Escape to Refreshing Coolness: Discover Bukittinggi and Beyond in West Sumatra

Rumah Gadang Siguntur
Rumah Gadang Siguntur

If you’re in Padang, Sumatera Barat, Indonesia, and you’re looking for a place with a cool temperature, I recommend visiting the beautiful city of Bukittinggi. Located just around 90 kilometers northeast of Padang, Bukittinggi offers a refreshing change in climate due to its higher elevation.

In Bukittinggi, you can explore the stunning natural beauty of the surrounding area while enjoying the cooler temperatures. Here are a few attractions you might consider:

  1. Ngarai Sianok (Sianok Canyon): This breathtaking canyon offers panoramic views of lush green landscapes and deep valleys. Take a leisurely stroll along the canyon rim or hike down to experience its natural beauty up close.
  2. Jam Gadang: Visit the iconic landmark of Bukittinggi, the Jam Gadang clock tower. This beautiful architectural gem, reminiscent of a Dutch colonial influence, serves as a symbol of the city and offers a great vantage point to admire the surroundings.
  3. Lobang Jepang (Japanese Cave): Explore the historic underground tunnels used by the Japanese during World War II. This intriguing site provides a glimpse into the region’s wartime history.
  4. Taman Panorama: Enjoy a serene walk in Taman Panorama, a park known for its beautiful garden and scenic views of the surrounding area. It’s an ideal spot to relax and soak in the cool atmosphere.

If you’re interested in similar cool destinations near Padang, you may consider exploring the highlands of West Sumatra, such as Lake Maninjau or the picturesque town of Solok. These areas also offer cooler temperatures and a chance to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the region.

Enjoy your exploration of the cool and refreshing destinations near Padang!

Tabuik Festival

The Pariaman Tabuik Festival is an annual religious festival held in Pariaman, West Sumatra, Indonesia. The festival commemorates the death of Hussein ibn Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad. The festival is held in the month of Muharram, which is the first month of the Islamic calendar.

The festival begins with a procession of tabuik, which are large floats that are made to resemble the tombs of Hussein and his family. The tabuik are carried through the streets of Pariaman by teams of men, and they are accompanied by music and dancing.

The procession culminates in a reenactment of the Battle of Karbala, in which Hussein and his family were killed. The reenactment is a dramatic and emotional event, and it is watched by thousands of people.

The Pariaman Tabuik Festival is a major cultural event in West Sumatra. It is a time for people to come together to celebrate their Islamic faith and to remember the sacrifice of Hussein. The festival is also a tourist attraction, and it brings visitors from all over Indonesia and the world.

The origins of the Pariaman Tabuik Festival are not entirely clear. Some believe that the festival was brought to Pariaman by Arab traders who settled in the region in the 17th century. Others believe that the festival is a local tradition that predates the arrival of Islam.

Regardless of its origins, the Pariaman Tabuik Festival is a significant event in the history and culture of West Sumatra. The festival is a reminder of the Islamic faith of the people of Pariaman, and it is a celebration of their shared cultural heritage.

Here are some additional details about the Pariaman Tabuik Festival:

* The festival is held over a period of 10 days, from the 1st to the 10th of Muharram.
* The tabuik are made from wood and papier-mâché. They are decorated with intricate carvings and paintings.
* The procession of the tabuik is a major event in Pariaman. It is attended by thousands of people, and it is accompanied by music and dancing.
* The reenactment of the Battle of Karbala is a dramatic and emotional event. It is watched by thousands of people, and it is a time for people to come together to remember the sacrifice of Hussein.
* The Pariaman Tabuik Festival is a major tourist attraction. It brings visitors from all over Indonesia and the world.

If you are interested in learning more about the Pariaman Tabuik Festival, there are a number of resources available online and in libraries. You can also visit Pariaman during the month of Muharram to experience the festival for yourself.

I hope this article has given you a better understanding of the Pariaman Tabuik Festival. If you are ever in West Sumatra during the month of Muharram, I highly recommend visiting Pariaman to experience this unique and fascinating festival.

Tour de Singkarak (TdS) 2016

Tour de Singkarak 20016
Tour de Singkarak 20016

Tour de Singkarak 2016: A Celebration of Indonesian Culture and Sport

Tour de Singkarak is an annual balap sepeda (bicycle race) held in Sumatra Barat, Indonesia. The race is named after Mount Singkarak, a volcano located in the province. Tour de Singkarak is one of the biggest cycling events in Southeast Asia, and it attracts riders from all over the world.

The 2016 edition of Tour de Singkarak was held from August 6 to 14. The race covered a total distance of 1,074 kilometers, and it featured eight stages. The first stage started in Solok, and the final stage finished in Padang.

The 2016 Tour de Singkarak was a celebration of Indonesian culture and sport. The race passed through some of the most beautiful and historic places in Sumatra Barat, including the Minangkabau highlands, the Lembah Harau canyon, and the Maninjau lake. The race also featured a number of cultural events, such as traditional dances and music performances.

In addition to the racing, Tour de Singkarak is also a great opportunity to experience the culinary delights of Sumatra Barat. The province is home to a wide variety of dishes, including rendang, nasi kapau, and sate padang. The race route passed through a number of towns and villages, and there were plenty of opportunities for riders and spectators to sample the local cuisine.

The 2016 Tour de Singkarak was a huge success. The race was well-organized, and the atmosphere was electric. The riders put on a great show, and the spectators were treated to some amazing racing. Tour de Singkarak is a truly unique event, and it is a must-see for any cycling fan.

Here are some of the culinary delights that the riders of Tour de Singkarak 2016 experienced:


This is a spicy beef dish that is considered to be one of the national dishes of Indonesia. It is made with beef that is slowly cooked in a blend of spices, including turmeric, chili peppers, and lemongrass.

Nasi Kapau:

This is a type of rice dish that is named after the town of Kapau in West Sumatra. It is made with a variety of ingredients, including rice, vegetables, and meat.

Sate Padang:

This is a type of satay that is made with beef or chicken that is marinated in a spicy peanut sauce. It is usually served with a side of rice or lontong (rice cakes).

Gulai Ikan:

This is a fish curry that is made with a variety of spices, including turmeric, chili peppers, and coriander. It is usually served with a side of rice or lontong (rice cakes).

Soto Padang:

This is a type of soto (soup) that is made with beef or chicken that is cooked in a spicy peanut sauce. It is usually served with a side of rice or lontong (rice cakes).

I hope this blog post has given you a taste of Tour de Singkarak 2016. If you are ever in Sumatra Barat, I highly recommend checking out this amazing event.


  • Stage 1 (Saturday, 06 August 2016)

    Kabupaten Solok to Kota Payakumbuh, about 96,6 km.
    Start from dari Dermaga Danau Singkarak melewati Ombilin-Rambatan-Pasar Batu Sangkar-Pasar Baso-Kantor Balai Kota Payakumbuh-Limbukan-Labuh Basilang-Pasar Ibuh-Tugu Adipura-Simpang Kaniang Bukit-Simpang Napar-Simpang Bunian-Simpang Kasda and finish at Ngalau Indah.

  • Stage 2 (Sunday, 10 August 2016)

    FromLimapuluh Kota to Tanah Datar, about 119,5 km.
    Start from Lembah Harau Waterfall dan melewati Pertigaan Simpang Sariklamak-Lubuk Bangku-Kelok Sambilan-Sariklamak-Simpang Kaniang Bukik-Tugu Adipura-Tugu Labuh Basilang-Pasar Halaban-Pauh Tinggi-Balai Tangah-Sitangkai-Guguak Cino-Stadion Batusangkar and finish at di Istano Basa Pagaruyung.

  • Stage 3 (Monday, 08 August 2016)

    From Pasaman to Pasaman Barat, about 122,8 km.
    Start from Equator Bonjol Pasaman dan melewati Lurah Barangin-Taman Hutan Kota-Kota Lubuk Sikaping-Rimbo Panti-Cubadak-Duo Koto-Talamau-Talu-Pasar Simpang Empat and finish at Kantor Bupati Pasaman Barat.

  • Stage 4 (Tuesday, 9 August 2016)

    From Padangpanjang to Agam, about 150 km.
    Start from dari Markas Secata Padangpanjang melewati Serambi Mekkah-Fly Over-Terminal-Bak Air-Jalan Raya Bukittinggi Padang-Sicincin-Simpang Jagung-Tugu Tabuik-Kota Pariaman-Simpang Apar-Naras-Sungai Limau-Tiku-Lubuk Basung-Maninjau-Kelok 44-Embun Pagi and finish at Lawang Park.

  • Stage 5 (Wednesday, 10 August 2016)

    From Pesisir Selatan to Kota Pariaman, about 152,6 km.
    Start from Pantai Carocok melewati Tugu Uha -Jalan Abdul Muis-Jalan Prof Dr Hamka-Bukit Putus-Terminal Sago-Bayang-Tarusan-Barung Belantai-Teluk Kabung-Bungus-Bukit Lampu-Teluk Bayur-Gran Zuri-Simpang Kandang-Kantor Gubernur Sumbar-Simpang DPRD-Simpang Bandara-Simpang Tugu Ikan-Simpang By Pass-Simpang Padusunan-Simpang Cubadak Air-Simpang Apar-Simpang Tugu Tabuik-Simpang Terminal-Gapura Pantai Kata and finish at Pantai Gandoriah.

  • Stage 6 (Thursday, 11 August 2016)

    From Padangpariaman to Sawahlunto, about 149 km.
    Start from Pantai Tiram-Simpang Ulakan-Pauh Kambar-Simpang Parit Malintang-Jalan Raya Padang Bukittinggi-Fly Over-Bypass -Simpang Lubuk Bagalung-Indarung-Panaroma-Tugu Ayam-Kota Solok-Muara Kalaban-Kota Sawahlunto-Lap Segi Tiga and finish at Taman Satwa Kandih Sawahlunto.

  • Stage 7 (Friday, 12 August 2016)

    From Sijunjung to Dharmasraya, about 133,4 km.
    Start from Gedung Pertemuan Pancasila, Muaro Sijunjung melewati Simpang Sungai Angek-Perkampungan Adat-Tugu Bundo Kanduang-Tapian Diaro-Tanah Badantung-Klirian Jao-Ktr Bupati Dharmasraya-Sungai Dareh-Simpang Sikabau-Koto Tua-Sitiung-Kota Padang Dalam-Simpang Tiga Koto Baru-Pasar Koto Baru-Simpang Empat Koto Baru-Kota Padang Luar and finish at Sport Centre Dharmasraya.

  • Stage 8 (Sunday, 14 August 2016)

    From Bukittinggi to Padang, about 146,5 km.
    Start from Istana Bung Hatta Bukittinggi-Panorama-Simpang Tembok-Kantor Balai Kota Bukittinggi-Simpang Mandi Angin-Simpang Taro-Lapangan Kantin-Padang Luar-Simpang Malalak-Sicincin-Jalan Padang Bukittingi-Jalan S Parman-(Jl. Juanda-Jl. Veteran-Jl. Pemuda-Simpang Hang Tuah-Jl. Samudra-Danau Cimpago and finish di Tugu Perdamaian Kota Padang.

Tour de Singkarak (TdS)

Tour de Singkarak
Tour de Singkarak

Tour de Singkarak (abbreviated TdS) is an annually professional road bicycle racing event held in West Sumatera, Indonesia. Named after the Lake Singkarak, which also located in Sumatera Barat, more specifically Agam district. The race is sponsored by Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) and Maybank. They are the platinum sponsors, also the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Indonesia.

The first event in 2009 is classsified by the Union Cycling International (UCI) asn a 2.2 category race as part of the UCI Asia Tour. Covering more than Continue reading Tour de Singkarak (TdS)