Museum at Taman Marga Satwa dan Budaya Kinantan

Bukittinggi Zoo also features the Museum of Zoology and ornamental fish aquarium.

Paragliding in Puncak Lawang

This location can be reached by landline. There are two alternative pathways to get to Puncak Lawang, namely from the west and the east.

Danau Singkarak

Lake Singkarak located in two districts in West Sumatra, Kabupaten Solok and Tanah Datar.

Lembah Anai

Overview of the Anai valley waterfall, this is one of the conservation area is highly guarded nature preserve ecosystem.

Pacu Kudo

Horses spur each in July held in Bukittinggi, is traditionally the most popular sport in West Sumarera.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Paragliding in Puncak Lawang

Sport kite flying start in Puncak Lawang, Matur, Agam Regency, West Sumatra Province, Indonesia. Paragliding sport is held in Puncak Lawang is located at an altitude of 1210 m above sea level (asl). This place is one of the flying tourist attraction visited by many tourists, both domestic (local) and foreign.

Because the place that is above the height of the natural scenery of Lake Maninjau in the valley is breathtaking, the area of Puncak Lawang used as the location where the start (take off) Paragliding sport. Thus the pilot, as he hovered in the air, can see the beauty of Lake Maninjau.

Each year, local governments always held a competition sport kite flying in the area. For lovers of sport kite flying, these activities would need to be scheduled to follow. In the contests that have been held before, participants who followed the race came not only from various regions in Indonesia, but also abroad.

Locations in the start of the level of 1210 m above sea level or just above the hills that surround Lake Maninjau makes this place challenging sports enthusiasts kite flying. With that height, the pilot can linger in the air while enjoying the beautiful panorama of Lake Maninjau. Beautiful scenery presented as a blend of natural green vast stretches of mountains that surround the lake with a green sheen of water, the vast stretches of paddy field, and township residents who regularly made the main attraction is pity to miss.

In addition, the effect of heating the water of Lake Maninjau, giving effect to the position of the glider pilot, which is able to bring the pilots to fly higher than take-off location.

This location can be reached by landline. There are two alternative pathways to get to Puncak Lawang, namely from the west and the east. From the west, the journey begins from the town of Padang Pariaman passing lane toward Lubuk Basung (the capital city of Agam District), passing Lake Maninjau and Curved 44 with travel time approximately 2.5 hours. To transport can use a private car, public transport, travel or car hire.
While traveling from the east following the route of Padang-Bukittinggi, Bukittinggi and from the location to use public transportation, personal car or rental car with a travel time of about 3 hours. For public transportation, no one serving Route-Location Padang (Puncak Lawang) directly. Therefore, travelers are advised to use a rental car or private car.

On location there is an open mushalla building complete with bathrooms, ablution and toilet. While on the edge of the cliff near the security fence, there are some binoculars that are permanently attached and can be used by the visitors to see the panoramic view of Lake Maninjau no charge.(by: julius yelita)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Taman Marga Satwa dan Budaya Kinantan

Taman Marga Satwa dan Budaya Kinantan or better known as Kinantan Zoo is located in Taman Bundo Kanduang. This area was built in 1900 by a Dutch named Controleur Strom Van Govent. This wildlife park built on a hill called Bukit Malambuang.

At the start of construction, the park was not yet have a collection of animals. New in 1929 made the zoo to include several collections of animals into the park. In 1929 the zoo made by Dr J Hock and is the oldest zoo in Indonesia and the only one in West Sumatra.

Thanks to a very serious management by the Dutch colonial government, Bukittinggi Zoo continues to grow and achieve heyday in 1933. This year, farm animals Bukittinggi able to provide about 150 animals typical of the island of Sumatra at Surabaya Zoo. Conversely, Bukittinggi Zoo Surabaya Zoo received from a number of animals typical of Eastern Indonesia.

In 1935, in Bukittinggi Zoo built traditional house. Rumah gadang bergonjong' has 9 rooms and platforms on the right and left. On the walls of traditional houses have carvings that reflect the height of the realm of Minang culture.

To reach this location, tourists can use a landline. From the city of Padang to Bukittinggi, the trip can be taken for about 2 hours drive.

The zoo was originally named Kebun Bungo after it changes the name of a Taman Puti Bungsu. In 1995 through local regulation No. 2 of 1995 again changed the name of a Taman Puti Bungsu at Taman Marga Satwa dan Budaya Kinantan, along with his official fortress Fort de Kock joined through Bridge Limpapeh.

Bukittinggi Zoo also features the Museum of Zoology and ornamental fish aquarium. In the area of the zoo was built is also a place used to perform various types of traditional art performances Minangkabau.
There are also Rumah Adat Tradisional functioned as a museum displaying the objects of culture and history, like the Minang traditional clothes and jewelry.
No less interesting is the presence in the region Limpapeh Bridge Zoo Bukittinggi. This bridge connects Bukittinggi Zoo with Fort Fort De Kock located in Bukit Jirek.

Now, Bukittinggi Zoo is known as the Taman Marga Satwa dan Budaya Kinantan. A wildlife park which has undergone various changes, reaching a peak of glory, then recede in appalling condition.

The long journey of this wildlife park could not help make it as a precious heritage for all the children of this nation. Therefore, to maintain its existence in order to remain sustainable is the glorious duty of every child slung over the shoulders of this country.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Gunung Singgalang

Climb Mount Singgalang. Singgalang mountain is a volcano that is no longer active. The mountain is located in the province of West Sumatera. Mount Merapi adjacent to the mountain is located at an altitude above the surface laut.Ia 2.877meter famous for its forests are very humid conditions, because it has a lot of water content.

Singgalang is a beautiful and scenic volcano, and unlike its neighbor, Merapi, it is old and extinct. Within the crater of the volcano is a beautiful lake known as Telago Dewi.

The volcano is one of the two peaks rising south of the city of Bukkinggi. The other volcano is Marapi Volcano.

Singgalang is climbed much less often than its sister peak, Marapi Volcano, so the trails are rougher and harder to follow. A local guide may be useful in locating the trail.

To reach Singgalang, first take a bus to Bikittinggi, which is easy to get to from any of Sumatra's major cities. From Bikittinggi, make your way to the bus terminal in the southeast part of the city. From there, locate a minibus headed for Kotabaru. Ask the driver to drop you off at "Kachil ik Singgalang" or "the trail to Singgalang" or "Kachi ik Pandai" or "the trail to a place called Pandai Sikek".

Mount Singgalang can be reached from several paths. However, the famous route is through rural Koto Baru and Pandai Sikek. From Koto Baru village we will take the route to the Village Pandai Sikek. From this village is the starting point towards Tower (RCTI and TVRI transmitter located at the waist of the mountain Singgalang). Tower Towards this transmitter we will pass the paved roads that climb, the closer to the tower of his way more and not good and full of pebbles and on his left and right side there are fields of agriculture population. Pandai Sikek Village is also famous for its sugar cane fields and place of manufacture saka (brown sugar).

After reaching the Tower transmitters we can make this area as a resting place (shelter) before continuing the journey to the summit. From the tower, we will pass pimpiang woods about 1 hour. This forest consists of a high pimpiang plants and ducked, so that requires climbers to walk crouched, and even sitting and crawling. But now, through the woods is getting easier, because the top of the plant is cut off, so we no longer need to stoop to pass through.

After passing pimpiang we will find a place called "Mata Air I", in this place down to the bottom we will find the river water taken for supplies.

From the first spring we will travel routes that climb up the rock, with an average slope of about 45 degrees. More to the summit we will find many beautiful fern trees and past the tracks a slightly damp and dense forest. On the left or right track we found the electric poles and wires that can be used as a guide to get to the top. But for some people, this is very disturbing. Beautiful views of forests damaged by electric poles on both sides, not to mention the fad will calculate approximately how much longer before the mast to the top.
Travel route before the normal time-consuming rock about 5 hours depending on fast or the slow movement of our journey. From rock to the summit takes about 1 hour. Rock consists of a yellow solid rocks, overgrown beard and Rhododendron trees mountains, and occasionally we will find edelweiss flower, although very rarely encountered and require a keen eye to find it. On the way later on we will also find an obelisk monument called Galapagos.

From this rock we could see off in the direction of the mountain scenery Marapi located right in front. If lucky, we could see the town of Padang Panjang, Bukittinggi, and Danau Singkarak from the rock. However, during the day, the mountain is often shrouded in fog Singgalang. If you want to get a better view of the exotic set up a tent in the rock and watch the sunrise and other exotic sights in the morning.

After passing the rock, we will re-entering the forest area is more humid and the trees are covered with thick moss. Not long after that we got to the Telago Dewi. Telago Dewi is often shrouded in fog. If you are fond of photography, when the lake was clear, the sooner the better to get his picture, because the fog is very friendly to play there.

Surrounding the lake this Goddess does not take a long time, but the charm of truly natural and exotic will make us comfortable to linger in the humid and wet forests. In the vicinity of this lake we met a very dense forest moss and some plants semar bag.

Area camp located in the vicinity of the lake and pond water that can be used for needs makes it convenient to several days in Singgalang. The atmosphere is cool and quiet is a sensation for those who want off fatigue in the wild.

Many who arrived at Singgalang only reached the Telago Dewi alone. But there's more Singgalang peak reached about half to 1 hour that leads the summit. At its peak, we will find a transmitter tower, which is the estuary of the electrical poles are encountered along the road.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Pantai Bungus

Bungus Beach is located in a quiet bay Bungus. Beautiful natural scenery. The hills that surround the beach looks like tower of view toward the sea.

Sloping beaches with white sand that is suitable for a variety of recreation such as swimming, diving, sunbathing or boating towards small islands not far from the beach Bungus.

Located 20 km south of Padang, or 1.5 hours of travel, the beach is easily reached by land transportation. On the beach available tourist facilities such as beach umbrellas and chairs for lazy sunbathing.

Shape resembles a crescent beach. Warm seawater and is safe for swimming. From here, you can menjelejahi oceans to shore-Nearest beach off the coast of Padang as Sirandah Island, Sikowi, Bintangur, Pasumpahan and other islands.

The islands are very good as a tourist attraction marina, have white sandy beaches and colorful marine park colorful surrounding. To get there, you can hire a speedboat or sailboat owned by residents in the Gulf Bungus. From the Coast Bungus to the islands it takes ± 75 minutes.

If you do not want wasteful of energy, simply relax on the beach while enjoying the sunset at this amazing bay. Sitting under a shady palm tree in the vicinity of the beach is also exciting. Or eat seafood (seafood) and other dishes at the restaurants that dot the beach.

There is one activity that is also often acted on the Beach Bungus travelers, namely fishing. Really delicious.

On holidays it is always crowded tourist invaded visitors. The height from sea level of about 1 meter. Beach temperatures between 24-30 degrees Celsius and humidity 85% on average. From silhuet sun in the eastern horizon, looming Banana Island and the Gulf Bayur in the south.

All that beauty can be enjoyed through a number of facilities. Among them, hut Minang architecture tours, children's pool, several seating (shelter) for the relaxed look at the high seas, jogging track, parking area and safe, children's play area and camping ground capacity of 300 people.

The breeze was cool when entering the gates of the Garden of Nirvana. Palm trees around the park was seen waving. Shore wind made the atmosphere around grow cool. Meanwhile, jogging along the path can be done while enjoying a variety of flora and fauna that live in the surrounding forests, such as Weasel (Paradoxorus Hermaproditus), Tupai (Callosiorus Notatus) and monkey (Presbytis Cristata).

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Pesta Tabuik Pariaman

Residents Pariaman City has a tradition unique to enliven the Islamic new year, called "Tabuik". The tradition has been maintained since the year 1829, it lasted from 1 to 10 Muharam. Tabuik party presents nuanced cultural attractions are legendary Islamic.

The party marked the opening of this Tabuik Taaruf thousands of students march MDA, TPA, TPSA and communities around the city. After the parade Taaruf, the feast began. During that time, made two "Tabuik", which will be paraded on 10 Muharram.

During these ten days, also held a variety of cultural arts performances Pariaman Nagari children, namely Rabab Pariaman, Gandang Tassa, Randai, Kuruang Shirt Contest, Poetry and Dance Minang.

Also held fairs and exhibitions of various products of small and medium enterprises and export commodities of Pariaman. Hundreds of thousands of visitors arrive for the party "Tabuik", both domestic and foreign tourists.

"Tabuik" is a three-tiered casket made of wood, rattan and bamboo with a height of 15 meters and weighs about 500 pounds.

The bottom Tabuik large horse-shaped body with wings wide and headed "woman" beautiful long hair.

Horse fat is made from rattan and bamboo with smooth velvet upholstered black and on four legs there are pictures of scorpions facing upwards.

The horse is a symbol Bouraq, vehicles that have the ability to fly as fast as lightning.

The middle Tabuik arch-shaped patch of that size getting onto the bigger. At the gate was attached carving motifs typical Minangkabau.

At the bottom and top gate plugged "Bungo salapan" (eight flowers) shaped umbrella with a base color paper or batik-patterned carving.

Peak Tabuik large umbrella decorated with velvet cloth and wrapped in decorative paper which is also patterned carvings. Above the statue is plugged umbrella white dove.

Tabuik leg consists of four wooden beams cross with a length of about 20 meters. Blocks were used to carry and "menghoyak" Tabuik performed by 100 adults.

Tabuik made by two community groups Pariaman, a group of Market and Subarang group. Tabuik made jointly, involving cultural and historical experts and community leaders since the 1-9 Muharam a cost of tens of millions of dollars.

History of "Party Tabuik"

In the history of Pariaman, Tabuik first introduced members of the Islamic forces "Thamil" which became part of British forces head Gen. Thomas Stamfort Raffles.

pestatabuikdipariaman2pg5.jpgSaat the British ruled the province of Bengkulu in 1826. Thamil forces, the Muslim plumpness Tabuik party held every year, which in Bengkulu named "Tabot".

After the agreement March 17, 1829 London, UK should leave the Bengkulu and receive a Dutch colony in Singapore.

In contrast the Netherlands are entitled to British colonial areas in Indonesia, including Sumatra, Bengkulu and other areas.
British troops "leave" from Bengkulu, but the troops "Thamil" chose to survive and escape to Pariaman, West Sumatra, who was famous as a busy port area on the west coast of Sumatra island.

Because the majority Muslim Thamil forces, they can be accepted by society Pariaman who was also being entered into the teachings of Islam.

There was integration and unity, including in the field of socio-cultural.

One of the cultural assimilation is shown through Feast Tabuik. Even Tabuik eventually become an integral tradition of civic life Pariaman.

Meaning Tabuik party intended to commemorate the deaths of two grandsons of Prophet Muhammad SAW, namely Hasan and Husayn, who led the Muslim army in a skirmish against the Bani Umayyad in the war of Karbala in Mecca.

In battle, Husayn's death is not natural. Some Muslims believe the corpse was carried into the sky Husain using "Bouraq" with the coffin called Ark.

Vehicle Bouraq symbolized by the form of horse-headed fat beautiful women into the main part of building Tabuik.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Danau Singkarak

Danau Singkarak or Lake Singkarak located in the geographical coordinates of 0, 36 degrees south latitude (LS) and 100.3 east longitude (BT) with a height of 363.5 meters above sea level (masl). Water surface area reaches 11,200 hectares of Lake Singkarak with a maximum length of 20 kilometers and 6.5 kilometers wide and a depth of 268 meters. This lake has a water catchment areas along the 1076 kilometers with rainfall up to 252 melimeter 82 per month.

It can not be denied, scenery surrounding natural attractions are so charming. So fantastic. The eyes are not tired of seeing the expanse of clear blue water with small ripples with it. Also, grains of fine sand which stretches across the lake edge. In the middle of the lake, the fishermen's small boats sailed the lake is quiet, the dwelling place of various fishes. Also fro motor boat or a rented rickshaw lake for tourists.

The trees growing along the banks of the lake are a barrier between land and water. In fact there is some corner of verdant rice fields, make the atmosphere more peaceful. Moreover, the spread of the Bukit Barisan background without limit, and can be seen from Mount Singgalang kejahuan and Marapi who stood proudly as if to keep calm lake.

Beautiful environment, the cool weather, the atmosphere is calm, peaceful, safe and comfortable to be the charm for those who visit it. Enchantment Lake Batur, is never finished when told. Hence the second biggest lake in Sumatra, after Lake Toba Sumatra to be excellent for a leading tourist destination, as well as a complementary destination for tourists who travel to the province.

Lake Singkarak located in two districts in West Sumatra, Kabupaten Solok and Tanah Datar. With an area of 107.8 sq km lake is the 2nd largest lake on the island of Sumatra. This lake is upstream Ombilin Trunk. The water of the lake was partially drained through the tunnel through the Bukit Barisan to Batang Anai Singkarak hydropower generator to drive near Lubuk Alung, Padang Pariaman.

Location Lake area of 129.70 km2, is also very strategically located on the roadside between Tanah Datar and Solok. Because of its location within easy reach, so that tourists can enjoy the view from the side that you want on the edge of lakes that meander. Even tourists who come to use private vehicles could enjoy its beauty from the top of his car.

In this resort you can do boating activities until the middle of the lake by using a canoe rental. The water was clear and cool, add the beauty of this charming lake nan. The sound of water ripples menghempas lake to the sand on the outskirts, also add to the atmosphere becomes serene. Not far from the lake area there is a resting place Biteh Nuts, precisely that is on the edge of Lake Singkarak.
Lake Singkarak also known as a place that is promising as a regional tourist fishing. This is evidenced by the crowded area in seputaran Lake Batur with the anglers who come from cities around the lake or from outside the province of West Sumatra. Among the fish species commonly fished the asang, piyek, balingka, baung, and fish that become legend Sasau, which is said to achieve sizes up to 8 kg weight. Other activities that can be done is to paddle sports. Rowing competitions are often held at Lake Singkarak, and is one of the local government program to promote the tourist attractions of the lake Singkarak.

From Padang Minangkabau Airport is just about 1.5 hours-2 hours by public transport fare is about Rp 25,000 to Rp 30,000. Also, when riding from Padang through the intersection of three weeks of Solok, must pass through this lake. And if along the edge of Bukittinggi telaknya only about 36 km from Bukittinggi, will pass the muffled Banjaran mountain on the left side of the road. At the foot of the mountain, the atmosphere is filled with patches of rice paddy children who terliuk-contortion blown away by the wind.

Besides the exciting tour, Lake Singkarak also be used as a place of sport (sport tourism), such as on land can be used for trekking, jogging, calisthenics. On the lake for swimming sports, fishing, rowing and air sports like paragliding, skydiving, parasailing, paragliding floating in free air with beautiful scenery. Moreover, the lake is situated at an altitude of 36.5 meters with hilly atmosphere is very suitable for paragliding.

Indeed today, more lively activities Singkarak. Moreover, various national and international events were held in this lake region. Even the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (ministry) to cooperate West Sumatra provincial government held the first bicycle race in the region of Lake Batur titled 'Tour of Singkarak 2009', which was held on April 30 to May 3, 2009 ago. This Singkarak Tour consists of five stages are preceded by surrounding the city of Padang, Padang-Stage II is as far as 92.3 km of Bukittinggi, Bukittinggi-Sawahlunto as far as 85.1 km, Sawahlunto Singkarak 90.2-km and the last is the Stage V-Singkarak twin lakes (lakes above and below) and then returned to Lake Batur along 188 km.
One more uniqueness located on Lake Batur, the Fish Bilih. Fish Bilih (Mystacoleucus padangensis) is an endemic fish species (which is expected to only live in this lake), and become one of the specialties. Research experts reveal 19 species of freshwater fish living in habitats of Lake Batur, Solok and Tanah Datar district, West Sumatera (Sumatra), with the limited availability of food materials. Of the 19 species, three species of which have high density populations, namely fish Bilih / Biko (Mystacoleusus padangensis Blkr), Asang / Nilem (Osteochilus brachmoides) and Rinuak. Other fish species that live on Lake Batur is, Turiak / turiq (Cyclocheilichthys de Zwani), Lelan / Nillem (Osteochilis vittatus), Sasau / Barau (Hampala mocrolepidota) and Gariang / Tor (Tor tambroides).

Then, Kapiek fish species (Puntius shwanefeldi) and Balinka / Belingkah (Puntius Belinka), Baung (Macrones planiceps), Kalang (Clarias batrachus), Jabuih / bloated (Tetradon mappa), Kalai / carp (carp Osphronemus lac) and Puyu / Betok (Anabas testudeneus). Furthermore, fish species Sapek / Sepat (Trichogaster trichopterus), Tilan (mastacembelus unicolor), Jumpo / Cork (Chana striatus), Kiuang / Cork (Chana pleurothalmus) and Mujaie / Mujair (Tilapia pleurothalmus).

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Danau Maninjau

Maninjau Lake is a lake in the district of Tanjung Raya, Agam regency, West Sumatra province, Indonesia. The lake is located about 140 km north of Padang, the capital of West Sumatra. Maninjau which is a volcanic lake is located at a height of 461.50 meters above sea level. Size Maninjau approximately 99.5 km ² and has a maximum depth of 495 meters. Cekungannya formed by the eruption of Mount Marapi. According to the legend in Ranah Minang, the existence of Lake Maninjau closely related to the story of Bujang Nine.

The lake is listed as the eleventh largest lake in Indonesi. While in West Sumatra, Maninjau is the second largest lake after Lake Batur which has an area of 129.69 km ² are located in two districts of Tanah Datar and Solok district. In the vicinity of Lake Maninjau there are dozens of tourist facilities like hotels.
Danau Maninjau or Lake Maninjau, meaning ' to look out across', is a volcanic crater lake located 38km west of Bukittinggi. Situated at 461m above sea level, the air is cool and pleasant. The lake is 17kms long and 8kms at it's widest and reaches to depths of 480m in some places.

Lake Maninjau is one of the top travel destinations in Sumatra. A peaceful, relaxing place to sit and relax and enjoy the views of the lake.

The road from Bukkittinggi offers some spectacular views of the blue lake and surrounding hills. On the way down there are terraced rice fields. There are quiet a few coffee shops perched on the hill to stop and enjoy the view.

There are 44 hairpin turns on the journey down to the lake from the top of the mountain. Each of these turns are conveniently numbered on cigarette advertising billboards.
About a third of the way down the road is lined with small monkeys waiting for fruit or food to be thrown from passing cars. These are wild monkeys and should not be approached too closely as they are vicious.

On the other side of Lake Maninjau, directly across from Maninjau village are some hot volcanic springs, close to the village of Mukomuko.

Getting to Danau Maninjau

To get there go to the bus terminal in Bukittinggi and there are regular buses going to Danau Maninjau. Cost is 13,000Rp and the trip takes around one and a half hours traveling past scenic terraced rice fields and great views of the Lake as you pass down through 44 hairpin turns to get to the lake.

To get back to Bukittinggi just wait on the main road and there are regular buses.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Pacu Kudo

The tradition of horse racing has long been recognized in Bukittinggi. This was proved by the construction of horse racing facilities in the Mount Ambacang since 1889 by the Dutch colonial government. Not surprisingly, the maintenance of the horses racing well developed, even horse owners to bring a lot of seeds from abroad.

Horse Racing is actually a game people, especially for fans of horses and horse breeder in West Sumatra used to be. Now this activity has become an event supporter of West Sumatra tourism. Usually the distance is contested 800, 1200, 1400 and 1600 meters, and this activity is held once a year.

This activity has also been designated as a national tourism as a calendar event tourism by the Department of Tourism Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Horses spur each in July held in Bukittinggi, is traditionally the most popular sport in West Sumarera. Each horse represents a contested area where the horse came from. Every jockey wearing a costume with a certain color that symbolizes the place of origin.

Agenda horse racing is also held regularly every year in Payakumbuh, Padangpanjang, Batusangkar, Solok, Sawahlunto and Pariaman. The race who represents the area make this horse racing arena will also be a prestige among the regions.

In addition, horse racing horse racing bogi or use the train jockey is still often competed in Solok, West Sumatra. Although the participants are much reduced, some areas still have a horse like Sawahlunto bogi, Padang, Solok, Agam, Bukittinggi, and Payakumbuh never absent in every game. This is to maintain our existence bogi horse racing that is not extinct.

Runway horse racing horse bogi different from usual. When normally jockeys use saddle on horseback, but wearing bogi horse two-wheeled cart. Runway bogi horses are well known in Minangkabau since the Dutch era.

Spur a horse in West Sumatra effectively generate tourism activity at local level. Community enjoys it as activity tourism, culture and entertainment.

Runway horse is not just a sport, but also the agenda of West Sumatra tourism activities. This phenomenon is not in line with the reality on the west coast of Sumatra, especially in the vicinity of Padang. Tourism activities tend to be quiet after the recent earthquake. Domestic tourists reluctant to visit tourist attractions in the vicinity of Padang as traumatized by the earthquake or tsunami.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Ina Muara Hotel

Whether you want to take relax or to do business we would like to make your stay enjoyable.  Long tradition with modern facilities, professional and hospitable staff makes Inna Muara unique hotel.

INNA MUARA is centrally located in the charming regional capital of West Sumatera - Padang. The city provides a convenient and comfortable starting point for a journey into fascinating past, or a trek into some of the nation’s most beautiful countryside.The area consists of cool mountain resort, tropical forest with flora and fauna, a kaleidoscope of colors, sound and breathtaking sights.

Inna Muara is located in very convenient place just 20 minutes
by car from the international airport in Padang.

Nearby the hotel you can find the Mandiri Bank, the museum of West Sumatra, the beach, market and shopping centre.

At the aiport you can visit our restaurant.

Hotel Facilities

    * Business centre
    * Conference facilities
    * Live music restaurant
    * Pizza Corner
    * CafĂ© and Karaoke Bar
    * Laundry facilities
    * Lobby
    * Lounge
    * Parking facilities
    * Reception
    * Internet access
    * Telephone and Fax
    * Drug Store
    * Convenience store
    * Travel agency and taxi service
    * Wedding arrangements

Room Facilities
    * Air conditioning
    * Room service
    * Private bath room, hot and cold water
    * Telephone
    * Alarm clock
    * Mini bar
    * Fridge
    * Tea and coffee making facilities
    * Cable / Satellite TV
    * Hairdryer
    * Iron and ironing board

Jln. Gereja No. 34 Padang – Sumatera Barat

Telp. (0751) 35600 – 33741, Faximile (0751) 38266 – 31163

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Hills Bukittinggi Hotel & Convention

The Hills Bukittinggi Hotel & Convention is a harmonius blend between nature and culture. The hotel is designed to blend into its beautiful environment and offers the perfect location for any bussiness or leisure trip.

This 101-room resort is noted to be one of the most romantic place in West Sumatra - Indonesia, and a perfect blend of Moorish and Minangkabau architectural styles. The resort offers beautiful panoramic views, country walks, waterfalls and a golf course. The excellent restaurant, bar and banqueting facilities make the resort an ideal weekend getaway, or a weekday seminar location.

Room Information:
All 101 rooms and suite have stunning views of Sianok Canyon , town and the surrounding volcanoes. TheHills Bukittinggi Hotel & Convention is a perfect blend of Moorish and Minangkabau architectural styles

Business Facilities
24-hour Business Corner and WiFi access on public area

Room Facilities
TV with Cable Network, High Speed Internet Connection, Coffee – Tea Maker, Ac, IDD Telephone and Mini Bar

Meeting Room Facilities
7 Meeting rooms are available, 1 Convention Center up to 1000 persons

Hotel Facilities
24-hour Room Services, Lobby Bar with live entertainment, Sianok Restaurant, Save Deposit Box, Drug Store and Massage

Recreation Facilities
Swimming Pool, Kid Club, Volly Ball Field, Basket Corner, Table Tennis and Billiard

Contact Us

THE HILLS Bukittinggi Hotel & Convention
Jl. Laras Dt Bandaro , Bukittinggi, 26115 West Sumatra , Indonesia
Telp. (62-752) 35 000
Fax. (62-752) 23 800

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Goa Lobang Jepang

Located in the upper Canyon Panorama attractions Sianok, the central town of Bukittinggi. Sightseeing tours are crowded local and foreign tourists, especially on Sundays and other holidays.

This hole is actually more accurately described as a tunnel (bunker) Japan. Built in 1943 for defense purposes the Japanese army in World War II, this hole was made on the orders of the Army Military Government of Japan (Army Twenty Five) to Sumatra, which is located in Bukittinggi in Sumatera Defense Army commander under General Watanabe.

Seeing the city's hilly topography, valleys and canyons of this, the generals Watanabe ordered to build a tunnel that is more popular with the Japanese name of the hole. Development was done with human power by force (Romusha Kinsohoshi) for military needs. Initially voluntary, then turned into forced labor (Romusha).

Many workers imported from Java. Because the work must be hunted down, many workers who died at work, came into being tired and not fed. Those who disobey are beaten or shot to death inhuman.

The tunnel is made at a depth of 40-50m, below the ground hard enough bercadas tengan line 2 meters. The length of 1470 meters, is divided into 20 rooms consisting of bedroom, the room hideaway, treatment room, kitchen room, the room prison and ammunition warehouses. Making room deliberately winding with a number of indoor trap. When the survey is conducted prior to the renovation by the city of Bukittinggi in the 1970, still found some equipment that had rotted, including samurai swords.

Two of the mouth of the tunnel that is currently visible, one leading to the canyon Sianok and the other one on the cliff of the entrance to the park attractions Panorama. The function of the mouth of the tunnel other than as an entry, as well as ventilation to the outside world watching.

This Japanese hole by the City of Bukittinggi as one object Cave Tour. After various renovations, completed lamp. At the entrance is made stairs leading into the tunnel, which is divided into two parts and is limited to iron pipe; one part to the inflow and one other side to flow out. As a complement to information about the existence

Japan's higher aperture Hill has 3 main door (street Canyon Sianok, Panorama and park complex next to the palace of Bung Hatta) and 6 emergency exit. But this time, only the entrance on the park panorama that is used as the entrance the visitors while the other doors closed.

This artificial cave has a length of about 1.5 kilometers, but now many are closed for security reasons, leaving 750 meters. The atmosphere in the ditch japan was cool. With fluorescent lighting at some point create a mystical atmosphere in it. Perhaps the Japanese tour guide hole, there is one room that also functions as a prisoner torture chamber.

One of the atrocities the Japanese army was the killing of prisoners by way of chopped. Do not stop there, the body which had been cut into pieces were then doused with hot water and salt to make sure the body was lifeless. Mystical aura is then invited one of the national private stations to use the detention room in the cave area Bukittinggi japan guts of this to the test arena.

Despite it all, the hole japan that have some rooms used as an ammunition room, meeting room, holding room, bedroom, living for workers romusha evoke amazement of the past in the manufacturing process. Japanese Cave has 3 m high, 2 meters wide is undergoing renovation by the government in the form of hardening of the town of Bukittinggi.

So, when you travel to Bukittinggi, this tourist attraction not be missed. The location was in the middle of town provides easy access for visitors. To go down the stairs as the entrance to the cave entrance was tiring Japan (128 steps). But everything will be paid off with what is presented in it. Progress architecture, cool atmosphere to the mystical aura will pay in full power have been wasted. On the plus again with beautiful gardens and panoramic canyon posted Sianok fascinating.

It's a travel experience that you'll never forget.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Pantai Aia Manih

Aia Manih Beach become a favorite tourist sites in Padang. The Legend of Malin Kundang will greet travelers when stepping on toes in the sand, whitish brown.

Pile of stones and reliefs decorate the story of Malin Kundang coastal resorts are crowded with visitors at holiday time. The legend says that a large stone is a big ship and the bodies of Malin Kundang stranded. According to folk legend, Malin Kundang and his ship was cursed into stone because of disobedience to parents.

Broad sloping beach at the Beach Aia Manih offers to play for the visitors. Even in the tide, visitors can see marine life that sticking to the surface. With walking, you also can go to Little Banana Island is not far from the edge of Aia Manih Beach. The island is not so broad, can be used as a retreat for a moment while enjoying some food that had been prepared.

Small Banana Island Guava tree decorated with Kaliang that you can enjoy the visitors for free. But remember, do not be too long to enjoy the atmosphere on the island. Because, a few hours later, the tide will gradually increase as in the past so that access to Little Banana Island can not be reached on foot.

Quite often, the youth in the city of Padang is also utilizing Manih Aia Coast as a place to camp. The waves rolled across the region also used by surfers for surfing. Access to the beach tourist area can be addressed Manih Aia from several directions. The beach is located in the Southern District of Padang, can be reached by land travel approximately 30 minutes from downtown.

Gunung Padang from any region, tourists can take Aia Manih Beach on foot. The railway was quite tiring but it gives the experience an enjoyable adventure. A number of accommodation (homestay) can be found on the beach Aia Manih if you want to spend the night in the tourist area. Regarding the price, it is said is said is not too expensive because of the local community managed.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Royal Denai Hotel

Providing well-appointed guestrooms, the sprawling, traditionally designed hotel is situated on a hillside with a mountain view. The Royal Denai Hotel is only a 90 minute drive from the Padang Airport, which is easily accessible 50 minutes by plane from Medan, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur.

The three-star hotel is also 90 minutes from Jakarta, and only two kilometers from the city landmark of Jam Gadang. The hotel is on five hectares of beautifully landscape gardens, on a hillside with far reaching views outlined by the legendary mountains Merapi and Singgalang. Its tranquil setting and location to nearby attractions make the hotel an ideal destination. Book your room now at Royal Denai Hotel via our secure online booking form. The first step is to enter and submit your travel dates in the spaces provided.

The Enjoyment of Royal Denai Hotel begins at the moment you step into lobby furnished with Minang Antiquest like you enter unique world, where all the women become the heads of their house-hold.

Relax in our luxurius and cozy exclusvity rooms, all suites decorated and furnished with Minang Antiquest to soothe even the most frazzled nerves. Let our warm and spacious rooms lend you some refreshing and respite after a very long day of sight-seeing or business meetings.

Balairong Meeting Room
With a capacity of up to 600 persons, the pilar-less meeting room is one off the largest in Bukittinggi. We are prepared to help you in order to fullfil your needs and getting in touch with the right people for your business.

Swimming Pool & Restaurant Restaurant

A trip to Bukittinggi would not be completed without sampling the famous local food at our classical restaurant. Located on the lobby Level, Anai Restaurant is the perfect place for an intimate gathering in an elegant atmosphere.


Jalan Dr A Rivai no. 26
Bukittinggi, Indonesia

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Pangeran Beach Hotel

Pangeran Beach Hotel is a 3-star hotel in Padang, West Sumatra Island. As a standard accommodation, the hotel has catered to necessary facilities and services, which will make your stay comfortable. Board at Pangeran Beach Hotel and enjoy your West Sumatra vacation.

Location of Pangeran Beach Hotel, Padang Pangeran Beach Hotel is located in Padang, West Sumatra Island. Its beachside location has made the hotel an ideal destination for rejoicing a perfect beach vacation. Board at the hotel and explore the beauty and vibrancy of West Sumatra. Rooms at Pangeran Beach Hotel, Padang With a wide variety of guestrooms, Pangeran Beach Hotel in Padang leaves all guests with manifold options to choose from.

All the guestrooms here are categorized as, Superior Mountain View Rooms, Deluxe Ocean View Rooms, Junior Suites and Executive Suites. Each of these guestrooms has been furnished with necessary modern amenities. It includes 24-hours room service, central air-conditioning, bath and shower with hot and cold water, mini bar, television, IDD telephone and so on. Needless to say, all these amenities will enable you to enjoy a soothing stay at Pangeran Beach Hotel.

Facilities and Services at Pangeran Beach Hotel, Padang Offering fast and friendly services, Pangeran Beach Hotel in Padang takes care of individuals' requirements. Basic amenities including laundry and dry cleaning services, safe deposit lockers, room service, security service, taxi and tour service etc. are a great help for all boarders here. Since, the hotel is close to the beach; hence, guests here can easily get indulged in various beach activities. Besides, some recreational facilities are also there in the hotel.

Finally, the restaurant, bar and the lounge here will let guests enjoy first-class wine and dining. What else! Come to Pangeran Beach Hotel, Padang and savor your sojourn to the fullest. Pangeran Beach Hotel in Padang boasts a variety of guestrooms. So, all kinds of guests would get here a room according to their requirements.

Mainly, four types of guestrooms are available at the hotel. It includes, - Superior Mountain View Rooms : Altogether, 65 Superior Mountain View Rooms are available at the hotel. From these guestrooms, boarders will enjoy the magnificent view of the mountain.
- Deluxe Ocean View Rooms : The hotel features 58 Deluxe Ocean View Rooms. The eye-captivating view of the beach is the main enticement of every Deluxe Ocean View Room.
- Junior Suites : Pangeran Beach Hotel boasts 8 Junior Suites. Comprising king size beds and large size rooms overlooking the mountain, these suites are truly a great place to sojourn in.
- Executive Suites : A total of 6 Executive Suites are available at the hotel. Overlooking the beach and comprising necessary amenities, these suites are truly a sojourners' paradise. A host of room amenities are available at these rooms.

It includes 24-hours room service, central air-conditioning, bath and shower with hot and cold water, mini bar, television, IDD telephone and so on. Room Amenities:
- 24-hour Room Service
- Central Air-conditioning
- Bath and shower
- Hot and cold water
- Mini bar
- Television
- Telephone and many more.

Pangeran Beach Hotel in Padang serves guests with a number of facilities and services. All these amenities at the hotel will make your stay enjoyable. As basic facilities, the hotel offers the services like, laundry and dry cleaning services, safe deposit lockers, room service, security service, taxi and tour service etc.

Since the hotel is in close proximity to the beach; hence, it is easy for guests to get indulged in various beach activities. Apart from that, guests will avail here some recreational amenities as well. And last but not the least; Pangeran Beach Hotel features a restaurant, bar and a lounge too. So, guests here will also get a chance of pampering their palates.

- Laundry and Dry Cleaning
- Safe Deposit Lockers
- Room Service
- Security Service
- Taxi and Tour Service
- Restaurant
- Bar
- LoungeLounge

Pangeran Beach Hotel

Jalan Ir H Juanda No. 79 Padang,
Sumatera Barat 25115, Indonesia

Ikan Sakti Sungai Janiah

Janiah River, precisely in the area of Baso direction to Pekanbaru and Bukittinggi found acceptable reality with magical fish called 'River Janiah' (clear) with tabek (pool) and with the shade of large trees in the neighborhood.

The fish was so tame-tame but do not make the local communities and travelers to catch him, let alone eat it, even though the form of fish similar to other common fish anatomy.

Certainly the mood or the event is closely related to an old story, that is with Once Upon a thriving community center used to be a mother who was very fond of small children who would expect a footstool in his family.

Because of inadvertence and negligence of the mother of the child to play to the wide river and clear which happened at the time there were crowds village children. When fun to play, there seems to be 'residents' or subtle creatures that invites children to play with him earlier.

Finally the children forgot to go home, while the mother also will not forget her child, so her mother remembers her son, sought the boy, apparently the child nor found. During the hold, on a night dreaming of the mother, that her son was still there playing in the river Janiah, go to feed into the river, will be met. The fact every fish feed was still out, so that her son had been turned into a fish nan according to the final magic dream.

Now, the big pond at the foot of the hill was still a lot of fish. In clear water the fish are big and small seem to swim with delight. Most of it was very tame. The fish will come if we scramble down into the pool while throwing food.

Become an agreement not to arrest people around the fish. Because, in accordance with the trust that develops, the fish should not be arrested. And anyone who caught it would be damned.

Whether true or not such beliefs. Only, because it was never caught, the fish there continues to increase in number and growing.


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