Discover The Minangkabau Highlands of West Sumatra

- A Secret Retreats journey -
5 days / 4 nights
from 650 USD /person



This journey has been personally designed by Ibu Ati, who is a native Balinese who has traveled around the Archipelago to understand and share the diversity of its people and cultures.

All our itineraries have generally been constructed on the basis of the rooms that have the most charm or best view, and not necessarily the first prices, nor the most expensive suites.
We can of course adjust according to your request.

Highlights of the Journey:

  • Bukittinggi Town and the Minangkabau country
  • Lake Maninjau
  • Traditional weaing and carving

The Minangkabau Highlands, is the region located in West Sumatra and Bukittinggi is the main town, about 2hrs drive north of Padang, just below the Mount Marapi (2,891m). The area is appreciated for its climate, superb scenery and fertile environment with the source of four major rivers (the Rokan, Kampar, Inderagiri, and Batanghari) and exploitation of rice, coffee, coconuts, tobacco, and tea. We propose through this journey to discover this unique Minangkabau culture, architecture and craftsmanship. You can easily connect also to be other adventures in the Jungle of North Sumatra or the Island of Nias.


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Your Journey Day by Day

5 days / 4 nights from 650 USD /person

based on 2 people traveling together and sharing the same room


Day 1 : Padang Airport - Bukittinggi (-/-/-)
Upon your arrival at Padang airport, your guide will welcome you, then you will drive to the small town of Bukittinggi through the Anai valley. En route, stop at Kiambang and Pandai Sikat village to see traditional hand carving and weaving (songket). In Pandai Sikat (which translates to Clever Craftsmen), you will find silver or gold threaded cloth, hand woven by the local people We continue for another 15km to reach Bukittingi. Check-in at the hotel and relax.
Lunch and dinner not included.
HOTEL: Hotel Royal Denai (Deluxe Room)
Day 2 : Minangkabau Region (B/-/-)
After breakfast, departure for a day trip around the Minangkabau country to Batusangkar via Tabek Patah. En route, we stop at Rao Rao to visit the traditional village of Minangkabau and Pagaruyung Palace. Minangkabau is one of a huge ethnic group in Indonesia, famous for its matrilineal system, rich cultures and its traditional customhouses, known as “Rumah Gadang or Rumah Bagonjong” In the afternoon, return to Bukittinggi via the village of Pandai Sikat to see the work of weaving and wood carving.
Lunch and dinner not included.
HOTEL: Hotel Royal Denai (Deluxe Room)
Day 3 : Maninjau Lake (B/-/-)
After breakfast, city tour to Sianok Grand Canyon, Japanese Tunnel, Kock Fort, Museum, Big Clock "Jam Gadang" and local market. Then departure for Lake Maninjau along the fantastic road with 44 hairpin bends. On the way, we stop at the village of Koto Gadang for the silver work and the view of the lake. When we reach the "Puncak Lawang" pass, you will hike on a trail that descends to Lake Maninjau through the jungle, and may have the opportunity to see macaques, gibbons, birds and butterflies endemic to the region. Along the way, you will enjoy a break at a traditional cafe in the jungle. We return in the afternoon to Bukittinggi to rest.
Lunch and dinner not included.
HOTEL: Hotel Royal Denai (Deluxe Room)
Day 4 : Bukittinggi (B/-/-)
Today, we go slow: you will share the daily activities of the villagers such as planting rice. You will see how the farmers work their fields with the help of the water buffaloes. After the work, you will taste the traditional fried tapioca and the fried banana cooked by the villagers. Afternoon at leisure.
Lunch and dinner not included.
HOTEL: Hotel Royal Denai (Deluxe Room)
Day 5 : Bukittinggi - Padang Airport (B/-/-)
After breakfast, we drive back to Padang, and if time permits, we stop at the Anai Valley waterfall. Transfer to Padang airport to catch the flight to your next destination.

Your Accommodation on this Asia Travel Itinerary

Discover The Minangkabau Highlands of West Sumatra

5 days / 4 nights
from 650 USD /person

based on 2 people traveling together and sharing the same room


The total price includes:
Accommodation for 4 nights.
Daily breakfasts.
All transportation from/to airport and during the excursions (Air-con private car)
Entrance fees to all sites mentioned in the program
Local English-speaking guide (other languages possible when required) for all tours mentioned in the program.

The total price does not include:
VISA – Most country do not need visa for Indonesia, but we recommend you to check when you issue airtickets. Please make sure your passport is valid for 6 months beyond your departure date.
Flights (international and domestic) to Padang.
Other meals that are not included in the program.
Drinks, personal expenses, tips and gratuities.

This Secret Journey was designed in cooperation with Ibu Ati and Rabina Tours (License 06/D.2/BPU/90)


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