Padang, West Sumatra

Padang is the capital city of West Sumatra, and it becomes the largest city on the western coast of Sumatra Island. It is the gateway to the Minang highlands. With the largest port on Sumatra’s West Coast; this is a merchant town attracting ships trading in goods such as rubber, cinnamon, coffee, tea, cement and coal. If you take a stroll down to the old colonial waterfront you will see century old warehouses stocked with fragrant cinammon and other spices waiting to be shipped to Jakarta and Singapore.

Among the people of Indonesia, the name of the city is generally associated with the Minangkabau ethnic cuisine and they are commonly known as Masakan Padang or Padang cuisine. If you like a little spice in your food then Padang is the place for you. Famous throughout Indonesia for its distinctive cuisine, Padang is the place to go to sample the famous spicy nasi padang food that has spread throughout the country and the world. Padang food includes such delicacies as the spicy coconut curry rendang and soto padang. Experience the unique way Padang food is served. Watch how waiters expertly carry more than ten plates with all kinds of delicacies on both arms. These dishes will then be spread out on the table for diners to pick and choose. You will be charged only for those dishes you have tasted.

Pamutusan island

Some people may have never heard of, let alone visited the island Pamutusan  in West Sumatra. It looks absolutely gorgeous with its stretch of white sandy beaches, stunning landscapes and serene oceanic view. Indeed, West Sumatra is famous region surrounded by hundreds of small islands dotted texture hills and amazing marine life. Located in the Gulf Bungus Kabung, Padang or about an hour’s drive from the city of Padang, the island is known as the hidden paradise that has not been touched travellers and perfect place to indulge in water sports activities.

Kelok 9 padang

West Sumatra is home to a number of winding roads that run along hills and valleys. They are known for being challenging and treacherous for motorists but also for having captivating natural panoramas. The new Kelok 9 (9 Turns) overpass is seen in the background as vehicles proceed along the original, winding road segment Kelok 9 in Limapuluh Kota regency in West Sumatra.

Kelok Sembilan means 9 sharp turns, the length of the turn around is over 900 meters with a width of 12.5 meters and a height of about 80 meters. Officially opened on Oct. 31, the old Kelok 9 road, linking West Sumatra with Riau. The road, built by the Dutch between 1908-1914 and started operation in 1930, has become part of West Sumatra’s history.

Rumah gadang

Rumah gadang (Minangkabau language: “Big house”) are the traditional homes (Indonesian: Rumah adat) of the Minangkabau (also known as Minang or Padang).  It serves as a residence and as a hall for family meetings and ceremonial activities. The Minangkabau society is matrilineal, and the rumah gadang is owned by the women of the family who lives there—ownership is passed from mother to daughter.  The houses have a dramatic curved roof structure with multi-tiered, upswept gables. The house is largely constructed of wood; an exception being the being the rear longitudinal wall which is a plain lattice woven in a chequered pattern from split bamboo. Shuttered windows are built into walls incised with profuse painted floral carvings.

Padang is the stepping off point to all the Mentawais. A bit South of Padang in Teluk Gayur, ferries are anchored which set off mostly in the evening for an overnight trip to the islands. You will not believe what kind of beach paradise awaits you there!

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