The province of West Sumatra is the birthplace of “Padang” cuisine, which is very popular all across Indonesia. Your Indonesian trip will not be complete without a visit to a Padang-style restaurant, famous for its spiciness and its special serving method.
The majority of West Sumatrans are Minangkabau people, an ethnic group which has lived there for many centuries. A more traditional ethnic group, Mentawai, lives in Mentawai Islands, which are popular with international surfers. Padang, literally translated as Field, is the province’s capital & largest city. To immerse in the Minangkabau culture, be sure to also visit Bukittinggi, located 90 km from Padang.
Major tourist attractions in West Sumatra:
- Mentawai Islands
- Pagaruyung Palace, Batusangkar
- Jam Gadang, a clocktower in Bukittinggi
- Lake Maninjau
- Lake Singkarak
- Gunung Merapi
- Air Manih Beach