Friday, July 11, 2014

Indonesia: Bukit Tinggi-Padang, West Sumatera (Day 4th)

After had breakfast and checked out, we went to Minangkabau Documentation Center (PDIKM=Pusat Dokumentasi dan Informasi Kebudayaan Minangkabau) at Padang Panjang. Locals marked this center as Minang Villages. This center such a museum and the best place for those needs to acquire informations and histories of Minangkabau tribe. Not to worry cuz beside the books and replicas, there is an officer may help you clarify and explain any queries. Plus, visitors may rent the Minang apparel here as well.

The city of Padang Panjang is located at the foot of Mount Tandikat. Mount Tandikat has historical volcano activities and it is a twin volcano with Mount Singgalang. According to locals, the final eruption was on 1924 and uncertain on the next eruption. Some locals had climbed up this mountain and share their experiences at the crater and the peak.

On the way to Padang town, we saw an abandoned rail down there. I was informed the rails were built previously on Dutch occupation to carry coals from the coal mines. Currently the rails was no longer in service cuz the risen of maintenance cost and not worth to retain due to less of demand on railway services.

Next, we dropby Anai Valley (Lembah Anai), entrance fees IDR6k (RM2) for 2pax (expense13). Not much as it was juz a waterfall aside the road and there were stalls nearby.

Later we stopover at Kiambang, we didn’t dine in there, however juz sightseeing the spectacular countryside from there.

Before reached Minangkabau Airport, we had Soto Padang as our lunch at Warung Angkasa juz 10 minutes from airport, we forgot the cost (expense14). Surprisingly, Soto Padang was differ from my thoughts, however the chicken soup was tempting. (Note: you may try teh tarik mixed with chicken egg, squeeze some lime before drink).

We bording to MY from Minangkabau Airport, Padang. Padang is located at West Sumatra and is an access point to Bungus Bay (surfing sites of the Mentawai Islands), Bukittinggi and the Kerinci Seblat National Park. Please note to spend IDR100,000 for the airport departure taxes or else u cannot proceed to depart. Hepy travelling and have a safe trip for all!

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