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Padang

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Padang

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For other places with the same name, see Padang (disambiguation).

Padang[6] is the capital city of West Sumatra, Indonesia.

Understand

Padang, the capital of the province of West Sumatra, is mostly used by tourists as an access point to 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 at the town is stuffed with restaurants and street stalls.

Get in

By plane

Minangkabau International Airport (Bandara Internasional Minangkabau - BIM) (PDG), located 23 km north-west of Padang, is the main gateway to West Sumatra, with frequent flights to destinations throughout Sumatra and Java, as well as Singapore (Tiger Airways, Silk Air) and Kuala Lumpur (Air Asia). From the airport, the cheapest way to get into the city is by Damri (bus) for a fare of Rp15,000 per person. Its route passes by the major hotels in Padang. Other alternatives include taxis or pre-arranged rental cars.

Get around

Crazily-decorated Angkots run along the two main roads. Prices for a trip are approximately Rp2,000. You can get taxis from the Minangkabau International Airport to town for less than Rp50,000 if you speak the language.

Unfortunately if you are white, Minang people are well known to be good business people, and are quite skilled at making you pay a few extra thousand rupiah. That being said, don't start squabbling over 50 cents here or there.

There are several alternatives that you can choose for transportation in Padang, such as bus kota (for city bus transportation), angkutan kota (for transportation in the city), taxi, and car rental.

  • TotalCarRental, tel. +62 22 8252 0044, [7]. They also provide Padang and Bukittinggi tour packages that you can choose.
  • CV Budi Jaya, Jl. Aur Duri Indah XVI No. 1, +62-751-841939, 7892205, 7850275. Car rental: Innova, Avanza, Kijang, Panther, Xenia, APV, Altis, tour bus. Rp275,000 per day (car {Xenia) and chauffeur).

See

  • Museum Adityawarman, Jl. Diponegoro (Lapangan Tugu), +62 752 31523, 39587, TuS 8AM-4PM
  • Taman Budaya (Cultural Park)
  • Pantai Air Manis (Sweet Water Beach). It is most famed for Batu Malin Kundang (Stone of Malin Kundang), a stone shaped like a prostrating man. According to local legend, this stone is Malin Kundang, the ungrateful son who disowned his poor mother after coming home as a rich man from his travels. His mother cursed him into stone, as well as the remains of his ship, which can also be seen near his stone. There is a tidal island from the beach here, with nice clean (by Indonesian standards) water and sand.
  • Pantai Padang (Padang Beach). You can ride the bendi (a horse-drawn carriage) along the beach, and stop by the rows of shops to eat some rujak as you watch the waves.
  • Sitti Nurbaya Bridge, a beautiful bridge especially at night. Sitti Nurbaya is the eponymous character in a classical literary novel.
  • You go down the south of Teluk Bayur, up and through steep hills (don't try and take a bus, there is an Angkot that goes all the way).

Do

Honestly there isn't TOO much to do here in Padang, there are a few rivers and there are a few hotels to go to.

The nightlife is relatively dead because it's not a major city and it is a rather devout Muslim community. The bars that are open are at Hotel Bumi Minang. Pool is a popular sport to play and there are a few places dotted around. But don't expect alcohol.

If you can find your way down to ChinaTown and get some Kripik Padang, that could be a good idea too.

Buy

There are a lot of stores on the side of the road, much like anywhere in Indonesia. There are two malls, Minang Plaza, which is smaller and better for your more supermarket / basic clothing needs. There is a bit of Western Food at Plaza Andalas in the form of Papa Ron's Pizza.

Shopping at Andalas is a little bit better, but at this point in time, the malls are more downscale, mainly local products and local shops. No big retailers here. Brand names aren't really easy to find. You could find a few surfing items at Andalas plaza - but that's about it.

There is a Gramedia across the road from Andalas Plaza also.

Local delicacies

  • Rohana Kudus, Jl. Rohana Kudus No. 74, +62-751-23386. One of the favorite places to buy snacks to bring home as gifts, including the snack the area is famed for, Kripik Balado or Kripik Sanjay.

Eat

Padang is famed throughout Indonesia for spicy Padang food (masakan Padang). Ordering at a Padang restaurant couldn't be easier: just sit down at a table, and watch the dishes pile up. Eat what you like, as you'll only pay for dishes you've actually consumed. Famous dishes include:

  • rendang sapi, spicy curried beef cooked until the sauce is dry
  • soto padang, crispy beef in spicy soup
  • ayam pop, deep-friend vaguely popcorn-like (hence the name) kernels of chicken
  • sate, beef satay in curry sauce, served with ketupat (rice dumplings)

Padang dishes can use rather unusual ingredients though, including organs like hearts, lungs and even brains.

  • Nelayan Restaurant, located by the edge of the beach near town, quite popular with the foreign crowd, there are two levels. During the daytime it tends to be relatively empty. By western standards the food is very cheap and the service is quite good.
  • Safari. Cafe serving Western and Indonesian foods. Has a plasma television for watching soccer. Quite a nice little place to go if you long for a steak or a serve of crinkle cut fries.

Drink

The only real bars you will find are at the major hotels. This is a very islamic community and therefore the influence of Alcohol is minimal. That being said, Beer is for sale at the major supermarkets, Suzuya etc etc. Bintang is about all you will find. If you are feeling game, the traditional market could be something you might want to visit as friends of mine were able to get their hands on more hard liquor, scotch, johnnie walker.

Hard liquor is available at several Warungs (small shops on the side of the road) and it is quite easy to obtain cheap Vodka, Whisky or Rum. The going rate for a 250ml bottle of spirits is Rp. 23,000.

The best Nightclubs in Padang are Hotel Bumi Minang, Hotel Panggeran Beach, Rocky Hotel and Queen. Be careful though as many of the female clientele are Prostitutes who will befriend you and ask to get a hotel room later.

Sleep

  • Hotel Pangeran Beach, Jln. H. Lr. Juanda Padang., +62 751 446996 (, fax: +62 751 447996), [1]. The hotel is right on the beach in a relatively clean and safe area.


  • Hotel Bumi Minang, Jalan Bundo Kandung 20-28, +62 751 37555 (, fax: +62 751 37567), [2]. checkin: 1PM; checkout: 12PM. One of the top hotels in Padang. Rp610,000 - Rp5,750,000.
  • The Ambacang Hotel, Jl. Bundo Kandung, No. 14-16, +62 751 39888 (, fax: +62 751 39966), [3]. Brand new top class hotel. Rp375,000 - Rp950,000.
  • Mr. Scotty's Inn, Jl. Batang Lembang No. 9, +62 751 7052261 (), [4]. Budget guest house and backpacker dormitory. English-speaking staff. Rp69,000 - Rp299,000.


  • '''Maranatha Homestay''', Jl. Bandar Pulau Karam No. 10-D, +62 751 26321 (), [5]. Homey,hot spot internet, kitchen facilities, international TV Channels, near the beach and a shopping centre, backpacker dormitory,english-speaking staff. Rp 65.000,- -- Rp 200.000,-.
  • Hotel Immanuel near the beach is clean with very friendly and helpful staff who are happy to arrange transport onwards from Padang.
  • Hotel Inna Muara, Jl. Gereja No. 34, +62 751 35600 - 33741 (, fax: +62 751 38 266 - 31 163). Large, hotel aimed at local business travelers. Comfortable but somewhat faded. Look out for frequent specials for significant discount below rack rates. Skip breakfast. from Rp. 450,000.
  • Rocky Plaza Hotel, Jl Permindo no 40, +62 751 840888 (, fax: +62 751 841230). The only one hotel with it's own plaza in Padang.

Get out




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