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The Most Popular Destinations in West Sumatra
Ngarai Sianok (Sianok Canyon)
West Sumatra is a province in Sumatra which has many beautiful small islands, one of which is the island of Sikuai which is rich in culture, customs, and natural charm that offers a variety of interesting attractions. No wonder the Minang realm is one of the favorite tourist destinations in Indonesia. Many interesting and new tourist attractions in West Sumatra that are worth a visit. If there is an opportunity to visit West Sumatra while on vacation, don't just visit the City of Padang as the provincial capital. Many tourists are only familiar with some popular tourist attractions, such as the Gadang Clock Tower, Air Manis Beach where you can see the Malin Kundang stone, and the tomb of Siti Nurbaya, which is famous for its unrequited love in the work of Marah Rusli. Your vacation will be more exciting if you visit the various types of places offered by this province. West Sumatra occupies along the west coast of central Sumatra and several offshore islands, such as the Mentawai Islands and Pasumpahan Island. West Sumatra is in the west of Bukit Barisan, making this province has a bumpy geographical location with hills and mountains. Tourist attractions here include Puncak Lawang, Harau Valley, Nobita Hill, Gagoan Peak, and other mountains.
Sianok canyon is very beautiful, with a charming steep valley, located near the Japan Tunnel and the border of Agam Regency and Bukittinggi City. Flanked by steep hills facing each other, this canyon presents a beautiful and charming view. Therefore, the Sianok canyon is a must-visit attraction in West Sumatra. The valleys are full of green rice fields; it was a mistake separating the island of Sumatra into two elongated parts. Along the fault, there is a winding valley with a river flowing at the bottom. Because of its beauty, Sianok canyon was awarded the 2007 Padang Tourism Award.
Taman Nasional Kerinci Seblat (Kerinci Seblat National Park)
Kerinci Seblat National Park is the largest national park with an area of 500 hectares, located in four provinces: West Sumatra, Jambi, Bengkulu, and South Sumatra. This national park has a diverse topography and presents a beautiful panorama spoil your eyes, such as valleys, mountains, forests, and lakes. The diversity of flora and fauna is one of the reasons many tourists visit this attraction. You can see protected wild animals and other forest ecosystems. In addition, other interesting places complement the beauty of this region, such as swamps and waterfalls.
The Mentawai Islands
The Mentawai Islands consist of more than 70 small islands off the coast of Padang in West Sumatra and if you like to surf then this is a place that should not be missed from a travel plan. The Mentawai Islands are said to have some of the best surfing conditions in Indonesia and who know often travel to Sorake Beach first before moving to Mentawai for the rest of the surfing season. Other activities in the Mentawai Islands include seeing villages that are still calm, swimming, water sports, and trekking because many islands are covered in untouched rainforest areas.
Bukittinggi is located in the west of Sumatra and the main reason to come here is to enjoy the surrounding scenery which is very amazing. The main attraction here is looking at the lake from the height (Lawang Peak) Lake Maninjau that sparkles with deep emerald water surrounded by fertile countryside. Apart from the view on the water, this is also the land of the Minangkabau people and you can see the beautiful Minang architecture here because many houses are formed to reflect buffalo horns.