Gorgeous surrounds

Bukittinggi, a mid-sized town in the hills 90 kilometres from Padang and home to the Minangkabau ethnic group, has long been on budget travellers’ itineraries, with the natural beauty surrounding the city being the big draw.

More on Bukittinggi

Elsewhere online

Browse hotels in Bukittinggi on Agoda

Provided by Travelfish partner Agoda.

As with much of Sumatra, tourist numbers over the past 15 years have been severely depressed, meaning that if you choose to take a motorbike outside of town, you may not see another foreigner. It’s a sad sight really as the area has much to offer those who have a bit of time on their hands to explore.

The city of Bukittinggi itself is nothing to write home about and many will spin through the attractions here in one short day. It’s the area surrounding the city that’s ripe for exploration with a motorbike—it features wonderful villages full of traditional Minangkabau houses, the stunning volcanic lake of Lake Maninjau, the impossibly green Harau Valley and perhaps a chance sighting of one of the world’s biggest flowers, the Rafflesia.

The main road through town is called Jalan Ahmad Yani and it’s where you’ll find most of the eating options as well as a few guesthouses. Jalan Tueku Umar is another good road to walk up and down if you’re either looking for food or a place to stay. Further up over the other side of the hill you’ll find Pical Ayang, a fantastic local restaurant serving some local specialities. Turning left from this intersection, you can walk along Jalan Panorama to Panorama Park, perhaps the best tourist attraction in town, where the sunsets can be dreamy.

Orientation Bukittinggi has all the facilities of a small town with a large hospital on Jalan Kesehatan, police posts dotted on random street corners and the post office located on Jalan Surdiman a short stroll south of town. WiFi internet is available in most guesthouses and cafes and is usually reasonable enough to conduct a brief ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)

Log in to Travelfish

Please sign in to read the rest of this page. The full text is around 200 words.

Log in now
Become a Travelfish member

Choose from a free two-day pass right through to a lifetime membership.

Find out more

9 other destinations in Sumatra

Learn more about Pulau Weh
Pulau Weh

Diving and beach mecca

Learn more about Takengon

All about the coffee

Learn more about Lake Toba
Lake Toba

Just breathtaking

Learn more about Banda Aceh
Banda Aceh

Consider if you want to visit

Learn more about Ketambe

For Gunung Leuser National Park

Learn more about Berastagi

Escape the heat

Learn more about Bukit Lawang
Bukit Lawang

Orangutans and trekking

Learn more about Medan


Learn more about Padang

Transit hub