P A D A N G

P A D A N G   Minangkabau, West Sumatera, Indonesia

Padang, is the capital of the province of West Sumatra in Indonesia. It is the largest city on the western coast of Sumatra. Before Indonesia’s independence, Padang was one of the major cities in the Dutch East Indies and nowadays the fifth largest city in Sumatra behind Medan, Batam, Palembang and Pekanbaru.

Padang is one of the cleanest big cities in Indonesia. Up to 2009, Padang has received the “Adipura” (cleanest and greenest city) award in the category of large city 17 times.

One of the reason we visited Padang because of the Pacu Jawi (Bull Racing)

Here is our itinerary

DAY 1.   Singapore – Batam – Padang – Ngarai Sianok – Bukittinggi

  • Depart with Batamfast earliest ferry 07:40am from Habourfront center – Batam center  48SGD (two way included tax)
  • Arrived at Batam center  07: 40am (Indonesia is 1hour behind)
  • Continue taxi from Batam center to Hang Nadim airport  will cost about Rp. 100.000 and take 30min to arrive
  • 10:10 am Flight depart from Batam to Padang by.Citilink   Rp.780.000 ( for 2 ways per person)

DSC05672

Citilink is a subsidiary of Indonesia’s flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, serving the segment of low budget.

  • 11:20 Arrived at Minangkabau International airport, Padang.

01_20160315-171438-DSC05685

Padang view from the top

Meet the driver Mr. Yul  from www.dreamlandholiday.com .

Total cost for our trip 2D1N  included car + driver + petrol + driver’s meal + 1N driver’s accommodation is Rp. 1.600.000 + Tips.

  • 12:00 From airport we continue to Having a Lunch at Lamun Ombak

Lamun Ombak is famous for Minang cusine and one of the legendary culinary in Padang and one of the most famous restaurant, Which is also visited by one of Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. This restaurant located near the airport. A few menu worth to try is their Gulai ayam, ayam pop, rendang, dendeng balado, jumbo prawn and many more! (but for local, they prefer Lamun Ombak at city branch because it’s more authentic)

02_20160315-171441-DSC05695

They will serve all the dishes but you only pay for what you eat, it’s count per plate.

DSC05698

It’s very clean and cozy

  • 13:00 Drive to Ngarai Sianok ( at Bukittinggi, 2.5hours drive)

On the way to Ngarai Sianok we also pass by Anai waterfall.

C0011T01

Stop by Mak Syukur Sate Padang, this is also one of the legendary culinary in Padang. This restaurant is very popular to tourist and traveller passing Padang Panjang City. Driving from Padang it is after Lembah Anai on the left side.  This is one of the BEST sate Padang, a MUST visit if you are a sate padang lover.

03_20160315-171442-DSC05700

04_20160315-171443-DSC05702

05_20160315-171445-DSC05704

06_20160315-171446-DSC05706

 

  • 04:00pm Arrived at Bukittinggi and check in to Novotel hotel (113sgd Per night per room)

The hotel interior design is superb and outstanding, the room is perfectly clean and the staff is very proffesional and nice. Location of the hotel is in the center of the town, walking distance to jam gadang, walking distance to Ngarai Sianok,  restaurant food is good and with affordable price. For breakfast is included with the room price and a lot of variaties.

08_20160315-171448-DSC05733

09_20160315-171332-_DSC5094

10_20160315-171336-_DSC5118

DSC05743

_DSC5107_HDR

61_20160315-171453-DSC05775

 

Before check in to hotel, we  visit one restaurant nearby hotel , it’s call “ Itiak Lado Mudo”. And again…this Is one of legendary culinary in Bukittinggi. They famous for Itiak (duck), the meat is very tender and full of spice and chilli , we take away two packet of rice complete with duck, it cost Rp.40.000 each, and this is the Most delicious meal we had for today , the chilli is REAL killer and super nice.( please go there before 5pm, as they will sold out very fast)

17_20160315-171452-DSC05765

17_20160315-171351-_DSC5189

After check in, we walk to Jam Gadang just next to hotel.

17a_20160315-171452-DSC05772

Jam Gadang is a clocktower and major landmark of the city of Bukittinggi, West Sumatra, Indonesia. It is located in the centre of the city, near the main market, Pasar Atas, and is a tourist attraction.

  • 06:00pm Visit Ngarai Sianok for sunset

Ngarai Sianok also known as Sianok Grand Canyon is arguably the most beautiful scenery among West Sumatra’s many scenic sites, to be enjoyed particularly at sunrise or sunset. Sianok canyon is also often referred to as the “Dream Land of Sumatra ‘ has a fascinating natural scenery. The air is so cool. Like a velvet blanket of green surrounded by beautiful hills, this is the appearance of this beautiful valley when viewed from above. It’s 3 hours from Padang and 10 min from Bukittinggi.

We visit the beautiful Ngarai Sianok, just 3min from Novotel using car. Its awesome view, but too bad we only arrived 5min before it started to rain, but luckily we got a nice shoot before its rain.

15_20160315-171349-_DSC5167_HDR_1

13_20160315-171340-_DSC5130_HDR

 

 

DAY 2.  Bukittinggi – Lembah Harau – Kelok 9 – Pagaruyung Palace – Pacu Jawi – Padang

  • 06:00 am  Depart from Hotel to Lembah Harau (1.5hours drive)

Lembah Harau or Harau Valley is sometimes known as the Yosemite of Indonesia.

On our visit, it’s very cloudy and start to drizzling

21_20160315-171401-_DSC5325_HDR_2-Edit

18_20160315-171354-_DSC5202_HDR_2

19_20160315-171357-_DSC5242_HDR_1

20_20160315-171359-_DSC5272_HDR

22_20160315-171404-_DSC5349_HDR

23_20160315-171455-DSC05830

27_20160315-171414-_DSC5473_HDR

 

  • 08:30 From Lembah Harau to jembatan Kelok 9 (20min)

Jembatan Kelok 9 is a highway connecting between West Sumatera and Province of Riau, it’s the biggest fly over project in West Sumatera, the longest bridge in West Sumatera.

26_20160315-171405-_DSC5373_HDR

Again…it’s VERY heavy rain

  • 09:15 am From kelok 9 drive to Pagaruyung Palace (2hrs driving)

31_20160315-171407-_DSC5432

Pagaruyung Palace is the most famous and important socio-historical object of interest in Tanah Datar is revealed from the name, this palace is in Pagaruyung of Tanjung Emas subdistrict, the city of Batusangkar, about 5 kilometers from the downtown of Batusangkar city. Locals call the palace Istano Baso, the Great Palace.

28_20160315-171407-_DSC5418

Istana Silinduang Bulan (it’s very near to Pagaruyung Palace)

 

  • 11.45am From Pagaruyung Palace to Tanah Datar for Pacu Jawi ( 20mins drive)

Pacu Jawi, the cow race in West Sumatra, taking place in the Tanah Datar regency.

The festival of cow racing celebrates the end of rice harvesting season by the Minangkabau people in West Sumatra, Indonesia.

While the race has become part of Indonesian culture, the main purpose of the Pacu Jawi is for sellers to exhibit the strength of their cows to potential buyers. And competitors head off across the paddy fields attached to pairs of animals.

A good race performance can lead to generating a higher price for those farmers that plan to sell their breeding stock.

A regular cow that’s bred for daily consumption costs about S$500 – S$700. But a Pacu Jawi racing cow can cost at least twice the regular cow. There are even racing cows that can cost up to S$3000 to S$4000!

32_20160315-171435-_DSC5566_HDR_Fei

32a_20160315-171422-_DSC5526

The cows that run the fastest and straight till the finishing line are the winners. With their hands busy holding on tight, jockeys encourage their steeds to go faster by biting their tails.

39_20160315-171426-_DSC5533

33_20160315-171420-_DSC5518

41_20160315-171434-_DSC5563

37_20160315-171415-_DSC5501

36_20160315-171421-_DSC5521

47_20160315-171430-_DSC5557

46_20160315-171410-_DSC5455

After each run the cows are cleaned and herded into a display pen for the buyers to make their choice.

48_20160315-171432-_DSC5561

One of the Jockey

53_20160315-171506-DSC05931

View of the location

57_20160315-171503-DSC05923

One of the Warung (Canteen)

55_20160315-171502-DSC05921

We are too hungry and its raining, so we order plain rice with telor balado. IT’S SOOOOOO DELICIOUS!

  • 14:00 Tanah Datar to Padang (3-4hrs Drive)

Before check in to hotel, we are visiting Christine Hakim, one of the most famous snack brand in Padang.

  • 18:00 Check in at Ibis Hotel (54SGD per room per night)

Ibis have a very beautiful view, one side is seaview and the other side is facing Beautiful Bukit Barisan.

DSC05966

At the Lobby

DSC05971

The Room

_DSC5575

Toileteries

59_20160315-171437-_DSC5580_HDR

Bukit Barisan View from the Restaurant, it’s amazing for sunrise

59_20160315-171509-DSC06122

View from lift aisle

  • 19:30pm Having Dinner just opposite the hotel

DSC05981

At Ikan bakar Pak Tri’s, is also one of the famous ikan bakar at Padang.

60_20160315-171508-DSC05987

Grilled fish with red sauce is the local authentic dish.

 

DAY 3. Padang – Batam – Singapore

  • Ganti Nan Lamo (ice durian)

DSC06082

This is most famous ice durian in Padang since 1960, But when we tried..it’s a big disappointment, yes it’s from real Durian but not fresh and put too much sugar and the chocolate and other ingredient is too artificial.

We croos the street, and found one noodle stall is very crowded, here is what we order , Sate padang and bakmi ayam.

DSC06085

DSC06088

 

This is the lunch we had with our local friend before going back to Singapore, It’s delicious!

63_20160315-171509-DSC06135

62_20160315-171511-DSC06151

 

Here is the list of famous food in Padang and Bukittinggi

  • Lamun Ombak (Nasi Padang) – Padang
  • Ganti Nan Lamo (Ice Durian) – Padang
  • Restaurant Soto Garuda – Padang
  • Pondok Baselo Lubuk Idai (Grilled Seafood) – Padang
  • Keripik Balado Christine Hakim – Padang
  • Sate Padang Mak Syukur (Padang otw Bukittinggi)
  • Itiak Lado Mudo (Bukittinggi)
  • Nasi Kapau Uni Lis (Bukittinggi)
  • Nasi Kapau Uni Cah (Bukittinggi)

 

Total Expenses  (287SGD per person)

*Ferry Singapore-Batam-Singapore $48

*Air ticket Citilink Batam-Padang-Batam $80

*Car Rental all in(driver+fuel+driver meal & accommodation) for 2D1N $160/3 = $53

*Bukittinggi Novotel Hotel $113/3 = $38

*Ibis Hotel Padang $54/3 = $18

*Meal for 3days+snack = $50

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s