West Sumatra is one of province in Indonesia located in Sumatra Island with the capital Padang. This province is very popular with surfing attraction in Mentawai Island. There many other tourist tourist attractions in west Sumatra beside surfing such diving and snorkeling. West Sumatra is very rich with biodiversity. Most of west Sumatra land is the tropical forest and protected area.
West Sumatra is located in the western coast of Sumatra island. West Sumatra has many interesting places to visit. The tourist place in West Sumatra has its different from others. There many tourist destinations in west Sumatra that you can visit start from white sandy beach and the island paradise.
The West Sumatra Culture is commonly known as Minangkabau Culture. Minangkabau culture was originally animist and Hindu Buddhist. Later, since the arrival of Islam reformers from the Middle East at the end of the 18th century, Minangkabau customs and culture that were inconsistent with Islamic law was abolished.
The Islamic scholars (Ulama) of Haji Piobang, Haji Miskin, Haji Sumanik urged to change the culture view of Minang which previously the west Sumatra culture much oriented on animism and Hindu-Buddhist culture, to oriented to the Islamic Sharia. They agreed to change the west Sumatra culture or Minang Culture based on Islamic Sharia.
There are many best places to visit in West Sumatra during holiday. Discover this top things to do in West Sumatra as follow:
- Surfing in Mentawai Island
Surfing in Mentawai island is one of popular things to do in west Sumatra. Mentawai island is a perfect place for surfing and become a popular tourist attractions in west sumatra. There are up to 400 points of surfing in Mentawai island. Mentawai island consists of 4 others islands namely Siberut island, Sipora island, North Pagai island and South Pagai island.
Mentawai Island located in the middle of the Indian Ocean. making these island are surrounded by marvelous marine nature and a perfect place for marine tourism. The islands are a non-vulcanic islands. There are four islands that make up this islands namely Siberut Island. Siberut island is famous for its beautiful and natural forest. Where there are many endemic animals, like rare species of monkeys. The island also has a stunning coral reefs, which can be found in offshore area.
- Tour Around Singkarak Lake
Singkarak lake is the largest lake in West Sumatra and second largest lake in Sumatra island after Lake Toba in North Sumatra. Singkarak lake is one of tourist attraction in west Sumatra and become the icon of the Cycling event “tour de Singkarak”. The Singkarak lake is located in two regency, Solok regency and Tanah Datar regency. Singkarak lake has the length of 23 kilometers with width about 6.5 kilometers and the depth of 268 meters. The depth of Singkarak lake is quite extreme and affects the lake ecosystem including the type of aquatic plants and the diversity of the fish.
- Visiting Bung Hatta Forest Park
Bung Hatta forest park is located in Lubuak Kilangan district, on the way towards Solok. Bung Hatta forest park has an area of seventy thousand hectares where there are many rare flora nad fauna. Bung Hatta forest park is steep landscape. There are various types of tropical plants that are still original and inhabited by hundreds of species of animals of typical of Sumatra. Unique conditions of the park make this area as a wildlife observation. In this Bung Hatta forest park there are 352 species of flora and 170 species protected fauna.
- Explore Kerinci Seblat National Park
Kerinci Seblat National Park is one of tourist destination in west Sumatra. Kerinci Seblat National Park is the largest national park in Sumatra with an area of 13.750 kilometers square and stretches to four provinces of west Sumatra, Jambi, Bengkulu and South Sumatra. There are about 4.000 species of plants in this park, among them Rafflesia Arnoldi and Titan Arum. The fauna in this park such as Sumatran Tiger, Sumatran Elephant, Leopard, Malay Tapir, Sun Bear and about 370 species of birds.
- Explore Siberut National Park
Siberut National Park is located on the Siberut Island, Mentawai Islands regency. Siberut National Park has an area of 190.500 hectares. On the island of Siberut, there are 896 species of plants, 31 species of mammals and 134 species of birds. Here are also four endemic species of endangered primates such as Mentawai Siamang (Bilou, Hylobates Klossii), Mentawai Monkeys (simakobu, Simias Concolor), Langurs (Joja, Presbytis Potenziani) and Berok (Bokoi, Macaca Pagensis).
- Seeing Beautiful Ngarai Sianok Canyon
Ngarai Sianok is a canyon which is steep and lies on the boarder of Bukittinggi city. Ngarai Sianok canyon stretches and curves along approximately 15 kilometers as a boundary line of the city from the south Ngarai Kota Gadang up to the Sianok Anam Suku and ends in Palupuh district. The beauty of Ngarai Sianok canyon can be seen from the panorama in Bukittinggi.