Posted by davelliot on 2/10/2017 at 01:03
Have been informed that the Bayur area of Lake Maninjau , Sumatra is still quiet. Once Lake Maninjau was semi popular on the travellers circuit with a growing number of guesthouses and restaurants but after early 2000's with the new visa rules and terrorism fears it never really recovered. Is this your experience if you have been there recently? Here is picture of Rizal Beach Homestay ,which I understand has been more or less closed for years.
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Posted by gecktrek on 2/10/2017 at 02:24
hey, i stayed at maninjau in nov 2016, and it was still beautiful but very quiet. i stayed closer to the town centre. i think the rizal has changed its name to the bayau beach inn...
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Posted by davelliot on 2/10/2017 at 23:45
I think Beach Inn was there for some years , in fact I stayed there once, its near Rizals but is not the same place. This picture shows the restaurant at Bayau Beach Inn , its not the Rizal restaurant area .[img]http://bayuabeach.weebly.com/uploads/6/3/2/0/6320531/6937366.jpg?171[/img]
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Posted by davelliot on 2/10/2017 at 23:49
This picture shows Anas Homestay above Lake Maninjau . Due to lack of visitors for some years it had to be opened up with advance notice , or you had to wait till someone came by. Don't know if it still operates.
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Posted by gecktrek on 3/10/2017 at 01:16
hey, i'm not sure if any of the aforementioned home stays are still operational as i stayed on the other side of the lake...
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Posted by davelliot on 3/10/2017 at 22:58
Right , but from I have heard and from doing some searches the situation seems to be that the old guesthouses at Bayur village are still there but some may have changed their names. Rizals is dormant , Beach Inn and another nearby are open and Lillis is still there and open but somebody said its more local tourists staying there and Lilli herself is no longer there. With Anas Homestay its probably still the same situation , but anyone can find out by asking around in Bukittingi or when doing the walk down from Lawang Top the person who collects the ticket money for doing the walk would be able to give info about whats happening with that place.
This picture shows the other side of the lake and the road that goes around the lake , although its a bit busier these days
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Posted by gecktrek on 4/10/2017 at 00:19
hey, from memory the road looks much the same as it was during my last visit. what year was that photo taken?
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Posted by davelliot on 4/10/2017 at 21:43
That photo was from about 1995 , taken about 8 kms from Maninjau town . At the time by about the 12 km mark the road got rough and was difficult to ride a bicycle further. This pic shows the road leading down to Bayur village after coming down from Anas Homestay or Lawang Top.
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Posted by davelliot on 4/8/2018 at 23:23
All the guesthouses at Bayur village have closed down except for Aren Guesthouse about 1 and half kms from Riza Beach. Rizal Beach is just a restaurant now and the owner Mr Rizal died some time ago. Lillies Homestay closed down years ago . Anas Homestay is finished and Mr Anas sadly died this year. The path to the homestay is broken and not really possible to walk down from Lawang Top anymore - nobody has been looking after the path.
For budget accommodation Bagoes Cafe / Beach Inn outside Maninjau town might be alternative to the old guesthouses at Bayur. Water quality at Lake Maninjau is degraded due to too much fish farming.
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Posted by gecktrek on 5/8/2018 at 00:04
hey, i ate at bagoes a couple of times, nice food, great views and good wifi, the owner commutes to bukkittinggi for work... there are a few other places to stay around there as well... i went for a couple of swims, i didn't notice any difference in water quality...
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Posted by davelliot on 5/8/2018 at 02:46
When were you there last ? The water is not clean now , but it has been raining. I hear different stories about how bad the situation is.
Sorry the info I gave above wasn't right . Lillies Homestay is open , I have just been there and they asked if I wanted to stay. They said they may have about 1 or 2 foreigners staying a month. Anas Homestay is not permanently closed - arrangements can be made for it to be opened up if anyone wants to stay there . Someone called Harry is in charge of it.
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Posted by davelliot on 6/8/2018 at 01:37
I can confirm the path up to Anas Homestay is overgrown . After about 15 or 20 minutes on the jungle path proper the vegetation starts to get chest high. The caretaker - Harry who has a house near the start of the path said he can guide someone up there and back to just go up there and look around a short time using a machete to clear the way for 50,000 rps . For one person to stay one night there with 2 meals and tea or coffee he said would be 150,000 rps.
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Posted by davelliot on 11/8/2018 at 08:54
Sorry the caretaker of Anas Homestay is actually Amran. He and his wife are in the last house on the right at the end of the concrete path before the ricefield and the path to Anas and Lawang Top. Here is picture of the caretaker and his wife at Anas Homestay taken yesterday.
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Posted by davelliot on 11/8/2018 at 08:56
Night time picture of Lake Maninjau from Anas Homestay.
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