4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS PADANG BUKITTINGGI TOUR SUMATERA SELATAN, INDONESIA
Padang, the capital of the province of West Sumatra, is mostly used by tourists as an access point to Bungus Bay, the surfing sites of the Mentawai Islands the inland hills of Bukittinggi and the Kerinci Seblat National Park. That said the city is very pleasant with a nice promanade along the beach, distinctive Padang architecture and wonderfully friendly people. The city is also the home of the delicious Padang food and the town is stuffed with restaurants and street stalls. The locally available guidebook 'Sozzie Sumatra' can be referred to on arrival for upcoming local events and a current 'what to do' section. There are some interesting legends surrounding the foundation and naming of “High Hill” Bukittinggi. The city has its origins in five villages which served as the basis for a marketplace. The city was known as Fort de Kock during colonial times in reference to the Dutch outpost established here in 1825 during the Padri War. The fort was founded by Captain Bauer at the top of Jirek hill and later named after the then Lieutenant Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies, Hendrik Merkus de Kock. The first road connecting the region with the west coast was built between 1833 and 1841 via the Anai Gorge, easing troop movements, cutting the costs of transportation and providing an economic stimulus for the agricultural economy. In 1856 a teacher-training college (Kweekschool) was founded in the city, the first in Sumatra, as part of a policy to provide educational opportunities to the indigenous population. A rail line connecting the city with Payakumbuh and Padang was constructed between 1891 and 1894. During the Japanese occupation of Indonesia in World War II, the city was the headquarters for the Japanese 25th Army, the force which occupied Sumatra. The headquarters was moved to the city in April 1943 from Singapore, and remained until the Japanese surrender in August 1945. During the Indonesian National Revolution, the city was the headquarters for the
AIRPORT – BUKITTINGGI ( L D )
Upon arrival at Minangkabau International Airport, meeting and greeting service by our representative. Then proceed to Bukittinggi via Anai Valley, and stop over at Anai Waterfall and Minangkabau Village. After lunch another brief stop will be made at Pandai Sikek, a village famous for weaving and wood-carving. On arrival in Bukittinggi, check in to the hotel for overnight stay. Dinner will be provided at the local restaurant.
MANINJAU TOUR ( B L D )
After breakfast at the hotel, proceed with City- sightseeing Tour of Bukittinggi visiting the famous Grand Sianok Canyon with the most spectacular view of the surrounding with the Japanese Tunnel incorporated within the area. After lunch, which will be provided at the local restaurant, departure for Lake Maninjau through 44 hairpin curve road to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the lake. On arrival at the lake, stop over at a village called Sungai Batang for Hamka’s House. In the afternoon drive back to Bukittinggi and free program for shopping at Pasar Atas (Upper Market). Dinner will be provided at the local restaurant.
MINANGKABAU TOUR - PADANG ( B L D )
After breakfast at the hotel, proceed with driving to the unique land of Minangkabau visiting Batusangkar. En route, stop over at Tabek Patah, a look out point with panoramic view of the beautiful landscape, visiting the local home-industry such as Pisang Salai and the traditional coffee milling. Lunch will be provided at the local restaurant which is surrounded by the magnificent rice/paddy field with the specific menu of Ikan Bakar. After lunch visiting Silindung Bulan Palace then drive to Padang through Pariangan village. On arrival in Padang, proceeds with City- sightseeing Tour visiting China Town, Old Harbor, Siti Nurbaya Bridge, Padang Beach and free program for shopping until the time to drop you off at the hotel. Dinner will be provided at the local restaurant.
PADANG – AIRPORT ( B )
After breakfast, check out from hotel and drop to the airport for your flight home or next destination.