to 200 meter steep granite walls shelter this 315 ha fertile valley. It is a nature and wildlife reserve, where wild goats and tigers still roam.

Ngalau Indah Cave

Ngalau Indah Cave can be reach on the way from Bukittinggi to Payakumbuh, it has extend deep into the mountainside. The domain of thousands of bats, the main entrance is the outline of an elephant visible on its face. The pats through these caves lead out to the top of the mountain and panoramic views.

Siberut National Park

Siberut National Park: Using a regular ferry, which regularly sail three times a week in the night from Padang (Muara Padang) to Muara Siberut/Muara Sikabaluan/Muara Saibi. The trip takes approximately 10 hours of sailing. Or use an express ferry that travels every Thursday morning from Padang to the town of Tuapejat in Sipora Island and then further to the southern part of Siberut Island for only four hours of sailing.

Padang

Padang is the capital of West Sumatra; and gateway to the homeland of Minangkabau. Its bustling harbours a crossroads for rubber, cinnamon, coffee, tea and nutmeg. There are Minang houses, prehistoric artifacts, ceramics, manuscripts and modern art. In Kampung Cina (Chinatown) you can wander streets lined with turn-of-the century houses, Chinese herbalist and coffee shops. Good hiking and wonderful views of the city can be had a Bukit Monyet and Gunung Padang.

Air Manis

Air Manis 4 kms South of Padang, down the hill and across Batang Arau River is a fishermen village on Padang’s scenic west coast. A rock standing in the water a short distance from the shore is said to be the hull of Malin Kundang’s boat, which shipwrecked in a storm after it was cursed by the defiant young man’s mother.

Lake Maninjau

Lake Maninjau Perhaps the most beautiful lake in Sumatra, Maninjau is far smaller and less developed thas its neighbour lake Toba to the north the road to the lake is famous for its forty four bends oftering superb panoramas as it meaders down to the water’s edge. The lake is punctuated by pretty Moorish styled mosques, perhap designed by some long ago Arab traders who came to her shores. Datted about the lake are small and friendly villages. Mountain bikes for rent ofter a perfect way to explore along the flat roads. Small hotels.

Lake Singkarak

Lake Singkarak is surrounded with green hills and mountains, the biggest lake in west 129,70 kms square and lies on the Trans Sumatra between Bukittinggi and Solok regency. It is 36 km from Bukittinggi or 86 km from Padang.

Bukittinggi

Bukittinggi is the West Sumatra’s center of culture and tourism, nestled in the higlands north of the provincial capital of Padang. It is a pleasant two-hour drive (90 km) from Padang through the gorgeus Anai Valley up to Agam Plateu. Located 930 metres above sea level, it has a cool climate and is surrounded by tree volcanoes: Tandikat, Singgalang and Merapi. The central landmark is the town’s clock tower, reffered by the local people as Jam Gadang. It overlooks the market square, a beehive of activity and fantastic place to do some souvenir shopping. Also worth visiting is the Rumah Gadang Museum, a traditional extended family house built in the 19th century.

Mentawai Islands

Mentawai Islands is made up from four islands: Siberut, Sipora, Pagai Utara and Pagai Selatan. The people of these islands still live in comparative isolation, maintaining their age-old ways. Siberut is an area for trekking and visiting these ancient cultures, and its virgin rain forest, inhabited by a number of some rare monkey’s species. Beautiful coral reefs are found offshore, and its wave is famous for surfing. The best season to visit is January to September.