Padang, the capital of the province of West Sumatra, is mostly used by tourists as a stopover point on the way to attractions elsewhere. Famous sites located in the region around Padang include Bungus Bay, surfing off the coast of the Mentawai Islands, the inland hills of Bukittinggi, and Kerinci Seblat National Park.
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Under the Dutch, Padang was developed as one of the main harbour towns in the Dutch East Indies. The main attraction of the city is the colourful Dutch old town and harbour on the Muaro River. Padang’s historic Chinatown is also a big draw for tourists. Padangese cuisine is renowned for its spicy curry and rice dishes and is beloved throughout the Southeast Asian region.
Padang is one of the cleanest cities in Indonesia. It has received the “Adipura” award (for cleanest and greenest city) several times. It is the largest city on the West coast of Sumatra.
Beaches – Air Manis beach, most famed for Batu Malin Kundang (stone of Malin Kundang), has clean sand and water. Padang beach offers bendi (horse-drawn carriage) rides along the shore, with stalls selling cheap snacks.
Old Town – Get lost in Padang’s old town and explore alleys lined with buildings in the Dutch colonial style. Marvel at the colourful traditional boats moored in the nearby harbour. Walk across the Sitti Nurbaya Bridge at night and enjoy the bright lights.
Nasi Padang (Padang Food) – Padanese cuisine is well known as one of the most beloved culinary traditions in Indonesia. A tasteful blend of Indian, Arabian and Indonesian influences, a visit to a Padang restaurant will not soon be forgotten. When dining in, waiters provide patrons with a visual menu – they place small portions of every dish on offer on the table in front of the guest! The diner then eats his desired dishes and leaves the rest.