Payakumbuh is a city north-east of Bukittinggi (West Sumatra), Indonesia. It has an area of 80.43 km² and a population of over 99,300 people. Literally translated, the city name means "grassy swamp". If you want to go to Harau Valley from Bukittinggi, you'll pass this city.
Payakumbuh is located about 3 hours north-east by road from the international airport in Padang. The only way to get there is by car, but all roads are good and smooth. Payakumbuh is about 30 km from Bukittinggi. Payakumbuh is also accessible from Pekanbaru in Riau.
- Balai Kaliki Village. It's an old traditional Minangkabau village. See some beautiful rumah gadang (Minangkabu traditional house) and rangkiang (Minangkabu traditional granary).
- Koto Nan Ampek Mosque. One of the oldest mosque in West Sumatra. A beautiful mosque with Minangkabau architecture.
- Rumah Gadang Sungai Baringin. A large beautiful rumah gadang located between rice fields. You can enter the house and see its cultural and historical collections.
- Ngalau Indah. Beautiful stalagtite and stalagmite caves.
- Pangek. Minangkabau style of pepes from goldfish.
- Minangkabau sweet snacks from Payakumbuh, like Kalamai, Beras Rendang and Painaram.
- Daun Kawa. Daun kawa is made from roasted dry leaves of the coffee tree. The dried leaves are boiled in hot water and put into sections of bamboo and drunk from a "cawan tampuruang" (coconut shell). It can be found in Bukittinggi, Payakumbuh and Batusangkar. Please ask anyone, especially people over age 40. They will show you where a good place is to taste Daun Kawa! Price Rp. 5.000 - 15.000 in 2009.