A film & travel writer & editor, currently travelling New Zealand ~
Published June 7th 2015
Everything you want out of Asia in the one place
If you want to get away from the everyday travel routes of Indonesia, then make your way to Sumatra - tourists are heading there, but not in the droves you'll find them in places like the Gili Islands or Bali.
Get yourself a really cheap flight out of Kuala Lumpur with Air Asia for about $50 AUD - GvW went in August - being so near the equator, Padang is hot! Bukittinggi is a really nice two hour drive from Padang, there are buses you can take or even book a driver - GvW booked her travel through Roni's tours who will come straight to your Padang hotel, pick you up for about another $50 AUD and drop you directly at your Bukittinggi hotel.
As soon as you drive through the rock flanked entryway to Bukittinggi, you know you're in for a treat.
Architecture here is a true mix of the Dutch colonial times and traditional Indonesian - GvW stayed at the Benteng Hotel, booked through Booking.com (no fees & great cancellation terms - generally fee free). If you love waking up to the start of the Indonesian day with the call to mosque and views of volcanos then, this city is for you - and the back of this traditional hotel is too.