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, October 22, 2011

Hotel Benteng

Benteng Hotel located above hill downtown of Bukittinggi, so that you can looking to town of Bukittinggi encircled by mountain of Singgalang & Merapi. And close to object of wisata famous like, Fortress of Fort de Kock, Clock Tower, Sianok Canyon, Japanese Tunnel & Panorama Park.

Perfectly suited to business travelers or weekenders who enjoy the leisurely hospitality of Bukittinggi by day and its energy by night. Within walking distances of Bukittinggi best shopping, restaurants and tourist object.

From Benteng Hotel you can enjoy the scenic views surrounding the city of Bukittinggi with beautiful mountains, forest and valleys.

The Hotel Benteng is perfectly located for both business and leisure guests to Bukittinggi. The Hotel Benteng boasts a convenient location with modern amenities in every guestroom and superb service. This Bukittinggi accommodation contains all of the facilities and conveniences you would expect from a hotel in its class. Along with its convenient location in Bukittinggi, the hotel also offers a wide range of services and facilities to the guests. This hotel is characterized by a combination of modern comfort and traditional element of Bukittinggi, making it a distinct accommodation.

There are television, internet access – LAN, air conditioning in each of the hotel's well-equipped rooms. Guests will enjoy the hotel's excellent facilities and services including shops, laundry service/dry cleaning, bar/pub. Unwind after your day with a choice of garden - just a few of the hotel's excellent sporting and leisure offerings. With its commitment to service and focus on hospitality, you'll enjoy your stay at Hotel Benteng.
Hotel Benteng
Jl.Benteng No.1
Sumatera Barat
Tlp: +6275221115 / 22128
Fax: +62 752 22596

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Bukittinggi Maps

West Sumatera Maps

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Nasi Kapau

Kapau true is the name of a 'kenagarian' (village) in the District Tilatang Kamang, Agam regency, West Sumatra. Like every village in Minangkabau, almost nothing special with Kapau if we see villages, natural bersawah fields, people who are generally farmers, some merchants, a small proportion of civil servants. But the name has gone very thanks Kapau Kapau rice.

What exactly is so special about a dish that is popularly known that took the name of the seller's original hometown? Kapau very typical curry with kunyitnya very dominant color, with savory and spicy flavors. Vegetable curry Kapau consists of pieces of young jackfruit, bamboo shoots, cabbage, ferns, green beans, jengkol in the not too thick sauce (not too much coconut milk) yellow (saffron) red (cayenne). What is also very typical curry tunjang, or kikil. 'Pangek ikan paweh batalua' (fish curry cooked eggs Tawes until dry), curry intestine (bovine) containing a mixture of crushed eggs and tofu, beef jerky balado, fried eel. After that of course there is fried chicken, chicken curry, chicken rendang, beef rendang.

Rice always comes standard Kapau jackfruit curry rice Kapau hallmark. Jackfruit curry coconut milk does not use much and not too thick. Curry mixed with green beans, cabbage, bamboo shoots, ferns, and jengkol. In addition to jackfruit curry, rice dishes Kapau almost all of the meat dishes. Intestine curry (curry tambunsu) a mixture of chicken eggs and tofu are put into cow intestines (due to intestinal harder buffalo), fish curry, curry tunjang, grilled chicken, anchovies balado, cob balado, beef jerky balado, fried eel, and green chili. Another side dish of rice Kapau fried chicken, fried chicken green curry chicken, rendang chicken, beef rendang. Rice Kapau be of high quality rice, is generally sent from Bukittinggi and Agam.

In Bukittinggi Market, the market closest to the village Kapau, each side dish or goulash was placed in a large pan-tiered stacking is placed between the bench where the buyer and the seller who eat well are the servants who will get curry in accordance with buyer demand. Use a spoon to scoop curry coconut shells from long-stemmed, because of the arrangement of pots curry was too far away to reach the hand.

In places to eat in the middle market in the Pasar Lereng Bukittinggi like every trader has a more or less two and a half times two feet. Here lined with merchants selling rice Kapau almost identical. Open competition is very competitive. But every trader has no fortune of each, there are already customers of each. This may be because there is little difference or advantage to one type of food in one place than another place next door. Maybe 'gulai tunjang' Tek Ani more savory while 'pangek paweh batalua' better at Tek Ana.

Kapau rice meal in the tavern as the simplest on the Pasar Lereng Bukittinggi can not be said the food was cheap. The price is obviously different from the price of food on stalls Tegal example. Perhaps this is because 'trademark' Kapau already famous rice dish-pauknya addition of side dishes are usually expensive (tunjang, beef jerky, chicken, etc.). In Lis Union shop in London dining with dishes of the main piece of tunjang plus a small piece of dried beef jerky, or as an additional piece of fried eel with vegetables jackfruit and bamboo shoots can cost close to Rp15 000.

Restaurant Nasi Kapau scattered everywhere. In Jakarta, Bandung, Bogor, in Jogjakarta, Surabaya. Even crossed over to Kalimantan and Sulawesi. Only in the restaurants were serving and eating is no longer as in the tavern Union Lis in Bukittinggi. But the side dishes, side dishes served at the table like a Padang restaurant. In Jakarta collection lapau Kapau rice similar to the slopes Bukittinggi Market is located at the end of the road near the junction Senen Raya Kramat. Here large pots containing curry too laid-tiered stacking.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Goa Ngalau Indah

Goa Ngalau Indah or beautiful grotto is the name of a cave on the slopes of hills located in Payakumbuh. Inside are stalagmites and stalactite rock formed from limestone deposition process that lasted hundreds of years. Both kinds of stone carving has a variety of shapes, with amazing ornaments, such as: space bedroom, chair, mosquito nets and so forth.

So that visitors can enjoy the scenery with the more liberal grotto, the local government to build some support facilities, such as: lighting, connecting road and stairs.

From the hills around the grotto, tourists can see the panorama of the city Payakumbuh that lay in plain sight. The combination of urban layout of buildings, green trees and vast expanse of paddy fields is one unit of Payakumbuh sheen.

While the scenery around the grotto is also not less interesting. Before entering into a grotto or rather in front of the entrance of tourists greeted with a carving of the stone that resembles an elephant. Entering the grotto, tourists will get a treat various stone carvings are engraved inside the grotto. Various shapes and carved rocks are named according to shape the stone, such as: chairs, bed nets, and bedroom. The visitors who feel tired or longer want to enjoy the Ngalau Indah can stop and sit back and relax on the rocks. In other parts of the Grotto, there is a white stone Tira a beam of light when exposed to light, can reflect light such a beautiful sheen.

One of the Ngalau Indah cave walls are cream-colored with beautiful curves. Unfortunately ignorant hands still littering the beauty of this Ngalau Indah cave wall.

Spacious room, not far from the mouth of the cave where there are beautiful stone grotto first elephant, and several other large rocks that resembled an altar.

Beautiful stalactite grotto which resembles a giant mouth agape with rows of sharp teeth which partially chipped. Rock stalactite and stalagmite in the cave Ngalau Indah is named by the locals, among them called the Stone of Tear Drops, stalk Stone Umbrella, Mosquito nets Stone, Stone Curtain Bride, and Mother Crying Stone.

Attractions Ngalau Indah can be reached by land transportation. From the city of Padang to Payakumbuh, trips taken about 3 hours by private vehicle or public transport. If using public transport, cost of 20,000, 00 to Rp. 25000.00 per person. When from Bukittinggi is only about 0.5 hours drive.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Lembah Anai

Lembah Anai or Anai Valley are in conservation areas located in the Nagari Singgalang, Tanah Datar, or about 60 kilometers from Padang. Waterfalls are a symbol of the valley is situated on a road between the cities of Padang and Bukittinggi, only about 1 hour from Minangkabau International Airport Padang. Anai Valley Waterfall exact location on the edge of the trans-Sumatra highway.

In the midst of the hustle and bustle of inter-city bus that drove splitting lush jungle in the winding streets, hidden nature a very beautiful painting called Lembah Anai.

I do not know where the word originated Anai Valley, but the beauty of natural waterfalls make passersby fall in love. A cross between the rush of a waterfall with a small river that flows between the hedge wilderness, nature paintings which make it very difficult to be forgotten from memory.

The cool atmosphere accompanied by the presence of wild monkeys from behind a grove of forest around the waterfalls, adding to the atmosphere of this resort is becoming increasingly attractive to visit.

Overview of the Anai valley waterfall, this is one of the conservation area is highly guarded nature preserve ecosystem integrity and a pride to the world of tourism in West Sumatra. With the height of the waterfall about 35 meters, Anai valley waterfall has its own uniqueness that is the water that falls slightly elongated from above.

If a visit to West Sumatra, it feels incomplete if we do not visit this Anai Valley tourist attraction. Tickets are relatively cheap entry Rp1500 only and we can enjoy the natural beauty of waterfall with a cool ambience and serene mountains. If you like nature tourism, the camp is also available located not far from the location of the waterfall. Indeed true what they say, that Indonesia is a country with a rich emerald equatorial nature and biological diversity.

Feeling the cold water that shot from the top of the hill is an unforgettable sensation. If you want, you can also bathe there. Water is very clean and clear. Not only enlivened vehicle traffic, in this area through a rail train just in front of the fountain.

Parking is available and the restaurant or the many food stalls there. Even the vendors of fruit and souvenirs.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Pantai Padang

Pantai Padang or Padang Beach also referred to as Tapi Lauik or Taplau by the local people, is situated in close proximity from the ferry port on the costal area from Samudra Street to Puruih.

The sea water is muddy and not quite suitable for swimming, however being surrounded by hills and trees the beach is ideal for strolling and watching the sunset and relaxing.

The atmosphere is also pleasant and not too windy besides the shade from the trees provides an opportunity to hide from the rays of the sun.

There are several eateries and food stalls along the beach which make this place a lively nightspot, where people come for dining.

Tourists are told to be aware during high tides as the flow of currents can get very strong and the wave’s rough, so at such times, it is best not to venture out alone on the beach or with children and family.

Various package holiday tours are offered every holiday season arrives. As in the long Idul Fitri holiday today. While going home, visitors can also enjoy the natural beauty of the coast of Padang, West Sumatra, as well as testing the guts to exercise parasailing and banana boat.

This exercise will probably be a fun experience. Especially for those new first time trying to fly with parasailing which is guaranteed to be the first experience unforgettable. Traction motor boat that brings in height will be more indulgent and satisfying the curiosity of the beauty of the coast of Padang. Even more exciting, make a helping wind blows towing rope up and down so it felt to fall in the middle of the sea area.

But for the fear of heights need not worry. This beach also offers banana boating facilities. Rubber boats shaped like bananas can be climbed five people with motor boat pulled. The visitors can enjoy the fierce waves and floating above the sea water.

No need to hesitate about security. By removing the cost of Rp100.000 for parasailing and Rp35.000 for the banana boat, the two sports is already equipped with safety standards. Visitors can also test the ability and courage so that the Lebaran holidays became more exciting.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Kerupuk Sanjai

In addition to the iconic rendang culinary tour of the town of Bukittinggi, West Sumatra, crackers or Kerupuk Sanjai cassava is also a culinary tour one of the icons of this city. For tourists who come to visit this city will not complete it if not buy snacks crackers sanjai as souvenirs.

Kerupuk Sanjai is a type of cassava chips made from thinly sliced ​​or cut. When finished cut, and then dried in the sun to dry cassava for easy fried and crispy results. So that the results are not bland fried, then after cassava removed from the pan and leave it for a while and then sprinkled with seasonings. Once this process is completed, then Kerupuk Sanjai  ready meal is served to the family and for sale.

These snacks are usually sold in markets located in the city of Bukittinggi. Merchants can sell freely because they are supported by the City of Bukittinggi who intentionally build a special location in the marketplace for merchants to sell various snacks especially Kerupuk Sanjai. In addition to the City of Bukittinggi, in some cities, such as the city of Padang Panjang, Kota Payakumbuh, and the city of Padang also can be found vendors selling Kerupuk Sanjai .

Kerupuk Sanjai made by the City of Bukittinggi has good taste and crunchy. The advantage is of course closely related to the processing of good and proper selection of raw materials. Another plus, Kerupuk Sanjai also famous stand in a long time without changing the taste.

In processing the material to be snacks, cracker-makers need a long time. For example, in selecting the raw material of cassava, cassava chosen with good quality that deliberately brought in from various places. Cassava is then sliced ​​thinly or cut and dried in the hot sun, so that the water content in the cassava to dry.

Once considered, cassava that has been dried and then fried. Usually the frying process uses a large container or pot with a good cooking oil. This is done, so taste the fried crackers are not mixed with other ex-frying and the result feels more crispy fried. Once finished fried crackers, the next step is to make seasoning for kerrupuk. In order not fried crackers was bland, it needs to be mixed with herbs to create a delicious flavor.

Kerupuk Sanjai are also processed and presented in some variety of different flavors. The author developed several flavors, such as salty, fresh, the combination of salty and sweet, spicy flavor, and the combination of sweet and spicy. Presentation Kerupuk Sanjai with different taste, the course will provide many alternative choices for buyers. But usually, we know sanjai chips with a spicy-sweet taste.

Kerupuk Sanjai can be found at several locations in the town of Bukittinggi, West Sumatra Province, Indonesia. Locations include areas Biaro, Pasar Atas, Pasar Bawah, Market Foreign Padang, and Aur Kuning Market in Bukittinggi City.

Sanjai Nagari is located about 3 kilometers from the city of Bukittinggi is the location of the typical snacks from West Sumatra. Dominant livelihood of the population are domestic industry producing this sweet crackers.

At least, hundreds more families who produce crackers sanjai for sale not only in the City Bukittingi but also supplied to the various regions in Sumatra and even down to the neighboring provinces such as North Sumatra, Riau up to several cities in Java.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Tour de Singkarak

Tour de Singkarak 2011 will be held starting next June. The competition was attended by 225 riders from 10 teams in the country and 15 overseas teams and taking seven stages.

This year's Tour de Singkarak entering his third year. This championship has officially become an annual event organizer Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).

For this year, UCI set a Tour de Singkarak held on 6 to June 12, 2011.

This year's competition melombakan seven stages across a variety of natural beauty and culture in 12 districts / cities in West Sumatra with a total distance of 813 kilometers.

Stage Details are as follows. Padang Stage I, Stage II, Padang - Pariaman, Stage III Pariaman - Bukittinggi, Bukittinggi Stage IV - Payakumbuh, Stage V Payakumbuh - Sawahlunto, Stage VIA Sawahlunto - Pagaruyung, VIB Pagaruyung Stage - Stage VII Padangpanjang and Padang Panjang - Lake Batur. Several new attractions will be part of the race track path including Harau Valley.

Total Stage this year increased compared to the previous year that is six. Last year Tour de Singkarak cover a total distance of 551.7 kilometers.

For this year's race followed by 225 cyclists from 10 teams in the domestic and 15 international teams.

Director General of Marketing Kemudpar RI Sapta Nirwandar convey that to support these activities the government formed a partnership with Amaury Sport Organization in France to improve the quality of and help bring the best racers from the continent of America and Europe.

ASO which will provide consulting organization of the Tour de Singkarak 2011 is the leading sports event organizers who have long experience in organizing the Tour de France, Paris Dakkar rally and the Paris Marathon. ASO themselves argue that the quality of the Tour de Singkarak very likely to be upgraded to class sporting event of the Tour de France.

Twice held, Tour de Singkarak in the realm of Minangkabau, West Sumatra, apparently attracted the attention of Amaury Sport Organization, or ASO. General Manager of ASO Baptiste Kern, met the Minister of Culture and Tourism, represented by the Director of the Directorate General of Marketing Promotion Facility Esthy Reko Astuti, to explore cooperation. In fact, Baptiste also visited a route that bypassed the bike rider in the Tour de Singkarak the event.

ASO Tour de Singkarak aiming to encourage the acceleration of the Tour de Singkarak 2011 campaign to become a much bigger performance in the eyes of the world. “Later, in stages, Tour de Singkarak will be able to be aligned and of the Tour de France,” said Baptiste Kern.

Hotel Hang Tuah

PT Sabasuyabe built the hotel in 1978, and vend it to PT Tuah Tirapah in May 1st, 2000. Since then Hotel Hangtuah have been modified and renovated thoroughly.

Management alteration were done continuously to level Hotel Hangtuah with it’s ever -changing surroundings and also to provide the customer an augmented service of quality escalation.

As the result of its well-measured service in 2006 and currently 2007, Hotel Hangtuah received a Padang Tourism Award as the Best Budget Hotel. Not only for its customer friendly rates, Hotel Hangtuah is also the right place for you and your friends or families to enjoy your subtle times together.

Today, Hotel Hangtuah consists of 38 rooms, 1 restaurant and 1 Function Room. The wireless internet access in every room is the factual evidence of Hotel Hangtuah’s determination to improve, whether in quality of service or management, which also permit the easy access of communication and information to all hotel guests.

Strategically located in the heart of Padang's Central Business Distric with Prestigious Shopping Center, Traditional Market and Padang Beach nearby, Hotel Hangtuah is the right choice for your accessibility and benefit.


  1.  Room(s)
       - Class Room
       - Conference Room
       - Theater Room
   2. 24 hour Restaurant & Room Service,
   3. Local Channel Television , HBO, ESPN, BBC World News, Star Sports, Disney Channel, MTV,
   4. WI-FI connection in all area,
   5. 24 hour front desk,
   6. Hot water (only for superior and standard balcony),
   7. Complimentary bottled water (only for superior and standard balcony),
   8. Balcony/terrace (certain rooms),
   9. Fax and printing on request,
  10. Laundry,
  11. Instrumental music,
  12. Moslem praying room “Mushola”,
  13. Alqur’an and sajadah available at all rooms,
  14. Wake-up call service,
  15. Travel agency,
  16. Parking area.

Hotel Hangtuah
Jalan Pemuda No 1
Padang 25117

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Lembah Harau

Lembah Harau (Harau Valley) is about ten miles from downtown Payakumbuh. Entering the Lembah Harau, like being in a fortress. High ridge fence around 150-200 meters. Cliff was upright with sturdy that surrounds the valley. Fences steep rocky cliffs and straight challenge for sport rock climbing.

Currently Lembah Harau valley region has become Harau Valley Park and has about 5 waterfalls, namely 1 waterfall in Aka Barayun and 4 waterfalls in Sarasah Bunta, all of which are stunning waterfalls. The height of each waterfall varies between 50-90 meters. The waterfall flows from the top of a cliff which stretches along the valley Harau, poured cold water and very clear.

Most of the population edged Harau search as a farmer. Paddy fields stretching all the way from the waterfall the other one towards another waterfall in the forest. Unfortunately around waterfalls stand lapak2 reply if it is currently closed. This stall will be open on Saturdays and Sundays only. Plastic-roofed shanties blue and orange, very disturbing beauty waterfall amidst the forest.

For those of you who have a hobby of climbing the cliffs, ideal for adrenaline challenge, testing the height of the cliff Lembah Harau. Lembah Harau Valley itself is a tourist attraction that is quite old, because it exists and is estimated to have visited since 1926. There is a monument to prove it, situated near Waterfall Sarasah Bunta, and is a Dutch heritage. F Rinner, Assistant Resident of the Netherlands, the undersigned at the monument.

In addition to Waterfall Lembah Harau, there are also nature reserves and wildlife reserves which has an area about 270 hectares. Some species exist and are protected in nature reserves and wildlife reserves Valley Harau include Long Tailed Monkey, Gibbon, Tiger, Bear, Tapir, Hedgehog, Goats Forest, Bird Kuau, hornbills and other. A garden tour will also be built to complement all existing facilities.

The beauty and charm of natural scenery Lembah Harau is very complete. Since the beginning of entering the area of ​​tourism, we will be pampered with natural gaps, waterfalls, cliffs and several caves. In addition to natural attractions, was built as well as the camp facilities, pool and walkways that can be used for hiking around the jungle in the area of ​​tourism.
Go to Lembah Harau, can be reached from the terminal Aur Kuning, Bukittinggi. Towards a regency which is 45 kilometers from Bukittinggi. By using the bus Payakumbuh department which is 15 kilometers from the Lembah Harau, can proceed with the bus Sari Lama. Travel time from Payakumbuh can be reached in half an hour.
Lembah Harau tourist sites was divided into two places where you can choose, namely Sarasah Bunta and Aka Barayun. If you choose a more natural, you can get through Sarasah Bunta who has a five waterfalls with views of the pristine. Whereas if you expect to get a more complete facilities, Aka Barayun was the one who should be chosen because in addition to having a waterfall, Aka Barayun has also built a swimming pool and cottages and resorts.

In Aka Barayun Lembah Harau, you can also meilihat breeding butterflies, see some animals at the Zoo, and tried to climb the traditional transportation of West Sumatra, Bendi. Who want to climb the cliffs can also be done from the root of Swings, where cliff climbing facilities are well constructed, so that we can rise up to the summit and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the hill Lembah Harau.

If only enjoy it from the bottom only, you will feel like in the castle, because of the cliffs that surround the height you can reach 200 meters. Siege of a very high cliff that is what makes Lembah Harau like being in the natural fortress. You can shout loudly, and your voice will sound reflections.

The cost is relatively cheap. Just need to pay entrance fee of Rp. 2.000, - only per person. For lodging a relatively expensive if you need to stay here. It costs ranging from hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars per night.

Legend Lembah Harau was also there. That said, there is a kingdom on the cliff, and below is the ocean. The king's daughter has the desire to marry a man, but opposition from their parents so choose to plunge herself into the sea. King then asked all the people dry the seas in search of her beloved child's body but also not to be found, even to the sea has dried.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Bukittinggi Profile

The City of Bukittinggi is one of the cities in West Sumatera Province. Bukittinggi city is geographically located between 100.210 and 100.250 degrees east longitude between 00.760 00.190 degrees latitude south. Bukittinggi City area in the north bordering the Agam regency, in the east to the Agam regency while the western border with Agam regency and the south by Agam District. The total area of 25.24 km2 Bukittinggi city which is divided into three districts.

Tourism and shopping are two things that can not be separated from the life of this city. Of natural beauty in some of the areas main attraction. Trade center was so easy to find. Small town which covers only 0.06 percent of the area of West Sumatra province is popularly known as the Town Clock Tower.

Clock Tower, which means the big clock at the same time become a symbol of downtown. From the tower where stands the Clock Tower is tourism activities and shopping can begin. Because the nuances of historical places which witnessed urban development in the past such as the former residence of Bung Hatta, Fort Fort de Kock, and holes Japan is not far from it. The city also has facilities and adequate supporting infrastructure such as 60 hotels and 15 travel agencies.

Bukittinggi is also known as a city of trade and services. The presence of Upper Market, market bottom, and Simpang Pasar Aur, Aur Market Yellow or well known. The market is one of the container communities of economic activity. Unless other markets that sell retail goods, Aur Kuning Market specializes in demand for goods in bulk or wholesale. Similarly, the Tanah Abang Market in Jakarta, as well as local people call this market as the Land of His brother Bukittinggi. Aur Kuning Market is the largest with buildings occupying 12,872 square meters. Inside there are 1340 units of shops and plots los 3557 units which are all fully charged.
In the center of craft, In this city, especially local handicrafts embroidery that adorn various model kebaya and mukena offered. Bukittinggi original embroidery designs typically utilize techniques that pertained directly rather complicated and time-consuming.

The city of Bukittinggi is also considered to be very suitable as a city of education. Education in relatively advanced high hill in the appeal other areas in West Sumatera.

Flights To Bukittinggi

Until today there has been no direct flights to Bukittinggi. But this cold city lies not so far from Minangkabau International Airport. The journey from the airport is only around 1.5 hours.

Landed in BIM, you will not be difficult to get transportation to Bukittinggi. There are official taxi at the airport. When bored in a taxi, you can also use the bus. Only, you would have to exit the airport first before getting the bus at the intersection Ketaping hung.

Flights to BIM quite a lot. Not just local flights, but there are also cross-country flight. A number of airlines that already have fixed schedules to and from Minangkabau International Airport are:



Pusako Hotel Bukittinggi

Pusako Hotel Bukittinggi, The first 4-star hotel in West Sumatra in facilities as well as in its professional and hospitality service. Your first choice if you hunger for intimacy in every room. Pusako Hotel is equipped with recreational, sports, and business facilities, restaurant, conference rooms, and swimming pool. To relax with your family or friends in the evenings Experience musical entertainment and cultural shows.
Pusako Hotel Bukittinggi situated in 5-hectares of beautiful landscaped gardens on a hill side with far reaching views outlined by the legendary mountains of Merapi and Singgalang.

Only 90 minutes drive from Padang, the Capital City of West Sumatra Province, Indonesia, or from Minangkabau International Airport and easily accessible, about 50 minutes, by plane from Medan, the capital city of North Sumatra Province, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, or 90 minutes flight from Jakarta, the Capital City of the Republic of Indonesia

165 rooms consisting of 136 Deluxe, 12 Executive Deluxe, 8 Family Rooms, 2 Kid's Suite, 6 Junior Suites and 1 Presidential Suite.

Each room is designed with traditional Minang motif mixed with modern comforts.
    * Comfortable double/twin beds
    * Private bathroom with shower or tub
    * Color Remote TV Satellite Programs
    * In-house Video Program
    * IDD Telephone
    * Electricity : AC 220/50 cycles
    * Private Balcony
    * Refrigerator
    * Hairdryers in Executive Deluxe Rooms, Family Rooms, Kids Suites, Junior Suites and Presidential Suite.
    * Sockets for shavers
Other Facilities

* Jambalero Brasserie
* Parenai Theatre Restourant
* 24 hours Room Service
* Tennis Court
* Jogging Track
* Children Playground
* Billiard
* Giant Chees
* Mini Basketball
* Pagatok Louge Bar
* Fitness Center
* Laundry & Valet
* Safe Deposit Box


Pusako Hotel Bukittinggi
Jl. Soekarno-Hatta No. 7,
Bukittinggi 26169
Sumatra Barat - Indonesia
Phone. 62-752-32111
Fax. 62-752-32667, 21017
Reservations Hotline : 62-752-34842

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Gunung Marapi

Mount Marapi, also known as the Merapi volcano has a height or 2891.3 m above sea level. As one of the most active volcanoes in Sumatra, Marapi has erupted frequently. Starting from the late 18th century until 2008 there were about 454 times erupts, 50 of them on a large scale, while the rest on a small scale by eliminating the ash sulfur.

Among the many mountains that exist in West Sumatra, Mount Marapi is a tourist attraction that is often visited by the tourists. Mount Marapi have a fixed point for the climber, making it easier for the climbers to make the climb. On this mountain, there is growing interest edelwis blooming around the slopes of the mountain, which adds beautiful view of Mount Marapi.

Mount Marapi, located near the town of Bukittinggi, precisely around the District Agam and Tanah Datar, West Sumatera, Indonesia.

Access to reach the Mount Marapi is fairly easy, considering it is situated not far from the central town of Bukittinggi and Padang Panjang. From Padang or airport Ketaping to Mount Marapi, it took about 1,5 hours to get to the location. Meanwhile, if departed from the town of Bukittinggi took about 30 minutes. Transportation to reach the site can be reached by landline, can use public transport or travel. The cost of transport ranged between 15,000-Rp. 20,000 per person.
Location of Mount Marapi is not so far from the city of Bukittinggi and Padang Panjang. In view of Mount Marapi is close to 2 cities, tourists from out of town who want to linger in the area, to stay at the hotel in two of the city. Along the road to Mount Marapi, there are many restaurants serving various cuisine of Padang dishes that can cure the hunger of the tourists.

There are several hiking paths at this point, but the starting point that people use to make the climb here is from Koto Baru. Before you make the climb, the climbers usually climb up a few supplies that are lacking in this Pasar Koto baru. Here also we can eat and relax and chat with other climbers.

For more interesting, should make the climb on the mountain is done in the morning. In addition to health problems, during the ascent we also can enjoy the beautiful sights along this route. From the Pasar Koto Baru ascent to the post we can choose between starting with the countryside on foot or public transport leading to the post climbing. If we choose to walk away, more or less took about 30 minutes to arrive at the post climb.

From the climb heading toward Parak Batuang journey continues through the estate with residents. In Parak Batuang we can enjoy the fresh air and filling the volcano in the source water bottle that contained this region.

From Parak Batuang, proceed to the summit of a volcano. From here take limb about 5 hours to mencapi peak. Travel in the contents with a view of tropical forests and some fairly steep ascent path.

Having reached the top, ta ki should choose a location on the rock for a camping place. To reach the summit should be done at dawn, so that we can enjoy views of Mount Marapi sunrise and enjoy the stunning scenery of Mount Marapi in the morning. From the summit of Mount Marapi, we can enjoy views of the town of Bukittinggi, Mount Singgalang, views of Lake Singkarak located in the District of Solok.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Danau Di Atas Danau Di Bawah

Solok district that is rich in beautiful lakes. No fewer than four of the lake found there, namely: Lake in Upper Lake at the Bottom, Lake Batur and Lake Talang. I am really lucky to be able to visit some of them and enjoy its natural beauty.

Lake in the Upper and Lower Lakes are often referred to as Twin Lakes. Twin Lakes is comprised of two separate lake about 1 km distance. Although practically twins, both completely different both from the area, shape and height. We can see both of them together when they are very high, maybe when were in the helicopter.

The two lakes are separated in a distance of about a mile it's got its own uniqueness. Lake named Above precisely located below. And, conversely, Lake Bottom is located at the top. The water level of Lake On the Lake water level with elementary Down because they are different depths so far away.

In addition, twin lake has also become one of tourism object which is rumored to continue to try to be developed by the government of the District of Solok. It is seen from a number of facilities available in the vicinity. Twin Lake Panorama, for example, has a pretty garden-landscaped gardens plus a permanent bench of cement a place to sit relax.

There are also some of the gazebo to place people look at the beauty that lay On Lake area, set in picturesque valley of Gumanti. Just near the parking lot, there is a hall-like building that is locked and the walls are dull.

Here and there appear scattered garbage. There is a pack of biscuits, some plastic bottles and glass of mineral water. The location of this lake tour impressed hidden from the hustle and bustle of tourist traffic that echoed the government. Meeting hall built near Lake Under even looks a bit shabby unkempt. Similarly tour tilled water that did not seem serious, though admittedly the means highway built to the location of the Padang is relatively good.

In this twin lakes, water tourism can only be done on Lake On Top. Visitors can only motor boating "traditional" around the lake at a rate of Rp 5,000 per person. The lake is relatively "shallow", only about 44 meters deep. Meanwhile, Lake Down, with a depth of more than 800 meters, it is impossible to explore by boat. "People are generally scared because of its depth," said Mr Ancun, a motor boat owners there.

In the tourist sites of the lake water clearly that no other facilities, such as water bikes at the edge. Similarly, no special facilities for visitors who have a hobby of fishing. It is said that more entertainment facilities. In fact, at that location there is only one small shop, with seating limited to just sip coffee while enjoying snacks.

That said, the actual location of this great tour so less attractive because of the limited facilities department. Visitors were most of the citizens of West Sumatra itself. It may be too many people outside do not know the particulars of Sumatra natural charm of this two volcanic lakes.
To reach the tourist area of Twin Lakes is actually not difficult. Located about 60 kilometers southeast of Padang, the trip can be taken approximately one hour by private vehicle. With public transportation routes or Padang Padang, Alahan Panjang, Muara Labuh, the trip can take up to two hours.

Along the way, a relatively good road conditions and wide enough, even though a lot of twists and climb the rather steep. After the Municipality District Sitinjau Laut, about 30 kilometers from Padang, we begin to be treated to a very beautiful natural scenery. In one of the roads in this sub region also has a sharp bend in the road very slippery, so the drivers should be extra careful driving a car.

After the city's districts, there are many sharp turns to enter the area called Lubuk Selasih. If it does not hold, such conditions can-can make the stomach feel queasy. But, as far as the eye could see, that looks just green hills open to the sky is blue. In Lubuk Selasih also has the fork: the northeast toward the town of Solok, while the direction to the southeast toward Alahan Panjang. From a distance also looks that are still active Mount Talang rose as high as 2597 meters.


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