Join us for 12 days as we explore the wonders of West Sumatra!
West Sumatra is a breathtakingly beautiful region with fertile valleys, spectacular crater lakes, towering volcanoes, pristine montane forests, lush green rice fields, waterfalls, and it is home to one of the most fascinating cultures in Indonesia—the Minangkabau.
Why is it so interesting? Home to around 4 million Minang people, they form the largest Matrilineal society globally. The Minang people are known for being among the warmest and friendliest in Indonesia, taking immense pride in their unique culture. The area receives very few visits from foreign tourists. The Minangkabau have captivated anthropologists due to their uncommon combination of a matrilineal family system with a strong Islamic connection. Each Minang belongs to their mother’s descent group, and family houses, along with paddy fields, are the property of women.
Would you like to join me for 12 captivating days in February as we explore this beautiful area and immerse ourselves in Minang culture? We will visit traditional villages, learn about their rich culture from the Minang people themselves, view their unique houses with distinctive curved roofs, explore communities that craft Pakaian Adat (traditional clothing) with colorful and intricately designed patterns, witness their cultural dances and music, visit Sianok Canyon, wake up on the shores of peaceful Lake Maninjau, experience Pacu Jawi—the unique bull race event held in Padang, and savor some of the tastiest food in all of Indonesia.
This trip, beginning in Padang on January 28, includes two days there, followed by two nights at Lake Maninjau, two more nights in Bukittingi, a journey south to the historical heart of Minangkabau country—Batusangkar—before venturing inland to the charming town of Sawahlunto. The trip concludes with a final night back in Padang on February 7th.
This promises to be an unforgettable cultural education experience ideal for those interested in history, discovering one of Indonesia’s most unique cultures, enjoying delicious Minang food daily, and connecting with warm, friendly people who seldom encounter foreign tourists. It’s also perfect for photographers seeking creative opportunities with diverse subjects.
If you have any questions or wish to book, please contact David directly on WhatsApp at +62 8111331255 or via email at email@example.com.
A$1,000 USD deposit (or the equivalent in rupiah) is required to secure your place, refundable if the tour does not proceed for any reason.