Two nights and three days in Padang might not be a long stay, but if you are on a tight schedule, that’s all you need to experience the beauty of West Sumatra.
I arrived in Padang just two days before the New Year, without any fixed travel plans. As I stayed in a hotel located on Jl. Veteran, Padang, I immediately asked the front desk for a map and recommended places to visit.
My first stop was Lake Maninjau, three hours away from the city of Padang in Tanjung Raya. I was welcomed by a serene view of Lake Maninjau at 8 a.m. and with the cool weather, I made a quick stop to enjoy a cup of hot tea on the roadside food stall. The beautiful lake view was also portrayed by Indonesia’s painter Wakidi – the same painting that has also been in my family for two generations.
After being mesmerized by Lake Maninjau, I continued my journey to Ngarai Sianok or Sianok Canyon, once again captivated by the beauty of the green valley and canyon. Just a few minutes’ walk from the canyon, you can find yourself at the Japanese Tunnel — a tunnel 40 meters underground built by the Japanese in 1942 during their invasion of Bukittinggi.