Day 01 Airport Padang - Bukit Tinggi
Morning meet at the airport (on arrival) or hotel in Padang. This is the home of the gentle and refined Minangkabau people. Their ancient matrilineal family system with a firm adherence of Islam is a unique combination that they still maintain until now. Then proceed to Bukittinggi via Padang Panjang with en route stop at Anai Valley and also visit Balimbing village to see a glimpse of the way of life of the Minangkabau Tribe with their typical houses and Pagaruyung to see the palace which rebuilt on the ruin of the bygone Pagaruyung Empire. Lunch of specific Minangkabau cuisine will be served en route. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Pusako Bukittinggi.
Day 02 Bukittinggi - Bangko
After breakfast, drive via Solok and Sungai Dareh through the Trans sumatra highway passing Cinnamon forest to the land of the Kubu. Stops en route at interesting places along the way. Picnic lunch en route. Dinner and overnight at Suslinda Inn (simple lodge) in Bangko.
Day 03 Bangko - Musi Rawas
After breakfast, drive through oil palm and rubber plantations to Paku Aji and proceed by foot through the secondary forest with the possibility to see the Kubu and their unique community. Lunch en route. Later return by foot to paku Aji and drive to Musi Rawas. Dinner and overnight at Musi Rawas Lodge.
Day 04 Musi Rawas - Pulau Kidak - Napalicin
After breakfast, drive to Pulau Kidak (2 hours) where a boat is prepared to transfer you to the upper river (3,5 hours). On the way along the river, chance to stop and see the canoe making, people looking for gold on the river bank, wild animals such as amphibian and many kind of monkeys. Picnic lunch will be served en route. Afternoon, arrive at Kubu Resort for dinner and overnight.
Day 05 Napalicin - Kubu Resort
After breakfast, crossing the river then trekking into the forest to see the forest vegetation and chance to see birds and wild animals (7-8 hours). Enjoy the sight and sound of the jungle. Picnic lunch is included. Dinner and overnight at Kubu Resort.
Day 06 Napalicin - Kubu Resort
After breakfast, by foot visit Napalicin Village across then river. See their way of life of the villagers nearby, working as fishermen and farmers. This village is mostly populated by children. Picnic lunch en route. Dinner and overnight at Kubu Resort.
Day 07 Kubu Resort - Pulau Kidak - Kersik Tuo
After breakfast, return to Pulau Kidak by boat. Then drive through Bangko entering Kerinci National Park for overnight at Kersik Tuo located nearby a tea plantation. Reroute stop at a village Semerup Hot Spring, Lake Kerinci, Tea plantation, etc. Picnic lunch will be served en route. Dinner and overnight at simple lodge in Kersik Tuo with a view of Mount Kerinci, the highest mountain in sumatra.
Day 08 Kersik Tuo - Padang
After breakfast, drive along Bukit Barisan Range, the mountain range that run the entire length of sumatra, through Kerinci Seblat National Park via Alahan Panjang to Padang, with en route stop at Lake Diatas (Upper lake) and Lake Dibawah (Lower lake). Picnic lunch will be served en route. Overnight at Hotel Bumi Minang Padang.
Day 09 Departure
Breakfast at hotel. At appropriate time, transfer to the airport for your next destination
This special trip is a bit hard exploration as dealing with distance and minimum travel facilities. Just for an idea that a trip with minimum 2 persons will cost US$ 1,200 per person.
See more North and West Sumtara
- Belawan Sea Port
- Bohorok Orangutans
- Kerinci jungle trekking
- Kubu Nomad South Sumatra
- Mentawai Island West Coast
- Minangkabau country West Sumatra
- Nias Island West Coast
- Sumatra Island Overland
Among various tour packages and tour options in Bali there are some tours which can be said always on the publications and interest a large part of travellers to Bali. Kintamani mountain tour sits at the first number as the most popular sightseeing tour, second is Taman Ayun and Tanah Lot tour, third is Uluwatu temple tour.
- Kintamani tour bring combination of watching barong dance, beautiful temple architecture, beautiful natural views, dance, carving, accessories and painting see description
- Taman Ayun and Tanah Lot temples are two historical heritages from 17th, Taman Ayun palace temple which is always found near palaces of Balinese king starting 18th century see description
- Uluwatu temple located on steep drop cliff on the southernmost tip of Bali island. see description