Bukittinggi is West Sumatra’s center of culture and
tourism, nestled in the highlands north of the provincial capital of
Padang. It is a pleasant two-hour drive (90 km) from Padang through the
gorgeous Anai Valley up to Agam Plateu. Located 930 meters above sea
level, it has a cool climate and is surrounded by three volcanoes:
Tandikat, Singgalang and Merapi.
The central landmark is the
town’s clock tower, dubbed by the local people as Jam Gadang (Big
Clock). It overlooks the market square, a beehive of activity and
fantastic place to do some souvenir shopping. Also worth visiting is the
Rumah Gadang Museum, a traditional extended family house built in the
There are dance performances at the museum’s open
stage every Sunday and on public holidays. Night dance performances are
at Sliguri. You might also want to check out the bullfights at Padang
Lawas (6 km south of Bukittinggi) every Tuesday at 5.00 p.m.
From Jakarta International Airport to Minangkabau
International Airport in Ketaping, the flight will take about 2 hours.
After you’ve arrived you can use a taxi or bus to Bukittinggi.
Taxis and buses are available. A rented car with
chaffeur is the best choice if you prefer privacy. Horse carriages or
sado are colorful, charming transportation to move around town.
Visit one of the landmarks of the city, the
Bukittinggi “Big Clock” or better-known as Jam Gadang. You can also
visit Harau nature reserve, the Pagaruyung Minangkabau palace and Lake
There are various
Inns and Hotels in Bukittinggi. If you are looking for a star hotel,
Novotel Coralia Bukittinggi offers a grand view of the beautiful Anai
valley, while Lima’s Hotel, Hotel Asia and Hotel Denai are classified
locally as ‘superior hotels’.
Raya, Jl. Muka Jam Gadang. This large, popular restaurant has
good-quality Padang food plus a basic Indonesian menu with soup, rice or
noodle dishes. Bear in mind that most of the dishes are spicy, do ask
before you eat to avoid embarrassment (also bowel distress) if you
cannot stand hot food streaked with chilis.
Under the Bridge
Restaurant, Jl. A. Yani. This is a slightly upmarket travelers’
restaurant serving steaks, pasta, pizza, apple pie and chocolate cake.
Lively Pasar Atas (Upper Market), just south of the
clock tower, is lined with stalls and shops selling everyday goods and
Located on Jl. Minangkabau 19, this area has a huge
range of textiles from Sumba and Irian Jaya to king sticks from North
Though the horse
carriage is far more expensive than the ‘ojek’, it is very popular with
the locals, especially since it can carry the whole members of one’s
Good varieties of restaurants are situated on or close to
the city. Rendang and Soto Padang are favorites. Rendang is made of
beef soaked in spicy sauce. Soto Padang is relatively mild if you do not
add extra sambal or chili sauce on it. For those who prefer bland food,
Ayam Pop is a dish not to be missed.
quoted from : http://www.indonesia.travel/en/destination/260/bukittinggi
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