Koto Gadang village, Bukittinggi

Bukittinggi, The Minangkabau Highlands

Bukittinggi lies surrounded by lush forests and rolling hills in the Minang Highlands. Bukittinggi is the commercial centre of the region and a bustling hill town. It’s a great place to discover arts and crafts, as numerous surrounding villages are easily accessible from the town itself. These small villages named Koto Gandang, Pandai Sikat are[…]

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Pasar Aur Kuning and Pasar Atas

Bukittinggi’s Pasar Aur Kuning And Pasar Atas, The Traditional Markets

West Sumatra is famed for its exquisite handicrafts producing rich gold and silver “songket” cloths on handwoven red, sky blue, royal yellow or deep green cloths, elegant embroidered pieces used at elaborate traditional weddings, fine embroidered “peranakan” wedding costumes, accessories and sandals, filigree work, woodcarving, embroidered muslim wear and prayer veils -or “mukenah”,-  and a whole […]

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The Harau Valley, West Sumatra

The Beautiful Harau Valley

A relaxing one-hour drive from the bustling market of Bukittinggi in the province of West Sumatra, lies the beautiful Harau Valley, – or sometimes called the Arau valley – where lush green ricefields are hemmed in between huge granite cliffs. Here dozens of waterfalls tumble down from 80 to 300 meters height into the valley below,[…]

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Maninjau Lake, West Sumatra

Refreshing Lake Maninjau

The splendid Lake Maninjau in West Sumatra, is one of the calmest places in Indonesia. Come to this ancient lake, set within a volcanic crater, to escape from the crowds and hustle and bustle of the rest of the country. Perched in the mountain highlands, around 461 meters above sea level, Lake Maninjau is a[…]

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Bukittinggi, West Sumatra

The Town Of Bukittinggi, West Sumatra’s Cultural Center

Nestled in the highlands north of Padang in the Agam valley, the town of Bukittinggi or ‘high hill’ is West Sumatra’s cultural center. While Padang may be the modern commercial and administrative hub, Bukittinggi is a bustling market town. Although it is less than a degree south of the equator, Bukittinggi has a refreshingly cool[…]

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Jam Gadang

Jam Gadang, An Icon Of Bukittinggi

Jam Gadang is an icon of Bukittinggi. In the Indonesian language, Jam Gadang means big clock and big it certainly is! This 26 meter tall clock was built in 1826 as a present from the Dutch Queen to the city secretary, Rook Maker. Its roof has been changed three times reflecting changes in the history[…]

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Ngarai Sianok or Sianok Canyon, West Sumatra

The Remarkable Ngarai Sianok Canyon in Bukittinggi

Just on the outskirts of the hill town of Bukittinggi in the Minangkabau highlands, lies this breathtaking canyon which the locals call Ngarai Sianok, or the Sianok Canyon. Its panorama is particularly beautiful in the early morning light when the first rays of the sun pierce through the mist covering this deep valley that has majestic Mount Singgalang[…]

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Japanese Bunker

Japanese Bunker, The Legacy Of World War II

The Japanese bunker in the town of Bukittinggi was built by Indonesians under forced labor for the Japanese soldiers who occupied Indonesia from 1942 to 1945. This 1,470 meter long underground bunker is 40 meters below Ngarai Sianok (Sianok canyon). There are 21 tunnels in the bunker which were used to store ammunition, as residences,[…]

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Rafflesia Arnoldii

Batang Palupuh, The Giant Flowers Rafflesia Arnoldii

Batang Palupuh is a refuge for the giant flowers Rafflesia Arnoldii, blooming only once a year in November. A guide can be obtained from the office at the reserve. ACTIVITIES TO EAT After a close look (and smell) of the flowers, you might not want to eat on the spot, so it’s advisable if you dine[…]

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