Posted: 06 May 2012 12:00 AM PDT
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Clean and adequate twin room (no. 305) with Asian shower/toilet (this trip's last mandi, the common and very convenient Indonesian form of a bath, consisting of a large water tank from which the water is ladled over the body), including a slimmer's breakfast for two, for only IDR 100,000.- or US$ 11.- per night; plenty of tourist information available.
620-ml bottles of ice-cold Bintang beer for IDR 25,000.- or US$ 2.70 per bottle from the hotel.
Exploring the easy-going hill town of Bukittinggi which is surrounded by active volcanoes (gunung api or "fire mountain"), scenic lakes and steep canyons, a busy market town and a centre of Minangkabau culture, and discovering its two landmarks: (i) the Minangkabau-style clock tower that overlooks the large market square and (ii) the monkey-infested Taman Panorama park (admission: IDR 3,000.- per person), on the southern edge of town, that overlooks the deep Sianok Canyon aka Ngarai Sianok.
Diving into the many hundreds of ramshackle stalls and shacks at Pasar Atas, Bukittinggi's large and colourful market, on a Wednesday when the market is particularly vibrant, and almost suffocating in oodles of both extremely ordinary (e.g. Chinese frillies for the devout muslimah) and extremely exotic (e.g. French frillies for the devout muslimah) gear which were ballyhooed at every turn.
Matt: Teaming up with the excellent 25-years old Batak mountain guide Ilham (from Roni's Adventure Tour & Travel, +628126750688, email@example.com, IDR 300,000.- or US$ 32.50 per person for the very professional full-day package, all inclusive) and with fellow travellers Jin from Korea and Amelia & Tomasz from Poland and climbing together the smouldering summit of the 2,891-m high Gunung Merapi, one of Sumatra's most restless volcanoes: (i) begin of the ascent at the village of Kota Baru at 6.00 a.m. (ii) arrival amid the sulphuric stench of the crater rim at 12.00 a.m. (iii) begin of the descent at 2.00 p.m. (iv) back with aching muscles at Kota Baru at 4:00 p.m. (v) first bottle of ice-cold Bintang beer, back home at the Orchid Hotel in Bukittinggi, at 5:00 p.m. - cheers!
Taking a convenient hotel-to-hotel minivan (Armada Tours, +627527020730, 90 km, 2 hours, IDR 40,000.- or US$ 4.30 per person) for the short down-hill ride from Bukittinggi to the flat, sprawling city of Padang, located on the narrow coastal plain between the Indian Ocean and the Bukit Barisan mountains, the last station of our NW Sumatra trip and West Sumatra's capital, famous for its spicy but not so vegetarian-friendly Padang Cuisine.
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2012 Map Konni & Matt
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